J.K. Baral

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  • J.K. Baral was Professor of Political Science and Vice-Chancellor of Berhampur University, Odisha. He is presently a Visiting Professor in the PG Department of Political Science, Utkal University, Vani Vihar.

    The Afghan Game: Interests and Moves

    In Afghanistan, the third Great Game is still on. The end of US–NATO combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 will be read by many as ‘Obama’s Vietnam’, but the retention of a small number of troops and several military facilities by the US in that country will be a source of worry for countries such as Russia, Iran and Pakistan who are concerned about US motives and moves in regard to the region, especially Central Asia’s energy resources which are already a target of international competition.

    November 2013

    Conflict and Cooperation in India-China Relations

    India-China relations, though occasionally showing signs of peace and cooperation, have often been afflicted by tension and mistrust. With the potential to make big contributions to regional peace and development, these two Asian powers have, by design or accident, themselves been the sources of regional tension and insecurity to some extent. Besides their internal dynamics, the interplay of interests and moves of their neigbours, and several external powers would have significant bearing on the equation and relations between them.

    April 2012