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From Su-57 to project 75I: Why India views Russia as essential strategic...


Having granted India a waiver under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), Washington made it clear that it wanted New Delhi to "reduce inventory of Russian-produced major defense equipment and advanced conventional weapons." However, India... More

Naval Air: India falls farther behind China


China and India have both decided to expand their navies by building their own aircraft carriers. Both nations began by refurbishing Russian carriers before designing and building their own. China was able to refurbish the former Russian... More

India’s wrong step


India’s political divides increasingly look unbridgeable. Yet, when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died last Thursday, he was mourned even by those who had been his opponents in life, whether within or outside his Bharatiya Janata... More

Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy: Myth and reality


One of the biggest contributions of the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vapayee is regarded his effort to seek resolution of Kashmir through a policy of accommodation with Pakistan and engagement with Hurriyat. But over the years,... More

How Bhutan’s monarchy is unique


Responding to one of the graduates' question on the form of monarchy in Bhutan before it was reinstated as the constitutional democratic monarchy at the ongoing National Graduates Orientation Programme (NGOP) in Thimphu, former chairperson of the... More

Pakistan defence expo kicks off


Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), is organising the first of its kind ‘Suppliers and Vendors Defence Exhibition’ (SAVDEX 2018) from August 16 to 18 at Lahore... More

New US training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems


Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the US army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in... More

India cast millions of Muslims as illegal immigrants, their legal battles are...


The list drew lines through villages, divided families and caused chaos in communities. The Indian state of Assam last month put out a draft of the National Register of Citizens that excluded 4 million people who claimed to... More

China’s growing footprint in Nepal alarms India


Nepal has traditionally been a key ally for India stretching the cooperation between the two countries in the overlapping domain of economy and defense. As far as the economic ties are concerned, the Indian cooperation started in... More

Ghazni might be safe but the Afghan Government is surely falling?


A gunfight ensued in Kabul for over seven hours on Thursday after gunmen attacked a training center of Afghanistan’s intelligence service in Kabul. No civilians were harmed, reportedly. But the fact that these attacks are taking place... More

China-Pakistan satellite nexus affects India’s war strategy


Pakistan has been struggling since its foundation to achieve parity with India in strategic technologies such as nuclear, defence and space. The defence platforms were acquired from the West during the Cold War. However, it was China... More

Pakistan’s foreign policy at crossroad: Imran Khan shows support for Turkey during...


Turkey is facing one of the direct challenges in recent times to keep its economy going after the row with the United States of America over the detention of a U.S pastor on charges of espionage for... More

India’s narrative faces trouble in Afghanistan


The Donald Trump administration has over the past few months seemingly started to work in a steadfast manner to come to some sort of a conclusion in Afghanistan—America’s longest running war, now in its 17th year. Trump... More

Can India win Nepal again using soft power?


American scholar Joseph S. Nye Jr. coined the term ‘soft power’ when the United States’s power and influence were at its peak, and the argument was simple—Should USA resort to hard power for diplomatic settlements or not?... More

Myanmar taps Japan connections to overcome Rohingya crisis


Myanmar appears to be aiming to work with Japan in its attempt to repair its international standing that was damaged over its handling of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. An independent panel set up by the Myanmar government to... More

Indian PM condemns lynchings but critics say it’s too late


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned acts of violence committed against minorities in the country, but critics say his comments come too late. In a Q&A interview with Times of India, Modi said state governments should take... More

The need of acknowledgement-war on terror and efforts of Pakistan


Acknowledgment, recognition, acceptance and appreciation is a patent formula of success and to achieve goals and targets anywhere in the world. If you are fighting a war and you have most advanced technological ammunition, weapons and strong... More

Russia expands assets and naval horizons across Indo-Pacific


On July 29, at an event marking his country’s Navy Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that 26 new warships and vessels would be delivered to Russia’s navy by the end of the year. And there is more... More

Efforts needed to counter anti-CPEC propaganda


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned the IMF against providing Pakistan with a bailout package to rescue its fragile economy. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has also voiced concerns about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor... More

It has been 5 years but India still has no answers on...


Five years ago, India suffered its biggest peacetime military loss: The navy’s submarine, the INS Sindhurakshak, exploded and sank in Bombay’s Naval Dockyards. Five years on, little is known about what happened when 18 of its crew were... More

The gov’t of Bangladesh needs to stop silencing its citizens


A tragic traffic accident that killed two students in Bangladesh led to mass student protests across Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. Students were demanding that the government take steps to improve road safety, but the peaceful protests were interrupted... More

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Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... More

Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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