Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to Pakistan work?

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever... More

What could end the Afghan War?

Can re-inventing the old Afghan war logic save the US in the land that has been described as a graveyard of empires? While the era of empires is long gone, the US-Afghan... More

CPEC western route: A victim of crude politics?

Ever since the beginning of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), controversy has encapsulated the completion of its western route. While a part of this controversy owes its existence to the fact that... More

James Mattis’ plan to make Afghanistan America’s ‘endless war’

Reports have emerged in the mainstream American media claiming that the decision has been taken with regard to sending additional 4,000 US troops to Afghanistan. While these troops are likely to... More

Saving SCO from becoming SAARC

With the inclusion of India and Pakistan in Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO), the organization’s sphere of influence, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin said, has regionally expanded, a region that has, nonetheless, myriad... More

Pakistan’s foreign policy dilemma keeps getting complicated

A pentagon report has claimed that China is seeking to build military bases in Pakistan as part of its global military expansion, seeking to translate its economic resources into strategic outposts... More

On the “bloody” Afghan Scenario

Yet again, Afghanistan is a spectre of violence. Yet again, precious lives have been lost due to the so-called ‘war on terror’ that has gripped the world since the fateful September,... More

What will the jihadist takeover of Kashmir lead to?

Given the momentum the movement for independence has recently picked in the Indian held Kashmir, the risk of this momentum being hijacked by religious radicalism has equally increased. Its first manifestation... More

Why kicking itself out of OBOR was important for India?

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not... More

What can Hekmatyar’s return to the fold mean for Afghanistan?

While the addition of a few thousand fresh US troops to Afghanistan to fight both the Taliban and the rising threat of ISIS may not have been successful in creating much... More

Pakistan’s attempts to woo Afghanistan backfire

Last 2 weeks saw a lot of diplomatic activity taking place between Pakistan and Afghanistan on the question of ‘restroing trust’ between them. Apart from Pakistan’s ISI chief’s visit to Kabul,... More

Afghanistan’s falling National-Unity Government, could it get worse?

Even after 16 years of American military presence, Afghanistan remains an extremely politically unstable country and quite far from on the path to democratization—an ideal that the last two American presidents,... More

The other side of the panama ruling

On not so historic a day, the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s ruling on Panama leaks just fell short of what it was meant to be: a clear-cut verdict. The order for further investigation by... More


Indo China conflict: Impact on South Asia

As Indo-China conflict becomes more possible by the day, South Asian media has not taken sides. It’s clear that should there actually be a conflict, nobody will come out as winners. As physical and economic neighbours to both India and... More

‘China threat’ influenced 2017 Malabar exercises

It is now customary for spokespersons to say that joint Indo-US military exercises are not aimed at anybody, meaning China. That is meant to soothe nerves in Beijing, but the claim is not quite correct. The 2017 Malabar exercises in... More

Sociology of growing unit level indiscipline in the...

The recent killing of Maj.Shikhar Thapa by Naik (trooper) Kathiresan over the use of a mobile phone in Uri on the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir, has revived worries over discipline at the unit level of the India’s vast army... More

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More


The crossroads at the Doklam plateau

There are many strings that tie Bhutan to India in a special and unique relationship, but none are as strong as the ones laid down on the ground: 1,500 km, to be precise, of... More

Limited links sink Myanmar’s potential

Despite its 2,000 kilometer-long coastline, reaching from Bangladesh to the west and Thailand to the east, Myanmar is home to only nine functioning ports, most of which are lumped together in the commercial capital... More

Searching for scapegoats

With ITs domestic politics in disarray, the key actors in Nepal’s polity now seem to hold outsiders guilty for everything that is going wrong. Nepal’s journey towards a radical political agenda — denying traditional... More

India must respect Bhutan’s sovereignty

The muscle flexing of the two rising powers in Asia is posing serious threat to the very stability in Himalayas this summer. The tussle is between the uncompromising New Delhi and Beijing whereas pain... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way... More

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