CONFLICT DIARIES

CONFLICT DIARIES

Who and what is on trial in Pakistan?


Along with himself, apparently it is the family of the recently ‘disqualified’ prime minister of Pakistan who are undergoing a trial for their now ‘proven’ and ‘well-established’ involvement in corruption and money-laundering. Or... More

Afghanistan: New US strategy will produce new Taliban


Last few weeks of war in Afghanistan have shown that the US military is once again calling all shots as the civilian leadership sitting in Washington gives in to the Generals who, applying... More

Tillerson’s short visit leaves no big impact


More than anything else -- and much less than breaking the ice -- the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Pakistan, which lasted for four hours only, was more or less... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace


In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits


Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce... More

China wears the mediator’s gown in the Af-Pak  


Despite a high-level meeting between Pakistan’s COAS General Bajwa, and Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani, relations between the two countries remain largely troubled and uneasy. Nothing else can testify this tension better than the... More

Without dialogue, Afghanistan can have stalemate only


Notwithstanding Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s recent invitation to Pakistan for ‘comprehensive dialogue’, other recent most developments have shown that the available space for dialogue is shrinking fast, adding to the so-called “stalemate” that... More

Pakistan mulls over new US policy for a ‘change’


A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS


The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months... More

Time to adopt a realistic approach to Afghanistan


There isn’t probably any option left that the US might not have used to turn its Afghan debacle into a victory, or even a semblance of it. The search for victory in a... More

Trump flogs the dead horse of “winning” in Afghanistan


The new Afghanistan strategy is yet another expression of the US resolve to keep Afghanistan militarily occupied in the name of “terrorism.” Warmongering is as self-defeating as it has always been. Only a... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a war of mercenaries?


After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course


With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached... More

Afghanistan is a lot worse than we think


Afghanistan is a mess for the US. This is evident from the way the Afghan question has forced policy makers and American leadership in Washington to switch policy options from sending more troops... More

Can Pakistan & Afghanistan afford to avoid dialogue?


  This week saw two major terrorist attacks taking place almost simultaneously in Lahore (Pakistan) and Kabul (Afghanistan). Where the two attacks consumed over 50 innocent lives and left a number of others injured... More

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 since the... 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 war is... 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 western route... 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 go 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 challenging questions... 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 in the... More

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Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More

Fuel crisis rocked India-Lanka relations

Even as inter-dependence is taken as given in the globalized world, it spawns problems for the interacting countries. Issues bedeviling energy ties between India and Sri Lanka and water sharing between India and Bangladesh are cases in... More

Indian military diplomacy picking up

Bangladesh and Myanmar seem to be the immediate focus of Indian military diplomacy in its immediate neighbourhood, that seems to be gathering some pace, especially after the 63-day standoff at Doklam in the high Himalayas with China. While... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More

Saudi – “Israeli” Leaks: Collusion or opportunism?

Saudi Arabia and “Israel” are very close with one another behind the scenes despite each actor’s public rhetoric to the contrary, and Riyadh might in all likelihood... More

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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... More