CONFLICT DIARIES

CONFLICT DIARIES

Keeping Afghanistan unstable suits the US and the Afghan regime


While there appears to be a general consensus on the necessity of bringing peace back to Afghanistan, the discourse of peace is delusional as the very definition of peace continues to be the subject... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan


There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan... More

Russia & China line up to play the Pak-US spat


While the US decision to suspend all security aid to Pakistan hasn’t come as a surprise, Pakistan is not the only country that has seen considerable deterioration in bi-lateral relations with the US. Since... More

Pak-US spat will do the US little good


While the list of accusations the US vice president Mike Pence presented during his latest surprise visit to Afghanistan included old claims on Pakistan providing ‘safe heavens’ to terrorists and following a rouge policy,... More

Trump’s National Security Strategy eyes a more ‘obedient’ Pakistan


The US president Donald Trump’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) places the country at the centre of an increasingly ‘dangerous world’ and accordingly identifies the steps it needs to take and force other countries... More

The US’ ‘war on drugs’ wouldn’t weaken the Taliban


While this is not for the first time that the US has started to target poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, its significance has certainly changed in the current scenario when the Trump administration is looking... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war


Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and... More

The Islamabad sit-in exposes Pakistan’s internal fragility  


The Islamabad sit-in’s fallout has once again demonstrated how weak and fragile Pakistan’s democracy remains in the face of ever increasing power of the state’s non-elected apparatuses. That the elected government had to resort... More

Time for India to wake-up to the other side of the US’...


Despite all the attention paid to the US president’s ‘new’ Afghan strategy and the role projected for India therein, Afghanistan’s ground realities, and the fact that the US can’t hope to fight and end... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message


If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but... More

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 is... 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 their... 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 a... 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 warfare... 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 in... 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 fact... 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 the... 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 its... 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 of... 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 war... 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 full... More

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Keeping Afghanistan unstable suits the US and the Afghan regime

While there appears to be a general consensus on the necessity of bringing peace back to Afghanistan, the discourse of peace is delusional as the very definition of peace continues to be the subject of controversy even after the elapse of 16 years of war in Afghanistan, giving air... More

Air Marshal Asghar Khan: A genuine Pakistani, a great man

As its youngest and first ever Pakistani Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) to head the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) from 1957 to 1965, Air Marshal Asghar Khan is eulogized not only for his professional acumen but also for the national significance he achieved. His vision and honesty, integrity and commitment to his... More

Myanmar’s peace process attracts increasing Western interest

Myanmar’s peace process is set to progress this year, with the next peace conference – dubbed the 21st Panglong – scheduled to convene at the end of this month. However increased fighting in Kachin and Shan state, violence and unrest in Karenni and Karen areas may yet cause the... More

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

How far will China go to achieve its military goals?

For those in India wondering how things would pan out with China, post-Doklam, the unmistakable message was given by President Xi Jinping himself: Military power will play a big role in China’s foreign policy. In a symbolic gesture, as is China’s wont, Xi, wearing military fatigues... More

US creates Afghan transit route with counter-narrative in Central Asia

The US President Donald Trump made a significant diplomatic breakthrough in the Afghan war by getting Kazakhstan President Nurusultan Nazarbayev to commit at their meeting in the White House on January 16 to pledge “to deepen bilateral defense and security relationships… (and) to conclude several... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More