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Russian Spetsnaz Alpha Close Quarter Combat Training

The prime unit in Russia is considered to be the FSB Alpha Group. The Alpha group shooting drills are insane and they aren’t even similar to their Western counterparts like Delta Force or Seal Team 6. The...

The Changing Balance of Power in South Asia

Rana Danish Nisar l The South Asian balance of power is in transition due to the changing contours of US policy in South Asia and the growing relationship between India and the US. The response...
Libya

The Next Phase of Libyan Civil War

Andrew Korybko | Many in the Mediterranean region are wondering whether Egypt will go through with its threatened military intervention in Libya if the UN-recognized and Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) attempts to capture...

Why Chinese Air Force will win against Indian Air Force?

Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army The Chinese Air Force occupies third place in the world in the number of military aircraft of all types , second only to the United States and Russia....
Galwan Valley

India and the Line of Control: Reducing Reputational Damage

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery l In a recent talk, Pakistani nuclear scholar, Dr. Rabia Akhtar remarked that, going forward, India might try to exact “Surrogate Deterrence” in the region. The term postulated that given India’s sheer inability...
Strategic

Strategic Transformation and Global Ramifications of Sino-Iranian Alliance

The central strategic transformation achieved by the the Sino-Iranian is straightforward: the opening of a second potential front against the US military. Now both the Straits of Hormuz and the South China Sea are...
India

Contextualizing India’s Nuclear Program

Anum Khan l India has been described in a variety of ways ranging from emerging power, global power, great power, would-be great power, major power, and regional power. However, this self-perception of India, by expanding...
Nagorno-Karabakh

What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh?

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has long been regarded as a tinderbox in the heart of the South Caucasus – with serious implications for the wider region including Russia, Turkey and Iran. Each spring, when low-level...
Ladakh

China’s Master Stroke in Ladakh

Asif Haroon Raja l Mao Tse Tung described Tibet and Himalayas in 1950 in these words. “Tibet is China’s right hand palm, which is detached from its fingers of Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunchal Pradesh...
Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan: Root Cause of Sino-Indian Standoff

Asif Haroon Raja l India and Pakistan became independent countries in 1947 but India till to-date has not reconciled to Pakistan’s existence. Kashmir which was left behind by the outgoing British as an unfinished agenda...

The Road to Defeat: Anglo-American Campaigns in Afghanistan

The Cairo Review l In 1843, shortly after his return from the battlefields of the First Anglo-Afghan War, the army chaplain in Jalalabad, the Reverend G. R. Gleig, wrote a memoir about the disastrous expedition...

Arctic: The Next Superpower Battleground?

Tamara Dietrich | Hampton Roads residents know full well that the Atlantic is gnawing ever more ferociously at the shore, surging into the streets whenever it gets riled up, and a looming threat, experts say, throughout...
Rafale

India’s Rafales are not Worth the Hype

Military Watch l Following multiple border clashes with Pakistan in 2019 and more recently with Chinese forces in Galwan Valley, a number of Indian officials and military analysts have referred to the French Rafale fighter as a guarantor...
aircraft carrier

Why has US Deployed Three Carrier Groups Close to China?

For the first time in three years, the US Navy has mobilized three aircraft carrier strike groups to the Pacific as a part of a provocative military build-up against China. The deployments underscore the...
Aksai Chin

China or India: Who Owns Aksai Chin ?

TIC Brief l China’s territorial disputes with India in Ladakh date back to the modern founding of the two countries. Beijing’s claim lines have shifted west on at least two occasions, each involving demands (based...
Japan

Fractures in Japan-US Alliance

M K Bhadrakumar l Regional security in Northeast Asia underwent a jolt on Thursday with the announcement in Tokyo by Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono that Japan would cancel the purchase of a multi-billion dollar ballistic missile...
Two-Front War

Is China Conspiring to Create a Two-Front War for India?

M K Bhadrakumar l The Indian analysts have been comparing the military build-up in the India-China border in eastern Ladakh to the Doklam standoff in 2017. This was only to be expected since the leitmotif...
Libya's

The Battle for Libya’s Oil Crescent

M K Bhadrakumar l The series of debilitating military setbacks that Libya’s renegade general Khalifa Haftar suffered in the recent weeks have spurred diplomatic activities over the conflict in the country. But the war is far from...
Ladakh Standoff

Distinctiveness of Ladakh Standoff

Ahsan Hamid Durrani l The standoff between Indian and Chinese armies along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh/ Aksai Chin region continues. Both countries have deployed thousands of troops in this disputed...
Galwan Valley

Sticks, Stones and Death in Galwan Valley

Things along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalayas have rarely lacked interest, notably along the secretive, heavily patrolled 3,488 km Line of Actual Control.  Neither China nor India have ever quite sorted out their...
Ladakh

Who has Tactical & Strategic Edge in Ladakh Standoff?

Ahsan Hamid Durrani l The standoff between Indian and Chinese armies along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh/ Aksai Chin region continues. Both countries have deployed thousands of troops in this disputed...
Ladakh Standoff

Politico-Strategic Implications of Ladakh Standoff

Ahsan Hamid Durrani l The standoff between Indian and Chinese armies along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh/ Aksai Chin region continues. Both countries have deployed thousands of troops in this disputed...

Indo-Pakistan & Indo-China Flare-Up – III

Asif Haroon Raja l After illegally occupying two-thirds Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) in 1947, India once again undertook an illegal step on August 5, 2019 to integrate disputed IOK without any provocation by Pakistan and...
Indo-China

Indo-Pak & Indo-China Flare-Up – II

Asif Haroon Raja l While Pakistan got duped by assurances given by US-UK and failed to exploit the opportunity in the 1962 Indo-China border conflict to settle the Kashmir dispute, China also missed the opportunity...
Gilgit-Baltistan

Indo-Pakistan & Indo-China Flare-Up – I

Asif Haroon Raja l India and Pakistan became independent countries in 1947 but India till to-date has not reconciled to Pakistan’s existence. Kashmir which was left behind by the outgoing British as an unfinished agenda...
Asia

Will there be a New War in Asia?

A major military conflict is brewing at the heart of Asia. It could come to nothing, or it could affect four countries. It all depends on how valid the actions of those involved are...
Armed Forces

Indian Armed Forces: Arming Without Aiming

Jawad Falak l One of the most famous quotes about black propaganda is from Nazi leader Adolf Hitler “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed”. This...
Turkey

Future of Turkey’s Defense Industry

The fast expansion of Turkey’s defense industry in recent years might be becoming harder to sustain as newly released data show the sector is struggling to reduce its heavy reliance on foreign inputs and...
warfare

The Cyber Cold War

Nabiya Imran | With the advent of the information age, it was obvious that technology will creep into the international political system. It has and it is here to stay. States with well-developed information technology...
Idlib

Idlib: The New Strategic Nucleus of the Battle Over Syria

TIC Brief l Background: The Syrian military has ceased its offensive in Idlib since Turkey and Russia signed a ceasefire agreement in early March which stipulated the creation of a seven-mile (12km) “safety corridor” along...

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