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Trump’s new Afghan strategy: Old wine in new bottle – M K Bhadrakumar

M K Bhadrakumar |  United States President Donald Trump’s much-awaited policy speech on the way forward in Afghanistan was disappointing. It neither fulfilled his campaign pledge to end the 17-year war nor amounted to a significant departure...
Syria

Turkey faces Disaster in Syria

M K Bhadrakumar l The three-year old Russian-Turkish tango in Syria has been incisive, exciting and provocative, but the inability of the two partners to trust each other or surrender to the care and needs...
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...
Arctic Strategy

Toward a US Air Force Arctic Strategy

Oriental Review l On 21 July, the US Air Force published its Arctic Strategy. The release of the document itself is a first, since the Arctic has never been a separate area of focus for the...
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...
Military Spending

Military Spending: The “Great Power Competition”

Researchers at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) have concluded that military spending is skyrocketing around the world. According to a report published by the institute in April, the world spent $1.8 trillion on military...
Russia

Is US Preparing For War With Russia?

Leonid Savin | The RAND Corporation recently published a document entitled Overextending and Unbalancing Russia. Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options. The study is the collective effort of experienced diplomats, including former Assistant Secretary of State...

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...
Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Trump & his Generals playing “double game”?

M K Bhadrakumar | The Associated Press has carried an exclusive report regarding the intensive, ongoing political dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban behind the scene, the appearance of a ‘stalemate’ notwithstanding. That such contacts...
world dominance

Pakistan: A fighting pit for world dominance

Imdad Hussain | The memoirs of decisive end to cold war are not over yet. Soviet Unions' ultimate demise and ascendance of United States to world super power status is merely three decades old story....
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...
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...

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...
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Blue Gold: An Emerging Source of Global Conflicts

Adv Abdul Rasool Syed l Depleting potable water resources have sent alarm across the globe pertaining to the emergence of a new spree of future global conflicts in quest for occupying available water reservoirs of...
Afghanistan

Does US want an end to Afghan war?

M K Bhadrakumar | Within hours of the announcement on Saturday by the Russian Foreign Ministry that the second meeting of the Moscow format of consultations on Afghanistan will take place on November 9, the...
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...
Generation Warfare

Is Pakistan ready to fight the Fifth Generation Warfare?

Javaria Khalid | Technology has transformed over the years and has evolved the war waging apparatus along with the nature of fighting the war. According to Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, the new principles of...

Civil War in Yemen

Asif Haroon Raja l Sectarian and tribal divides in Yemen had sharpened during the long rule of President Gen Ali Abdullah Saleh. Separatist movement in South Yemen sought independent country. Saleh unified the country for...
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...
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...
Black Hawk

How Pakistan Army saved US troops in battle of Mogadishu?

Col (R) Maqbool Afridi | My unit, 15 Frontier Force Regiment “Fighting Fifteen” was deputed for UNOSOM II, Mogadishu, Somalia from Aug 1993 to Oct, 1994. The unit underwent a remarkable experience of hostile actions...
Iran

Iran Dents US Deterrence

M K Bhadrakumar | The US President Donald Trump’s reported decision abruptly to call off military strike against Iran which he’d previously ordered, highlights the growing complexity of the US-Iranian entanglement.  Indeed, it takes political courage to rationalise...
Syria

Increased intervention in Syria: How many targets is the US eyeing?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The shooting down of a Syrian SU-22 warplane by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet to the south of the city of Raqqa, the capital of the ISIS, on Sunday is a...
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...
Afghanistan

Secrets of Afghanistan

Secrets of Afghanistan: Afghanistan is a famous desert for empires, a burial ground which has consumed those in power who thought that extra fortification and trading most might benefit them.  It remains a great,...
Russia

Russia Warns Turkey Against Rash Moves In Idlib

M K Bhadrakumar l Russia has taken with a pinch of salt Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s statement on Wednesday that a Turkish incursion into the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib is imminent. Objectively speaking, Erdogan should be out...
Afghan war

Time To Liberate Afghanistan

Oriental Review l After 18 years of war in Afghanistan– America’s longest – US and Taliban negotiators are said to be close to an agreement that may see the withdrawal of many of the 14,000...
Afghan War

Longest War Winding Up

Asif Haroon Raja l Longest War Winding Up: When George W. Bush decided to invade Afghanistan to avenge terrorist attacks allegedly master minded by Osama bin Laden (OBL) and also to ensure homeland security, India...
Turkey

Turkey’s Ever-Growing Indigenous Arms Industry

Syeda Zainab Hameed Gillani l Turkey is set to join the prestigious block of countries who are manufacturing advanced 5th generation fighter jets but the journey is going to be full of hurdles due to technical...
Gulf of Oman

How Start Of Vietnam War Mirrors Gulf Of Oman Incident?

M K Bhadrakumar | What a coincidence that a leaked document from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) just exposed that the chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria in April, 2018 was most likely...

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