The simple truth that has eluded Pakistan is that fighting the Taliban is like fighting a shadow. The Taliban are but a symptom, the real problem is of religious extremism which is manifesting itself in radical Islamism and has struck deep roots in state and society.
While President Putin has conveyed the message of tough military action, it is highly unlikely that he will order his troops to invade the majority ethnic Russian region of Crimea. Military brinkmanship can be seen as an attempt to force the West to include Russia as a partner in settlement of the crisis.
The Kunming massacre is bound to have widespread repercussions within Chinese society, particularly for the Muslim minorities. In turn this will lead for calls for enhanced security measures and even more repressive policies towards the minority provinces of Xinjiang and perhaps Tibet.
Nouri al-Maliki, the Shiite PM, seeking a third term in office, is facing growing opposition at home, including from his powerful Shia allies. There is also a growing rift within Malikiâ€™s party members that his third consecutive political victory could marginalize them and strengthen his monopoly in the party as well as national politics.
The situation in Pakistan today is very fragile. Despite the progress on the democratic front, there is a sense of helplessness on how to tackle the menace of terrorism. Unlike in the past, Islamabad appears quite weak vis-Ă -vis Taliban while it keeps chanting its commitment to talks with TTP, despite the provocation and retaliation from the army.
Soft border is neither an option nor a means to resolve the India-China border dispute. In Chinese conceptualization where borders are innately strategic frontiers, the idea of soft border is a misnomer. India should keep a distinction between the notions of soft border and boundary resolution.
Russia has signalled its intentions in Crimea. With neither the US nor Europe willing to be engaged in another crisis in Eastern Europe, the Russian strategy would be to re-enter the scenario not as a junior partner of the West but as a recognized primary power in the region, without whom Ukraine cannot be stabilised.
The recent violent incidents carried out by the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) in the sensitive eastern and north-eastern parts India have serious security implications. Conscious intervention of the centre in concert with the state governments of West Bengal and Assam and even Sikkim, as well as with cooperation of the Bhutan government is required at the earliest.
Japanese prime minister Abe realises that solely relying on the US-Japan security alliance might not serve national interest in the fast evolving regional security architecture. So the leadership is diversifying its options and strengthening cooperation with countries like India and Australia.
The â€śPivot to Asiaâ€ť strategy qualifies to be called Obama Doctrine: a part of Obamaâ€™s â€śgrand strategyâ€ť. This policy may radically redefine not only the US engagement with Asia but also the Asian strategic dynamics. This book looks at various facets of the pivot strategy, to include US, Chinese, regional and country specific perspectives with an aim of providing greater clarity and understanding.
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The first issue of 2014 seeks to sustain the readersâ€™ interest through contributions that critically evaluate Indiaâ€™s neighbourhood policy. Articles offer perspectives of states as stakeholders; explore Indiaâ€™s regional economic integration prospects with ASEAN and China and the challenges thereof; the role and relevance of cultural diplomacy in regional cooperation in South Asia; and the increasing significance of digital policy in foreign policy formulation. More [+]
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This issue of the CBW Magazine is published in the backdrop of the renewed debate over the chemical and biological weapons in the aftermath of the alleged use of Chemical weapons that caused casualties in Syria in August, 2013. It discusses issues that highlight the importance of continuous efforts towards controlling and mitigating the CBRN threats and the geopolitical challenges therein. Read the issue[+]