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P. Stobdan

Ambassador P. Stobdan is Senior Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.

Afghanistan and the Region

April 20, 2015
Afghanistan and the Region

Answers to all of Afghan problems can easily be found within the regional context. But the Afghan leadership is not likely to uphold the regional choice now.

India should rethink its Afghan policy

April 28, 2015
India should rethink its Afghan policy

India should continue to play the Afghan game but no longer by showering financial largesse but by deploying its skills of political manoeuvring.

Ashraf Ghani: America’s New Subedar?

April 07, 2015
Ashraf Ghani: America’s New Subedar?

President Ghani has extended an open invitation to the US for an open-ended military presence in Afghanistan and has also virtually expressed a readiness to play the role of a ‘frontline state’ for any future American contingency.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization and India

July 14, 2014
Shanghai Cooperation Organization and India

Over the years, the scope of SCO has widened to include the interests of countries beyond the Eurasian space. For India to capitalise on the SCO it must have a clear pro-active policy, otherwise it may risk becoming a focal point of criticism by the Central Asia states like the way India is often targeted by the SAARC members.

ISIS in Central Asia

October 22, 2014
ISIS in Central Asia

There is no single factor cited for motivating Central Asians to join ISIS ranks. However, the search for employment and earnings remain the main driver. More than 4 million migrants (Uzbeks, Tajiks and Kyrgyz) engaged in low-paid jobs in Russia are vulnerable to the jihadi network.

New Gambles in Ladakh

September 25, 2014
New Gambles in Ladakh

It all appears that the Indian army this time got clear orders to hold the ground and undo what the previous UPA government did – dismantled huts, bunkers and observation posts in exchange of PLA moving back from the Indian territory.

Obama’s Visit and the Paradox of Countering Chinese Expansionism and Western Messianism

February 04, 2015
Obama’s Visit and the Paradox of Countering Chinese Expansionism and Western Messianism

The US will continue to do what it can for blocking rapprochement between India and China or Japan and China for it knows the danger of its loss of a dominant role in Asia. Despite all the distortions of time and space, the hard geographic reality of Asia will triumph just as it happened in Europe.

Things that Modi should do in Myanmar

November 10, 2014
Things that Modi should do in Myanmar

The Prime Minister must reach out to Myanmar in unconventional ways and remove any antipathy among the people who once, like other neighbours, had began to perceive India as a big military threat.

Is Russia Relevant for India?

December 08, 2014
Is Russia Relevant for India?

The trust and comfort factor in the India-Russia relationship still exists. Modi needs to find more diligent ways to reboot the relationship with Russia and make it more relevant for changing times.

Peshawar Massacre and the Afghan Endgame

December 22, 2014
Peshawar Massacre and the Afghan Endgame

The Peshawar school massacre does not appear to be a simple tit-for-tat game; it has an intricate link to the Afghan endgame in which Pakistan wants to be the victor.

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