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

    India should rethink its Afghan policy

    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.

    April 28, 2015

    Ashraf Ghani: America’s New Subedar?

    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.

    April 07, 2015

    Shanghai Cooperation Organization and India

    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.

    July 14, 2014

    ISIS in Central Asia

    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.

    October 22, 2014

    New Gambles in Ladakh

    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.

    September 25, 2014

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

    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.

    February 04, 2015

    Things that Modi should do in Myanmar

    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.

    November 10, 2014

    Is Russia Relevant for India?

    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.

    December 08, 2014

    Peshawar Massacre and the Afghan Endgame

    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.

    December 22, 2014

    India and Bhutan: The Strategic Imperative

    India and Bhutan: The Strategic Imperative

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi seemed aware about the nuances Pthat underpin India's cultural and political obligations in Asia. By making Bhutan as his first visit abroad followed by a visit to Nepal, he has effectively invoked the deeper imperatives to revitalize India's national interests.

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