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

    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.

    Xi’s Visit: Dawn of a New Era?

    Xi’s Visit: Dawn of a New Era?

    Modi should talk to Xi and seek an interim boundary solution at least by having some sort of Friendly Pillars, call them Shanti Stupas along the border (almost 500 kilometers) in the Western Sector.

    September 16, 2014

    Sifting Through the Himalayas

    Prime Minister Modi has to think beyond the immediate circle and leverage the Himalayas as a bridge for India reaching out to wider Eurasian space the access to which has blocked by Pakistan. A way out could be to promote a regional market across the border, woven by a web of spiritual and commercial interests.

    August 14, 2014

    Is Russian ready to face the Afghan fallouts?

    Russia seems both happy as well as worried about US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Concerns about Central Asian security apart, now with the sectarian strife in West Asia flaring up, the Russian anxieties would heighten about possible spread of ISIS type assertion along its southern belt.

    August 05, 2014

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