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Af-Pak strategy

Anatomy of India and Pakistan Reconciliation

August 12, 2013

Islamabad remains sanguine that as long as it can leverage both cross border terrorism as well as conventional asymmetry by playing the nuclear card, it can easily manage relations with India.

Military Deployment in Afghanistan is not in India’s National Interests

February 22, 2013

India, as a responsible regional power, should steer Afghanistan towards political stability, security through an inclusive government, economic growth, reconstruction and regional integration, which is what that country needs the most.

Fantasising ‘Afghan Good Enough’

June 22, 2012

Where does Pakistan figure in ‘Afghan good enough’ if Pakistan’s centrality in the Western approach is taken into account? Not working towards a ‘Pakistan good enough’ would simply mean that ‘Afghan good enough’ is not ‘good enough’.

Abrogating the Inimical Discreteness of Af-Pak-In

June 06, 2012

The question of Pakistan’s disintegrating domestic realm and the ramifications of this on national security calculi has not been factored in the post-withdrawal phase as the probability of military responsibilities to be undertaken by regional actors, including India, becomes real.

2011: A Strategic Survey

January 04, 2012

The year 2011 will stand out in history as the year of the Arab Spring, when people in Northern Africa and West Asia rose up against tyranny and revolted for political emancipation.

Osama’s Killing: Regional Implications

May 03, 2011

The elimination of Osama, though a great feat by the US special forces, will largely be a symbolic event – terrorism is unlikely to end and the situation in Af-Pak is not likely to improve.

India’s Limited Options in Afghanistan

April 28, 2011

Despite the talk about India having key strategic interests in Afghanistan, it neither has the necessary resources nor the clout to influence developments in Afghanistan.

Obama’s AfPak Review should emphasise on Peace Talks with the Taliban

November 23, 2010

The US needs to take direct charge of the peace talks prong of strategy to meet the mid-2011 deadline of beginning its troops withdrawal as well as to enable NATO departure by 2014.

26/11 Redux in Europe: Strategic Imperatives

October 21, 2010

The current terrorist threat has reemphasised the importance of Europe, considered to be increasingly irrelevant in global security and strategic calculus.

For Bangladesh Improving Domestic Situation is as important as Fighting the Taliban

October 12, 2010

Bangladesh is making an important effort domestically to weaken the affiliates of al-Qaeda and Taliban ideology, which is no less important than making contributions to ISAF.