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  • Why has the Iraqi Offensive against ISIS Stalled?

    Why has the Iraqi Offensive against ISIS Stalled?

    US authorities seem to be unusually reluctant to use air power to help the Iraqi authorities and their Iranian allies in the conduct of the Tikrit offensive. Why?

    March 24, 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

    The Kingdom and the Caliphate: Saudi Arabia’s Approach towards the Islamic State

    The Kingdom and the Caliphate: Saudi Arabia’s Approach towards the Islamic State

    Saudi Arabia has joined the war against the IS and it supports more boots on the ground to tackle this challenge. Although it is employing all the options available to it, the success of anti-IS operations depends to a significant extent on the ground situation in Syria and Iraq.

    February 02, 2015

    Ukraine: where is it going?

    Ukraine: where is it going?

    It is possible, if there is political will, to find a negotiated settlement on the basis of a new constitution giving greater say to regions in foreign policy. In brief, the US should agree to a sort of Finlandization of Ukraine.

    August 25, 2014

    Need to build a good coalition to combat ISIS

    Need to build a good coalition to combat ISIS

    There is a great traction amongst western countries on building up a coalition to tackle ISIS, but the big question is which countries in West Asia would be able to synchronise western goals with theirs? While the US and its NATO allies, along with France and Australia have been assisting the Kurdish peshmerga, the list of Arab countries willing to work with the West-led coalition is unclear.

    September 09, 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

    Ceasefire in Ukraine: An Assessment

    Ceasefire in Ukraine: An Assessment

    While the ceasefire is a much needed respite yet it does raise two questions: What made the key players arrive at such agreements? Can these deals facilitate the initiation of a political dialogue in Ukraine?

    October 10, 2014

    Turkey: ‘Sick Man’ of NATO

    Turkey: ‘Sick Man’ of NATO

    In the West, there is growing realisation that only boots on the ground can defeat or substantially destroy the Daesh. Unless a ground force capable of taking back the territories seized by the Daesh arrives on the scene, the advantage will lie with the jihadis.

    October 17, 2014

    Can ISIS be degraded and destroyed?

    Can ISIS be degraded and destroyed?

    With the US determined not to commit troops, the military defeat of ISIS, at present, is therefore neither feasible nor imminent. Neither the so-called retrained Iraqi Army, nor US air power against this powerful and motivated force will be sufficient.

    October 17, 2014

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