The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this hampering military reforms.
The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’ is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces which are at work, keeping the pot of conflict boiling. This book entails essays drawn from two conferences that were organized at Columbia University, writes Ahmad Zaboor for South Asia Monitor.
In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-performers on a rolling basis. While this may not give equal representation to all countries, it selects the best performers, writes Sourajit Aiyer for South Asia Monitor.
Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has seen the country will more than agree. Marco Polo too felt it was the world's prettiest island. And an Englishman wrote in 1803 that Sri Lanka deserves the name Paradise. But as John discovered, there was as much blood as there was beauty.
"Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the politics of chaos" is an insider's account and interpretation of the West's "desire for geopolitical domination" which has often resulted in recent years - in theatres from Afghanistan to Syria - in policy decisions that have set in motion a "vicious cycle of terrorism and chaos" that shows no signs of ebbing or being tamed, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor."Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the politics of chaos" is an insider's account and interpretation of the West's "desire for geopolitical domination" which has often resulted in recent years - in theatres from Afghanistan to Syria - in policy decisions that have set in motion a "vicious cycle of terrorism and chaos" that shows no signs of ebbing or being tamed.
Ambassador Abdali argues that Pakistan’s nurture of intolerant and violent religious fundamentalists not only effectuates the destruction of Afghanistan but inevitably blows back at Pakistan itself, equally harming, killing and swallowing up its own citizens’ lives, writes Khan Wali Khan Basharmal for South Asia Monitor.
The book is an in depth study to resurrect maritime diplomacy and redefine its activity using naval apparatus for present era. The book chugs into deep to explain the vital reasons why maritime diplomacy would continue to be used in the upcoming decades, writes Mohammad Rubaiyat Rahman for South Asia Monitor.
Rohit Prasad set out to probe how the government and ordinary people in India's remote areas used IT and communication technology to transform society. But when he saw how the other half lived in abysmal conditions, he realigned his focus. The result?
What kind of a person can coolly go around a bustling metropolis with the hidden objective of reconnoitering a series of high profile and bustling targets for a relentless, unconscionable carnage and strike up acquaintanceship with those who might well figure among the victims? Daood Sayeed Gilani alias David Coleman Headley for one.
Ian Morris’ book helps to understand better the productive function of power and the strengths and constrains of a data-driven study of historically embedded arguments. However, his selective treatment of historical occurrences, the narrow definitions he subscribes to when talking about war and peace, and his over-emphasis on empirics to sustain a normative understanding of war chips at the persuasiveness of the arguments kept in the book, writes Rustam Ali Seerat for South Asia Monitor.
India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.
The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...
What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...
What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...
Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...