With this mutuality of interests and benefits in mind, an International Conference on “Myanmar : Bridging South and South-East Asia” was held in New Delhi on 30-31 January 2012, organized as a collaboration between Jamia Millia Islamia (Academy of International Studies) and the Tampadipa Institute, Yangon, with the support of the Euro Burma Office.Chck out the Press Release issued by: Jamia Millia Islamia (Academy of International Studies.
US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan , Ambassador Mark Grossman speaks out on concerns pertaining to the strategic environment in Af- Pak region. Check out the transcript available for media release.
the visit of General Kayani is likely to have established a larger role for China in the affairs of the Af-Pak region. The effect of Pakistan’s worsening relations with the US and the cut in aid is bound to drive Pakistan towards its `all weather friend` China.
This paper is entitled Transition in the Afghanistan-Pakistan War: How Does This War End?It is available on the CSIS web site at: http://csis.org/files/publication/120111_Afghanistan_Aspen_Paper.pdf. The key conclusions of the analysis has been summarized in this report by Anthony H. Cordesman. Check it out
n 10 years from 1995 to 2005, the military expenditure in South Asia increased by 50 per cent, and one in every 10 military personnel in the world are in this part of the globe, a US report has said.
This year, which has been severely hard for Pakistan’s liberal society, has also seen a simultaneous surge in the number of far-right groups. Moderates, who amid widespread violence have always been a calming influence on many of Pakistan’s right-leaning citizens, have been silenced through either killings or fatwas
The last days of the 1971 war are often distorted, obscured or – perhaps worst of all – forgotten. Retired Major of the Pakistan Army , Shamshad Ali Khan ,who served as a first-line soldier in the 1971 war, writes
South Asian countries need a bolder approach to cooperative security than has been the case so far. For instance, they can initiate a regular mechanism to discuss security issues in the regions like ARF, CSCAP, etc. Disaster management authorities, finance ministers, health misters, environment ministers can meet regularly to discuss the ways and means to meet the common challenges of disaster mitigation, economic cooperation, public health issues and environmental security.
India’s external environment remains complex and challenging. We are living in a world in transition, not just in geo-political terms, but also in geo-economic terms – covering trade, financial flows, financial trends, demographic changes and participation in a globalized economy. Globalization comes with its concurrent global threats – terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, piracy and other threats to maritime security, environmental challenges, threats to space and cyber security, and access to water, among others. It is hard to distinguish between traditional and non-traditional threats to security, just as the lines are getting blurred between threats that emanate from within, our immediate neighbourhood or from regions far beyond our own.
Over six decades ago, our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru envisioned a grouping of countries bordering the Indian Ocean that could help one another in tacking common challenges. This extraordinarily perceptive idea was realized in 1997 with the formation of our Association. We reaffirmed then that the Indian Ocean is an integral part of our collective destiny, and that we need a holistic vision for a cooperative response to current challenges for this region.
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The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.