Speculation surrounding the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia flight MH370 predictably included a terrorist angle. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak initially said the plane had been taken off course due to ‘deliberate’ action by somebody on board, implying the plane had been seized and steered away by a terrorist writes Indranil Banerjie
A new strand in Chinese foreign policy, particularly maritime, is attempting to increase the demarcation of China’s geopolitical expanse. Chinese strategic thinking is evident in at least three policy decisions since November 2013 writes Vivek Mishra
Violence has been an integral part of Afghanistan’s political sphere, and had substantial bearing on the results of elections held earlier, primarily the presidential and provincial elections. Its impact has started to loom large on the upcoming presidential election in April writes Gaurav Dixit
In the surcharged atmosphere of pre-general election politics, an over 100-page section of the first volume of the Henderson Brooks report (“the report”), which includes an exhaustive operational review of the 1962 India-China war over both western and eastern sectors, has been posted by Australian journalist Neville Maxwell on his website writes Monish Gulati
Early this week, President Hamid Karzai reiterated his decision not to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US in his final address to the parliament. In a recent interview to Washington Post, he explained his position by stating “Afghans died in a war that’s not ours” writes Aaranya Rajasingam
Energy (oil and gas) is a geopolitically sensitive commodity, and the pipelines that transport them are no different. Besides the geopolitics of the countries that produce energy and those that consume this energy, the security situation in the regions that the transporting pipelines traverse can also make a project viable and attractive to investors writes Monish Gulati
Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid promised on Feb 15 that India will provide three military transport helicopters to war-ravaged Afghanistan shortly. The Indian foreign minister and Afghan President Hamid Karzai were attending the inauguration ceremony of Indian-funded Afghan National Agriculture Science and Technology University at Kandahar writes Jai Kumar Verma
As the conflict in Ukraine refuses to precipitate, it continues to raise fears of triggering yet another confrontation between the Cold War era adversaries – the US and Russia in a geopolitical tussle for dominance in Europe. There is also the possibility that Ukraine itself could descend into civil war writes Monish Gulati
Departing from the established course of action followed by the religious parties in Pakistan, a band of Sunni religious groups observed a day of protest against the Pakistan government’s “pro-Taliban policy” writes Gaurav Dixit
India sees Afghanistan through western lenses, and for the latter whether Afghanistan signs the Bilateral Security Agreement with the USA is far more important than the upcoming presidential elections on April 5 writes Shakti Sinha
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.
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...