Group Profile Portugal Summit Redefining Threats NATO leaders on Friday adopted a new Strategic Concept that will serve as the alliance’s roadmap for the next 10 years and that reconfirms the commitment to defend one another against attack as the bedrock of Euro-Atlantic security. The document lays out NATO’s vision for an evolving alliance that will remain [...]
Turning the Corner in Kashmir – Niki Shah, foreignpolicydigest.org: “[A] second component of confidence-building measures is to fully engage the Kashmiri peoplein the political process and advance the public diplomacy campaign from the perspectives of both the Indian and Pakistani government. Army Chief Ready to fight dirty (Tribune) As an Army, we are prepared to fight dirty which means not [...]
The mid term elections in US have ominous portents for Obama ranging from the domestic to foreign policy issues. This post attempts at unraveling some of the the thoughts being proposed and debated by think tanks across the globe. The domestic issues are for US to take a call om. The real danger is from “New” ideas of military expansionism in South Asia.
A plan B for Obama (FP) The US is severely handicapped by a significant lack of credibility that is a direct consequence of its own foreign policy incompetence in the Middle East in the past several decades, especially the past decade. Most people and political movements, and a few governments, in the Middle East [...]
Musharraf turned the Pakistani world upside down with the revelation that Pakistan had trained terrorists to fight against India as all else had failed to evoke international response to Kashmir. Why did he do this soon after announcing his decision to return to active politics in Pakistan ”to galvanise Pakistanis and fight a “jihad against [...]
An interesting article in Foreign Policy asks, in view of the recent US Pakistan spat, as to what does Obama want from Pakistan? . It reinforces the view that with a remote controlled civil government at its disposal, Pakistan Army is ruling the roost in Pakistan to the detriment of US war efforts. Their ultimate aim [...]
Until India resolves the paradox called Pakistan there is no hope of India managing to live in a periphery of Peace.
Af Pak Events The intensity of war in Af-Pak has picked up considerably in September beginning last week of August. The pattern indicates flexing of muscle by the Punjabi Taliban and TTP across Pakistan. The numbers in Pakistan include 108 civilians, mainly Shia minority, killed and 400 wounded. In Afghanistanthe coalition forces were able to kill 64 “terrorists” of [...]
War in Iraq The writing was on the wall with Obama formally announcing an end to the war in Iraq. “We are turning a new page in history”, he said. The next page is obviously the drawdown in Afghanistan in July 2011. Apparently this page has been turned without as much thinking through as was [...]
It is time to Balkanise Pakistan, says Michael Hughes.In his article titled Balkanising Pakistan: A collective National Security Strategy the author has articulated the “Why” of his suggestion through a compelling argument. This has serious ramifications for the region, especially for India. The basic proposal of fragmentation is to break off and allow Afghanistan to [...]