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  • INDIAN OCEAN, NOT AFGHANISTAN, SHOULD BE INDIA’S FOCUS
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    The visit of Lt Gen. Mattis (retd), the US Defense Secretary (equivalent to our Raksha Mantri) had focused more on what India can do to support America’s agenda in Afghanistan, and not on another defence deal as many had predicted. Apparently the US wants the Modi Government’s regional strategy to be dovetailed into the new […]

  • MAROOF’S-MUSINGS
    A NEW STRATEGY FOR AFGHANISTAN
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    With President Trump’s first public articulation of his policy thrust for Afghanistan, which has demanded more from Pakistan than either Mr Bush or Obama did, in battling terror groups, that are essentially Pakistan’s long cherished proxies — the key issue for us in India is, what’s in it for us? In his typically transactional manner, […]

  • STAND OFF AT DOKA LA
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    The Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops near Sikkim is a clear departure from earlier Sino-Indian disagreements about their long standing boundary dispute from what we have known in the past. For the first time, the dispute is about a third country’s territory, since Bhutan claims the Doklam Plateau and has an agreement with […]

  • INDO-US PARTNERSHIP : LOOKING AHEAD AT THE MILITARY DIMENSIONS
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    After Mr. Modi’s recent trip to Washington in June this year — and despite the apprehensions — it appears that the Indo-US strategic partnership, particularly in the geo-political and military areas of cooperation is likely to continue forward uninterrupted, even as President Trump has otherwise been aggressively dismantling the legacies of President Obama. This would […]

  • THE CHINA PAK NEXUS: CAN IT BE COUNTERED?
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    In mid May this year, Beijing formally unveiled its plans for a $1.3 trillion Belt and Road Initiative, that was previously referred to as the new Silk Route and then the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Its flagship project will be the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $46 billion investment that will connect […]

  • NEED TO REALIGN OUR COMPASS?
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    America had, at least since World War II chosen to lead the free world, by alliances and by putting its weight behind key issues that had divided the world. With US President’s having enormous constitutional powers in foreign affairs and the military clout to take a decisive stand, the US sometimes even went in with […]

  • CHANGING NUCLEAR POSTURES
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    Even as analysts the world over are coming to terms with US President Donald Trump’s remarks on nuclear weapons—a willingness to even start another arms race to outmatch and outlast all rivals—India’s politicians are almost embarrassed to admit that India is a nuclear weapon state. And any talk of revisiting our stated stand on ‘no […]

  • SYNERGISE YOUR WISH LIST TO MEET OUR CHALLENGES
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2017

    The recent Aero India show brought to Bangalore all the usual suspects and some more, seeking a piece of the large Indian deference pie. However, what is apparent is that India is still keen to accumulate a large arsenal of weapons and platforms but with little signs of synergy between the three armed services and […]

  • THE SOUTH CHINA SEA CONUNDRUM
    Posted in: Dec-Jan 2017

    If there could be one theatre, in the near future, where India’s maritime capabilities alongwith its air power could be tested – apart from a military confrontation with Pakistan – it would be in South east Asia, as tensions build up over China’s aggressive posturing on the South China sea. Over the past one year […]

  • GEAR UP EVEN MORE TO STRIKE TERROR CAMPS
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    The finalisation of the Rafale deal was big news in military circles till the announcement that Indian Army’s Special Forces units have carried out at least eight successful strikes across the Line of Control on terrorist camps and launch pads in POK. This is clearly a turning point in Indo-Pak relations, as for the first […]