Winning the Battle, but Losing the War?

If a counterterrorist operation is analogous to bowling a good cricket over, then what constitutes a good over? A wicket and 30 runs? Or, no wicket but a maiden over? Common-sense would obviously make the latter desirable. When you juxtapose counterterrorist operations to this cricket scenario, we have a similar expectation. The number of terror casualties is meaningless, if other critical areas are left unguarded. In the military, this is called an ‘operational art’, in which actions in several theatres are synergised to arrive at a strategic outcome.

Modi's Airstrikes Have Called Pak's Nuclear Bluff

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He needs to call the bluff of those who cry out that Kashmiris must be given full rights across India, but other Indians must not have the same rights in Kashmir.

 

Pakistan Army Alarmed by Change in India's Response to Terror

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With the IAF strikes, uncertainty has been brought into the operational planning matrix of GHQ Rawalpindi’s asymmetric war on India.

 

Did the Second Trump-Kim Meeting in Vietnam Achieve Anything?

The second meeting between the United States (US) President, Donald Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un in Vietnam during February 27-28, 2019 has garnered more attention from the international community as compared to the first one. The last summit was held in June 2018 in Singapore. However, even though there was a lot of hope about actual denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, hardly any progress was made in the last eight months.

Did the Second Trump-Kim Meeting in Vietnam Achieve Anything?

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The second meeting between the United States (US) President, Donald Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un in Vietnam during February 27-28, 2019 has garnered more attention from the international community as compared to the first one. The last summit was held in June 2018 in Singapore. However, even though there was a lot of hope about actual denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, hardly any progress was made in the last eight months.

The Question of Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula: Where is it Heading?

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The New Year started with renewed debates and discussions on the progress and direction of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. After the Kim-Trump summit in June 2018, there has not been any significant progress towards denuclearization and normalization of the Korean Peninsula. However, the developments at the beginning of 2019 have shown that increased and focussed attention will be paid to the issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

 

China’s Positions

Xi Jinping Challenges Donald Trump to Battle over Taiwan

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It is clear from President Xi’s New Year speech on Taiwan that he believes that PLA is battle ready to unify Taiwan with Mainland China by force.

 

India-China Relations: Is There a Thaw?

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Even though the trade war between the US and China is escalating and has taken the centre stage of the international discourse, the word Doklam does not seem to have escaped the media’s attention in the context of India-China relations. It is more than one year since the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) invaded Bhutan’s territory in Doklam Plateau and the Indian Army (IA) stepped in to prevent PLA from constructing a road inside the plateau. A lot has happened since then.

Chinese Reform and Opening up at Forty: Achievements and Challenges!

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Safeguarding Indo-Pacific from Trump's Disruptive Tactics

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Donald Trump has done more damage than good to the Asian security architecture and is likely to do more of the same. Not only that, this process is also hurting India’s long term interests because it is damaging the value of the idea of the Indo-Pacific as an open and inclusive construct and not an architecture as such. More significantly, the Indo-Pacific order today suffers from a dichotomous American position.