Monthly Archives: December 2015

India loses way in its neighborhood

India loses way in its neighborhood

At a meeting with the president of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at his residence in New Delhi last Friday, the functionaries of the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which mentors the government led by Prime Minister

India’s Modi faces an existential choice

Modi faces an existential choice

By M.K. Bhadrakumar The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules India, has suffered crushing defeat in the provincial elections in the populous northern state of Bihar on the Gangetic plains. Almost all estimates forecast a neck-and-neck fight between the Hindu

Grandmaster Putin beats Uncle Sam at his own game

Putin beats Uncle Sam

By Mike Whitney Imagine that you despised your brother-in-law and wanted to kill him. But you didn’t have the guts to do it yourself so you hired a hit-man to do the job for you. Would you still be guilty

Erdogan rules by division and Turkey pays a price

Turkey pays a price

By David Gardner President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a titan to his adoring admirers and a tyrant to his despairing critics, has got his way again. Against all forecasts, including those of the ruling party, he has secured a

Can the counterinsurgency doctrine be saved?

counterinsurgency doctrine

By Karsten Friis With the apparent lack of progress and success in Afghanistan and Iraq, counterinsurgency (COIN) has fallen out of favor within the political and military establishments in the U.S. and elsewhere. Regardless of whether these failures were due

Bangladesh on the brink

Bangladesh on the brink

By Tahmima Anam Over the last few weeks, the body count of intolerance has been unbearably high in Bangladesh. It started when an Italian aid worker named Cesare Tavella was shot to death in the capital, Dhaka, at the end

Minorities in Indian polity

Minorities in India

By Kadayam Subramanian The UN Declaration on Minorities, 1992 brings out the need for special attention to the ‘national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities’. The Constitution of India, 1950 does not define ‘minorities’ or mention whom it considers minorities

Cashing in on the decision to keep US troops in Afghanistan

Cashing in on the decision to keep US troops in Afghanistan

By Kate Brannen Why Obama dropping his promise to end America’s longest war is going to give contractors billions of dollars. In August, the nation’s top military officer came to President Barack Obama and bluntly asked him to break a

Putin’s plan

Putin's plan

The latest meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club (its 12th) took place in Sochi. As always, the participants talked about a wide range of issues in contemporary international life, arguing about recent and not so recent history, about Russia and

Putins initiative for global peace

Putins initiative

By Gen Mirza Aslam Beg Russian military intervention in Syria is a deliberate act, based on years of planning. Putin solved domestic problems; re-juvinated the armed forces; ensured security of the “Near abroad” and reached out to Afghanistan to eliminate