Category Archives: Asia

Going into 2019, India’s defense challenges are shocking

India’s military is woefully underprepared to fight future wars and there’s little focus on equipping our armed forces with cutting-edge tech By Bharat Karnad Not one of the services has a forward-looking plan for capability build-up for conflicts of the

India needs to know the truth on Rafale

By Rajan Kochhar Dear Fellow Citizens, This petition seeks your support for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the RAFALE fighter aircraft deal, that Narendra Modi’s Government has entered into with the Government of France. We believe that this

Why did India and China sign their new security agreement?

By Manoj Joshi The signing of an internal security agreement by India and China last Monday is an indicator of the special nature of their relationship. This features competition, conflict and cooperation. We all know the points of conflict  the

Pentagon, India don’t want troops out of Afghanistan

By Gen (R) Ejaz Awan Prominent defense analyst and former General Officer Commanding of Swat Maj Gen (R) Ejaz Awan has said that the US security establishment and Indian opportunists don’t want the US to pull out of Afghanistan, “Indians

US – Taliban talks Some good news?

By Imtiaz Gul In the maze of negativity generated post general elections in July, some good news has begun greeting us all; the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew and Robert Williams, the British Airways head of sales for the Asia

The delicate act of restoring peace in Afghanistan

By Sajjad Malik After more than 17 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon that peace may finally return to the war-torn country. This optimism is borne out of the recent direct talks

How Trump lost the Afghan war?

Surely, the recent Moscow conference on Afghanistan (November 9) brought to light that the peace talks will get a big fillip if the US and Russia work in tandem. (See my column in SCF titled the US Can Avoid Afghan

Indian Army made way for government to resolve Kashmir, but politics failed

By Lt. Gen. H S Pana The unpopular coalition government could not provide the healing touch in Jammu and Kashmir. The current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the Valley, is a classic example of our dithering political strategy.

Importance of the Agni series?

The successful test-firing of Agni IV marks a great leap forward for India to become a super power By Hiranmay Karlekar The successful test-firing of the indigenously-developed, nuclear-weapons-capable, surface-to-surface missile, Agni-IV, on December 23, 2018, marks a significant leap forward

India – Pakistan relations Nuclear doctrine, militarization and security dynamics of the Indian Ocean region

By :  Anum A. Khan According to Cold War notion of strategic stability, deterrence will prevail if both countries have second strike capability due to the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Likewise, deterrence will be fragile if only one