Monthly Archives: December 2015

Seaspark 2015

SeaSpark 2015

Pakistan Navy’s major maritime exercise SEASPARK 2015 has commenced in North Arabian Sea. In this regard a press briefing was held today at Karachi which was chaired by Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations). Earlier, opening

ISIL won’t get very far in Afghanistan – for now

ISIL won't get very far in Afghanistan

By Barnett Rubin Ideological and religious differences will continue to limit ISIL’s ability to recruit from Afghan Taliban. On March 25, 2015, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told the United States Congress that Afghanistan was the “front line” against the “terrible

Frequent floods intensify migration, food security in Pakistan’s mountainous north

Floods in pakistan

By Saleem Shaikh & Sughra Tunio Ishaq Khan shivers as he recounts an unfortunate flash flood in 2010, which covered his maize and potato crop with mud and washed away over a dozen fruit trees he planted 45 years ago.

Nepal pulled between the Dragon and the Elephant


By Akhilesh Upadhyay Just before the annual festival season began across Nepal last month, nearly a decade after a civil war, and six months after a catastrophic earthquake, the country ushered in a new Constitution. Ideally, its long-awaited arrival would

The strange silence surrounding an Indian military exercise

silence surrounding an Indian military exercise

By Ali Ahmed In late September, India’s media reported on a military exercise to be undertaken by one of the country’s three “strike” corps, 21 Corps. Since then, Indian military watchers have encountered only silence on the exercise. This is

Iranian leader cautions Russian president against US plan in Syria

Iranian leader cautions Russian president

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei told the visiting Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in Tehran that the US has a long-term plan to dominate the entire West Asian region, cautioning that Washington is also seeking to achieve its goals

Spirit of Federation

Spirit of Federation

What is Federalism? Federalism is a political concept in which state powers and functions of government are divided between the central government and the constituent political units. Essentially this division of power takes place constitutionally. A federation comes into existence

Joint Statement between India’s and China

Joint Statement between India's and China

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh is on an official visit to China (Beijing and Shanghai) from 18 November to 23 November, 2015. During the visit the Premier of the State Council of China, Mr. Li Keqiang met Shri

‘Indian machiavelli’ urges confronting China

'Indian machiavelli' urges confronting China

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr Forget Gandhi and satyagraha. India needs to be more strategically assertive and take China on, a longtime national security advisor to New Delhi said today. And if the US doesn’t like it, then “screw you.”

India and the Politics of Extremism

Politics of Extremism

By Hari Prasad & Samir Kumar The diversity of the polity and the BJP’s own political future will limit Hindutva prominence in Indian politics. The lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq and his family by Hindu extremists over rumored beef possession is