Afghanistan is going to make a comeback in the international political arena. It shouldn’t be, going by what everyone seems to believe. The United States is pulling out of Afghanistan. The Taliban and Hamid Karzai will duke it out, but ultimately the rest of the world will just yawn. Afghans killing Afghans. The oldest story in Southwest Asia. Read more

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Called to Mhow as one of the speakers at the Army War College’s high command training programme for the third year running, I did my “military service” earlier than normal. Read more

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Why the Horn of Africa could be the New Big Headache next year.

This is not another end of the year commentary. I would prefer to take a look at the coming year and make a prediction. If I am wrong, everyone will forget. If I am right, I will win a prize or something. Read more

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Each year, the 40 odd officers at the Senior Command Training Course at the Indian Army War College at Mhow fly in speakers to give them a lowdown on facets of United States strategic policy. It’s always disorienting to be in an Indian military establishment. It’s almost like a reverse desi universe. Everyone is Indian to the hilt, but they are not merely on time to all appointments, they arrive early. Read more

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