A remarkable number of India’s intelligentsia were privately unhappy when the Arab spring broke out. Not because they had any love for the likes of Hosni Mubarak and his ilk. Read more

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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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The new Obama administration’s defence strategy came out last week and caused a few ripples. But for the most part there wasn’t anything in it that didn’t strike one as being just common sense. Read more

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Reading some of the statements of Osama Bin Laden and his ilk one is struck about their ignorance of modern economies. They think it’s all about oil, as you would expect from Gulf Arabs. Read more

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The “jasmine revolutions,” or the Arab spring, have been seen through two different prisms by the world’s two largest democracies. Read more

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Some stray thoughts about Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden al Qahtani (the family name that his family never used.) 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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A number of trends indicate a strong potential for a resurgence in international terror this coming year.

Don’t want to be a Gloomy Gus on New Year’s Eve, but I will speculate that Islamicist terrorism will recapture international attention, especially in the West, this coming year. 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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