Everyone in New Delhi knew that the first strategic dialogue between India and the US under Secretary of State John Kerry was going to be a testy affair. Read more

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Anyone who watched even part of the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics 2012, let alone tracked the average Briton’s revelling in the reflected glory of the games’ success, realized that a lot of the United Kingdom’s global standing lies in its status as a soft superpower. 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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There is a curious divide between the popular Indian view of the relationship between New Delhi and Tehran — and how it is perceived within official circles in New Delhi. Read more

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Pakistan is experiencing some seriously wrenching consequences from the US stealth attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. 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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Obama should not shirk from saying that his upping the war in Afghanistan is, in fact, necessary for promoting peace

Protestors have already made a noise in Oslo as Barack Obama arrives to collect his Premature Nobel Peace Prize. Everyone has been having a field day with the seeming contradiction of his collecting the prize just days after ordering 30,000 additional US troops to go to Afghanistan. Read more

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While the degree of Pakistani military complicity in the latest suicide bomb attack on the Indian embassy remains uncertain, Rawalpindi should learn lessons from the consequences of its first attack – where its guilt is not in doubt. 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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