Tuesday 03 May '11The execution of Osama bin Laden by the US forces last night puts the Pakistan Army on the defensive, allows Washington to redefine the strategic calculus of General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, and provides an opportunity for India to reimagine the peace process in the Subcontinent.
Thursday 03 Feb '11K Subrahmanyam, who shaped India’s national security polices for more than four decades, has passed away. He was 82. Subrahmanyam advised all prime ministers starting from Indira Gandhi on foreign and defence policies and had a decisive impact on India’s nuclear strategy and national security management.
Monday 17 Jan '11China’s recent decision to give stapled visas to Indian citizens from Arunachal Pradesh has raised intriguing questions about a possible change for the better in Beijing’s approach to the territorial dispute with India in the eastern sector.
Tuesday 09 Nov '10Addressing India’s aspirations for a seat at the global high table and its deep concerns about cross-border terrorism, US President Barack Obama told Parliament on Monday that he “looks forward” to Delhi’s permanent membership of a reformed United Nations Security Council and declared that terror networks on Pakistani soil are “unacceptable”.
While Obama’s endorsement of Delhi’s permanent membership of the UNSC can’t be translated into reality any time soon, his promise to press the “Pakistan leadership to bring Mumbai attackers to justice,” is of more immediate consequence for India.
Sunday 07 Nov '10Launching his passage to India in Mumbai today, US President Barack Obama praised the city's resilience against relentless terror, paid tributes to the apostle of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi, cut commercial deals that will generate thousands of jobs in the US, outlined steps to liberalise high-technology trade and promised to fully integrate India into global non-proliferation clubs.
Wednesday 08 Sep '10As the US steps up the effort to isolate Tehran, China is penetrating deeper into the Iranian plateau. This weekend, Beijing will unveil plans to build new rail corridor that will eventually link China to the Mediterranean Sea through Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.
Wednesday 18 Aug '10As the delayed annual review of Chinese military power by the Pentagon draws the attention of defence planners across Asia, India’s challenge is about coming to terms with the growing power projection capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army.
Wednesday 07 Jul '10After bringing a rail line close to the Indian border with Tibet, China is now gearing to push a rail link across the Karakorams into Pakistan through the Gilgit-Baltistan region that is part of the original state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Friday 23 Jan '09As it nervously watches the prospect of a ‘re-hyphenation’ with Islamabad under the administration of President Barack Hussein Obama, New Delhi should devote some attention to the danger of Washington ‘de-hyphenating’ India from China in its Asia policy.