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India-Afghan Nexus: Impact on CPEC

... US now realizes that OBOR as being a vehicle by which Beijing can catalyze an irreversible change in the strategic balance of power of new trade routes and markets. By prioritizing India in South Asian region negating Pakistan’s numerous efforts in Afghanistan would further deteriorate the regional stability. India’s stance on CPEC that it passes through the disputed territories recently obtained support by US and now Afghanistan is in the same camp. These all states should not undermine the prospects ...

13.11.2017 14:47:07

The CIA Led War reopens in Afghanistan

... special operations, known as ‘surge’. Many US Non-Official Cover (NOCs) or espionage activities will be increased. Furthermore the CIA and US intelligence community will multiply their Afghan ‘Snitches’ and maximize their operations all over Afghanistan. This calls for amplifying of CIA Official Cover Spies (OCS). Moreover, the Pentagon and US intelligence community will maximize the area of their maneuver not only in Afghanistan but also in South Asia. The CIA will triple Drone operations ...

25.10.2017 15:25:13

Trump’s card a challenging Shift from Counterterrorism to Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Since November 2015, America has been dealing with a noteworthy rise in terror attacks in Afghanistan, which brought about by Taliban, Al-Qaida and the Islamic State affiliates. Improving the security situation in Afghanistan requires Washington to overcome the challenges in shifting from its current counterterrorism (CT) efforts to a counterinsurgency ...

25.08.2017 10:53:28

Trump’s administration should formulate a viable strategy for Afghanistan

Since Donald Trump came to power in the United States of America, tough discussions have taken place amongst the major strategists and foreign policy runners in Washington in order to devise a strategy for the war-torn country Afghanistan.The new strategy will not be workable unless the US change the military establishment of Pakistan and modify the behaviour of the deep state of the country.The US strategy formulators ought to not be reluctant of the Pakistani deep-state disastrous ...

17.08.2017 11:56:36

India and China are at the brink of war Afghanistan needs a wise decision

... countermeasures India has a continent-crossing plan of Washington-Tokyo oriented (South-Central Asia policy) which is called North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC), the objective is to link India with Central Asia, Caucasus and Europe thru Iran and possibly Afghanistan. India has been trying to interweave itself deeper within the infrastructural and economic fabric of Eurasia.The NSTC is a multimodal trade corridor which extends from India to Caucasus, linking the India Ocean and the Persian Gulf to the ...

04.07.2017 16:49:31

The Emerging Trump Doctrine of Strategic Savvy

... wear it down by “attrition.” To McMaster, this was “not a strategy but a lack of it … reinforcing arrogance, weakness, lying in the pursuit of self-interest and above all dereliction of duty to the American people.” 2001 War of Necessity in Afghanistan In this century, the one war the US won – at least in its initial stage – was Afghanistan. There, following the 9/11 attack on the US homeland, President George Bush defended America’s vital national interests. Nor was this a regular ...

23.06.2017 12:33:36

New Age Globalization: Lessons for South Asia

South Asia is undergoing an extremely unmatchable time of its politics. In the politics of last three decades, Pakistan has become an island in international politics in the South Asian matters particularly with reference to India and Afghanistan. The internal politics of Pakistan is a contour which today has emerged as cornerstone in the post-China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) cooperation era. Change of strategic strength India by and large has emerged as an Asiatic power and ...

13.04.2017 16:59:40

Interview with Pugwash Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

... World Affairs, held at the Russian Pugwash Committee at the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in the Main Building of the RAS on March 4, 2017 Natalya Samoylovskaya: Your recent visit as a part of the Pugwash-Kabul Dialogue was in Afghanistan. How do you evaluate the prospects for establishing peace in Afghanistan? What are the real steps in this direction that could be taken? Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, pugwash.org Paolo Cotta-Ramusino: I think the situation in Afghanistan is a very ...

28.03.2017 15:40:00

Novel attempts to launch sectarian war in Afghanistan

... world, unfortunately, both countries enjoy rich oil reserves and miss-using petrol-bucks to lead the said world. Iran supports Alawaits in Syria, Houthis in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon Muqtada Alsader in Iraq Hizb-e-wahdat Islamic and Harakat Islamic in Afghanistan in return Saudi-Arabia holds up IS (ISIS, ISIL), ISK and Wahabistic movements to set up counter-balance for Iran in the region and beyond, both sides via numerous means want to undermine each others’ role in the Muslim world they push ...

25.11.2016 11:17:00

Angela Merkel, do not harm Afghans

The Afghan political and security situations, especially in the northern Afghanistan, is dramatically deteriorated when ISIS started exodus from eastern parts of Afghanistan to the northern components of the country, recently Taliban, Haqqani Network, Al-Qaida and ISIS have doubled their combined offensive attacks and gaining ...

22.11.2016 14:56:00

The beginning of a new chapter of proxy war in Afghanistan

... the cold war and end of multi-polar world order many strategists and political analyst believed that is to be the beginning of an end to the long proxy war “the proxy war between the Soviet Union its allies and the US and its allies” in Afghanistan which caused millions of Afghan citizens dead, paralyzed and displaced. Soon after the so-call 9 11 phenomenon, US revitalized its great middle-east strategy in order to dominate and pursue its geopolitical objectives in the region US, NATO ...

09.11.2016 15:03:00

USA — Cost of an Unending War in Afghanistan and Before: A Lesson to Learn

In one of the biggest military engagement USA is involved in after second world war is in Afghanistan. The War in Afghanistan began on 7 October 2001, as the armed forces of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance) launched Operation Enduring Freedom. Following the September ...

31.08.2015 10:28:00

All I want for Christmas is... five answers

... power in the hands of Shia Iraqis (sectarianism) has never been a good strategy. Finally, air strikes can halt or pull the IS back at best. At worst, one can fail as the U.S. did in Vietnam. You just cannot combat these guys from the sky! 3. Whither Afghanistan? Well, it's pretty simple. A president of Kabul is not a president of Afghanistan. Almost entire south-east landstrip of the territory is facing considerable or high security threat, terror attacks have been carried out in the Afghan ...

28.12.2014 04:03:00

Cautiousness in Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership

In a recent meeting between President Asraf Ghani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghanistan and Pakistan have reached over an understanding on the security cooperation, capacity building and mutual trade. This unexpected development exclusively includes the training of Afghan National Army by Pakistan Army. In so many manners, this ...

27.11.2014 16:27:00

Forging ahead, President Karzai stirs Afghanistan away from Washington’ shadow

As American security analysts and officials continue to ring the alarm on US President Barack Obama’s plan to military withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, a Pentagon-sponsored review made clear that a pull-out will in essence equate to handing the war-torn and battered nation back into the hands of the Taliban, or worse, Al Qaeda. If Washington has long planned to tactically withdraw ...

28.02.2014 13:07:00

Viewpoint from Pakistan: Russia is a necessity for regional peace

... Pakistan; rather, it was only the former USSR’s state ideology, Soviet Communism, which was a major point of security concern for Pakistan; the latter was already head over heels with a hostile India to the east and an increasingly hostile Communist Afghanistan in the west. Therefore, Pakistan’s alliance with the US at the time was purely for national interest and regional stability. After the grim confrontation in the 80s, the final decade of the 20th century saw variable relationships between ...

19.11.2013 18:42:00

The Oxymoronic Déjà Vu of Humanitarian Bombing in Syria

In light of the recent developments in Syria and the apparently imminent US military intervention, the blog will take a short break from its relatively academic style and its thematic focus in order to brainstorm and share some thoughts on the broader picture of what is happening in the geopolitical arena of the region. Dangerous Double Standards Bashar al-Assad has reportedly used chemical weapons to attack, essentially, his own people. The first, logically obvious question is why would Assad essentially...

07.09.2013 14:04:00

Private Military and Security Companies in the International Legal Void

... and legal condemnation of mercenaries have been based can be raised for the use of PMSCs with equal validity. From this point of view, it would seem analytically distorting, for example, to think of a Colombian national working for an American PMSC in Afghanistan as anything other than a mercenary. This example is neither fictitious, nor rare. As of July 2013, 83% of the private military and security contractors working for the US Department of Defense in Iraq, and 10% in Afghanistan, are third-country ...

04.08.2013 22:17:00

Russia amid changing perspective of Afghanistan

The changing strategic realities after the gradual international pullout from Afghanistan will require an entirely new set of approach for the sustainability of non-extremist governance and stability of social fabric. Amid, such an unpredictable future of war-game stage of Central and South Asia, Russia is one of potential players ...

01.08.2013 14:47:00

The Rise of the Private Military and Security Industry

... to their own judgment. From representing only 1% of the military personnel operating in various conflict zones in the early 1990’s, it was roughly believed that their number had increased to 1 out of 4 soldiers in 2011 in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. The growth of the private military/security industry demonstrates a gradual diffusion of the control over the use of force to a diversity of non-state actors. This departure from state monopoly involves a multiplicity of implications, ranging ...

18.06.2013 17:08:00


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