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Afghanistan – under sustained attack

When Kunduz, Afghanistan’s fifth-largest city, fell to Taliban last September-October under the stewardship of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, it was a big blow to Afghanistan’s National Security Forces (ANSF). Large parts of the city remained with the Taliban despite the presence of some 7,000 Afghan National Army (ANA) troops. The main …

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Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

Recently, Pakistan’s high commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit announced that the peace process between India and Pakistan stands suspended. Over the years the India-Pakistan bilateral talk process has been more like a sinusoidal curve with crests and troughs, but not reaching to any definitive conclusions. Almost for the last three …

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Making the Future ICV in India

The induction of the Soviet origin Infantry Combat Vehicle ICV BMP1 and concurrent creation of the Mechanised Infantry Arm of the Indian Army in 1979, as a result of the recommendations of the General KV Krishna Rao Expert Committee, marked the first operational transformation of the Indian Army. More importantly, it …

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India’s Foreign Policy Challenges in the Middle East 2016

India in 2016 is faced with serious foreign policy predicaments in its Middle East foreign policy formulations in terms of coherent strategic choices cutting through the complicated maze of regional power rivalries and a return of Great Power interventions casting complicated shadows on regional power-play. The Middle East today is …

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