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Challenges of Disaster Management in India

13 October each year is marked as the day that celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

The Iran Factor in Post Afghanistan Geopolitics

Common belief in geopolitical circles has always considered Iran, with its Shia orientation, as being completely opposed to the Taliban because of the obscurantist Sunni ideology that the latter follows.…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

The Afghanistan Kaleidoscope

As Afghanistan becomes more complex one is tempted to recall events in memory which caused similar confusion. None qualifies more than 9/11 when the world was really stumped; terror, lawlessness…

The Mess that is Afghanistan

The Mess that is Afghanistan Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) I chose this title to keep the scope of this essay open ended because the current situation in Afghanistan…

Afghanistan: How Instability There Impacts The World

Afghanistan: How Instability There Impacts The World Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) Everybody is talking and discussing Afghanistan because of the uncertainty prevailing after a 20-year US and NATO…

The Drone Threat : A Progressive Fit Into The Sub-Conventional Threat Matrix

Sub-Conventional operations which form such an essential part of Hybrid War are never static by nature. Terrorists and insurgents find equipment and methodologies which transform the very nature of conflict.…

Reviewing Iran’s Presidential Election and Its Geopolitical Effect

Reviewing Iran’s Presidential Election and Its Geopolitical Effect Ever since 1979, when the Iranian Revolution hit the streets in Tehran and there emerged in Iran a regime unfriendly to the…

Himalayan Blunder 2020: This Time It’s China

Himalayan Blunder 2020: This Time It’s China One year after a course of related strategic events is perhaps just the right time to take stock and analyze those aspects of…

Pandemics and Their Effect

Pandemics and Their Effect Except for a brief period in 1998 when I was researching for a dissertation on ‘Non Military Threats’, I never ever focused on pandemics as a…

The Pakistan TLP Phenomena

The Pakistan TLP Phenomena Pakistan always presents such profound options to the weekly columnist. Yet, the last two weeks have actually been beyond all expectations. From turning down trade with…

Anti-Naxal Operations: Putting Heads Together

Anti-Naxal Operations - Putting Heads Together I am commencing this on a frank note. Failure in security related operations or intelligence, which involves out of proportion casualties, is never taken…

The Implications of Invisible Warfare: Hugely Enabled by Emerging Technologies

Speaking as a guest lecturer to a large group of serving army officers just recently I went to some extent to explain the various events and milestones of the past…