• 03 October, 2023
Geopolitics & National Security

International Affairs


The Kokernag encounter received considerable attention in the media. Social circles in various towns and cities I have recently visited were also discussing it, especially if they happen to have…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)


Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp Or what's a heaven for? - Robert Browning The arc lights have dimmed in New Delhi and the international leaders who…

By Ambassador Deepak Vohra

PM Modi’s State Visit Reflects Deep-Rooted India-US Ties

The State Visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States reflects the deep roots of the ties between the two largest democracies, India and the US. It was more…

By Prof Madhav Das Nalapat

Afghanistan’s Throes Of Instability And Conflict

Introduction Afghanistan, the 'graveyard of empires,' has experienced continuous conflicts and instability within its borders and with Pakistan and Iran. The Taliban has enforced strict rules on ordinary Afghans, leaving…

By Saman Ayesha Kidwai

Ukraine’s Offensive: Is This The Last-Ditch Battle?

In the context of the Russia-Ukraine war, since April 2023 we have been constantly hearing of a likely ‘counter-offensive’ by Ukraine to overcome the negatives of the alleged defeat at…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

Ex-Air Defender 23 : A NATO Posturing Against Russia

Air Defender 2023 is a massive NATO exercise set to take place from June 12 to June 23, 2023. This is the most extensive live-flying exercise the German Armed Forces…

By Prof (Dr) DK Pandey 

Pakistan, With Head Above The Water : Way The Cookie Crumbles

I am becoming increasingly more confident at answering the inevitable question about Pakistan that is thrown at me in seminars, interviews and interactions on geopolitics. The question revolves around Pakistan’s…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

China’s 2024 Threat To Indian Democracy

The Indian state of Karnataka went to elections on May 2023. It was surprising to note how the Chinese media gave coverage to a state election in India, a phenomenon…

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)

The PLA Soldier: The Man Behind The Machine

When the South China Morning Post wrote a rather surprising piece on the new selection criteria for PLA recruits, one particular condition – “Any applicant – even for non-combat positions…

By Maj Gen Mandip Singh (Retd)

Emerging Bhutanese Intransigence

The recent statements of Bhutanese Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji indicating substantial progress in their boundary talks with China is a serious cause of concern for India. The minister indicated the…

By Maj Gen Ashok Kumar (Retd)

Peaceful Pakistan: A Utopian Vision?

Pakistan's recurring political crises can be traced back to its inability to fortify democratic institutions and build a robust state-society relationship since its independence. The present political conundrum is the…

By Mudasir Dar

Pakistan – Withering State

Introduction.   Pakistan is witnessing probably the most dangerous implosion of institutions triggered by Imran Khan and his followers. Citadels and symbols of Army supremacy, residences of Corps Commanders, HQs, and…

By Lt Gen K J Singh (Retd)