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French break-up a blow to Biden’s China-focused alliance rebuilding

By Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) -European capitals celebrated a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in June, as President Joe Biden's top diplomat cracked jokes…

By Reuters and Chanakya Forum

Lessons From Kabul Fiasco

The apex leadership of the Taliban which claims control over Kabul had deferred its ceremonial declaration of the launch of its regime on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terror…

By Dr Seshadri Chari

Joe Biden – President Who Pulled Punches When it Mattered

Hours after the last U.S. troops and diplomats were out of Afghanistan, President Joe Biden said in an address at the White House that Washington will continue to support the…

By Reuters and Chanakya Forum

Kabul Fiasco Adds Poignancy to 9/11 Anniversary

"Two steel birds will fall from the sky on the Metropolis / The sky will burn at forty-five degrees latitude / Fire approaches the great new city / Immediately a…

By TP Sreenivasan

Pakistan Riding the Taliban Tiger

“He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount” - Chinese Proverb The accepted Westphalian sovereign international order of State responsibility and westernised societal behaviour stands threatened by the rise…

By Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, PVSM, AVSM, SM, (Retd)

Contact With Taliban: Engagement Isn’t Endorsement

The news that the Indian ambassador in Doha had held a meeting with the head of the Taliban political office in the Qatari capital has led to a flurry of…

Afghanistan’s Economic Revival: On a Road to Nowhere

Afghanistan’s Economic Revival: On a Road to Nowhere Lieutenant General C A Krishnan (Retd) Afghanistan, historically, has been synonymous with turmoil and conflicts. The unending trail of conflicts continue unabated and…

China Debt-Traps Nations With Confidentiality Clauses

Beijing [China], August 25 (ANI): China, which is the world's largest creditor, is shockingly using confidentiality clauses barring borrowers from revealing terms and conditions of the engagement or even the…

US Withdrawal From Afghanistan -Concerns for Middle East Countries

US Withdrawal From Afghanistan -Concerns for Middle East Countries ANI & Chanakya Forum Nicosia [Cyprus], August 23 (ANI): The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, followed in a matter of…

Afghanistan: Show Me The Money!

Afghanistan: Show Me The Money! Sushant Sareen Capturing Afghanistan was the easy part; running Afghanistan is the more difficult and complicated part, especially on empty. A week after having occupied…

Panjshir-Valley of Hope

Panjshir-Valley of Hope Dr Waiel S H Awwad It was in September 2001 in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan where foreign journalists had gathered for almost a month during the…

IPCC Report – Reminder of an Impending Climate Catastrophe

IPCC Report - Reminder of an Impending Climate Catastrophe Dr Dhanasree Jayaram The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),…