• 03 October, 2023
Geopolitics & National Security



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)

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)

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)

Surviving The Burnout: A Virtual Coup By The Pakistan Army Is Already In The Making

Pakistan has been in turmoil for some time, especially since its economy started showing signs of near-total collapse a little more than a year ago. The IMF placed tough conditions…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

China’s Invisible War With India And The World

On 15 June 2020, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) backstabbed the Indian Army patrolling team during the Galwan Valley Clash. The whole nation was angry, but the flag-bearers of the India-China Friendship…

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Meet In Goa – Substance Or Cosmetics?

In September last year, when India assumed the rotational chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, it formally invited all the members to the Foreign Ministers' confabulations. Inevitably, the list of…

By Maj Gen Neeraj Bali (Retd)

Managing Democracy In Pakistan: An Enduring Experiment by the Establishment

Ploy for an Early Poll On 01 March 2023, a five-member bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial gave a split 3-2 ruling for conducting…

By Vivek Verma

Fiscal Implosion In Pakistan Economy And Impact On Defence Spending

Pakistan has landed itself in fiscal maelstrom due to its profligate rentier mindset. The country's economy is on ventilator and is literally gasping for external bail-outs. The talks with IMF…

By Lt Gen K J Singh (Retd)

Are China- Pakistan Relations Cooling Off?

View of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad ‘All-weather friendship that is higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey’ is the rhetoric in China-Pakistan relations…

By Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma