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  • “Cold Water on Cold Start”: Long-Term Implications of Short-Range Missiles0

    Maimuna Ashraf “Nasr has put cold water on Cold Start” is the statement that buzzed the headlines recently after Pakistan successfully undertaken a series of training launches and test/trials of its short-range surface to surface ballistic missile. This development grabbed the attention of critics on Nasr’s improved technical parameters to counterweight Indian Cold Start Doctrine

  • Qatar scores, at least on the soccer pitch0

    By James M. Dorsey Qatar won more than a symbolic victory with a decision by European soccer body UEFA to award controversial television network Al Jazeera’s sport franchise, BeIN Spots, the Middle Eastern and North African broadcasting rights for two of soccer’s most prestigious club competitions — the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

  • Education: A Privilege Of The Rich In The Third World0

      By Nauman Sadiq We commit a big fallacy when we assume that our educational accomplishments are our individual achievements. We like to believe that we were born with a certain innate talent which makes us intellectually superior to all the rest. But the fact of the matter is that our innate talents aren’t all

  • US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict0

    President Trump visits Saudi Arabia By James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump. in a step that could embolden Saudi Arabia to move ahead with plans to destabilize Iran, has instructed White House aides to give him the arguments for withholding certification in October that Iran has complied with its nuclear agreement with world

  • SC Order on Manipur Fake Encounters is a Step Forward in Long Road to Justice0

    By Arijit Sen on 20/07/2017 The order may or may not bring closure and peace to the victims’ families, but it has renewed hope for justice in areas where the AFSPA is in force. Women hold placards during a protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Credit: Reuters On July 14, the fight against extrajudicial

  • Doklam Standoff: Misunderestimating Bhutan’s Sovereignty1

    By Omair Ahmad on 20/07/2017 Today, as two Asian powers face off with Bhutan at the centre of this delicate situation, the outcome will show whether the Asian century has a chance to be a peaceful one, or whether it will replay the violence of the colonial period. Jawaharlal Nehru at Paro 1958. Credit: India

  • Is Doklam China’s way of telling India to ‘behave’ in the seas?0

    by  N Sathiya Moorthy ‘Little did those in India’s strategic community realise that any wise adversary in China’s place and circumstances would only take the land route to disturb and trouble India….It is along the land border that all of India’s post-Cold War allies would be of little or no political and diplomatic, and least

  • The Gulf crisis: A battle of megalomaniacs0

        Source: The World Bank By James M. Dorsey There are fundamental problems in trying to learn lessons or draw conclusions from the Gulf crisis for the role of small states in international relations. For one, the Gulf crisis is an epic battle between small states rather than simply one small state being targeted

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