Indian Subcontinent

Does India Have Lessons for China and the South China Sea?

Mercedes Page
It’s been a big few weeks in the South China Sea. After months of internal debate, the US finally conducted a Freedom of Navigation Operation on 27 October, sailing within 12 nautical miles of the disputed Subi and Mischief Reefs.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s Evolving Alliance

By Giorgio Cafiero, Daniel Wagner
The two Muslim powers seek a "reset"—but events in the region may make that impossible.
In early November, Pakistan’s chief of army staff, General Raheel Sharif, made an important visit to Saudi Arabia. The general met with King Salman and other top officials in Riyadh, where he stressed [5] Islamabad’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of Mecca and Medina, as well as Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity.

Is War Between China and India Possible?

By Daniel Markey
As I was researching and writing the latest Contingency Planning Memorandum for CFR’s Center for Preventive Action, “Armed Confrontation Between China and India,” one of my top priorities was to avoid overstating the probability of the contingency.

Stakes are higher than ever in case of Indo-Pak conflict: US think tank


Pakistan’s dependence on tactical atomic weapons greatly expands the risk of an Indo-Pak nuclear confrontation and the most dangerous scenario that could lead to a catastrophe is a replay of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, a group of American think tanks has said.

What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?

Reuters / Ueslei Marcelino

Pepe Escobar 

Winston Churchill once said, “I feel lonely without a war.” He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill’s successor – the ‘Empire of Chaos’ – now faces the same quandary. Some wars – as in Ukraine, by proxy – are not going so well.
And the loss of empire increasingly manifests itself in myriad moves by selected players aiming towards a multipolar world.

IS in Pakistan


Editorial Desk
There's no mistaking it any longer: the self-styled Islamic State is making inroads in Pakistan.In a militancy-riven landscape like that of Pakistan, where violent extremist groups have had a long run virtually unimpeded by state action until recently, this signifies a dangerous new dimension in the war against terrorism.

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