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Wars Are a Human Effort…afterall

September 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Analysis

Unless there is a change in how it perceives the nature of warfare, the West will lose the War in Afghanistan, despite declaring victory, and spend the next 10 years in splendid isolation wondering what went wrong.

Af Pak – Come September

September 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Analysis, war on terror

Af Pak Events The intensity of war in Af-Pak has picked up considerably in September beginning last week of August. The pattern indicates flexing of muscle by the Punjabi Taliban and TTP across Pakistan. The numbers in Pakistan include 108 civilians, mainly Shia minority, killed and 400 wounded. In Afghanistanthe coalition forces were able to kill 64 “terrorists” of […]

As August 2010 Ambles Away

War in Iraq The writing was on the wall with Obama formally announcing an end to the war in Iraq. “We are turning a new page in history”, he said. The next page is obviously the drawdown in Afghanistan in July 2011. Apparently this page has been turned without as much thinking through as was […]

Balkanising Pakistan

August 6, 2010 by  
Filed under war on terror

It is time to Balkanise Pakistan, says Michael Hughes.In his article titled Balkanising Pakistan: A collective National Security Strategy the author has articulated the “Why” of his suggestion through a compelling argument. This has serious ramifications for the region, especially for India. The basic proposal of fragmentation is to break off and allow Afghanistan to […]

How Much Convincing Does the World Want?

August 3, 2010 by  
Filed under war on terror

What Chris Alexander, the Canadian diplomat, brought to the notice of the world on the heels of WikiLeaks and a three-year extension to Kayani, obviously has made no impact on Obama. Obama said Monday that Pakistan is doing all it can to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. The revelations made by the Canadian Diplomat, who […]

Afghanistan After America

August 2, 2010 by  
Filed under geopolitics, war on terror

General Patraeus’s recent communique to the ISAF says “fight the Taliban hard and have a cup of tea with the Afghans.” Thankfully, the West has , despite all the COIN strategies realised that it is important to win the popular support in this insurgency.  That he is willing to apply the “whole of government” approach […]

Who Rolls the Dice?

July 28, 2010 by  
Filed under geopolitics, war on terror

As a blogger I have to rely on graphics from other sources. But that’s OK..in this web 2.0 environment such collaboration is permitted. This one from Outlook is a wee bit dated in view of WikiLeaks but the larger question is determining who rolls the Dice and controls the fate of South Asia in the […]

Talking to Taliban

July 26, 2010 by  
Filed under foreign policy, geopolitics

NATO wants out NATO’s new strategy in Afghanistan is part military offensive, part training the Afghan security forces, part fostering civil society and part talking with at least some members of the Taliban, to entice them to join the government side. In one sense, it all began with President Barack Obama’s moves for a new […]

Afghanistan – Kabul Conference and Beyond

July 22, 2010 by  
Filed under geopolitics, war on terror

“We can’t be there for another five years, having been there for nine years already”, British Prime Minister David Cameron suddenly realised. NATO’s Secretary-General Rasmussen has warned that the Taliban would return to Afghanistan and it would once again become a safe haven for terrorists if international forces withdrew too soon. The Kabul conference of […]

NATO's Afghanistan Woes

June 11, 2010 by  
Filed under geopolitics, war on terror

Two service members with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were killed in a roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan on Friday. The deaths add to a growing list of troop casualties this week. As per policy, the coalition did not release the nationalities of the service members who died. At least 18 American troops have […]

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