South Asia and Beyond


U.S. Resumes Strikes Against Taliban After 11 Days, Warns Them

KABUL: Gen. Scott Miller, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, in a visit to Afghan forces in Kabul on Tuesday said the U.S.-Taliban agreement is a potentially historic agreement for the Afghan people and that “it is fragile if the Taliban are not going to lower violence” and “that causes a risk to […]Read More

India Is Making A Big Effort To Get The Situation

PUNE: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s belief that the India-EU relationship has so far “underperformed” has found a ready echo amongst leaders of member nations of the European Union, all of whom are ready to discuss business and common concerns  on the global geo-political front when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Brussels later this month. […]Read More

‘There Will Be An Asia-Led World Order, Not A China-Led

PUNE: Despite the growth of the American economy and a seeming belief that the U.S. is increasingly determining global affairs today, its position is much weaker than what it used to be since the end of the Cold War. Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, tells StratNews Global Opinion Editor Ashwin […]Read More

‘Afghan-Taliban Talks Give India Opportunity For More Skin In The

The U.S. willingness to withdraw and the imperative for Afghan peace has created the conditions for the first time in 19 years for both America and the Taliban to reach a breakthrough. India’s former Ambassador to Afghanistan Gautam Mukhopadhaya acknowledges the achievement so far. In conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi he outlines the tricky negotiations ahead. On the February […]Read More

‘Taliban Deal Is A Chance For Peace But Concerns Remain’

KABUL: A ‘reduction in violence’ that has held for a week and has infused Afghans with hope for a comprehensive ceasefire will continue for the foreseeable future—that’s the immediate bottomline after U.S. Special representative Zalmay Khalilzad and deputy political head of Taliban Mullah Baradar signed a deal in Doha, Qatar. Shabeer Ahmadi, Tolo News Foreign Desk Head and StratNews Global […]Read More

How India Is Going About Higher Defence Reforms

NEW DELHI: Two months ago, the Indian government announced its intent of carrying out the much-anticipated reforms in Defence by naming a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and creating a Department of Military Affairs (DMA). Both have their tasks cut out and clear timelines has been set. The idea is to eliminate duplication and red […]Read More

‘Trump Visit Political Theatre In Election Year, Putin-Modi Meetings Not

NEW DELHI: Russian Senator Andrei Klimov on an India visit speaks to StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. As Deputy Chair of Russia’s Upper House- the Federation Council’s- Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Senator contrasts U.S. President Donald Trump’s first visit to India with meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, discusses why […]Read More

Balakot, One Year On: ‘India Drew New Red Lines, Called

NEW DELHI: February 26, 2019 — a red-letter day for India’s political will and military operations with the Balakot air strikes against Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists deep inside Pakistani territory. Air Marshal SBP Sinha, a fighter pilot who retired from service on December 31, 2018 as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Air Command, in conversation […]Read More

‘Give Peace A Chance In Afghanistan’

When will the ‘jang’ (fighting) stop, asks an Afghan widow from the four-decade-old conflict. A seven-day ‘Reduction in Violence’ agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban is in place. If that holds, a deal is expected to be signed in Doha on February 29. Meanwhile, a country is crying out for peace. Afghanistan is not […]Read More