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In 2016, India is likely to hit a sweet spot and come to be seen – despite a host of domestic debilities and external vulnerabilities – as an island of growth and stability. This year, several countries whose internal dynamics are acutely relevant to India will undergo internal transitions of one sort or another.
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Can the Taliban become any further barbaric than this? Targeting a school, and killing more than 130 children?
Salma Malik Assistant professor, Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University
The newly-elected President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, while addressing a joint press conference at the end of his two-day visit to Pakistan, said “We must overcome the past…we will not permit the past to destroy the future.” It was indeed a very optimistic and pragmatic message for interested and watchful audiences not only in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but for all those keenly monitoring the transition Kabul is undergoing.
An Interview with Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat
B-7/3, Safdarjung Enclave
New Delhi 110029
Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, is a former Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference in Kashmir Valley.
Nadir Ali, a Research Assistant at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, interviewed Prof Bhat in February 2011.
Nadir Ali: What is your evaluation of the political situation in Kashmir and its impact on South Asia?
Professor Bhat: Kashmir is the crux of all problems between India and Pakistan.
3322, 28 January 2011
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by Sripathi Narayanan
The global war on terror is in its ninth year since it began in October 2001. In these nine years the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is faced with a situation of a stalemate since its initial gains. The past few years have seen the ISAF getting bogged down in a never ending cat and mouse game with the Taliban.
#3178, 5 July 2010
D Suba Chandran
Deputy Director, IPCS
(Article no. 2218)
By Srinjoy Bose
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