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The ‘Londonistan’ Phenomenon and UK Intelligence

Abstract This paper aims to explain how and why London came to be a hub for Pan-Islamist jihadism during the 1990s. It posits that the origins of the ‘Londonistan’ phenomenon lie in a long British tradition of using intelligence to obtain stra....

The Prussian General Staff: Lessons for Indian Think Tankers

This essay argues that if Indian think tanks are to influence policy, they need to replicate the conditions under which policy allows itself to be shaped by expert advice. The essay uses the 19th century Prussian General Staff as a model to highlight....

Hardly Any Water In Wikileaks Revelations

Professional diplomats will find little that is new or startling in the Wikileaks cables. For them the quality and content of reporting in the leaked cables is quite standard fare. Transmitting to Headquarters information gleaned from contacts, asse....

China’s Defence Budget (2011-12)

Amid growing international concerns, the People’s Republic of China presented its latest defence budget on 4 March 2011, a day ahead of the opening of the Republic’s Ninth National People's Congress. The budget shows a marked increase of 12.6 per....

Nagaland: Threat to Reconciliation and Dialogue

At a time when the reconciliation process to bring the different factions in Nagaland together was gaining in ground, the announcement by NSCN (K) and NNC that their respective leaders, SS Khaplang and S Singnya would not be participating in the fort....

Evolving India-Japan Relations and the Way Forward

Introduction: The complementary nature of Indian and Japanese economies, and their converging political and security interests have led to the enhancement of India- Japan relations in the recent times. While the emergence of a new India has opened u....

A Deepening Mess - Pakistan is again exploiting India’s eagerness for dialogue

Apropos our decision to resume a “comprehensive” dialogue with Pakistan, the question needs to be asked why we want to play the same game with our neighbour again and again when we know that it does not want to play by accepted rules, or interpre....

Defence Capability Vs Defence Expenditure

One of the most keenly watched part of the Union budget is the allocations of funds for defence expenditure. Given the prevailing security environment, modernization of the armed forces and keeping them militarily prepared is a major challenge faced ....

Peace with India and Democracy Can Save Pakistan

Increasingly, Pakistan is being viewed as a dysfunctional state by the international community. The assassination of another Pakistani Minister for opposing the pernicious blasphemy law is causing more soul searching within sections of the beleagured....

India's Deafening Silence On The Tumult In The Arab World

“The worst place in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral during a moral crisis”: Dante At a time when there is great tumult in the entire Arab world, India’s continuing silence on the developments in a region of critical strategic....

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