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Maritime Power through Blue Economy in the Indian context

Preface At the outset, this monograph has sought to resolve the ambiguities in comprehending the oft-used phrase ‘maritime power’. It has established that constituents are those permanent attributes which make a country easier or harder to be at sea. On the other hand enablers of maritime power are its potentials. Thus, long coastline is a constituent and the fishing industry that spawns on the coast is an enabler.

International Law and Armed Conflict in the 21st Century

... violence that often accompanies war or armed conflict has caused unquantifiable suffering to millions .... timeline of human history makes it amply evident that it would be a folly to consider warfare as an exception to human behaviour ... law is one of the instrumentalities of social control, war too, like most other social behaviour and activity, ought to be governed and regulated by legal controls ... _________________

Balochistan - Forgotten War, Forsaken People

If there was one genuinely ‘unfinished agenda of Partition’ it must be the case of freedom of Balochistan from the brazen colonisation of Pakistan. All through the post-partition decades, the Baloch have protested, confronted and rebelled against Pakistan’s mistreatment of its largest and naturally richest province. There have been as many as four rebellions at such scales that needed deployment of Pakistan’s military machine—with heavy weaponry—to crush these. Presently, there is the fifth Baloch rebellion, and consequently, another bout of Pakistan’s violent repression.

Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute and Indo-Centric Reflections on China's Military Capabilities, thoughts and Options in the Near Future

Preface India and China share many similarities. They both rejoice in, and relate to, the inheritances of their continuing civilizations. Both are nuclear power states with ever increasing military capabilities. Alongside the benefits of their rising economies they are also grappling with the internal contradictions and upheavals of their billion strong populations. In pursuit of their national aspirations they are both jostling for their rightful places in the world order. If China’s rise remains under close scrutiny in India, that of India does not go unnoticed in China.

Russia, Europe and The United States: Emerging Power Play

"The Soviet Union ceased to exist twenty-five years ago but tensions between Russia and the West have remained high despite the end of the Cold War. The West still seems to be struggling to come to terms with the reality of a post-Soviet Russia and is not clear how to craft its policies towards a Russia that seeks to “regain its lost prestige” under Putin. This work seeks to examine Russia’s trajectory and Western attitudes toward Moscow and analyze the reasons for Russia’s new assertiveness and the global implications of this emerging power play in Eurasia"

Corridor Calculus China Pakistan Economic Corridor & China's Comprador Investment Model in Pakistan

I. A DONE DEAL Soon after the PPP formed the government in 2008, President Asif Zardari put forward a very ambitious proposal costing around $60 billion for around 70 mega projects to Pakistan's Western donors who had formed the Friends 1 of Pakistan group.

China-One Belt and One Road Initiative: Strategic & Economic Implications

Abstract “The India-China relationship is likely to be the most complex, perhaps the most competitive relationship between two of the world's mega-states in the twenty-first century. Their cooperative interactions will be edgy and formal, often brittle – irrespective of public professions to the contrary.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: An Assessment

The recent summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a watershed one in more than one respect. In the 15 years of its existence as a regional grouping, the SCO is on the verge of a new phase in its evolution. A phase that is complex and complicated.

ZARB-e-AZB: An Evaluation of Pakistan Army's Anti-Taliban Operations in North Waziristan

Preface Terrorism has been synonymous with Pakistan for years. Post 9/11, Pakistan had an opportunity to make a break with its use of jihadist terrorism as an instrument of state policy. But despite all the international pressure and notwithstanding all its claims of becoming a frontline partner in the Global War on Terror, Pakistan continued to support and provide sanctuary to jihadists, especially those who escaped the US-led offensive in Afghanistan.

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