China in SAARC: Trouble for India!

By Iftikhar Gilani India may have taken solace in effectively isolating Pakistan at the recently concluded SAARC summit at Kathmandu by forcing a reluctant Islamabad into inking pacts on energy cooperation. However, the hush-hush tones of certain countries to pitch in for including China as a ninth member in the

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Chinese Influence in Afghanistan and the United States

Does the United States care if Beijing ramps up its influence in Afghanistan? Probably not. By Robert Farley One of the hallmarks of the Cold War, especially its later stages, was bitter competition between the superpowers over areas of dubious strategic significance. More than one African dictator lined his pockets

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Strategic competition in Afghanistan

By Christophe Jaffrelot NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan will not have the impact some observers were fearing. The new rulers of Kabul, President Abdul Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, have signed the agreement with the US that former President Hamid Karzai kept rejecting for months. According to this agreement,

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Afghan End Game: Chinese Security Imperative and Implications for India

By Joy Mitra The Uyghur Predicament in Xinjiang Of all the major non-Han ethnic groups including Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and Tajiks, the Uyghurs in Xinjiang are one of the most important ethnic groups who are closely related to other Turkic peoples in Xinjiang and the rest of Central Asia. Eighty

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