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Politicizing the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

I was a panelist on the January 30, discussion, headed under the title of: “Why is the West Waging a Campaign Against the Sochi Winter Olympics?” Among other things, the subtitle of my below contribution to that panel (and its contents), emphasize the lack of a critical follow-up on the subject at hand. Read More »

Global arms sales up 29 percent since 2003

New data launched by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing companies, which amounted to $395 billion in 2012, has increased by 29 per cent in real terms since 2003. Read More »

Africa’s great Green Wall seeks new partners

More partnerships and investments are needed to support the pan-African Great Green Wall Initiative, which has become Africa’s flagship enterprise in tackling the detrimental social, economic and environmental impacts of land degradation, desertification, drought and climate change, experts say. Read More »

India and left-wing extremism 2013

Left-wing Extremism (LWE) continued to remain as one of the major challenges to India’s internal security in 2013. Its intensity persisted especially in three states – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa – apart from significant presence in West Bengal, Bihar, and Maharashtra. Read More »

Military chiefs look to NATO’s future

The NATO chiefs of defense “talked a little bit about today, a little bit about tomorrow, and a little bit about 10 years from now,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said as he returned to Washington today from alliance meetings in Brussels. Read More »

Indian military aid to Afghanistan: Lessons from Iraq

The Indian debate on Afghanistan, particularly on issues post-2014, has centred on security concerns regarding influx of militants from Afghanistan into Kashmir, the Pakistani agenda in Kabul, opening of an alternate trade route with Afghanistan through the Iranian port of Chabahar, India’s development programmes and economic cooperation with Afghanistan, and the more contentious issue of providing military aid to the ... Read More »

WRI gently criticises EU’s 2030 climate goals

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has greeted the European Commission’s announcement of a climate and energy package, which the 28-nation European Union (EU) heads of state would consider at their meeting on March 20-21. But the Institute points out that “the proposal does not yet ensure a clear pathway to a low carbon economy”. Read More »

Women rights demanded in parliament

STAFF REPORTER Independent lawmakers in the 10th Parliament on Thursday demanded allocation of three women reserved seats and chairmanship in the parliamentary standing committees on the basis of their proportionate representation. Read More »