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Doval Creates Synergy In India-Russia Ties

The scheduled visit of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to Moscow on February 7-9 was in connection with the multilateral consultations of the secretaries of security councils and national security advisors regarding Afghanistan hosted by the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev. However, it was Doval’s meeting with President Vladimir Putin that […]

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U.S. “Peaceful” Interventions

In November 2022, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (which already sounds like an oxymoron) released the Defense Support to Stabilization (DSS) Practice Guide: A Guide for Stabilization Practitioners. U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), November 2022.) This document sheds light on how the Pentagon interacts with other […]

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Doing Business With Taliban Govt

The best part of the UN Security Council discussion Thursday regarding the situation in Afghanistan was the candid remarks by the Russian and Chinese ambassadors on the accountability of the Taliban government in Kabul for the crisis gripping that country today, just an year after the vacation of the NATO […]

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The Many Lives Of Ayman Al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri is dead – or so we are told. Al-Qaida’s chief and successor to the slain Osama bin Laden, he was deemed the chief ideologue and mastermind behind the audacious September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. On July 31, he was supposedly killed in a drone strike […]

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Kill Al-Zawahiri

It is unsettling to see a democratic government like the United States beating its chest over the high-tech murder of a retired jihadist, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. The 71-year-old al-Zawahiri succeeded the assassinated Osama bin Laden as chief of the anti-US underground group, al-Qaeda. The mild-mannered, Egyptian had been a local […]

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Afghanistan Braces For New War

There is media buzz lately about an anti-Taliban insurgency struggling to be born in Afghanistan. A former Afghan army general, Sami Sadat, is returning home as the West’s favourite to don the mantle of leadership of a pan-Afghan “resistance” movement against repressive Taliban rule. There is a lot of infighting […]

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Ukraine Is A Pawn On The Grand Chessboard

Zbigniew Brzezinski’s book “The Grand Chessboard” was published 25 years ago. His assumptions and strategies for maintaining U.S. global dominance have been hugely influential in US foreign policy. As the conflict in Ukraine evolves, with the potential of escalating into world war, we can see where this policy leads and […]

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Asian Fault Lines Of Biden’s War On Russia

The tremors of the United States’ tensions with Russia playing out in Europe are being felt in different ways already in Asia. The hypothesis of Ukraine being in Europe and the conflict being all about European security is delusional. From Kazakhstan to Myanmar, from Solomon Islands to the Kuril Islands, […]