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Jaswant Singh

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Jaswant Singh
1 Dec 2013

Confusion reins as Afghans take next big step

Despite some last-minute brinkmanship by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the US and Afghanistan seem to have worked out a bilateral security agreement to govern the 8,000 to 10,000 (mostly US) troops that will remain in Afghanistan from next year. But Afghanistan remains a source of significant uncertainty _ and high anxiety _ in an already unstable region.

1 Dec 2013
26 Sep 2013

Beijing's moves spark new great game

Nowadays, many people seem to be more relaxed than ever about nationality, with the internet enabling them to forge close connections with distant cultures and people. But states remain extremely sensitive about their borders' inviolability.

26 Sep 2013 1
29 Aug 2012

Syria agonies highlight West's decline

Syria's agony has generated a variety of unproductive responses: verbal condemnation of the excesses of President Bashar al-Assad's regime; disagreements about the wisdom of armed intervention; and all-around confusion about the possibility of finding a viable long-term solution. Worse, in this sorry state of affairs, the world may be getting a glimpse of a very ugly future.

29 Aug 2012 2
29 Mar 2012

Ideals crucial as Myanmar opens up

Isolated and impoverished by decades of international sanctions, Myanmar has emerged in recent months as both a beacon of hope and a potential new Asian flashpoint. With Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi freed from two decades of house arrest to campaign vigorously for a seat in parliament in the special election to be held on April 1, Myanmar's commitment to rejoining the international community appears to be genuine. But this opening has other consequences, most importantly setting the stage for a new "great game" of strategic competition.

29 Mar 2012
29 Jan 2012

India's year of living stagnantly

Will 2012 prove to be a year of renewal for India, or another annus horribilis? No country progresses unerringly, but India cannot afford another politically and economically torpid year like 2011. For India, last year is a year best forgotten.

29 Jan 2012