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Afghanistan - Can 1996 Repeat itself?

Paper No. 5687                                      Dated 22-Apr-2014

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

A paper produced by late B. Raman in 2013 on the consequences of US withdrawal from Afghanistan in end 2014 is reproduced below.  The points made by him including India’s options are still relevant.  The only change if any is that the Haqqani network has emerged stronger thanks to the total support given by ISI of Pakistan.  -- Director

Can 1996 Repeat itself in Afghanistan?

Sri Lanka: Tweaking the Muslims – Update No. 243

Note No. 715                                           Dated 22-Apr-2014

By Col R. Hariharan

Why Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa is tweaking the Muslim community, which by and large had been his loyal political partner?

Nepal: Koirala Government Moving Slowly and not Steadily! - Update No. 295

Note No. 714                                         Dated 18-Apr-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
It is generally agreed that the main task of the present Koirala government should be to get on with constitution making within one year. This urgency has been reflected in almost all the manifestos of the parties during the November elections and continued to be mouthed now and then.  But the ground realities appear to be different!
 

South China Sea: Indonesia Finally Sheds Strategic Ambiguity

Paper No. 5686                                         Dated 16-Apr-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Indonesia finally shed its strategic ambiguity in March 2014 on the China-generated South China Sea conflicts by Indonesian officials asserting that China’s Nine Dash Line is in conflict with Indonesia’s maritime sovereignty around the Natuna Inlands in response to increased Chinese military activities in the Southern Segment of the South China Sea.

India-China Relations- Next Steps

Paper No. 5685                               Dated 14-Apr-2014

By Bhaskar Roy

Sometime during the fall this year Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit India as part of the agreed high level bilateral exchange.

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