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02-02-2021

In the Shadow of Sanctions? US–India Relations and the S-400 Purchase

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By Aniruddha Saha In October 2018, and in spite of warnings from the US of the imposition of sanctions, India made a USD 5 billion deal with Moscow to purchase 5 units of the Russian-made indigenous Triumph S-400 air defence system. Russia confirmed that India had made the first tranche of payment of USD 800 million in November 2019 with the aim of delivering the first batch of S-400 air defence systems by the end of 2021. Following the June 2020 clashes between the Chinese and Indian forces on the Line of Actual Control, India had requested Russia to expedite the delivery of the first batch of S-400 defence systems....

AMAN 2021 – Standing together for peace

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Hadiya Siddiqui Advocating peace, Pakistan Navy has had the privilege of conceiving and hosting the AMAN series of exercise ever since 2007. The endeavor, which has played a critical role in boosting the morale of Pakistan Navy, encompasses multinational exercise with friendly regional and extra regional naval forces. The goal is to strengthen ties, enhance compatibility and mutual understanding amongst navies to ensure efficient maritime security in the Indian Ocean. Pakistan Navy, interacting with all the participating navies through joint bilateral and multilateral exercises, has proudly been able to claim the growing stature of the exercise and the largest participation of...

26-01-2021

No one knew, in October 2008, why then-President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari awarded the Hilal-e-Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan) to then-US Vice President Joe Biden. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government announced that Biden and Republican Senator Richard Lugar would be recognised for their services to Pakistan. But what services? Just a few months after the announcement of the honour, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani spilled the beans on the issue. He told the media on January 5, 2009 that the then-Vice President Joe Biden had “played a key role in forcing General Pervez Musharraf in restoring democracy.” Prime Minister Gillani...

25-01-2021

By Professor Li Haidong On January 20, President-elect Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States amid tight security by the National Guard. Over the past four years, red flags lit up across various fields in the U.S., from epidemic control, economy, to racial issues and diplomacy. The scene of Trump supporters attacking Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 highlighted the continued deep divide in U.S. politics, and more thoroughly revealed the reality of a torn U.S. society. The U.S. society has lost its values. With differing self and national identities, it is difficult to form a...

15-01-2021

Israel-Palestine Policy Under Biden

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By Cindy May Joe Biden’s election has generated optimism that the United States will meaningfully reengage in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. President-elect Biden will undoubtedly take a more equitable and multilateral approach to the conflict than his predecessor, but his tenure is unlikely to usher in a significant change in the US policy. As a longtime ally to Israel who has spent more than forty years as a Democratic senator and vice president, his views on the conflict firmly reflect those of his party’s mainstream. We can thus expect Biden’s approach to Israel and Palestine to be a return to...

Aman-7 — A feather in Pakistan Navy’s cap

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Sultan M HaliWhile the world struggles to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the responsibility of defense can neither be relegated nor postponed because existential threats do not diminish with natural calamities. If lessons can be learnt from the history of statecraft and warfare, nations at a lower ebb of vulnerability can invite aggression from vested interests. Like the other arms of Service, Pakistan Navy (PN) too not only maintains constant vigil but also keeps its powder dry to meet any challenge head on. Organising and participating in military exercises remains a time-tested method of honing the skills...

12-01-2021

The new age of autocrats

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From Putin to Trump: why political strongmen keep winning. BY John Connelly Anne Applebaum’s reflections on the anti-democratic pandemic sweeping our world offer an extraordinary mix of personal witness and dispassionate historical analysis. A respected conservative author, Applebaum used to enjoy long dinner parties with some of our age’s most gifted right-leaning intellectuals, from Washington to Warsaw; now many of them serve illiberal strongmen and she cringes when she catches sight of them, elated when they cross the street first. But Applebaum also endeavours to figure out what drove these smart people to serve leaders who crush the freedoms that should...

The Coup Began Years Ago

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Republican lawmakers have shown their supporters that there is no line they cannot cross. By Mark Joseph Stern In the wake of the 2016 election, the North Carolina GOP faced a problem: Republican Gov. Pat McCrory lost reelection, even as Donald Trump handily carried the state. McCrory’s loss to Democrat Roy Cooper threatened the party’s aggressive efforts to entrench permanent control over the state. So Republicans launched a campaign to overturn the election by raising false claims of mass voter fraud, then asked the GOP-dominated legislature to install McCrory for a second term. After Cooper’s margin of victory proved too big...