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Symposium: India’s Standoff With Jihad

By | Friday, March 28, 2008 Can India counter the Islamic challenge on its own? A distinguished panel joins Frontpage Symposium today to discuss this issue. Our guests are: Praveen Swami, Associate Editor of Frontline magazine and The Hindu newspaper. He writes on security issues. His most recent book, India, Pakistan and the Secret Jihad examines the history of Islamist terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir from 1947 onwards. Moorthy Muthuswamy, an expert on terrorism in India. He grew up in India, where he had firsthand experience with political Islam and jihad. He moved to America in 1984 to pursue graduate studies. In 1992, he received a doctorate in nuclear physics from Stony Brook University, New York. Since 1999 he has extensively published ideas on neutralizing political Islam's terror war as it is imposed on unbelievers. He is the author of the new book, The Art of War on Terror: Triumphing over Political Islam and the Axis of J

What Does China Think?

Fahamu (Oxford) ANALYSIS 28 March 2008 Posted to the web 28 March 2008 By Stephen Marks Stephen Marks argues in this extended review of recent publications about China that there are few other important global players whose affairs are so exclusively analysed on the basis of ignorance and stereotype. There is little understanding outside China about the differences of perspectives of Chinese intellectuals - they are far from being a homogeneous group. China is no longer a topic - it's a dimension. On every issue, from global warming to the credit crisis, China and its impact can no longer be ignored, not as a subject apart to be left to experts, but as an integral component of the global picture, on which every analyst or commentator has to have an opinon. And as we all do when we have to come up with an opinion on something of which we know nothing, we reach off the shelf for a ready-made answer. In the case of China, these are easy to find. There is the cold-war im

China: Military Media Attacks on India- A Tibet issue fall out?

by D. S. Rajan Almost coinciding with the beginning of the Tibetan unrest, several articles highly critical of India have started appearing in the Chinese language strategic journals and military media in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Their accusations, in the main, concern the alleged regional and global power ambitions of India, increase in defence outlay and further signs of New Delhi-Washington military collusion. What do these comments mean at this juncture when the Tibet developments are apparently casting a shadow on Sino-Indian ties? Prior to any analysis, a look at the contents of the relevant material would be necessary. A comment in the Yadong Military website[1] (16 March 2008) while taking note of the holding of India’s “Dakshin Shakti” military exercise in the ‘Sino-Indian border’, has raised a question whether or not the simulated manoeuvres, in which formations from the infantry, armoured and artillery u

India’s Tibet policy Need for a change

Source: SAAG Guest Column by Rajiv Sikri Rajiv Sikri is a former Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. This article was originally published in rediff on 27th March 2008 and has the author’s permission to publish in South Asia Analysis Group . The views expressed are his own. The author can be reached Recent events in Tibet have put an uncomfortable spotlight on China. Although the Tibetan uprising appears to have been put down for the moment, the Tibet story is not over. Troubles could erupt again. The whole world and the people of China themselves realize that China’s Tibet policy has been a failure. A group of eminent Chinese writers and intellectuals have shown the courage to publicly question the Beijing regime’s Tibet policy. The psychological impact of developments in Tibet could be debilitating for China in the long term. It could inspire other disaffected ethnic and other groups in China like the Uighurs to try to coalesce with Tibe

Pakistan: Zardari's big tent

Mar 27th 2008 | LAHORE From The Economist print edition Benazir's widower tries to keep everybody happy ASIF ZARDARI, widower of Benazir Bhutto, has played his cards well so far. After Miss Bhutto was assassinated on December 27th, he seized the reins of her Pakistan People's Party (PPP), capitalised on a wave of sympathy for her and led it to victory in the general election in February. Then he surprised everyone by offering to share power with the other big party—the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), or PML(N), of Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, with which the PPP has long been at odds. Mr Sharif was bent on a confrontation with President Pervez Musharraf that would have created unrest and hurt the prospects of the new government. But by including Mr Sharif, Mr Zardari has engineered a degree of stability. And on March 22nd he executed his masterstroke. EPA A salute for Gillani, the stopgap premier?After weeks of suspense about who would be the PPP's nomin

Russia and Japan form nuclear alliance 13:24 | 27/ 03/ 2008 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti commentator Tatyana Sinitsyna) - Paris is in shock: nuclear giants Atomenergoprom and Toshiba have decided to form an alliance in civilian nuclear power operations, including power plant construction and fuel production. The two companies signed a framework agreement last week, under which the Russian company will enrich uranium produced in Kazakhstan, while Toshiba will produce nuclear fuel and undertake the designing and engineering of nuclear power plants. The firms may establish a strategic partnership in the future, Toshiba said. By securing a stable supply of nuclear fuel through the alliance with Atomenergoprom, Toshiba hopes to sharpen its competitive edge. Experts predict that the alliance will become the world's leader in the nuclear sector. Previously, the market was divided between four players: the French-German alliance of Areva and Siemens, two American-Japa

Big Questions of Our Time : Which Idea Will Dominate the 21st Century? Part 23 - Which Idea Will Dominate the 21st Century? - By Sundeep Waslekar February 2008 The most influential force in the world is the idea. Gods, priests, kings, dictators, democrats, terrorists, anarchists all need an idea to justify themselves. It is on the strength of one idea that we once believed that the world was flat and scientists had to work hard to prove that it was actually round. We again believe in a flat world from a completely different perspective. It is on the strength of the idea of nationalism that we fought two world wars and killed over a hundred million people. It is on the strength of the idea of nationalism that large segments of the world’s population gained freedom from their colonial masters. The idea of evolution drives scientific research today. The idea of post-humanism may drive scientific research tomorrow. In the last century, the ideas of capitalism and communism competed with each oth

US: Losing Europe

The next US president may be able to improve America's tarnished image in Europe, but many allies have already headed for the hills and the task is indeed a formidable one, Peter Buxbaum writes for ISN Security Watch. By Peter Buxbaum in Washington, DC for ISN Security Watch (27/03/08) Will the next president of the United States improve American's image in Europe? It depends, of course, on who wins the November election. But only in part. America's Iraq fiasco and the Bush administration's unilateralism has so tarnished the US persona that even the country's closest allies, with only a few notable exceptions, have headed for the hills. The case in point is Afghanistan, the one conflict that the consensus opinion views as a necessary and righteous war against the perpetrators of 9/11 and their protectors. The US misadventure in Mesopotamia has so compromised US capabilities to confront the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan that it has soured America's