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ASIAN SECURITY ENVIRONMENT AND CHOICES FOR INDIA By Dr. Subhash Kapila ( This Paper was contributed by the Author to SYNERGY, Journal of the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, New Delhi and published by them in the January 2010 issue of the Journal. Reproduced with kind permission of the Editor SYNERGY.) INTRODUCTORY OBSERVATIONS The global security environment and the global strategic calculus are in a state of dynamic transformation. This unfolding dynamic transformation is also generating a new set of strategic uncertainties unlike the predictable bipolar strategic template that prevailed during the Cold War. Widely viewed and accepted too is the fact that the global strategic transformation underway, going by available trends, is likely to usher in an entirely new global order which would be visibly and vastly different from the international order and the global power balance that existed in the second half of the 20 th Century. The first quarter of the 21 st Century

America’s Wounded Ally,India is annoyed by Obama. By Sumit Ganguly | NEWSWEEK Published Apr 2, 2010 From the magazine issue dated Apr 12, 2010 Barack Obama is in danger of reversing all the progress his predecessors, including George W. Bush, made in forging closer U.S. ties with India. Preoccupied with China and the Middle East, the Obama administration has allotted little room on its schedule for India, and failed to get much done in the short time it did make. Hosting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the November state visit, the administration managed to produce cordial photo ops, but the agreements reached on education, energy cooperation, and the like dealt with trivia. Indian diplomats close to Singh say the lackluster results show how far the relationship has fallen since Bill Clinton and the two Bushes transformed a strained Cold War rivalry into a close strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies. Obama's predecessors built a relationship around trade negotiation

India visit aimed at strengthening ties: Geithner

Washington, Apr 3, (PTI): Ahead of his visit to India next week, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said his aim is to deepen America's relationship with the ''economically and strategically important'' country, where he would discuss global reforms and issue of terrorism financing. "... I think there's certainly a deep commitment on the President (Barack Obama's) part to strengthen this relationship, a deep appreciation for the challenges India's facing and the common interest we are facing on these kinds of things," Geithner told a group of Indian journalists here. "I have watched him, listened to the President on this kind of stuff and I know he shares that kind of view very strongly," he said, adding the sole purpose of his April 5-6 trip is to deepen and strengthen the bilateral relationship. Geithner said that terrorism financing is o


By B.Raman On April 1,2010, India and China embarked on a six-month programme to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. S.M.Krishna, the Indian Foreign Minister, is visiting China for four days from April 5 to join the celebrations. 2. Forgotten---at least for the time being--- are the suspicions, distrust and harsh words of last year over the visits of Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh to India’s Arunachal Pradesh State on the Chinese border in the North-East to campaign for local candidates in the elections and of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh at the invitation of the local people. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as its territory and calls it Southern Tibet. It wants India to hand over to China under the border negotiations under way without progress at least Tawang if not the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. 3.The Chinese have a long memory. They have not forgotten that one of the old Dalai

Confidential : John Nolan

John Nolan Confidential: Uncover Your Competition's Top Business Secrets Legally and Quickly-And Protect Your Own Business Nugget by Robert Morris Many organizations do little (if anything) to protect their most valuable information. I don't know why. The first objective of Confidential is to explain what an effective intelligence gathering system is and does. The second objective is to explain how companies can effectively protect the intelligence they possess. Drawing upon more than twenty years of extensive prior experience in intelligence and counterintelligence, Nolan offers a number of “tools” and “techniques” from which to select those most appropriate. (He even helps with the selection process.) Perhaps the best place to begin is to complete what he calls an “intelligence audit.” It consists of two different clusters of basic questions. First: What do we need to know? Why? What do we need to know that we do not as yet know? How and from which sources can we obta

Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline: Mirage or real Opportunity? Note de l'Ifri, March 2010 DOWNLOAD THE TEXT IN FRENCH Summary : 8 % of worldwide gas reserves are located on the African continent. Its relative economic weakness and the almost total absence of gas networks leads to a very reduced interior consumption (almost nonexistent outside Algeria and Egypt) which permits an important export capacity of the continent’s gas. Linking Sub-Saharan-Africa and the European Union (EU) with a gas pipeline thus is a reasonable project in economic terms. The two sides are discussing the project with increasing intensity since the beginning of the 21st century. The strategy seems to be obvious. The European zone counts three important gas producing countries: Norway (not a member of the EU but closely associated to the Union’s energy policy), Great Britain and the Netherlands, with a respective production of 99.2, 69.5 and 67.5 billion cubic meters in 2008. However, the production of Norway an

Nuclear Programmes in the Middle East: In the shadow of Iran

At least thirteen countries throughout the greater Middle East have recently announced new or revived plans to explore civilian nuclear energy. They spoke of the need for energy diversification to meet growing electricity demand and the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear power. This surge of interest is consistent with a worldwide trend likened to a ‘nuclear renaissance’. Yet political factors also motivate the renewed interest in nuclear energy in the Middle East, including competition with Iran and concern about its determined pursuit of technologies that appear designed to provide it with a nuclear weapons capability. The IISS Strategic Dossier on nuclear programmes in the Middle East provides a comprehensive overview of the history of nuclear programmes in the region, an evaluation of national nuclear capabilities and policies, and an analysis of future aspirations. The fact-rich country profiles, which include Israel and Turkey, also assess how each state may react t

Dubai's debt woes expose flaws in governance model Dubai's Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building at over 800 metres and was officially opened by Shaikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktum on 4 January 2010 The debt problems of Dubai World, an investment company owned by the Emirate of Dubai, have cast a pall over economic activity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Gulf. They have raised questions about relationships between the seven Emirates that constitute the UAE, as well as about Dubai’s ambitious economic model and the unclear boundaries between the public finances and those of the ruling Al Maktum family. As negotiations continue on restructuring $26 billion of debt, it is clear that greater transparency in governance may be needed in the Gulf to restore business confidence over the longer term. The confused situation surrounding Dubai World has highlighted the stresses involved in int