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The Cyber Bridge to Improved India-U.S. Cooperation

Posted by Lisa Curtis on October 28, 2014    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have developed a strong rapport with U.S. President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Washington. In a Sept.      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have developed a strong rapport with U.S. President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Washington. In a Sept. 30 column for the Washington Post, the two leaders mapped out an ambitious agenda for increased collaboration on a number of issues. Bureaucrats in both countries now assume the responsibility of bringing that shared vision to life.  One area particularly ripe for deeper engagement is cyber security - an emerging national security issue for both countries, and one in which the level and the scope of the threat is fast expanding. India boasts the world's third-largest population of online users, and Indians' increasing reliance on the internet leaves the country increasingly vulnerable to cyber warfare. The thre

Trends in Student Radicalization Across University Campuses in Afghanistan

Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies   AISS Releases "Trends in Student Radicalization Across University Campuses in Afghanistan" Research Report AISS is honoured to share with you its the most recent research report, named as, "Trends in Student Radicalization Across University Campuses in Afghanistan".  This report divulges interesting yet remarkable findings about the trend of radicalization among university students in Afghanistan. Based on this report, the students are concerned about the prospects of their post-gratuation follow-on careers more than ideological ambitions; however, some differentiated patterns of radicalization can be noted in some particular universities across the country. Moreover, this report advances the fact that universities have rather weak role in shaping the radical views of the students than the charged political climate and the readily available opportunity to mobilize quickly.  To read the full report, click on the link below: ht

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff Re-elected

  Very little notice has been taken by India's ill-informed media on international affairs about the re-election of Pres of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, whose pictures with the recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding each other's hand were regularly flashed recently on our TV channels during the Indian PM's visit to Brazil for the Brics Summit and other bilateral and multilateral meetings.   The re-election of Dilma Rousseff is a major event signaling the well-being and strength of the nations opposed to the overwhelming neoliberal US and Europe, led empires. Brazil is a huge country in Latin America and full of resources .Along with half a dozen other Latin American States Brazil has managed to get out of the clutches of US imperialism and blatant exploitation. Dilma's victory is not only important for Latin America, but also for all formerly colonized and exploited nations of the South. Brazil would remain a keystone in the creation of economic and monetary

Principle, Rigor and Execution Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy

Geopolitical Weekly TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 - 03:00      Stratfor By George Friedman U.S. President Barack Obama has come under intense criticism for his foreign policy, along with many other things. This is not unprecedented. Former President George W. Bush was similarly attacked. Stratfor has always maintained that the behavior of nations has much to do with the impersonal forces driving it, and little to do with the leaders who are currently passing through office. To what extent should American presidents be held accountable for events in the world, and what should they be held accountable for? Expectations and Reality I have always been amazed when presidents take credit for creating jobs or are blamed for high interest rates. Under our Constitution, and in practice, presidents have precious little influence on either. They cannot act without Congress or the Federal Reserve concurring, and both are outside presidential control. Nor can presidents overcome the realities of the ma

Yedizis of Sanjar: Victims of US, Sunni Allies & Gulf Gas pumps

US  Stirred –up  Muslims  Still Carry on Mayhem around the World   When questioned if he had any regrets in supporting Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan during 1980s, Zbigniew Brzezinski in a January 1998 interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, replied, "What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?"." Nonsense--" responded Brzezinski when asked "If Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today." Brzezinski was President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser     In 1977, I was somewhat puzzled when a Shah era high-powered Iranian delegation I was associated with left behind a Silver Peacock gift for me at a time when newly rich petro-Arabs gifted themselves and others gold Swiss watches. I had no idea what the Silver Peacock signified .I forgot all about it, but carried it around with me t