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Why Russian Sanctions are Ineffective

For over four years, Western governments and international organizations have levied increased sanctions on Russia. Sanctions were first imposed in 2014 when the United States and European Union imposed visa restrictions and asset freezes on Russian officials in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and subsequent intervention in Ukraine. …

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Shocking! Congress Leader Promised Rewards, Jobs And Freedom To Terrorists In Kashmir

Party president is answerable to the nation for irresponsible and anti-national rants by his leaders Jammu: A senior Congress leader in Jammu and Kashmir has triggered a major controversy with his statement that if his party comes to power, it will pay Rs one crore and give a government job …

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The Peace Process in Afghanistan is a Failure

Editor’s note: this assessment is based on a study conducted by the author for the Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies entitled The Fallacy of Peace Processes in Afghanistan: The People’s Perspectives. Afghanistan’s dream for a sustainable peace remains unmet since the country’s establishment. Amir Habibullah—son of Amir Abdur Rahman, the founder …

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Why India Fears Trump’s Emerging Afghanistan Approach

Trump made a surprise visit to Iraq, met US soldiers A weaker American presence would only compound New Delhi’s existing Afghan conundrum by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to pull out about 7,000 American troops from Afghanistan. The decision to slash the number of troops …

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Vladimir Putin’s Busy, Bloody, and Expensive 2019

Russia experts look at recent events and peer into the future. Imagine, for a moment, that the future of global political power is a zero-sum contest, one in which you—the wealthy, self-elected head of a heavily armed petroleum state—are competing against the United States. Every place Washington loses clout, you …

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2018 GCC Summit in Riyadh: An Uneasy Gathering

High-level delegations from six Gulf states met in the Saudi capital of Riyadh this December to discuss cooperation on issues ranging from economic to security matters. The summit occurred at a notably significant time because the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council may be at stake for the first time …

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Better Late Than Never: ISRO Focuses On Vertical Landing Capability

American private space companies SpaceX & Blue Origin have faced difficulties in mastering stage landing processes and techniques, thus, resulting in multiple failures to land a spent stage India is aspiring to move a notch up in the reusable launch system development programme with rockets that will have Vertical take-off …

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The Fiscally Unsustainable Path of the Afghan Military and Security Services

The average annual cost of an Afghan soldier—including the cost of arms, ammunition, uniform, and wages—is estimated to be around $4000 (USD). This amount increases depending on the nature of deployments, casualties, and other factors. The cadre of Afghan officers—which numbers in the thousands—carries an even higher cost. The Afghan …

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Arun Jaitley Lauds NIA, Says Would Busting of ISIS Module Have Been Possible Without Interception

Jaitley lauded the NIA for busting an alleged Islamic State terror plot on Wednesday. NIA had arrested 10 people after raids at 17 locations in UP and Delhi. Jaitley also defended a recent government order authorising investigative agencies to monitor any computer NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday lauded …

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Cold War? Towards an Era of Adverse U.S.-China Competition

This article was originally published on November 4, 2018, by Tommy Chai for Foreign Brief. What’s Happening? The U.S. is engaging in an adverse competition with China that, absent a negotiated understanding, will become increasingly difficult to manage and may spill out of control. Key Insights U.S. perceptions of and …

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