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India, Oman in talks that could lead to air combat cooperation

ABU DHABI — India and Oman have prepared a military cooperation agreement. Officials said the two Asian states have drafted an agreement that would focus on the air force. They said the accord would facilitate flight safety between Muscat and New Dehli. SUBSCRIBE l LOGIN

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India, Kuwait weigh expanded maritime and military ties

ABU DHABI — India and Kuwait have been examining a proposal to bolster military cooperation. Officials said the two Asian countries were discussing a range of options for enhanced defense and military cooperation. They said India has offered to help train and develop Kuwait’s navy and conduct exercises in the northern Gulf. SUBSCRIBE l LOGIN

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South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s the annual diplomatic ritual when the 193 member UN General Assembly elects five of its members to serve for two-year stints on the powerful Security Council. As would be imagined the competition is intense to gain real political power and the global limelight on the fifteen member […]

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India expands geopolitical footprint to counter strategic threat from China

India expands geopolitical footprint to counter strategic threat from China

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com India is rapidly becoming a formidable military power that will have major geopolitical influence not only in South Asia but also in reshaping the global military balance. New Delhi will host a major summit at the end of March involving the so-called BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and […]

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An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

By Sheda Vasseghi The following is based on recent statements by Amb. Ardeshir Zahedi, former foreign minister and and the last ambassador of the Shah in Washington, and Dr. Assad Homayoun, former minister at the Iranian Embassy in Washington. “I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012.” This is the […]

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Threat perceptions for S. Asia in 2012: Is Iran really a threat?

By Sumantra Maitra Reading Daniel Drezner is a delight. The good professor brings a sense of humor in his articles which is quite a rarity considering the drab subjects we have to study in the field of International Relations. (I haven’t got an opportunity to study under him or meet him in person yet, which […]

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Jetsetters at Occupy: Guess who's back preaching communism?

Jetsetters at Occupy: Guess who's back preaching communism?

By Sumantra Maitra NEW DELHI — Remember Arundhati Roy? Booker prize winner, posh South Delhi resident, Kohl eyed beauty who sympathizes with the global proletariat? She once termed Maoists as “Gandhians with guns“, ironically a few days before they massacred 76 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in one of the single deadliest day of peacetime casualty […]

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5 data points on India's 'Arab Spring'

5 data points on India's 'Arab Spring'

By Sumantra Maitra The rebel yell spreading across India, as one old fasting Gandhian is shaking the roots of the society and elected government.  That’s how Global media portrayed it. But is it that simple? Hold your breath. Here are the ground truths. 1. Anna Hazare is not Gandhian. Far from it, he is a “Hindu […]

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Terror strikes Mumbai for second time in three years

Terror strikes Mumbai for second time in three years

By Sumantra Maitra Three bomb blasts ripped through the commercial capital of the World’s fastest growing economy during rush hour, in what served as a chilling reminder of the coordinated attacks of  Nov. 26, 2008 attacks that killed 166 people. The bombs, which were in a tiffin box, a car, and a cycle, were of unknown […]

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A vicious economic circle tightens worldwide

By Sol W. Sanders The globalized economy’s undertow is ripping all around the world. Even the economic optimists’ two darlings, China and India, are now troubled. Seen as the world’s growth machine [along with a now overheated Brazil] in a period of advanced economies’ stagnation, their downturn produces a universally grim world outlook. India, now […]