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India and Pakistan are Nuclear States-Time to Accept it
India and Pakistan should be officially recognized as nuclear states, argues South Asia analyst Luv Puri, who says doing so will ease tensions and reduce the risk of nuclear material falling into terrorist hands.
India and Pakistan are Nuclear States-Time to Accept it
The Other Ticking Nuclear Clock
Southeast Asia
The Other Ticking Nuclear Clock
Reports that Burma’s military junta has received assistance with constructing nuclear facilities from North Korea and Pakistan are causing a headache for Indian strategists, reports Rajeev Sharma.
The Other Ticking Nuclear Clock
South Asia
The Battle for Waziristan
Pakistan’s military claims it is in control as it battles militants in South Waziristan. But a media blackout and a string of suicide bombings has raised questions about how decisive the offensive has really been, Ghulam Ghaus reports.
The Battle for Waziristan
An Interview With Haider Mullick
South Asia
An Interview With Haider Mullick
The Diplomat speaks with South Asia analyst Haider Mullick about Pakistan’s counter-insurgency efforts, conspiracy theories and the prospects for stability in Afghanistan.
An Interview With Haider Mullick
Trust is a Two-Way Street
South Asia
Trust is a Two-Way Street
Trust is a Two-Way Street
South Asia
An Interview with Ahmed Quraishi
The Diplomat speaks with Pakistani commentator Ahmed Quraishi about the country’s current military offensive in Waziristan, relations with the US and what America should do to improve its image in Pakistan.
An Interview with Ahmed Quraishi
An Interview with Juan Cole
Central Asia
An Interview with Juan Cole
The Diplomat speaks with leading Afghanistan commentator Juan Cole, author of the Informed Comment blog, about the recent election, the abandoned run-off and the future of US forces in the country.
An Interview with Juan Cole
Meeting Pakistan's Other Insurgents
South Asia
Meeting Pakistan's Other Insurgents
The Baloch homeland, which straddles the borders of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, is a forgotten battleground in one of the world's hotspots. Karlos Zurutuza meets the insurgents fighting for this divided region.
Meeting Pakistan's Other Insurgents
East Asia
Why China Military Watchers Got It Wrong
The publication last month of a monograph which dramatically overturns longstanding assumptions about the defense of Taiwan should make sobering reading for US policymakers.
Why China Military Watchers Got It Wrong
South Asia
NATO's Afghan Lifeline
Mustafa Qadri investigates one of the main NATO supply routes from Karachi to Chaman on the Pakistan-Afghan border.
NATO's Afghan Lifeline
Oceania
Can Australia Meet Its Security Challenges?
The Australian Defence Force’s operational experiences have produced lessons that can be adapted and exported to other security stakeholders as Australia moves through a challenging world, argues Nick Floyd, Chief of Army Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Can Australia Meet Its Security Challenges?
East Asia
On the Cyber Warpath
An intelligence specialist considers the implications of the recent attacks by Chinese hackers on the website of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
On the Cyber Warpath
East Asia
The United States and Asia
The Diplomat spoke recently with Stephen Yates, senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and former Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, and Christian Whiton, a former deputy special envoy to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, about North Korea, China and US relations with Japan.
The United States and Asia
East Asia
Below the Surface
The 20th anniversary earlier this month of the Tiananmen tragedy has given China-watchers an opportunity to take stock of their analyses over the past two decades. And, given the recent media and policy attention lavished on China’s maritime ambitions, it is worth looking back at Western studies of the Chinese navy and its impressive advances in recent years. However, a closer look at many of those predictions shows, at best, a patchy record of success – and, at worst, some worrying analytical shortcomings.
Below the Surface
Central Asia
Interview with Ali Allawi
James Robertson recently caught up with Allawi for The Diplomat to discuss what he calls ‘The Crisis of Islamic Civilization’, as Barack Obama prepares to visit the Middle East to deliver a major address redefining US relations with Islam.
Interview with Ali Allawi
East Asia
China's Maritime Missile Threat
Last month was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). At the naval parade held to commemorate the event, in front of delegations from 29 countries, PLAN Commander General Wu Shengli declared that Beijing intended to build aircraft carriers, spurring widespread speculation over China’s blue-water ambitions.
China's Maritime Missile Threat
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