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INDIA’S STA-1 STATUS: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDO-US TIES AND REGIONAL DYNAMICS

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted India the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) status, a designation that paves the way for greater high-technology trade between the United States and India, particularly in the defense sector. Joining a group of 36 other countries, India is...

Terms of re-engagement

PAKISTAN-US relations have entered a new and tense phase following President Donald Trump’s harsh allegations and threats against Pakistan in August and Islamabad’s angry response. Both sides, however, appear inclined to re-engage with each other. The nature of the future relationship will be determined by...

US Opposition to China-led Development Initiatives

Faisal Ahmed In a surprise development Trump administration, through U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, first time commented on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and China-led connectivity initiatives. Addressing questions on role of China at the U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee hearing on ‘Political and Security Situation in...

ITBP to raise maiden mechanised column for quick deployment at China border

For the first time in its over 50 years history, the ITBP is raising and deploying a mechanised column of power vehicles and machines to speedily mobilise troops along the India-China border in case of Chinese military transgressions and Doklam-like standoffs. The decision to raise...

Can Pakistan-India ties be normal?

Courtesy Dawn- AS people in Pakistan and India celebrate the 70th anniversary of their independence, they should spare a moment for introspection. The story of their relations is largely a history of conflict, war and acrimony. The traumatic circumstances of their independence still live in...

Pakistan rejects US objection on CPEC route

Pakistan has strongly rejected US objections on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’, in which China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project. Reacting to US Defence Secretary James Mattis reservations over CPEC route, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said, “CPEC is a project for development...

CPEC passes through disputed territory: US

The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan. The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part...

India, Pakistan nearly agreed on Siachen three times: Shyam Saran

Courtesy The Hindu- India and Pakistan nearly came to an agreement on demilitarising the Siachen Glacier at least three times: in 1989, 1992 and 2006, says former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran in a book that was launched here on Wednesday by former Prime Minister Dr....

BMD and MIRV technology in South Asia

China, India and Pakistan share a history of military confrontations. A number of dynamics like conventional asymmetries, nuclear offensive and defensive capabilities, the arms race, ballistic missile development and an absence of crisis stability mechanism have increased the fragility of strategic stability in South...

Fifty Years of NPT: Weaknesses over the course

NPT is a landmark treaty that lies at the heart of non-proliferation regime (NPR). In July 2018, Fiftieth anniversary of the NPT has been celebrated. Theoretically, NPT is committed to the goal of arms control and aims to accomplish the nuclear disarmament. For this purpose,...
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