The Strategy Trap: India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow

The Strategy Trap: India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow
India’s emergence as a nuclear weapon state gave birth to the concept of limited war and therefore, the feasibility of conventional war under the nuclear shadow informs India’s military preparations. But is achievement of substantial political objectives possible through war? What are the dangers of escalation caused by what Clausewitz described as the friction and fog of war?
In the context of Indo-Pak conflict, can force application by India provide an answer to resolving the contentious issue of Pakistan supported terrorism? Or would it only lead to a temporary change of status quo?
This incisive analysis, made by one of the most distinguished military thinkers of India, doesn’t just raise these pertinent questions but also brings great clarity to the strategic options available to India. For the Indian military, the author recommends a doctrinal shift from capture of territory to stand off destruction with a concurrent rebalance from west to north which must be accompanied by political leadership understanding that alerting nuclear weapons is a red line which once crossed, has potential for conflict to spiral beyond their control. Nuclear deterrence stands on the loose sands of nuclear strategy that has not been able to answer the query, ‘What happens when nuclear deterrence fails?’.
A must read not just for defense professionals, strategists and political decision-makers across the globe, this illuminating book would be of great value even to the students of statecraft and the uninitiated.
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Of Saffron Flags and Skull Caps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India

Of Saffron Flags and Skull Caps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India

We live in an age when most Muslims take pride in singing Saare Jahan Se Achcha, penned by Muhammad Iqbal. Many though have forgotten that the same poet-philosopher called Ram as Imam-e-Hind. The Hindutva forces, meanwhile, have forgotten the unifying Saare Jahan Se Achcha in their pursuit of divisive nationalism. Their exclusionary politics stems from a mindset of self-limiting segregation: a world of ‘we’ and ‘they’, a world where a Muslim man is lynched for refusing to say ‘Vande Mataram’.

Of Saffron Flags and Skullcaps attempts to trace the growth of the Hindutva ideology from the time of V.D. Savarkar and M.S. Golwalkar to the contemporary age, and how it precedes any talk of Muslim appeasement. Faced with these existential challenges, the Muslim community is involved in simultaneous churning within where the words of Islamic scholar and teacher Farhat Hashmi are bringing about a silent change at the grassroots level. Amidst all the challenges, the idea of India, often challenged, continues to show the way to a nation looking for direction.

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China and Russia: The New Rapprochement

China and Russia: The New Rapprochement
With many predicting the end of US hegemony, Russia and China′s growing cooperation in a number of key strategic areas looks set to have a major impact on global power dynamics. But what lies behind this Sino–Russian rapprochement? Is it simply the result of deteriorated Russo US and Sino US relations or does it date back to a more fundamental alignment of interests after the Cold War?

In this book Alexander Lukin answers these questions, offering a deeply informed and nuanced assessment of Russia and China s ever–closer ties. Tracing the evolution of this partnership from the 1990s to the present day, he shows how economic and geopolitical interests drove the two countries together in spite of political and cultural differences. Key areas of cooperation and possible conflict are explored, from bilateral trade and investment to immigration and security. Ultimately, Lukin argues that China and Russia s strategic partnership is part of a growing system of cooperation in the non–Western world, which has also seen the emergence of a new political community: Greater Eurasia. His vision of the new China Russia rapprochement will be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding this evolving partnership and the way in which it is altering the contemporary geopolitical landscape.
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Youth Exclusion in the ESCWA Region: Demographic, Economic, Educational and Cultural Factors (Population and Development Report)

Youth Exclusion in the ESCWA Region: Demographic, Economic, Educational and Cultural Factors (Population and Development Report)
Youth Exclusion in the ESCWA Region: Demographic, Economic, Educational and Cultural Factors (Population and Development Report)
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Evolution of Maritime Strategy and National Security of India

Evolution of Maritime Strategy and National Security of India
The volume takes up concerns that need to be viewed to ensure the security of maritime borders to facilitate international trade as well as strengthen the comprehensive security of the country from various sources of threat. It first gives a description of the Indian Ocean Rim countries and their historical background, the geo-economic and geo-strategic importance of the Indian Ocean as well as its many aspects like weather and minerals, and India???s maritime and security strategy. Taking up the political dimensions of maritime security, it deals with important topics like the International Law of the Sea, Maritime Law, India???s policy, maritime boundaries and India???s maritime disputes. The economic aspects of India’s maritime security are covered in detail. It also analyses the power struggle of the major powers in the Indian Ocean. Extensive in its coverage and analytical data as well, it covers the Indian Navy and armaments and other armed forces with reference to the Indian Ocean security, the foreign policy of India with respect to Indian Ocean Rim countries and the futuristic directions of its maritime strategy in great detail. The volume contains figures including maps and graphs which ably support the text. The book is an in-depth study of India???s maritime strategy and its link with national security and therefore is sure to interest scholars and students involved in research in this field.
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Executive Action: 638 Ways to Kill Fidel Castro (Secret War)

“Escalante’s review of CIA covert operations against Cuba in the early years is to be welcomed, and should be widely read–and pondered.”–Noam Chomsky A unique view presented by the man responsible for countering innumerable assassination attempts against the Cuban leader. As Cuba’s former counterintelligence chief, Fabian Escalante reviews more than six hundred CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro, a project code-named “Executive Action.” Although melodramatic and at times quite comical, these CIA plans were deadly serious–and -unconstitutional–as subsequent US government inquiries concluded, including the 1975 commission headed by Senator Frank Church. This book is the basis of a forthcoming Channel 4 (UK) documentary about attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro. Published as part of the Secret War series.Executive Action: 638 Ways to Kill Fidel Castro (Secret War)
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