Tag: Cold war

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  • Russia begins biggest military drills since Cold War

    Russia begins biggest military drills since Cold War

    Russia on Tuesday began its biggest military exercises since the Cold War, with the participation of around 300,000 troops, the Defence Ministry said.

    September 11, 2018
  • Calibrated summit

    Calibrated summit

    The anathema of the Cold War era has happened. Donald Trump has met Vladimir Putin, after all and Monday’s one-to-one in Helsinki has reaffirmed the US President’s hope that the meeting would be the easiest facet of his travels in Europe, notably his participation in the Nato summit and the visit to the UK. Has …

    July 18, 2018
  • The status of defiant states

    The status of defiant states

    Since the end of the Cold War, most states have accepted a world order run by the US and the Western alliance. The number of states daring to defy Western wishes regularly has steadily dwindled as the cost of defiance has increased hugely. Some defiant states are reclusive, largely cut off from the world. Bhutan …

    June 20, 2018
  • In the spy ring~I

    In the spy ring~I

    What do you think spies are: priests, saints and martyrs? They are a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors too, yes; pansies, sadists and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives. Do you think they sit like monks in London balancing the rights and wrongs? ~ John le Carré, The …

    April 26, 2018
  • Putin 4.0

    Putin 4.0

    There may not have been an element of “breaking news” as the words flitted across the television screens to announce that Vladimir Putin had cruised to victory in Sunday’s election. The Russian President’s re-election was a settled fact long before the first vote was cast. Nonetheless, the critical point of interest both for the country …

    March 21, 2018
  • End to flirtation

    End to flirtation

    The electoral flirtation has ended, much in the manner of all “good things”. America’s turnaround against Russia has been firm and its seasonal friendship fickle, when viewed through the diplomatic prism. After his campaign had sought the Kremlin’s assistance ~ is “meddling” the right word? ~ to forestall the election of Hillary Clinton, the Donald …

    March 19, 2018
  • Irons in the fire

    Irons in the fire

    Every now and then, there is a revived intention of returning to the table to restore dialogue with Pakistan and with other countries of the region. Though many efforts have been made in the past not much has ever been achieved, for the obstacles are formidable and governments have hesitated to enter into close engagement …

    March 13, 2018
  • Russian tradition?

    Russian tradition?

    The frost is fairly dense in the midst of the bleak winter in either country. With a language of determination that is almost reminiscent of the Cold War, Vladimir Putin has threatened an arms race against the United States with a signal of intent that envisages new missiles, indeed a “new line of nuclear-capable weapons …

    March 5, 2018
  • Pakistan’s delicate dance

    Pakistan’s delicate dance

    In retrospect, 9/11 was the defining moment of the re-engagement and recalibration of the US-Pak dynamics that till then were nestled in favour of Pakistan as a ‘major non-NATO ally’. After the Cold War ended in the 1990s, Pakistan had fallen off the immediate radar as Washington was busy meddling with the affairs of the …

    December 20, 2017
  • Donald Trump’s security policy shows Cold War mentality: China

    Donald Trump’s security policy shows Cold War mentality: China

    China on Tuesday urged the US to “abandon its Cold War mentality and zero-sum game concept” after President Donald Trump labelled Beijing as a challenge to American power in a new document outlining his administration’s National Security Strategy. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned Washington that failure to do so “would only harm itself …

    December 19, 2017
  • World War I’s forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy

    World War I’s forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy

    Title: The Vanquished – Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923; Author: Robert Gerwarth; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 416; Price: Rs 699 Not all wars end when the fighting does is a lesson that we still have to learn. The First World War was supposed, despite all the upheaval it caused …

    December 16, 2017
  • US-NKorea crisis tests Cold War’s nuclear deterrence doctrine

    US-NKorea crisis tests Cold War’s nuclear deterrence doctrine

    The doctrine of nuclear deterrence, put to the test in the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, dates to the Cold War when the world’s two superpowers seemed hellbent on “mutually assured destruction”. The arms race between United States and the then Soviet Union saw a proliferation of nuclear warheads as well as their vectors — …

    August 15, 2017
  • Russia urges Trump to discard ‘Cold War’ policy on Cuba

    Russia urges Trump to discard ‘Cold War’ policy on Cuba

    The US administration's new policy toward Cuba indicates a return to the Cold War, and Washington needs to listen to the international community's voice on this issue, Russia's Foreign Ministry said. "The new policy on Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump brings us back to the already forgotten rhetoric in the style of the …

    June 19, 2017
  • A restless and ambitious Icarus

    A restless and ambitious Icarus

    Russian president Boris Yeltsin had an excuse for his erratic behaviour. He was an uncontrollable alcoholic. US President Donald Trump has none. He is a teetotaller. Common to both of them was a loyalty to Russia. Historians examining the events of the past week will be forgiven for interpreting Trump’s imperious behaviour at recent international …

    June 1, 2017
  • Ways to improve the policy

    Ways to improve the policy

    In today’s complex and interconnected world, the framework for studying security and understanding insecurities continues to evolve and remain challenging. With the end of the Cold War and the space therein available to explore alternative security constructs significantly widened our understanding of security, particularly for the state or its people. As it has become imperative …

    May 15, 2017
  • Unveiling Ernest Hemingway’s clandestine career

    Unveiling Ernest Hemingway’s clandestine career

    Among the great American authors of the 20th century, if not the greatest, Ernest Hemingway was not only known for his terse, minimal style but also his adventurous, larger-than-life persona. Yet in his last decade, he only wrote two works while his robust health declined to the point that he chose to end his life. …

    May 15, 2017
  • Ties with US worst since Cold War, says Russia

    Ties with US worst since Cold War, says Russia

    Relations between Russia and the US are at "their worst" since the Cold War ended, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry gave this assessment in a statement released hours before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was scheduled to visit Moscow on Tuesday for talks on the ongoing Syrian conflict. Tillerson had said …

    April 11, 2017