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India and Pakistan on the Brink of War at Jammu and Kashmir: What Role for China?

March 6, 2019

By Axel Dessein 6 March 2019 Next to the ongoing U.S.-China trade war and the premature ending of Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Vietnam’s Hanoi, it seems somewhat odd that the risk of war between the two nuclear-armed countries India and Pakistan was only the third newsworthy item last week. In … Continue reading “India and Pakistan on the Brink of War at Jammu and Kashmir: What Role for China?”


Will India and Pakistan Go To War?

February 28, 2019

By Saawani Raje 28 February 2019    “Will India and Pakistan ever go to war?” This question has gained new significance since Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets early on the morning of 27th February and captured the pilot of one. For Pakistan, this escalation makes sense if you consider the escalation pyramid explained … Continue reading “Will India and Pakistan Go To War?”


Is Balakot a Point of No Return? Revisiting Asymmetric Escalation in South Asia

By Kamaldeep Singh Sandhu 28 February 2019    The current situation In the early hours of 26 February 2019, twelve Indian Mirage-2000 aircrafts carried out an air raid in Balakot, Pakistan, in retaliation of a suicide attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (paramilitary force used for internal security) convoy in Pulwama near Srinagar in Jammu … Continue reading “Is Balakot a Point of No Return? Revisiting Asymmetric Escalation in South Asia”


Hizbul Mujahideen in Assam: A non-existential threat

October 17, 2018

By M.A. Athul, published 17 October 2018   Assam, in Northeast India,  has been experienced a long spell of ethnic insurgency since 1979. Yet the state is witnessing a consolidation of peace and stability, (the insurgency related fatalities has fallen from 305 in 2014 to nine in 2018), with ethnic insurgent violence in its last leg. … Continue reading “Hizbul Mujahideen in Assam: A non-existential threat”


Strife Feature – Political leaders with military backgrounds: a comparison of India and the US

June 25, 2018

by Saawani Raje The US and India are similar nations in many respects. They have both had fairly stable trajectories of progress in the course of their democratic histories. Covering large areas of geographical territory, they are both nationalistic territorial nations with a colonial past. Significantly, they both have a history of successful civilian rule … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Political leaders with military backgrounds: a comparison of India and the US”


Insurgency Scenario in Arunachal Pradesh

February 9, 2018

By Athul Menath   The North Eastern states of India – often referred to as ‘the Seven Sister’ states – have been affected by insurgency in varying proportions since the 1950’s. Although the root causes of insurgencies can be traced back to India’s chaotic partition and colonial history, these violent movements arguably have been sustained due to … Continue reading “Insurgency Scenario in Arunachal Pradesh”


ULFA: A Persistent Threat

January 16, 2018

By Athul Menath   Since 1979, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) has been at the forefront of insurgent violence in the Indian state of Assam. The group sprang up during the ‘anti-outsider’ agitation which demanded the expulsion of ethnic Bengalis whose large scale influx had impacted the local demography of Assam. Soon the … Continue reading “ULFA: A Persistent Threat”


India’s eye in the sky: combat drones in the Kashmiri equation

November 1, 2016

By: Gen Kawasaki and Chu Kah Leong The use of drones as a sophisticated means of deterrence and tactical precision has constituted one of the most prominent features of counterinsurgency in the twenty-first century. Represented in this instance by India’s ongoing negotiations for a drone partnership with the U.S., this newfound interest sheds important light … Continue reading “India’s eye in the sky: combat drones in the Kashmiri equation”


Water: a wellspring of conflict?

March 22, 2016

EDITORS NOTE: This is the first article in a four-part series which explores the role of water in human conflict and politics. The series marks (though is not affiliated with) World Water Day 2016, a UN initiative to promote awareness of water issues. More information on World Water Day can be found here. By: Paula … Continue reading “Water: a wellspring of conflict?”


Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks

February 18, 2016

This is the third piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The first and second parts can be found here and here, respectively. By: Andrea Varsori Rags-to-riches criminal overlords do not normally lack ambition; yet, most of them do not aim to claim … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks”


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