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Manvendra Singh Blog - DSA's Editor-in-Chief

Air Force Special - Global Trends

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The First Gulf War of 1991 gave a glimpse of war fighting in the future. From the management of logistics to mobilisation of troops and then to the actual conduct of combat operations.

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Internal Security Problems - Analysis by Manvendra Singh

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Barring the occasional hiccups on the Line of Control or Chinese intrusions on the Line of Actual Control, the country is far more focused on its internal security problems. The issues with terrorism and Naxalism are a constant source of news within the country. The recent arrest of Tunda the bomb maker for Pakistan based jihadi groups is a case in point. He occupies more news space in the papers than any other national security related subject. It is safe, therefore, to say that the biggest challenge facing India currently is that of internal security. The external environment may not exactly be the most benign, internal security is a bigger challenge than the external, by a mile at least.

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Editor-in-Chief View on "The Arms Trade Treaty"

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The Arms Trade Treaty has been approved by the United Nations and received its predictable response in India. And a host of other arms importing nations, including Pakistan. India abstained from the voting process and hence conveyed a mixed signal as to what it thinks of the treaty. It isn't always that India and Pakistan find themselves in the same corner of a divide in the United Nations. Not that it portents positive things for the future between the two squabbling neighbours, but just the bizarre nature of international negotiations and agreements. While each country has its own reasons for the position taken on the vote, India's arguments follow a familiar pattern established in the past.

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Opinion: Assertive China - Cooperation, competition or conflict?

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China is an enigma that continues to defy conventional analyses. It has in fact always been an enigma. From the time it came to regard itself as the Middle Kingdom, till the current era, there has been something about China that doesn't quite gel. It defies conventional wisdom on account of its many extraordinary achievements and simultaneous contradictions. The economic growth story is the envy of many in the world and an unparalleled success in human history. The largest number of human beings lifted out of poverty in the shortest span of time in an extraordinary achievement. But not all of China's achievements are worth emulating. Because at the same time as the growth story are wretched tales of environmental degradation, denial of basic human rights to its people, brutalities in Tibet and Xinjiang and flourishing corruption like there wasn't a tomorrow. It remains an enigma, therefore, because it displays extraordinary contradictions. In many ways it remains beyond scrutiny even in a networked age and information overkill.

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The Indo-French relationship

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India and France share one of those strange all-weather relationships that rarely gets the credit or status that it deserves. It just exists in the backdrop of enormous global drivers, hardly ever drawing attention toward its dynamics. Even as the atmospherics always seem to be on the wavelength, the relationship doesn't create headlines, let alone breaking news. There is of course the occasional defence announcement that creates ripples, but that is always the way it has been. India and France are sort of taken for granted. Which is sometimes also a good thing, but there is a danger that it remains one of those expected relationships, for which neither side takes that additional step to take it to a higher level.

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