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Non Alignment 2.0 - India's Grand Strategy

Non Alignment 2.0 by Lt Gen HS Lidder

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Author: Lt Gen HS Lidder PVSM, UYSM, YSM, VSM (Retd)
A former CISC takes a look at the attempts to craft a National Security Strategy via the Non Alignment 2.0 paper. Needless to say that the document in its present shape, is far from being perfect. The choice of terminology is a self-defeating one. Geostrategically India’s geographical size and capacities bequeath to India the swing status which is recognised by the US, China, EU and Russia.

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Non Alignment 2.0: India's grand strategy by Air Marshal Anil Chopra

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Author: Air Marshal Anil Chopra PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (retd)
A well-argued and astute critique of the Non Alignment 2.0 paper. The writer asks as a nation have we been able to secure energy and other vital natural resources? Are we too obsessed with securing sea lanes? Is this the period of the Vikings or is Vasco de Gama on the way? Should we invest more in quicker to respond Air Power? Have we taken hard stands to support our workers and communities abroad? When will we develop a long-term decision-making culture after constructive debates? Like the Americans can we take a few ministers in the government from opposition parties?

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The Dangers of Non-alignment by Dr Harsh V Pant

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Author: Dr Harsh V Pant
Increasingly Indian domestic political demands have been imposing significant costs on the management of India’s external relations. India of today has very little in common with the majority of the members of NAM and New Delhi is forced to extol the virtues of NAM primarily for domestic political compulsions. An organisation that was founded to rail against the establishment now finds itself in a unique situation where some of its long-standing members like India are being touted as the ones likely to shape the new global order.

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Global Terrorism, UN and Its Policies by Dr Sanjeev Bhadauria

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Author: Dr Sanjeev Bhadauria
United Nations is the appropriate forum to deal with global terrorism. Many problems have hindered the international community’s efforts to counter terrorism as a generic phenomenon, leading to an imperfect position where particular acts of terrorism and facilitators of terrorism have been legally proscribed via a network of UN conventions but without a universal definition of terrorism being agreed. United Nations’ response to terrorism was dominated by the UN Security Council, which adopted a number of resolutions imposing a range of counterterrorism-related obligations on all member states.

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The al-Qaeda presence in Africa by Papadopoulos Ilias

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Author: Papadopoulos Ilias
The al-Qaeda presence has increased in the aftermath of the Arab Spring to the point that it threatens regional stability. This article studies the phenomenon in northern Africa concerning its historical roots and the international impact it could have if left unchecked. A potential permanent establishment of al-Qaeda in the region would result in the creation of a safe haven for terrorist activities equivalent to Afghanistan prior to 2001. This would institute a grave strategic danger for the West, for two reasons. Strategically North Africa is situated in the direct south of Europe and thus would suddenly be faced with a hostile actor in its neighbourhood. The second is that revenue from natural resources would flow into al-Qaeda’s coffers. Indicative of that are the petrol production capabilities of Libya and Nigeria. If these resources fall in al-Qaeda controlled hands, they would have the potential to create a worldwide crisis.

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