The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan

The latest round of US negotiations with the Taliban in Doha has garnered considerable international attention, with the group’s co-founder, Mullah Baradar, leading the insurgent team. As the search for an end to the long war in Afghanistan has intensified, prospects of a quick-fix solution through peace negotiations by major powers like the US and Read More >

Algeria: Between Democracy and Jihad – Professor Hussein Solomon

Algeria’s 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has certainly lived a charmed life. He has been in politics since the dawn of his country’s independence and has suffered setbacks from which he has recovered. Serving as Algeria’s president for 20 years, he watched whilst the Arab Spring unfolded in the region. Read more: https://bit.ly/2HyjVV0

Iran’s Ballistic-Missile and Space Program: An Assessment

Since the early 1970s, Iran has sought to develop strong missile capabilities. In recent years, Tehran’s arsenal has evolved to become the largest and most diverse in the Middle East, though not the most lethal or longest-range. Israel and Saudi Arabia have also developed formidable capabilities. Iran’s program, however, has attracted more political and academic Read More >

Provocation, war and restraint under the nuclear shadow: The Kargil conflict 1999

The Kargil conflict was a limited war between India and Pakistan fought along the Kashmir Line of Control during the spring/summer of 1999. Named for the principal town in the combat zone on the Indian side, it was the first open warfare between India and Pakistan as declared nuclear weapons states and included the first Read More >

Morocco’s Experience with Gender Gap Reduction in Education

This article presents a synthesis of the policies and measures for girls’ education in Morocco and attempts to evaluate their results. It analyzes a wide range of initiatives and provides an overview of their relevance and impact in the Moroccan context…   Read more: http://riverapublications.com/assets/files/pdf_files/moroccos-experience-with-gender-gap-reduction-in-education.pdf

An Afghan Major General’s Strategy for Securing Afghanistan

America has been at war in Afghanistan for 17 years, but Afghanistan has been at war since the Soviet invasion in 1979. Throughout the 80s, the Communist puppet government in Kabul and its Soviet allies face a highly motivated, popular anti-Soviet mujahideen insurgency by Afghans opposed to foreign occupation and a Communist political program of Read More >

The Brewing War between Iran and Israel: Strategic Implications

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran and Israel have seen each other as sworn enemies. Iranian leaders do not recognize the Jewish state and refer to it as the “Zionist regime,” while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been the world’s most outspoken critic of Tehran’s policies, particularly the nuclear program. https://bit.ly/2pDOIVC

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