1. After Month of Unrest, Pakistan Back to Square One

    Pakistan’s government is weakened but civil-military relations are back to where they used to be.

    For the last month or so, most of South Asia has been transfixed on the situation in Pakistan. Except for minor diversionary hiccups involving the Islamic State and its victories in Iraq, the subcontinent's media has…
  1. Army Chief Kayani’s Succession Follows Familiar Pakistani Pattern

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif once again supersedes more senior generals to appoint a supposedly apolitical army chief.

    Pakistani general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani achieved rather little during his six years as army chief while his replacement this week brings back painful memories of past mistakes and missteps. Kayani was General…
  1. India’s Conservative Leader Modi Outmaneuvers Rival

    India’s presumptive prime ministerial candidate strengthens his position in the Bharatiya Janata Party.

    After a disastrous election defeat and a stint as absentee leader of the opposition, Lal Krishna Advani finally resigned from India's opposition conservative party on Monday at the culmination of its national conference held in Goa. That conference was meant to sew up…
  1. Cabinet Reshuffle Changes Little in India’s Political Outlook

    Congress still copes with unsustainable state spending and a feudalist party structure.

    Sunday saw one of the biggest midterm cabinet shakeups in India since the United Progressive Alliance formed the government in 2004. The reason it is considered "big" is largely due to the fact…
  1. India Sends Message to Washington from Tehran

    Manmohan Singh’s presence at the Nonaligned Movement Summit was quite significant.

    The Nonaligned Movement has historically been seen as something of a talk fest -- high on statements, missing in action and lacking in cohesion. This week's summit in Tehran, while mostly living…
  1. The Great Farce of Pakistani Politics

    The army, the judiciary and civilian government struggle for political supremacy.

    Recent developments in Pakistan have been variously characterized as a "judicial coup," a "prelude to a coup" (or not, depending on the commentator), an anticorruption crusade, a personality clash, a vendetta, an intelligence agency conspiracy and a military-judicial collusion. This plethora of views is best encapsulated…
  1. China Plays Energy Security Card in India Relations

    Energy cooperation between China and India throws up many geopolitical conundrums.

    The Chinese and Indian state hydrocarbon monopolies signed a far reaching agreement last week envisaging cooperation across the gamut of activities from exploration to the point of sales. This brings into play several business synergies but geopolitically, it throws up many conundrums and opportunities. Two possibly…
  1. India Stops Hedging, Backs American Naval Strategy

    India’s defense minister effectively throws his nation’s lot in with the United States.

    Most dull speeches are ignored but a few mask statements of such enormity that their importance is lost. In that context, Indian defense minister Arackaparambil Kurien Antony's words…
  1. Eurofighter: The Great German Backstab

    Did Germany lobby to deny Britain a major defense procurement deal with India?

    As David Cameron's now infamous veto of a treaty for greater fiscal integration in the European Union, the leaders of France and Germany bonded closer, overcoming to a large extent their difficult personal chemistry. Thousands of kilometers away in India, this realignment coincided with the victory…