The ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference: A Fresh Start?

Habib Wayand, The Diplomat 7 Dec 2015 A regional conference in Islamabad this week offers another chance at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Pakistan will be soon hosting a crucial regional conference in Islamabad. The conference will discuss the situation in Afghanistan with particular focus on helping the war-torn country’s economy, although the security situation…

Blinded by ISIS

Schlomo Ben Ami, Project Syndicate 4 Dec 2015 The general consensus emerging since last month’s carnage in Paris seems to be that the Islamic State (ISIS) can be defeated only by a ground invasion of its “state.” This is a delusion. Even if the West and its local allies (the Kurds, the Syrian opposition, Jordan,…

The CTBT conundrum

Shyam Saran, The Hindu   In his article in The Hindu Defusing the nuclear powder keg, Jayantha Dhanapala makes three key observations. 1. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) with its “over 300 state-of-the-art sensors in every corner of the world,” gives assurance that “any nuclear test will be detected.” Comment: There are…

India and the CTBT

Thanks to Lassina Zerbo, The Hindu 14 Feb 2015 India’s future with the CTBT is still unwritten. Leadership until now may have been delayed, but there are opportunities for it to be reengaged and renewed. India’s past with the treaty to ban all nuclear tests in all places for all time is well known. Some might…

Rekindling the disarmament momentum

Thanks to Happymon Jacob, The Hindu 21 Sept 2015 Snapshot Global nuclear arms control and disarmament movement seems to have lost its steam. From the traditional concerns of non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the focus today has shifted to counter-proliferation and nuclear security. India’s resistance to the CTBT has lost…