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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Anju Gupta

The writer is an IPS officer. Views are personal

What lies ahead for Afghanistan?
Thu, Sep 02, 2021

Anju Gupta writes: No one, not even the Taliban, knows everything or has the ability to guide future events.

Afghanistan 2.0: What continued US engagement means for the region
Mon, May 24, 2021

American troops are set to withdraw from the country by September 11 this year, but the shadow of re-engagement looms, raising security concerns beyond South Asia.

Geopolitical imperatives make it difficult for US to withdraw forces from Afghanistan
Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Unlike in Iraq and Syria, the US has no bases in Central Asia or South Asia. With China in Gwadar and a hostile Iran, a credible presence is needed to secure much more than the safety of the Embassy.

Counter-terror alignment of China, Pakistan poses a threat to India’s interests
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

A new Cold War is building up in every theatre of conflict, riding on real or exaggerated threats of terrorism and extremism. The duplicitous role of Pakistan is going to cause further instability and violence in the region. 

An Expert Explains: Why it is necessary to watch the emergence of ISIS in the region
Fri, May 08, 2020

It is widely believed that over 100 Indians had migrated to the Caliphate, while it was gaining traction among foreign fighters across the world.

Key elements of US Afghan strategy are unchanged. Pakistan is again at high table
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

In an election year, the US needs to show that it is not fighting someone else’s battles and is making “sincere efforts” at peace-making.

The killing al-Baghdadi does not reduce the threat from the Islamic State
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Soon enough, the ISIS core will anoint a new Caliph, to whom all the wilayas (branches) and extremists and supporters will readily offer allegiance (bayat) to, while paying rich tribute to the “fallen hero”.

Al Qaeda’s recent activities point to dangers closer home. India must exercise caution
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

All recent activities of the AQ and AQIS, especially those focussed on Kashmir, suggest that the group is making all-out efforts to recruit cadres from not just within Kashmir but, using the issue of Kashmir, from across South Asia.

Terror through local proxies, as in Sri Lanka, is part of ISIS’ evolving modus operandi
Wed, May 01, 2019

Like the al Qaeda, ISIS may now also make concerted efforts to use “front groups” to capture pockets of influence in conflict zones, while carrying out its signature global attacks, seemingly, at will.