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Afghanistan: Reading the Tea Leaves – II

Lt Gen Ghanshyam Singh Katoch (Retd) writes about the impact of political uncertainty on the upcoming Presidential election in Afghanistan. The uncertainty stems from the fact that the Taliban have indicated that they would want to make amendments in the Constitution to make it suitable for Afghanistan in case they come to power; the present constitution is viewed by them as imposed.


Is Military a Central Pillar of the State? 

Brig Narender writes, whenever the President of the United States makes “State of the Union Address” far right corner front two rows (as seen from the podium) are reserved for military commanders. The US knows that if it is strong and a global power, it is because of its military prowess. If it is able to implement a world order that ensures supremacy, dominance and protection of vital national interests the US, it is certainly a strong military.