More tranquil times: General Kayani on a flight over Pakistan with Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint
Chiefs of Staff, July 2010
Image: US government
In and out of Pakistan today, many people are asking how it could be that such a powerful military structure could have been unable to detect Osama bin Laden, living in the country for at least a half-decade. More importantly, how was it possible that bin Laden could survive for so long in Pakistan without the knowledge of someone in the powerful military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)? Inevitably, questions are also being asked as to whether the top ISI bosses could have known of bin Laden’s presence, or whether he was helped merely by rogue elements. Finally, what of the future of US-Pakistan relations? As yet, full answers are not possible for any one of these questions.
Image: Sabir Nazar/Pakistan Today
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
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Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).