Author: Akshay Narayan

Secretary of Defence nominee James Mattis (left) and National Security Advisor nominee Michael Flynn (right). (Photo: The Hill)

Generals At War

Donald Trump made national security a central part of his campaign. Akshay Narayan examines how his National Security Advisor and Secretary of Defence have conflicting views.   The two most significant national security officials...

Turkish tanks amassed on the Turkey-Syria border. (Photo: News Treasure)

Invasion.

After numerous recent terror attacks on its soil, Turkey has finally decided to take a more active role in the Syrian Civil War. This move is welcomed by many, but is not without its...

Burhan Wani, a commander of a Kashmiri militant group who was killed on 8th July. (Photo: Hindustan Times)

Paradise on Earth

Indian emperors and poets have referred to Kashmir as “paradise on Earth”. However, recent riots have shown that the region is anything but. Akshay Narayan explains the way forward. Burhan Wani, a 21- or...

Ramzan Kadyrov, the incumbent Head of the Chechen Republic. (Photo: The Economist)

Cut-throat Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov has ruled the Russian republic of Chechnya with an iron fist for 9 years. Akshay Narayan explains why he needs to go. Who is Ramzan Kadyrov? Ramzan Kadyrov is to the Kremlin...

SU-34 jets taking off from Khmeimim airbase near Latakia, Syria, and heading back to Russia. (Photo: Russian Defence Ministry)

Mission Accomplished

Russian forces have begun to withdraw from Syria. Akshay Narayan examines why Vladimir Putin’s decision may benefit the peace process. In a surprise decision on Monday 14th March, Vladimir Putin announced that the majority...

An Afghan policeman aiming his PKM light machine gun in Marjah district, Helmand province. (Photo: Washington Post)

The Struggle for Sangin

One year after Nato troops ended combat operations in Afghanistan, the Taliban are close to overrunning Sangin, a key town in Helmand province. Akshay Narayan examines a rapidly deteriorating security situation. Why is Sangin...

Syrian refugees trying to cross the border into Turkey. (Photo: IB Times)

Your Problem, Not Ours.

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are heading towards Europe. Germany is expecting to absorb up to one million refugees from the exodus. However, the oil-rich Gulf States, who share more in common with...

Good deal.

After 12 years of on-off negotiations, Iran has agreed to a deal on its nuclear programme with six major world powers. Despite heavy criticism on both sides, the deal is, without a doubt, the...

The Second Cold War

Tensions between NATO and Russia have been rising ever since the Russian annexation of Crimea in early 2014 and the ensuing Ukraine crisis. A second Cold War appears to be inevitable, so what should...

Police State.

‘The land of the free and home of the brave.’ Bravery, or due process of law, is not enough to protect citizens from police brutality in the USA. In a country where people are...

The Cold War is over. Grow up.

Efforts are being made to improve diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. Does the future look bright for these two countries? Where in the world? By Akshay Narayan _____________________ Barack Obama and Raúl...

It’s your move, Pakistan.

Last year ended in typical style, with Indian forces in Kashmir killing four Pakistani troops on the border, topping off a year in which hostilities between the two neighbours have escalated. The situation is...

If you can’t beat them…

The United States Senate has released a 480-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s “enhanced interrogation techniques”, known to the rest of the world as ‘torture’. So, is torture ever permissible? By Akshay Narayan...

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