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by Tuan
21 Nov 2018 07:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 574
Views: 59820

Re: The Rohingya Menace

My latest article on genocide and ethnic cleansing for the Modern Diplomacy magazine
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/11/20/t ... ihno86Xxyo
by Tuan
27 Oct 2018 05:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Supratik wrote:This is a Chinese move.


No one wants to reopen the old wounds, but I believe the way forward for India is either connect Sri Lanka with a bridge or establish Tamil Eelam with the help of UN.
by Tuan
19 Oct 2018 17:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2750
Views: 362960

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

You're absolutely right. I intentionally tried not to draw any conclusions or insist on my own opinions. Rather, I let the readers to come to a conclusion. In other words you have nothing to say at all. Why go to the trouble of publishing an article on a "platform for assessing and evaluating ...
by Tuan
19 Oct 2018 06:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2750
Views: 362960

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

My latest article on Neo-Cold War in the Indian Ocean Region: https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/10/15/the-neo-cold-war-in-the-indian-ocean-region/ There are a lot of references/quotes in this article but I fail to understand what you are trying to say, in fact whether you are trying to say anything a...
by Tuan
09 Apr 2018 05:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 952
Views: 126422

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

IndraD wrote:what is lima charlie news!? ^ :shock:


Lima Charlie provides global news, insight & analysis by military veterans and service members Worldwide.
by Tuan
08 Apr 2018 22:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 952
Views: 126422

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative signaling the West’s setting sun? BRI as a government sponsored initiative was solidified in 2015, with a focus primarily on infrastructure investment, construction materials, railway and highway, automobile, real estate, power grid, iron and steel, with the stro...
by Tuan
31 Mar 2018 05:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 952
Views: 126422

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

First, "Make America Great Again", then "Make Russia Great Again" and now "Make China Great Again"....The real problem is that the very democracy is fundamentally flawed, since the way of its leaders are elected is questionable. Moreover, the "democratically electe...
by Tuan
22 Mar 2018 03:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: A Typical Terrorist Cell
Replies: 3
Views: 561

A Typical Terrorist Cell

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was an insurgent-***-terrorist group that had been fighting against the Sri Lankan government to establish a separate homeland for Tamils in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka. They were one of the most brutal terrorist organizations, who ran a de...
by Tuan
24 Feb 2018 23:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

ISS Today: Lessons from Sri Lanka on China’s ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-02-22-iss-today-lessons-from-sri-lanka-on-chinas-debt-trap-diplomacy/#.WpGjsKjwaUl Sri Lanka’s recent dealings with China offer a cautionary tale for many African countries. The way the i...
by Tuan
24 Feb 2018 22:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5471
Views: 526340

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

“The attraction of disinformation appears directly associated with the attraction of authoritarianism.” A must read Canadian secret service report on Russian and Chinese fake-news. Who Said What? The Security Challenges of Modern Disinformation https://csis.gc.ca/pblctns/wrldwtch/2018/2018-02-22/201...
by Tuan
24 Jan 2018 00:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood
Replies: 846
Views: 73303

Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

This is our latest article that I coauthored with my colleague Ammna Nasser for the NATO Association of Canada on ISIS methods of radicalization both online and in real-world settings.... The Impending Threat of Islamic Radicalization: A look at Assimilation http://natoassociation.ca/the-impending-t...
by Tuan
12 Nov 2017 23:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

In a 2015 interview to Aljazeera, SL prime minister Wickramasinghe outlined his country’s foreign policy that it will not be hostile to any one nation state. He stated that SL will be willing to accommodate such regional and global powers as India, China and the USA. Most importantly, he put forward...
by Tuan
30 Oct 2017 04:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

While foreign journalists such as Anthony Bourdain visits Sri Lanka to experience "reinvigorated" people and culture, the local Tamil societies’ situation tells us completely a whole different story. Debt drives Jaffna mom, children to death http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/debt-...
by Tuan
28 Oct 2017 03:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)
Replies: 3526
Views: 258858

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)

In case you might be interested in the video of Undercover Jihadi, which aired last night on TVO.
https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agen ... ver-jihadi
by Tuan
22 Oct 2017 21:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Philipji I understand your concern about the western powers’ practice of using capitalism, globalization and cultural imperialism to influence developing countries in lieu of direct military control (imperialism) or indirect political control (hegemony), coined by Kwame Nkrumah as neocolonialism in ...
by Tuan
22 Oct 2017 18:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Spot on Philipji. I was just wondering if the rest of the world fighting terrorisom could learn anything from the Sri Lankan counterterrorism model. I believe that the global intelligence community knows how to end all their conflicts, like they eradicated terrorism in Sri Lanka by an international ...
by Tuan
21 Oct 2017 05:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Philip wrote:Pl read in the eco td. a piece on "hubris" with examples from India...


Philipji, could you please provide the link for this reference. Thanks!
by Tuan
21 Oct 2017 03:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Book Review Folder - 2008/2009/2010/2011
Replies: 1211
Views: 80788

Re: Book Review Folder - 2008/2009/2010/2011

New Novel Tells Story of Secret Female Mossad Agent - by Shalva Hessel https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/02/new-novel-tells-story-of-secret-female-mossad-agent/ https://49yzp92imhtx8radn224z7y1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/MarriedToMossad_F_v01-e1505759652242.jpg The new nove...
by Tuan
20 Oct 2017 21:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Nice summary Philipji, Do you think when politicians interfere in military affairs, the outcome of their operations always become disastrous, as you are drawing an example of V.P. Singh’s decision to withdraw the IPKF from SL? In my opinion, J.R. Jayewardene’s successor R. Premadasa is the one to bl...
by Tuan
20 Oct 2017 03:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3834
Views: 219373

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-india-41377725 A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the ...
by Tuan
19 Oct 2017 18:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Talk about the power of music that today our PM was shedding tears in emotional tribute to a Canadian singer. Justin Trudeau can't hold back tears in emotional tribute to Gord Downie: 'We are less as a country' http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/prime-minister-trudeau-pays-tearful-tribute-to-gord-...
by Tuan
19 Oct 2017 06:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Talk about the power of music that today our PM was shedding tears in emotional tribute to a Canadian singer. Justin Trudeau can't hold back tears in emotional tribute to Gord Downie: 'We are less as a country' http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/prime-minister-trudeau-pays-tearful-tribute-to-gord-d...
by Tuan
17 Oct 2017 20:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Shivji, fascinating read of the first chapter. I would appreciate if you could provide a link for the entire book. So far, I read the all three chapters you have uploaded. Many thanks! Thank you Here is the whole book. Freely distributable. Copyleft licence https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3JNY4I...
by Tuan
17 Oct 2017 18:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Well, I guess Gen. Panetta wanted to supply weapons for ISIS, whereas Gen. Mattis decided to supply soccer balls; either way ISIS is crumbling as we speak. How do you know for sure that the Russian and the Syrian bombing did the trick?
by Tuan
17 Oct 2017 17:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Tuan: To illustrate, President Obama’s administration had a smart strategy via the realm of soft diplomacy throughout the world, which was backed by America’s hard power during his time in office and we saw a world order, although it was not perfect. That's an utter load of unmitigated nonsense. IS...
by Tuan
17 Oct 2017 16:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Therefore, please don’t paint the entire Muslim population of Pakistan with a broader brush that they are terrorists. By doing this, in a reputed platform like BRF, you are trying to paint a picture on Muslims, who live within the Indian subcontinent as scums, criminals, and terrorists. Consequentl...
by Tuan
17 Oct 2017 16:34
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Tuan, I advise you to read, with as skeptical an eye as you can, the links in the first post of the Terroristan thread. Try to refute any of them. You will get your answer. The characterization of Pakistan as Terroristan is accurate. This doesn't mean that every Pakistani is a terrorist. It does me...
by Tuan
16 Oct 2017 05:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

It is dreadful to see Indians, who traditionally follow the footsteps of Gandhism for their way of life, are justifying violence can only be countered by violence, or terrorism can only be neutralized by terrorism kind of rhetoric. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth discourse that would leav...
by Tuan
15 Oct 2017 09:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Soft power may work in certain spheres of statecraft. But, not against terrorism. Yeah, one or two individuals might get swayed by soft-power and decide to renounce violence. But, normally, Islamists or Naxalites or LTTE-types are thoroughly brainwashed and would rather fight to death than reform b...
by Tuan
15 Oct 2017 05:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

IMO, it makes more sense to consider that hard power has a tangible "power" component, and a less tangible "psychological" component that optimizes the application on hard power more focussed. separating it as "soft power" and "hard power" seems like a false ...
by Tuan
14 Oct 2017 01:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Well, if you read the article fully and summarize it you might get the point, instead of extracting bits and pieces from it..ha ha. What you imagine the article is saying is not at all what the article says. But confirmation bias is obviously at play here: you believe strongly this concept of "...
by Tuan
14 Oct 2017 00:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

However, the point I am trying to make here is that even an initiative of obvious military dimension can be a source of admiration thereby promoting America's soft power. That's the bit I do not see in the article, i.e., iraqi admiration for american efforts in bringing in soccer. Iraq had a good n...
by Tuan
14 Oct 2017 00:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

I hear ya. It may well be a tactic on the part of US military to win the hearts and minds of the general populace since it is part and parcel of their COIN doctrine. However, the point I am trying to make here is that even an initiative of obvious military dimension can be a source of admiration the...
by Tuan
14 Oct 2017 00:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

You are misinformed. Intelligence was capital in counterterrorism operations against the LTTE, which was only possible through the defection of many LTTE top cadres, that eventually led to the demise of the organization. Soft power plays a great role in engineering such defection. If you are talkin...
by Tuan
13 Oct 2017 09:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

periaswamy now that we have enough info why don't you write an article from your POV? Tuan I suppose this thread is to collect thoughts for your POV? let both articles be posted here as Opposing points of view. Ramanaji, my purpose of starting this thread on BRF and many other defence forums goes f...
by Tuan
13 Oct 2017 02:36
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Soft power unless backed by hard power is ineffective. Same thing is said by diplomats that Diplomacy unless backed by hard military power is ineffective. I agree. Theodore Roosevelt relates to this: "speak softly, and carry a big stick". In referencing foreign policy, Roosevelt explained...
by Tuan
10 Oct 2017 03:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Tuan: soft power, on the other hand, could bring about a solution politically, diplomatically, economically, socially, culturally, religiously, and educationally. You keep saying this over and over again, and all you can provide is some dubious example of Beatles causing the down fall of USSR and A...
by Tuan
10 Oct 2017 01:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 13684

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Gerard, I do agree with what you have quoted above. To sum it up, what is going on in Iraq and Syria today is a “hybrid warfare” which needs a multipronged response. While hard power can address a solution militarily alone, soft power, on the other hand, could bring about a solution politically, dip...

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