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by Tuan
19 Oct 2017 18:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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: 23854

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...
by Tuan
10 Oct 2017 00:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 23854

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Here is just another example of how the Indian musician A.R. Rahman's music indoctrinated a LTTE cadre to defect Strategy Silos and Counterterrorist ‘Smart’ Power: Fusing Hard Militaries and Soft Cultures to Fight Extremism http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2229:...
by Tuan
10 Oct 2017 00:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 23854

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

The Beatles ignited a cultural revolution in the Soviet youth that helped overthrow the USSR: former spy What utter nonsense. Just because such things are written in some newspaper attributed to a "former spy", does not make it true. USSR's centralized economy and its inability to exploit...
by Tuan
10 Oct 2017 00:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 23854

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

What do you mean? and who do you imply? Examples abound as to when soft power has not done the trick in defending sovereign interests -- Raj Kapoor songs being popular in China before the 1962 war, to name one example. Probably easier for you to provide an example or two of when this "soft pow...
by Tuan
10 Oct 2017 00:15
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 23854

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

periaswamy wrote:So what good is a so called "power leverage" that has no effect on the behavior of an adversary who has no intention of sacrificing core interests?


What do you mean? and who do you imply?
by Tuan
10 Oct 2017 00:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 23854

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Periaswamy, you do have a point. Economic power is not always considered a “soft power” tool because the powerful can manipulate the weaker and the vulnerable using economic embargo, what is exactly happening to North Korea right now. The American political scientist Joseph Nye, who coined the term ...
by Tuan
09 Oct 2017 20:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 23854

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

Assessing India’s “soft” power: Viable in relations with Af-Pak? While experts have conferred India with an “emerging nation” title, the nation too, in an effort to maintain regional and national politico-economic stability, took some major “progressive” steps. Over the years, India has employed es...
by Tuan
08 Jun 2017 05:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood
Replies: 905
Views: 121903

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

At the dawn of a new world order where the leaders of the western liberal democracies including the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany and France announce their vision and mission of the future leadership for the "free world"; Russia, China and India on the other hand compete with each other for...
by Tuan
17 May 2017 07:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 994
Views: 181027

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

India isolates itself as the rest of Asia joins China’s OBOR summit Don't know if anyone posted this article here, but it portrays the Belt and Road Forum in a nutshell. While American leadership is struggling with its ambiguous policy of protectionism and anti-globalization rhetoric, China on the ...
by Tuan
14 May 2017 08:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 994
Views: 181027

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

"Apart from the soverignity issue, a major reason why India cannot support the BRF is that China is in an empire-building mode," Mohan Malik, professor at the US-based Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies told TOI. "It's trying to build an empire of exclusive economic enclaves th...
by Tuan
14 May 2017 08:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 994
Views: 181027

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

Sridhar, what I meant was that India is planning to unite with US and Japan to counter CPEC by engaging in naval exercises in the coming days, as I read here in BRF, I wonder why? Not to mention one of the ten principles of macroeconomics is that trade can make everyone better off, as opportunity c...
by Tuan
08 May 2017 08:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 994
Views: 181027

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

Sridhar, what I meant was that India is planning to unite with US and Japan to counter CPEC by engaging in naval exercises in the coming days, as I read here in BRF, I wonder why? Not to mention one of the ten principles of macroeconomics is that trade can make everyone better off, as opportunity co...
by Tuan
07 May 2017 22:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 994
Views: 181027

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

Bart, If India can "join hands" with Uncle Sam, then why not with PRC. Out of curiosity, I was wondering what would be the strategic implications in joining hands between the two major global powers.
by Tuan
07 May 2017 20:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 994
Views: 181027

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

IMHO, Indians should join hands with Chinese vis-a-vis OBOR project, since it will mutually benefit both parties. In order to survive and succeed in an interconnected and interdependent world, where global south nation states competing with global north, the only choice the regional actors have is t...
by Tuan
06 May 2017 23:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 994
Views: 181027

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

In the 21st century, all the great powers of the world once again have acquired their own interest with their ambiguous foreign policy. The USA, Russia, China, and India are the major powers playing their key role in the “New Great Game” in Central Asian landmass and the strategic sea lanes of the w...
by Tuan
01 May 2017 07:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1405
Views: 297009

Re: Analyzing CPEC

India-US military logistics pact is anti-Muslim, Hafiz Saeed says NEW DELHI: The recent India-US pact to share their military bases for repair and resupply is anti-Pakistan, meant to counter the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor+ (CPEC) and, in fact, against the Muslim world , declared Pakistan-base...
by Tuan
01 May 2017 04:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3770
Views: 382045

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

The Five Eyes are said to be expanding operations in the Indian Ocean region and subsequently building an observation post in Kollupitiya. Foreign intelligence warns of US observation facility at Kollupitiya Attention of the intelligence communities of several countries has been drawn to the US emba...
by Tuan
30 Apr 2017 23:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power
Replies: 170
Views: 23854

Re: Combating Terrorism Using Soft Power

While Trump's hardcore enemies flex their military muscles, Trudeau for one, represents and defends Canada's traditional soft power

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by Tuan
14 Apr 2017 17:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood
Replies: 905
Views: 121903

Re: The Islamic State and the Indian Sub-Continent

Video footage: GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb KABUL, Afghanistan (April 13, 2017) - A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strikes ISIS-K cave and tunnel systems in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan at 7:32 p.m. local time Thursday. The strike was des...
by Tuan
14 Apr 2017 06:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood
Replies: 905
Views: 121903

Re: The Islamic State and the Indian Sub-Continent

The long term strategic 1000 Kg "message" is aimed at Moscow and Tehran, who according to analysts, are covertly aiding and advising Afghan Taliban, whereas the US has a long term strategic interest in Central Asia, particularly in the Siberian Lands. Thus, it is just another post-Cold War...
by Tuan
13 Apr 2017 23:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 996
Views: 216173

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Braking News: Most powerful non-nuclear US bombs dropped against ISIS targets in Afghanistan, according to CNN, the first battlefield use for the "mother of all bombs".
by Tuan
19 Mar 2017 04:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood
Replies: 905
Views: 121903

Re: The Islamic State and the Indian Sub-Continent

How Proxy Insurgents of the Past Have Transformed into Modern Terrorist Organizations The Anatomy of a Terrorist Cell Many have argued that, to fight in war, the most basic and important asset is that of a secret service or organization specifically dedicated to intelligence gathering operations. I...
by Tuan
14 Mar 2017 03:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Obliterating Islamic State (ISIS)
Replies: 118
Views: 9536

Re: Obliterating Islamic State (ISIS)

Ramana ji, it is not only preserving Pakistan but this entire war on terror is a hoax. Like I mentioned here before, it will take only matter of weeks to obliterate ISIS if the US wanted; however, the West including the US uses ISIS as a catalyst to speed up the process of balancing their economic e...

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