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  • International Terrorism and US Policy Options
       ·   02 Mar, 2000    ·    #337    ·    Commentary    
    The threat of terrorism has steadily increased over the last few decades. With advances in technology, terrorist acts have become much more destructive and perpetrators of those act more elusive. Terrorism is defined as "the unlawful use or t...
  • Autonomy Debate in Jammu and Kashmir
       ·   29 Feb, 2000    ·    #336    ·    Commentary    
    The call for autonomy demands dispassionate study to place it in correct perspective. Since April 1999, the Abdullah administration has made the issue part of its Kashmiri political agenda. Farooq had set the autonomy-ball rolling, due to popular ...
  • IAF: Taking Off into Info-Tech Environment
    N. K. Pant    ·   29 Feb, 2000    ·    #335    ·    Commentary    
    The armed forces in the technologically advanced countries are feverishly at work developing appropriate offensive cum defensive IT capabilities and incurring considerable expenditure in this new frontier of knowledge. It is now a foregone conclus...
  • Improvised Explosive Devices - V: IEDs & Land Mine Treaties
    Mallika Joseph    ·   29 Feb, 2000    ·    #334    ·    Commentary    
    Two conventions currently exist that address the use of anti-personnel landmines. They are the Amended Protocol II of the United Nations Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to b...
  • Improvised Explosive Devices - IV: IEDs & Mines
    Mallika Joseph    ·   29 Feb, 2000    ·    #333    ·    Commentary    
    The IED is more close to the mine in its technology, detonation and damage caused than any other device in the family of military ordnance. Despite the ingenuity that goes into its assemblage, most IEDs end up resembling some type of standard mine...
  • Improvised Explosive Devices - III: Types of IEDs & Training
    Mallika Joseph    ·   29 Feb, 2000    ·    #332    ·    Commentary    
    Types of IEDs vary based on the type explosive used, method of assembly, and also the method of detonation. As this is restricted only by human ingenuity, the types of IEDs are infinite.     Types of explosives   ...
  • Improvised Explosive Devices - II: The Targets
    Mallika Joseph    ·   26 Feb, 2000    ·    #331    ·    Commentary    
    For the Non State Actors (NSAs), their main battle is against the State. Therefore any person, institution and building representative of the State becomes the target for IED use. Security forces – military and paramilitary including police ...
  • Improvised Explosive Devices - I: In the terrorist tool kit
    Mallika Joseph    ·   23 Feb, 2000    ·    #330    ·    Commentary    
    Improvised Explosive Devices, most commonly referred to as IEDs, are the most commonly used tools of terror by non-state actors (NSAs). These devices incorporate highly destructive lethal and dangerous explosives or incendiary chemicals and are de...
  • Islamic Fundamentalism and Terrorism
       ·   21 Feb, 2000    ·    #329    ·    Commentary    
    Speaker: Dr. Joseph Kostiner     Research Associate, Moshe Dayan Center for Near Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University     Dr. Joseph Kostiner ou...
  • Revamping of Intelligence Apparatus
    S. Ramkumar    ·   21 Feb, 2000    ·    #328    ·    Commentary    
    The hijacking of IC 814, and the earlier Kargil intrusions once again highlighted the pathetic state of our national security apparatus, particularly the ineptness of civilian intelligence agencies like the IB and RAW. Hopefully, the review commit...
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