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Contents - October 2003

Operation Rah-e-Rast
and Durand Line
Commander (Retd) MUHAMMAD AZAM KHAN focuses on gains made by
the military operation against militants and calls for permanent fencing of
the Durand Line.

To say that under the present Chief of Army Staff, General Kayani, Pakistan now has a born again army, a made over institution with a strategic reawakening, would not be an overstatement. The following words of the Chairman U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen, perhaps best certify why; ‘so far he has done everything he told me he would do. He said he would provide Frontier Corps with material support and strong leaders. He did it. He said he would send more Pakistani army troops to the northwest border region. He sent nearly 2,000. He said he would go after al-Qaeda and extremist groups in Bajaur and the Swat valley.......more

Post Operation Strategy
Brig (Retd) INAM UL HAQ caution that success of the military operation
alone will not restore peace and go on to make some practical suggestions.

Once Military operations are well on their way to success. Large parts of Swat Valley have been purged of the militants and given the intensity and speed of operations, it is hoped that the entire Valley shall soon be brought under control. However, it should be understood that the success of military operations alone will not restore peace in the turbulent region unless the Government takes immediate follow up actions to establish its writ..........more

The Re-location of
US Marines in Japan:
Strategic Implications for Asia & Beyond

Columnist TAUQEER H. TAKI SIRGANA argues that the relocation of US
Marines in Japan will exacerbate tensions within the region as the alliance
is a fundamentally flawed approach to security for Japan.

On February 17, 2009, Japan’s Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed an accord on the planned relocation of US Marines from Okinawa to Guam.1 Currently, there are approximately eighteen thousand Marines and under the already agreed Roadmap “United States-Japan Roadmap for Realignment Implementation” dated May 1, 2006 Tokyo and Washington agreed to transfer about 8,000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam by 2014.2 The two countries also agreed that Japan would assume about 59% of the financial cost of the relocation.

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