Refugees and Borders

June 18, 2013

Refugees are created by untenable circumstances within boundaries formed by the West. Late last fall, I was sitting outside in our farm yard in Vermont, just south of the Canadian border. My wife and I were remarking on the influx of the Common Red Poll, a bird not often seen in such numbers where...

Himalayan Stalemate: Revisiting the Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962 (Part 2)

November 27, 2012

Part 2: Interpreting Indian Behaviour. For part one click here. The primary strategic objective of the Nehru regime, even as the dispute deteriorated after 1959, was to avoid a frontal collision with China. The more interesting and perhaps central question, therefore, is why did India find...

Himalayan Stalemate: Revisiting the Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962 (Part 1)

November 27, 2012

China's way into the Sino-Indian War. In a recent Global Times article, a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences writes, “Mao wanted to wake him (Nehru) up from the superpowers’ influence by giving him a heavy punch, so that he would come to his senses and end the...