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India’s Approach to Counterinsurgency and the Naxalite Problem

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation

Since its independence in 1947, India has fought dozens of campaigns against four distinct and independent insurgencies on its soil—in Punjab, Kashmir, the Northeast, and the Maoist insurgents of central India—as well as one foreign campaign in Sri Lanka.

Whither Command of the Commons?

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Joshua Shifrinson, International Security Program Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
September 13, 2011

Introduction: Command of the Commons and U.S. Primacy

In 1805, British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a combined Franco-Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain that threatened to deny Britain command of the sea around Western Europe. Nelson’s success ensured that the United Kingdom retained what analysts would today refer to as “command of the commons”—the ability to project military power and engage in trade at times and places of its choosing while denying the same privileges to others.

U.S. Warns Pakistan to 'Do More' | Al Jazeera

May 15, 2010

... The US, meanwhile, has already accelerated its aerial bombing campaign in the tribal regions: Suspected drone strikes have already occurred 35 times this year, compared with 53 attacks in all of 2009, according to the Washington-based New America Foundation, which maintains a comprehensive databaseof the strikes. ...

"I don't see what more boots on the ground will do ... in terms of bolstering the military's capacity to fight the TTP," said Sameer Lalwani, a research fellow at the New America Foundation.

Pakistan's COIN Flip

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation
April 19, 2010

Though Pakistan has not completely adopted the models, tactics, and best practices of counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine advocated by Western strategists, there is considerable evidence of movement in recent years toward a hybrid approach. Security forces have historically employed a variety of tactics including raids, “coercive sorting,” and sometimes population security, but they experienced repeated failures from 2001 to 2008. Though results of the more recent approach seem promising, prospects for long-term success remain unclear.

Strategic Rethink Needed

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation
March 14, 2010 |

For years, the United States has miscalculated Pakistani strategic interests in Afghanistan, which continues to involve tactical and operational support for some sections of the Taliban.

It is now becoming clearer how Pakistani interests are driven not only by ‘strategic depth’ — military doctrine oriented towards India — but also by concerns of regional encirclement and hedging against expected western withdrawal.

The Pakistan Military’s Adaptation to Counterinsurgency in 2009

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2010 |

Faced with a rising and emboldened insurgency in its tribal belt, Pakistan’s military has come under fire in recent years for failure to adapt its military doctrine, which is based around conventional warfare, to tackle the internal threats of insurgency and terrorism.1 Not adapting to unconventional warfare has been used to explain Pakistan’s failures to quell insurgency in the tribal areas, high civilian and soldier casualties, rising levels of resentment and militancy, three major operational failures in South Waziristan, and its overall poor battlefield perfo

What Next for Afghanistan? | The Guardian (London)

November 4, 2009

Sameer Lalwani is a research fellow at the Washington-based New America Foundation:

"I think the expectation will be for the Obama administration to leverage pressure on the Karzai government to 'clean up' his governing style but I doubt Karzai will do so, certainly not quickly," said Lalwani.

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Pakistan's Other Problem Area: Baluchistan | TIME

October 31, 2009
... based on their prior strategic choices," says Sameer Lalwani, a Pakistan watcher at the New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank. ...

Pakistan Army against Taliban: What are the Waziristan goals? | Christian Science Monitor

October 27, 2009
... argues Sameer Lalwani, author of a new report for the New America Foundation that examines the Army's capabilities to carry out counterinsurgency. ...

AfPak | WTOP

October 10, 2009
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