Comments & Briefs

Egypt's Uneasy Transition: Internal and External Dynamics and Challenges for India

August 29, 2014

Amidst the ‘Arab Spring’ nations, the most keenly watched and followed developments have been in Egypt. Being one of the largest Arab nations, lynchpin of peace treaty with Israel, key US ally and a nation of potent and modern armed forces, Egypt deserved the attention. And so, the success or otherwise of the Arab revolutions hinged on the success or failure in Egypt. However the transition in Egypt has been far from smooth so far.

An enigma called defence technology fund

August 27, 2014

There has been much speculation since 2011 about who is going to manage the proposed fund, how is it to be different from the already existing technology related heads in the defence budget, and how will the amount set aside for the purpose be utilized.

National Security Decision Making: Overhaul Needed

August 26, 2014

A sub-committee of the CCS must devote time and effort to make substantive recommendations to improve the structures for higher defence management, defence research and development, self-reliance in defence production and the improvement of civil-military relations.

Ukraine: where is it going?

August 25, 2014

It is possible, if there is political will, to find a negotiated settlement on the basis of a new constitution giving greater say to regions in foreign policy. In brief, the US should agree to a sort of Finlandization of Ukraine.

Déjà vu in Pakistan: Army overpowers Nawaz

August 08, 2014

The army has quite patiently allowed Imran and Qadri to carry on with their protests and create a political condition unfavourable enough for Nawaz Sharif to approach the army for help. Thus like in 1993, Nawaz is feeling the heat even if the opposition is not united in their effort to dislodge his government.

Border tension between Bangladesh and Myanmar

August 22, 2014

There are logical reasons for India to suitably intercede with both its neighours to facilitate an agreement on the border. A mediatory role by India may not be unwelcome by Bangladesh and Myanmar as both have friendly relations.

Failed India-Pakistan dialogue: Reworking policies

August 22, 2014

In the short-term India needs to let the internal situation within Pakistan play itself out and see what emerges from the standoff. There is no doubt that Pakistan will have to be engaged but terms and manner will be dictated by the prevailing political and economic scenario in India, Afghanistan and the region including India-China relations.

Examining the Assam-Nagaland Border Crisis

August 21, 2014

These repeated incidents of border trouble and deaths bring into sharp focus the lack of serious border law enforcement. It is, therefore, critical that we do four important policy interventions fast.

1st US-Africa Leaders Summit: A New Chapter in the US-Africa Relations

Aakriti Sethi

August 20, 2014

The summit is seen as one of the major initiatives of the Obama administration towards the African continent and being the first US President to hold the largest event with the African head of states and governments.

Delimitation of Indo-Bangladesh Maritime Boundary

August 19, 2014

In a recent judgment, the UN Tribunal has delineated the maritime boundary line between India and Bangladesh in the territorial sea, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf within and beyond 200 nautical miles (nm). Both the countries are pleased and hope to consolidate further their relationship.

The Return of the Americans to Iraq

August 19, 2014

The decision to commit US military power has been camouflaged in suitably humanitarian terms to give the impression that it was an effort designed to ‘protect’ the fleeing Yazidis and other minority groups. 

Pakistan: Under the Shadow of the Military Jackboot

August 19, 2014

The military has ridden roughshod over Pakistan’s polity for most of the country’s history since its independence. The Pakistani army, once described as a ‘state within a state’, is now being viewed by many as the state. In fact, the army and the ISI (the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate) together form the ‘deep state’.

Book: The Other Kashmir: Society, Culture and Politics in the Karakoram Himalayas

The book deals with the historical, cultural, geopolitical, strategic, socio-economic and political perspectives on the entire Karakoram-Himalayan region. It is based on the papers contributed by area specialists and experts from the region. More [+]

News Digest: Indian Ocean Watch

Indian Ocean Watch is a monthly newsletter compiled by the IDSA. The newsletter tracks recent developments in the fields of maritime security, economic cooperation and environmental concerns/ disaster risk management in the various countries of the Indian Ocean region. More [+]

Book: Unending Violence in Pakistan Analysing the Trends

The Pakistan Project of IDSA consists of a dedicated group of scholars studying Pakistan and watching the unfolding events and analysing the trends from the perspective of its implications for India and the region. “Unending Violence in Pakistan: Analysing the Trends, 2013-14” is the third report published by Pakistan Project. More [+]

Strategic Analysis: July 2014

The July-August 2014 issue of Strategic Analysis has an Asian flavour. The content delves into some of the concerns of the region – violent extremism in Sri Lanka; governance issues in Afghanistan; nuclear deterrence in the India-Pakistan context; the US and China competing for influence in the Asia-Pacific. The issue also has a special focus on cyber security. More [+]

BOOK: Understanding India’s Maoists

The proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist), Maoists in short, also known in India as Naxalites, is the most lethal and largest of all such groups. Its ultimate aim is to capture/seize political/state power through protracted people’s war (PPW), on the lines propounded by Mao Tse Tung. More [+]

Journal of Defence Studies: July 2014

This issue addresses distortions in the discourse on armed forces' modernization, terrorism finance, and Indian Ocean maritime security cooperation. There are two commemorative articles on the Battle of Imphal (1944) and the Gallipoli campaign (1915) with accompanying vintage photos, and a review essay on Indian contribution to World War I. Read the issue[+]

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