Comments & Briefs

The Indian Ocean Zone of Peace: Sifting ‘Facts’ from ‘Illusion’

December 19, 2014

In the event that a ZOP is announced, it is India that will stand to lose the most because its proposal will be seen as a ‘backdoor’ manoeuvre to limit the Chinese presence and an effective abdication of leadership and responsibility in the IOR.

The Islamic State’s Forays in North Africa: Libya, Tunisia and Egypt

Tuva Julie Engebrethsen Smith

December 17, 2014

The Islamic State is fast gaining support outside Iraq and Syria. Next on its agenda seems to be the North African region. However, is the ground fertile enough for the IS to find roots in Libya, Tunisia, or Egypt?

Need for Inclusive Governance Structures in the North-East

December 17, 2014

The Centre must reiterate its commitment to uphold the Constitutional provisions enshrined in Article 371, expand the scope of the Sixth Schedule, and empower the autonomous council institutions in the North-East.

LUH Acquisition Programme: Which Way is it Headed?

December 15., 2014

It is difficult to visualise how the Russian offer to make LUH in India could be actualised unless the government invokes ‘strategic considerations’ for making it in India or signs an inter-governmental agreement for that purpose.

Russia’s Military Cooperation Agreement with Pakistan: An Assessment

December 15, 2014

The military cooperation agreement between Russia and Pakistan raises two pertinent questions: What are the driving factors behind Russia’s Pakistan strategy? And should India be concerned?

Sri Lankan Presidential Elections: India’s Stance

December 15, 2014

It will be in India`s interest to adopt a neutral posture vis-à-vis the contestants in the January 2015 Sri Lankan Presidential elections.

Showcasing of PLAAF Technological Developments

December 11, 2014

The 2014 edition of the air show tried to reinforce the Chinese theme of a rising, strong and technologically advanced industrial base to the domestic constituency, international arms market and adversaries.

Status of India’s Border Trade: Strategic and Economic Significance

December 10, 2014

Border trade is trade in local products of limited value by the people residing within a few kilometres on either side of the international border. Although the contribution of border trade in India's economy is negligible, it has substantial impact on its relations with its neighbours as well as on the people living on the border.

An Analysis of the US Sale of the Patriot Missile Defence System to Saudi Arabia

Debalina Ghoshal

December 10, 2014

The PAC-3 missile defence deal is a win-win package for both the United States and Saudi Arabia in terms of both their bilateral relations and the enhancement of regional security.

An Impending Royal Death: What Next in Oman?

December 09, 2014

Sultan Qaboos once observed that “while other Gulf Arabs prefer to get on a camel and go west into the Arab desert, Omanis prefer to be on a boat and drift towards India.”

Is Russia Relevant for India?

December 08, 2014

The trust and comfort factor in the India-Russia relationship still exists. Modi needs to find more diligent ways to reboot the relationship with Russia and make it more relevant for changing times.

Resolving India’s Nuclear Liability Impasse

December 06, 2014

India’s Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act has emerged as an appropriate template that could rekindle the nuclear energy sector while also safeguarding the public interest.

NEW DIGETS: Africa Trends

Africa Trends is the IDSA's quarterly newsletter on Africa. The newsletter aims to provide readers with reviews and analysis of significant and strategic developments taking place in African countries that impact regional and global security. The publication features commentary and analysis of contemporary developments, the Book Review section, and the News Track section that covers important events of the preceding three months. More [+]

Book: China Yearbook 2013

An annual publication from the IDSA, the China Yearbook is a round-up of events and issues of significance that occurred in China during the past year and covers important developments in the domestic and foreign policy spheres. More [+]

Securing India’s Borders—The Way Ahead

Fifth Y B Chavan Memorial Lecture by Dr Madhav Godbole, Former Home Secretary, Government of India More [+]

US-India Defence Relations and Areas for Cooperation, Including Defence Trade

Mr. Puneet Talwar, Asst. Secy., State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, US More [+]

Strategic Analysis: November 2014

This special issue on the Arctic is based on revised and updated versions of papers presented at the conference at IDSA in September 2013, a few months after the five Asian countries—China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea (Asia 5)—were given status as permanent observers in the Arctic Council. The volume examine the main drivers of Asian countries’ increased engagement in Arctic affairs and how their engagement may impact on the development in the Arctic region with regard to geopolitics, commerce and governance. More [+]

Book: The Unfinished War in Afghanistan: 2001-2014

This book makes a modest attempt to contribute to the ongoing debate on future challenges for Afghanistan as the largest ever coalition of Western forces prepares to withdraw. It seeks to examine key political developments within Afghanistan over the last one decade in response to the US-led Western military and political intervention. More [+]

Andaman and Nicobar Islands - India’s Untapped Strategic Assets

The book offers suggestions about ways in which India can leverage the geographical location of the islands, especially the Great Nicobar Island at the western entrance of the Straits of Malacca, to tap the potential of the islands to meet India's commercial and security challenges without sacrificing the environmental concerns. More [+]

Journal of Defence Studies: October 2014

The issue features articles on statecraft and intelligence analysis in the Arthashastra, nanotechnology, external dynamics of insurgency in North-East India, and an assessment of India’s position in the Indo-Pacific. It also includes an analysis of the Standing Committee of Defence’s recommendations on the defence budget during the 14th Lok Sabha. Read the issue[+]

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 [+]