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Designing Sound Defence Offset Policies

April 17, 2015

Policymakers need to ask themselves ‘What Really Makes Offsets Tick?’ in order to develop an objective framework based on sound principles repeatedly noticed in the offset regulations of ‘The Smarter Lot’ of countries and in the process avoid committing the seven ‘original sins’ that a poorly-designed offset policy may entail.

Using Temple Gold for Shoring up the Economy: Learning from Kautilya’s Arthashastra

April 17, 2015

Kautilya argues that when the treasury gets depleted, concerted efforts become necessary for its replenishment and even recommends extraordinary measures in emergency situations. But the guiding principle should be what the people consider as beneficial to themselves.

Russia’s New Military Doctrine: An Overview

April 16, 2015

The new military doctrine reflects Russia’s views on the changing geo-political order. It perceives key military risks as emanating primarily from the ‘West’ and dwells on measures to counter them.

New Twist in the MMRCA Tail

April 15, 2015

MoD will do well to set up a crack team of experts from all fields to work out the terms of the proposed IGA keeping in view the larger picture of what happens after these 36 aircraft are inducted.

Making ‘Make-in-India’ Move in Defence Production

April 08, 2015

A loosely articulated idea of making India a defence manufacturing hub cannot work unless it is backed by a comprehensive blueprint, efficient procedures, meticulous implementation, trained and responsive manpower, continuous monitoring and quick decision-making.

Ashraf Ghani: America’s New Subedar?

April 07, 2015

President Ghani has extended an open invitation to the US for an open-ended military presence in Afghanistan and has also virtually expressed a readiness to play the role of a ‘frontline state’ for any future American contingency.

The New U.S. Maritime Strategy: Seeking ‘Clarity’ in an Era of ‘Shifting Reality’

April 07, 2015

The new version of US maritime strategy candidly recognises China’s maritime expansion and territorial claims as a source of regional unrest, but stops short of recognising the A2/AD challenge even as it pronounces “all-domain access” as a strategic prerequisite.

A Cyber Wing in the National Cadet Corps

Davinder Kumar

April 06, 2015

India’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks is going to increase exponentially with the development of infrastructure and programmes such as Digital India, National Optical Fibre Network, e-Governance, e-commerce and e-Services. The NCC provides a ready resource for picking up India’s cyber warriors in the available time frame.

Is the Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar a Step Towards Political Accommodation?

April 06, 2015

It may be an over-optimistic assessment to expect the present Thein Sein regime to achieve a substantive and comprehensive political accord in the run-up to the elections.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: An Indian Perspective

April 06, 2015

The Iran nuclear deal should not be seen in isolation. There has been a clear realisation in the West, especially in the US, that Iran needs to be brought out of international isolation and into the mainstream.

Asian Participation in the London Process

March 31, 2015

While Asia is home to the largest number of internet users on the planet, there is comparatively little contribution from the region to the discussions on cybersecurity.

Realising the ASEAN-India Vision for Partnership and Prosperity

This volume is based on the proceedings of Delhi Dialogue VI held in March 2014. It epitomizes the growing dialogue between India and ASEAN at all levels. Delhi Dialogue brings together practitioners, corporate leaders, opinion makers, academics and journalists, every year, to discuss a wide range of issues of common interest and concern that animate India - ASEAN relationship . More details [+]

Journal of Defence Studies: April 2015

The issue covers varied themes: leadership attributes for counterinsurgency operations, strategic importance of the Bay of Bengal, the 1971 USS Enterprise incident, benchmarks for naval ship building, China’s biological warfare programme, and India’s Special Forces. It also features an assessment of the Parliamentary Defence Standing Committee. Read the issue[+]

Strategic Analysis: May 2015

The contributors to the current issue of Strategic Analysis provide an ‘Indian take’ on China’s political strategy on Taiwan; assess Xi Jinping’s idea of the ‘Chinese Dream’ –its position on the ground and how the country is faring under the new dispensation; a rain check on the vexed India-China boundary question, in the backdrop of a decisive political change in both countries. More [+]

Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy

In May 2013, China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea (Asia 5) were given status as permanent observers in the Arctic Council. It was a symbolic and significant moment in the history of Arctic affairs. The list of stakeholders in the Arctic has now expanded to include both the Arctic littoral states and the five Asian states. More details [+]

Delhi Dialogue VII on ASEAN-India: Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda
India and South Asia: Exploring Regional Perceptions

Perceptions play a very significant role in South Asian politics. They have largely shaped and influenced state policies and politics among the South Asian countries, especially in relation to India, over the years. State policies have at times been hostage to negative or adversarial perceptions, well-entrenched in the popular psyche. More details [+]

17th Asian Security Conference

The theme for this year’s conference is “Asian Security: Comprehending the Indian Approach”. The conference will be held from 11-13 February 2015 at IDSA.

Key Speeches, Press Release, Video, Photos Details [+]