Comments & Briefs

Need to revive Iran-India energy ties

September 30, 2014

The possible lifting of the sanctions on Iran will lead to a rush for a share of the lucrative Iranian energy pie similar to Myanmar’s opening up last year. India cannot afford to be left behind.

Border Standoff: Understanding Chinese Motives

September 29, 2014

The response from the Indian side during the recent border incident was much more robust. However, it is important to examine the likely motives that drive the Chinese to raise the ante before the high-level visits to India.

Saudis join war against Islamic State; many sceptical

Sandhya Jain

September 29, 2014

The participation by the Saudi royal family in the US-led bombing of Daesh positions in Syria indicates Riyadh’s implacable opposition to the mercenary group. Iran, however, has dismissed the air strikes as a “psychological operation”, not a military one.

India and Bhutan: The Strategic Imperative

September 26, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi seemed aware about the nuances that underpin India's cultural and political obligations in Asia. By making Bhutan as his first visit abroad followed by a visit to Nepal, he has effectively invoked the deeper imperatives to revitalize India's national interests.

New Gambles in Ladakh

September 25, 2014

It all appears that the Indian army this time got clear orders to hold the ground and undo what the previous UPA government did – dismantled huts, bunkers and observation posts in exchange of PLA moving back from the Indian territory.

2014 General Elections in Kashmir Valley: Incidents of Violence and its Impact

Deepshikha Hooda

September 25, 2014

The background study looks at incidence of violence in the Kashmir Valley during the 2014 parliamentary elections and the correlation of violence to voter turnout. This study also lists out various actors responsible for violence and the trends in voting patterns from different regions of the Valley.

India and China: Ready to Meet Halfway

September 22, 2014

Can the two leaders go further and recognize the regional strategic interests of each other in the Pacific and the Indian Oceans? What about full support for India’s membership of the Security with the two countries working together in that forum?

Xi’s visit and the boundary issues

September 24, 2014

In the Chinese mind the settlement of the border issue with India cannot be divorced from regional, political and larger strategic issues. China has used the threat of intrusions across the LAC, as a part of its coercive diplomacy and it is too valuable an asset to give up.

A primer on the Indian Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010

September 23, 2014

During PM Modi’s visit to US, one of the topics that is likely to be high on the agenda will be the still incomplete US-India nuclear cooperation by way of sales of nuclear reactors to India because of the Indian Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010.

PLA Asserts as Modi-Xi Jinping Talk

September 22, 2014

The military gap between Indian and China is growing steadily as the PLA is upgrading the military infrastructure in Tibet to enable rapid deployment. China will stall resolution of the territorial dispute till it is in a much stronger position.

India Mission to Mars: Ready to Orbit

September 19, 2014

The orbit insertion scheduled for September 24 will be a landmark achievement. The Mars accomplishment could assist the global efforts towards the possible human colonization of the Red Planet and would automatically increase India’s status.

Standard Contract Document - Guideline or Canon?

September 19, 2014

The SCD is a template meant for guidance of the contracting parties but is not cast in stone. Every contract does not have to be its exact replica but it is not uncommon for the contracting officials of MoD and the vendors to get embroiled in protracted discussion on the wording of some of the clauses.

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 [+]

South Asia Trends: August 2014

South Asia Trends is a monthly newsletter on South Asian affairs. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide a panoramic view of important events that shape and impact the politics of the subcontinent. The effort would be to inform our readers of the domestic, regional and international repercussions of the political debates and diplomatic engagements that take place in South Asia. More [+]

Strategic Analysis: September 2014

The Sep-Oct 2014 issue has a mixed flavour of articles ranging from nuclear security to IORA and the Tamil factor in Sri Lanka to the domestic politics of Bangladesh. The issue has some interesting essays on India’s China policy in the 1950s looking at Nehru and Patel’s views. Another essay is based on the working group report on water dispute resolution mechanism under the Strategic Studies Network of the National Defense University, Washington. More [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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[+]