Out of Afghanistan: US Needs to Rethink its Afghan Policy

March 24, 2015

The US and other countries, including India, should open the floodgates of military and economic assistance to the Afghan state and help build the capacity and capability of its security forces and administrative machinery.

Why has the Iraqi Offensive against ISIS Stalled?

March 24, 2015

US authorities seem to be unusually reluctant to use air power to help the Iraqi authorities and their Iranian allies in the conduct of the Tikrit offensive. Why?

Political Turmoil in Maldives

March 19, 2015

Mohamed Nasheed, in alliance with the Jumhooree Party, poses a formidable challenge to the Abdullah Yameen government. Yameen is using the judiciary as a tool to crush this challenge and further his own political objectives.

Modi’s Visit will Herald a New Chapter in India-Sri Lanka Relations

March 12, 2015

Prime Minister Modi’s visit is likely to improve the atmospherics to a significant extent, introduce a positive vibe into the process of engagement and serve as a stepping stone for deepening the relationship further.

Diamer Bhasha Dam Stuck in the Funding Trap

March 03, 2015

ADB’s yet another deferment of the decision on funding the DBD is a serious setback to Pakistan’s relentless efforts to obtain funds for constructing this mega hydro-power project on River Indus.

India’s Defence Budget 2015-16

March 02, 2015

One area where the 2015-16 defence budget is likely to hurt the most is in capital acquisition, which has already been under acute pressure in recent years due to the overwhelming share of the ‘committed liabilities’ arising out of contracts already signed

Defence Budget 2015-16: The Bad, the Worse and the Good

March 02, 2015

The bad news in this year’s defence budget is that it does not recognise that things are not going in the right direction but only the beaten track. And the poor track record in fully utilising the resources allocated for ‘Modernisation’ is the worse news.

The discreet silence on the NPT

March 02, 2015

The collective silence of the guardians and the state-parties by no means signifies the NPT’s good health, especially when they continue to emphasise upon the slow pace of disarmament and enduring pressures on the non-proliferation regime.

Defence Budget 2015 -16: The Writing on the Wall

February 27, 2015

It is a fairly simple exercise to estimate what the defence budget will be given available indicators. My assessment is that the Budget Estimate for defence is likely to be around Rs. 250,000 crore, with 105,000 crore for Capital Expenditure and 145,000 Crore for Revenue Expenditure.

India’s Non-Policy on Pakistan: U-Turn to Square One

February 26, 2015

The thumb rule in making a policy U-turn is “minimise damage or maximise advantage”. What is extraordinary about the Modi government’s U-turn is that it maximises losses and minimises advantages.

Yaalon’s Visit and the India-Israel Defence Relationship

February 19, 2015

The Modi’s government determination to adopt a muscular stance on national security and its commitment to expedite defence modernisation are likely to translate into greater political and defence engagement with Israel.

Insight Southeast Asia, January-February 2015

Insight Southeast Asia is the bimonthly newsletter of the Southeast Asia & Oceania Centre, IDSA. It comprises special sections such as Country Profile, Commentary, Book Review, Photo-Essay and News Track. News Track includes important and referenced news summary pertaining to the eleven Southeast Asian countries and Oceania (including New Zealand and Australia). 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 [+]

3rd India-Africa Strategic Dialogue

Keynote Address by Shri Navtej Singh Sarna, Secretary (West): 3rd India-Africa Strategic Dialogue More details [+]

Lifeblood of Terrorism: Countering Terrorism Finance

Terrorism finance has aptly been termed as the lifeblood of terrorism. Yet, this remains one of the most under researched facets of terrorism. This limitation is even more apparent in the Indian context, despite the fact that the country has faced the scrouge of terrorism and insurgency for over five decades. Lifeblood of Terrorism: Countering Terrorism Finance, is the first book on the subject in an Indian context. More details [+]

Strategic Analysis: March 2015

Contributors to this current issue, critically examine the question of why regional cooperation among Afghanistan’s neighbours has been so difficult despite these countries’ common concerns; delve into the patterns of convergence and divergence of interests among three key regional players in the Middle East – Russia, Turkey and Iran; and observe Thailand’s short-lived experiment with Democracy, marked by fractious political struggle between different social groups, among other issues. More [+]

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 [+]

Core Concerns in Indian Defence and the Imperatives for Reforms

India's current defence imperatives transcend the  ideeological 'defence vs. butter' debate. Even while there may be no profound existential  concerns, the geo-political reality of a deeply troubled neighbourhood, long legacy of border disputes with neighbours in the north and west and a widening spectrum of potential warfare from conventional and strategic to the asymmetric can be ignored at our own peril. More details [+]

Journal of Defence Studies: January 2015

The issue features articles on jointness in the Indian Armed Forces, the impact of climate change on maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, and the geopolitics of cyber espionage. It also includes an analysis of the Standing Committee of Defence’s recommendations on the defence budget during the 15th Lok Sabha. Read the issue[+]