Comments & Briefs

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.

Takeaways from the 2014 Floods in J&K

Septmber 17, 2014

There is a view that the armed forces must ideally not be employed for disaster management. However, repeated instances have proved that the armed forces will continue to do the heavy lifting during such situations and therefore this role should be formalised and designated in a manner that efficiency can be improved and procedural voids filled.

Strategising India’s Defence Exports

September 17, 2014

What the Strategy for Defence Export tries to achieve is to create institutional mechanisms and establish clear-cut procedures within the overall ambit of the Foreign Trade Export for facilitating arms exports through export promotion/facilitation and export regulation.

Xi’s Visit: Dawn of a New Era?

September 16, 2014

Modi should talk to Xi and seek an interim boundary solution at least by having some sort of Friendly Pillars, call them Shanti Stupas along the border (almost 500 kilometers) in the Western Sector.

India-China Relations: A Reflection

Saurabh Kumar

September 15, 2014

A determination needs to be made whether the paradigm within which India-China relations have come to be conducted is not unduly adverse to India, and therefore in need of a rejig, before proceeding further to conclude any political agreements anew, or reiterate previous understandings, during Xi Jinping’s visit.

India-China Ties: Between Personalities and Principles

September 15, 2014

President Xi Jinping’s visit to India is a new opportunity for infusing momentum in the bilateral relations. Economic dealings would be one aspect of the talks; but neither country can afford to bypass the sensitive security and strategic issues that dog their efforts to bring peace and stability.

Islamic State not invincible: Need to take Russia, China on board

Sandhya Jain

September 15, 2014

China, like Russia, suffers from domestic terrorism (the Uyghur East Turkestan Islamic Movement). Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has put China on a list of countries accused of persecuting Muslims, thus making it a target for jihad.

Strategic Significance of the India-Australia Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

September 15, 2014

As Australia and India have to deepen their security cooperation for a peaceful prosperous and stable Asia-Pacific region, both the countries will have to manage global nuclear commerce together.

Assam-Nagaland Border Violence: From Past to Present

Namrata Goswami

September 12, 2014

The Assam-Nagaland border dispute is the direct result of the lack of success of the stakeholders in transitioning historical concepts of frontiers between neighbouring ethnic groups into mutually agreed upon updated delimited administrative boundaries of the modern state.

Need to build a good coalition to combat ISIS

Rohit Pattnaik

September 09, 2014

There is a great traction amongst western countries on building up a coalition to tackle ISIS, but the big question is which countries in West Asia would be able to synchronise western goals with theirs? While the US and its NATO allies, along with France and Australia have been assisting the Kurdish peshmerga, the list of Arab countries willing to work with the West-led coalition is unclear.

Nawaz wins this round as army loses plot

September 05, 2014

If Nawaz Sharif now plays his cards well - improves governance, makes his politics more responsive and inclusive, reaches out to opposition and his constituency, doesn’t remain aloof and keeps the parliament and political parties as his back – he could well change the power equations for good.

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[+]