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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 [+]
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.
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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[+]