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The Rohingyas: Security Implications for ASEAN and Beyond

May 28, 2015

In the last two months, the large-scale exodus of Rohingyas towards the coastlines of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia has been a concern not only for the region but also for the international community.

The Centre of Gravity of militancy shifts to Afghanistan

May 27, 2015

Stakeholder regional countries threatened by Islamic militancy need to get together under the umbrella of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and fight a joint war to end the menace.

‘Operation Decisive Storm’ and Changing Geopolitics in the Gulf

May 26, 2015

While both Saudi Arabia and Iran vie for power and influence, Yemenis continue to suffer and the country seems to be slipping into further instability.

Reframing the Disarmament Discourse: Can the Humanitarian Paradigm make a difference?

May 26, 2015

The 2015 NPT RevCon ended on an expected dismaying note. The only positive outcome was its endorsement of the recent initiatives to project the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, though not adopting its underlying theme - a nuclear weapons prohibition treaty.

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to China—The Myths and Realities

May 25, 2015

As the dust settles after the visit of Prime Minister Modi to China, it is time to take a calm and dispassionate look at where we stand in the context of Sino-Indian relations.

The Death Sentence on Former President Morsi

May 25, 2015

With the death sentence pronounced on Mohammed Morsi, the first democratically elected President in Egypt’s history, it is difficult not to conclude that Egypt is moving away from a democratic destination at an accelerated pace.

Bangladesh: Hacking Free Thinking to Death

May 21, 2015

Bangladesh is slowly and surely moving towards a perilous future that threatens the foundational values on which the liberation war was fought and the state founded.

Central Asia: India’s Northern Exposure

P. Stobdan

May 20, 2015

It is time for India to reconnect with a rapidly-changing Central Asia—increasingly the focus of world attention, and rivalry among the great powers over security and energy stakes. India too has high stakes in Central Asia, and a cogent policy outlook is long overdue. Partition and the subsequent Pakistani occupation of parts of Kashmir led to a direct physical cut-off on India's northern flank.

India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Effort in Nepal

Ravi Pandalai

May 18, 2015

There is widespread commitment in India for Nepal’s reconstruction. India’s provision of reconstruction assistance to Nepal must be worked out as a long term strategy.

Camp David Summit: An opportunity to build consensus

Sikandar Azam

May 14, 2015

While the Iran nuclear agreement will be the primary agenda of the summit, there are expectations that other regional issues will also be raised: the campaign against the Islamic State, removal of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the ongoing war in Yemen and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Modi in China: Shift the Discourse

May 14, 2015

In today’s India, the narrow nationalism, if not paranoia, built on the burden of 1962 seems only artificial. But, can Modi and Xi move beyond this burden and change the bilateral discourse? Modi needs to be metaphysical not just pragmatic.

India and Mongolia: Modi on Ashoka’s Path

May 13, 2015

Nehru fought for Mongolia’s status at the United Nation. Today, Modi’s India has greater economic strength to nurture the relationship with Mongolia.

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping: Different yet Same?

May 13, 2015

Modi and Xi share several similarities: their rise to the top, the popular nationalism they ride, the power they wield, and their domestic as well as foreign policy priorities.

India’s Renewed Interest in Chabahar: Need to Stay the Course

May 13, 2015

India has to play a critical role in developing and thereby realising the full potential of Chabahar port which will significantly boost its image as a proactive regional power that is building such critical infrastructure not only to maximise its financial and strategic gains but also to propel regional growth and prosperity.

Defence Manufacturing: In Search of a Composite Policy Framework

May 11, 2015

It is time the MoD considered creating structures and organizations that are not an intrinsic part of the ministerial set up to implement the production and procurement policies once these are formulated by the ministry.

Insight Southeast Asia, Volume 4 Number 2, March-April 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 [+]

Uttam Sinha's co-edited volume on Arctic released by Ministry of Earth Sciences and Norwegian Embassy

The IDSA volume 'Arctic: Commerce, Governance, Policy' edited by Uttam Sinha and Jo Inge Bekkevold was released at an seminar co-hosted by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi, on May 5, 2015. The volume is published by Routledge, UK. More details [+]

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 [+]