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  • April 14, 2016

    Last year, soon after taking power as president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena requested a US$4 billion loan from the IMF to restructure its debt repayments. The bailout package was rejected by the IMF. It warned the government instead to rationalise the tax system and arrest growing inflation.

  • April 11, 2016

    Independent India was a typical continental power, mostly due to its difficult land border disputes with China and Pakistan. During the Cold War days, India wanted that the major world powers should withdraw themselves from the Indian Ocean, presence of whom was actually a threat to India’s ideological inclination to the non-aligned movement.

  • April 10, 2016

    India, which has ratified both the Conventions for nuclear security, is ready to participate in national and global nuclear governance with its institutional, legal and regulatory architecture, especially for nuclear security. The Indian nuclear establishment will have to play a more proactive role through the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership

  • April 08, 2016

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has a population (600 million) larger than North America or the European Union; its total merchandise exports stand at $1.2 trillion. Stephen Groff, vice president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), noted in a 2014 speech in Berlin that if ASEAN were one economy, with a combined gross domestic product of $2.3 trillion, it would have ranked as the seventh largest economy in the world by 2013. He added that it would become the fourth largest economy by 2050 if the existing level of growth continues.

  • April 07, 2016

    The Nuclear Security Summit process, which had been started in 2010 in Washington, ended in Washington with a meeting organised from 31 March to 1 April. Till the last moment, many hoped that one of the participating countries, especially from Europe, may come forward to host the next summit, and thus, save the termination of the NSS process. However, the communiqué released on the occasion dashed all the hopes, as the first line of the last paragraph inscribed: “The 2016 Summit marks the end of the Nuclear Security Summit process in this format.”

  • April 06, 2016

    Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr S. Samuel C. Rajiv's research article, titled ‘Deep Disquiet: Israel and the Iran Nuclear Deal’ was published in the March 2016 issue of Journal - Contemporary Review of the Middle East (Sage).

  • March 31, 2016

    Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue earlier this month, Admiral Harry Harris, Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Command, called for quadrilateral Australia-India-Japan-US consultations for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. He said, “Together, we can develop a roadmap that leverages our respective efforts to improve the security architecture and strengthen regional dialogues. Together, we can ensure free and open sea lanes of communication...”

  • March 30, 2016

    Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article, titled ‘Japan in Prime Minister Modi's Vision for India’, was published in the Asia Pacific Bulletin (East-West Center) on March 30, 2016.

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  • March 28, 2016

    India need not press the panic button or employ ill-conceived diplomatic moves in response to Nepal’s so-called flashing of the China card. Nor should it make an unethical compromise with Kathmandu on the legitimate interests of Madhesis and other marginalised groups

  • March 24, 2016

    Dear Mr. President,

    Greetings from India!

  • March 11, 2016

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Jagannath Panda's research article, titled ‘Institutionalizing the African Reach: Reviewing China's and India's Multilateral Drive’ was published in the Journal of Asian and African Studies (Sage).

  • March 05, 2016

    The Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, threw a few surprises to the defence establishment while presenting the Union Budget 2016-17 on February 29. He skipped the convention of making a customary remark on national defence in the budget speech. He changed the long-established format for resource allocation among the army, navy, air force, and other organisations under the Ministry of Defence (MoD), forcing many defence analysists to spend the post-budget evening in scratching their heads in reconciling the new figures with the established format.

  • March 02, 2016

    Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article on Japan’s Security Discourse, titled ‘Decoding Japan’s Security Discourse: Diverse Perspectives’, was published in the January-March, 2016, edition of India Quarterly.

  • February 22, 2016

    On February 20, 2016, a Central Reserve Police Force convoy was ambushed at Pampore, just a few kilometres away from the heart of Srinagar town. The terrorists, after achieving initial success, moved into the Entrepreneurship Development Institute(EDI), in the near vicinity of the ambush site. At that time, there were a number of employees and students in the building. Thereafter began a prolonged operation that has continued since over the weekend, leading to the loss of invaluable lives of soldiers.

  • January 25, 2016

    Much like in the days after the November 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, the knives are out in the aftermath of the Pathankot incident to fix responsibility on the upper echelons of the government for their inability to stop a handful of jihadis from sneaking into the country and for an allegedly "botched-up" operation.

  • January 17, 2016

    To recover ground, India must engage all political parties on the Madhesi issue

    At a time when India is confronted with growing negative sentiments in Nepal, China has been reaping a good harvest of positive perceptions. Despite the delay in signing the oil trade agreement and slow progress in reopening the existing Nepal-China trading routes, there has been a phenomenal improvement of Chinese influence and popularity in Nepal over the last few months.

  • January 13, 2016

    The Quadrilateral Coordination Committee or Group comprising Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States held its first round of meeting in Islamabad on 11th January. The four-nation committee has been formed to help revive and coordinate talks between representatives of the Afghan Government and the Pakistan-based Taliban leadership. Pakistani delegation was led by its Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. The United States was represented by its Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard G.

  • January 12, 2016

    Every success symbolises a new beginning. In all fairness and leaving aside some merchants of doubts and the rigid sceptics, the Paris climate agreement can be regarded as a breakthrough or as the UN secretary general described “a monumental triumph”.

  • January 10, 2016

    On 2 August, 1939, in a letter to the then President of the United States, FD Roosevelt, Albert Einstein wrote: “Some recent work by E Fermi and L Szilard, which has been communicated to me in manuscript, leads me to expect that the element uranium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future.”

  • January 07, 2016

    On the morning of 6 January, North Korea stunned the world by announcing that it had conducted a miniaturised hydrogen bomb test or thermo-nuclear device test. This test was conducted at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Several monitoring stations recorded this ‘man-made seismic event at the 5.1 magnitude’. According to the North Koreans, the test was a response to an aggressive United States. North Korean Television also announced: “We will not surrender our nuclear arms, even if the sky is falling.”

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