From Doklam Standoff to a Trade War? India initiates review of IT imports from China

India’s decision to review the imports of IT products from China could turn out to be its Achilles Heel, given that they constitute a key constituent of Chinese exports to India.

August 18, 2017

India must step up diplomatic efforts on the Rohingya issue

The success of India's diplomacy will lie in the extent to which it can induce Naypyitaw to take a long view in the interests of its own political stability, internal security and social harmony.

August 16, 2017

Has the Time Come to Replace Manned Combat Aircraft With Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles?

A quantum jump in the operational role of UAVs can be expected only with a breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence. Until that happens, their will increase gradually to reach about 50 per cent of combat operations over the next three decades.

August 16, 2017

New Hambantota Port Deal: China Consolidates its Stakes in Sri Lanka

While the agreement remains controversial, China is likely to consolidate its presence and Sri Lanka likely to get deeper into the Chinese debt trap even though it has gained temporary relief through the equity for debt swap.

August 14, 2017

Will North Korea and the United States Go to War?

Unfortunately, the incoherence in US policy under Trump makes one fear that the probability of a disastrous miscalculation is truly worrisome.

August 14, 2017

The Doklam Standoff - Should India Project its Stand More Vigorously?

The Doklam standoff has emerged as a litmus test for India in terms of how resolutely it can stand up against an increasingly hegemonic China to protect the interests of Bhutan as well as its own interests.

August 11, 2017

Doklam, China’s Strategic Calculus and India’s Policy Options

To effectively cope with the PRC’s hostile attitude, India needs to reduce the power asymmetry, articulate a clear security policy based on a realistic threat assessment, reorganise the military, and revamp the border management mechanism.

August 11, 2017

Marriages of Insurgent Convenience along the Indo-Myanmar Border: A Continuing Challenge

Marriages of Insurgent Convenience along the Indo-Myanmar Border: A Continuing Challenge

While decades of counterinsurgency operations and peace processes have taken the sting out of the region’s major insurgencies, collaboration between groups continues to pose security challenges, particularly in the exploitable border areas adjacent to the upper Sagaing Region of Northwest Myanmar.

August 10, 2017

The People’s Liberation Army at Ninety – Poised for a ‘Great Leap’

The People’s Liberation Army at Ninety

It will take some time before the PLA can claim to be a modern military, at par with Western armies, capable of undertaking extended global missions. But the PLA is poised for a “Giant Leap”, and that is bound to dramatically change the ‘balance of power’ dynamics.

August 07, 2017

13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

Achieving the intended outcomes of the 13th five-year defence plan is critically dependent on the ability of the Ministry of Finance to increase the defence budget by at least 100 per cent from next year onward.

July 31, 2017