IDSA STRATEGIC COMMENTS

Severing Gilgit Baltistan’s Kashmir link

Subsuming Gilgit Baltistan as a province may propel a paradigmatic shift and redrawing of Kashmir strategy across both sides of the Line of Control.

April 19, 2017

Why has India chosen to become a member of the International Energy Agency

Given that over 70 per cent of the world's energy consumption comes under the IEA umbrella, the association with the agency will substantially increase India’s relevance in global energy governance.

April 19, 2017

Hanging of Mufti Hannan may not mean the end of HuJI in Bangladesh

Mufti Hanna’s hanging may not mean the end of the terror outfit and definitely not the end of radical ideology in Bangladesh.

April 19, 2017

Mother of All Bombs: A New Age Weapon of Mass Destruction?

Given the advertisement surrounding the use of MOAB, it is possible that the Trump administration is signalling to its adversaries the very lethal weapons in its arsenal and its willingness to use them.

April 18, 2017

The many imponderables in sharing the Teesta waters

Unless an integrated view of Teesta basin management is adopted, the water and power needs of Sikkim and Bengal cannot be attended to in juxtaposition to the needs of Bangladesh.

April 18, 2017

CPEC and the Future of Gilgit Baltistan

Given an already upset population and the presence of anti-establishment factions, the unequal distribution of the benefits of CPEC is likely to ignite protests and cause a setback to the initiative as well to the Pakistan establishment.

April 13, 2017

Rise of Terrorism in Africa

Terrorism has grown exponentially in the African continent, not only in terms of the number of attacks but also the number of countries affected. There is an arc of instability spreading across Africa, from Nigeria in the west to Somalia in the east.

April 13, 2017

Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Delhi Visit

India-Bangladesh relations

It has become usual pattern for any political interaction between Bangladesh and India at the highest political level to be preceded, and followed, by an endless stream of analysis and curiosity on both sides of the border, but more so in Bangladesh. The just concluded official visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India from 7 to 10 April has been no exception, nor was it expected to be.

April 12, 2017

Can Kim Jong-Un be tamed?

There will be little legitimacy for a pre-emptive US strike on North Korea unless Pyongyang launches a pre-meditated strike on any nation.

April 12, 2017

Revamping the Indian Foreign Service

With changing times and the growing profile of India in the international system, there is a need for a change in the structure and process of recruitment into this very important service.

April 11, 2017

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