IDSA COMMENT

Is a Border Fence an Absolute Essential along the India-Myanmar Border?

February 06, 2017

Regulated borders with greater emphasis on developing people-to-people contact and cross-border trade initiatives are likely to yield greater security benefits as against a closed border.

Is Turkey Heading Towards a Presidential System?

February 03, 2017
Is Turkey Heading Towards a Presidential System

The Turkish republic stands at a crucial juncture today. The latest constitutional amendment will change Turkey’s 94-year old parliamentary system of government. As the constitutional amendment bill awaits referendum, serious questions arise about the direction in which Turkey is heading.

President Trump and the Mexican Border Wall

February 03, 2017

The reaction to President Trump’s utterances and avowed policies on the Mexican border wall and tariff has attracted strong criticism. It is surprising that Trump, who is known to view developments and decide on policies in transactional terms, appears short-sighted and unwilling to view the implications of his policies in a long-term perspective.

Defence Budget 2017-18: Chugging Along

February 02, 2017

Budget is not just all about figures but also a statement of policy. The Defence Budget for 2017-18 contains no hint of any intention of the government to bring about a paradigm shift in the defence policy.

Defence Budget 2017-18: Beyond the Numbers

January 30, 2017

There is a need to go beyond stale issues and have a more meaningful and dispassionate discussion on how to make the best use of the allocations made for defence.

BEML Disinvestment: What about the other DPSUs and OFs?

January 20, 2017
BEML Disinvestment: What about the other DPSUs and OFs?

The BEML model of disinvestment needs to be applied to the rest of the Defence Public Sector Undertakings as well as Ordnance Factories.

The Decline of the Cuban Armed Forces

January 18, 2017

While the Cuban armed forces are but a shadow of their former self with unserviceable equipment and massive reductions in personnel strength, the country still retains combat capabilities far in excess of any of its Caribbean neighbours.

Making it Palatable – Managing Food Supply in the Armed Forces

January 18, 2017

With some innovative thinking, on-line arrangements with suppliers, including the Canteen Stores Department, could reduce the cost of storage and distribution and, more importantly, help in maintaining a high satisfaction level among troops.

Decommissioned Military Hardware – A Potential Diplomatic Asset for India

January 10, 2017
Decommissioned Military Hardware

Decommissioned Military Hardware can be gainfully be used as “gifts” in order to forge greater ties with recipient countries and potentially, make way for possible purchases of military hardware from India in the future.

Security Council Resolution 2322: Will it Strengthen Multilateral cooperation in Counter-terrorism?

January 06, 2017
Security Council Resolution 2322

The Security Council resolution on international judicial cooperation, adopted in December 2016, is a significant development in countering the scourge of terrorism.

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