IDSA STRATEGIC COMMENTS

Revisiting India’s Nuclear Doctrine

India’s current nuclear doctrine does not call for an automatic massive retaliation for Pakistan’s use of TNWs against Indian troops on Pakistan soil. However, this does not mean that such an attack will go unanswered.

March 27, 2017

Costa Rica’s Challenge: Maintaining Internal Security without an Army

Costa Rica is determined to maintain a demilitarised approach to internal security despite the increasing challenge from violent transnational organized crime largely linked to the trade in illegal narcotics.

March 23, 2017

Was there ever an Arab Spring?

Was there ever an Arab Spring?

Though it began as a search for a path to political democracy, the Arab Spring was used or misused by external powers and entrenched interests within the Arab world to prevent the march towards democracy.

March 23, 2017

To deal with China, India needs to return to strategic fundamentals

It is time to engage in a dialogue process not just for enhancing strategic trust but also to think more cunningly about how to benefit from China’s riches by gaining access to Chinese credit and technology, and securing markets for Indian products.

March 21, 2017

Examining the Case for Complete Transfer of Technology

The relationship between the cost versus coverage of technology transferred, which likely follows the law of diminishing returns, would make technology acquisition beyond, say 80 per cent, increasingly cost prohibitive, with no matching and assured gains

March 21, 2017

Dual Charge – An Opportunity to Fix Financial Management in Defence

It is important to restore the functional self-sufficiency of the finance division of a ministry which handles 17-18 per cent of the total central government expenditure so that it could discharge its responsibilities without real or perceived pressures.

March 21, 2017

Change of Government in Manipur: Glimmer of Hope or Shivers of Anxiety?

It would be prudent for the new state government to re-instil confidence among all parties through a total focus on equitable development in both the Hills and the Valley areas and take all stakeholders on board before undertaking any controversial move.

March 20, 2017

The Impending Visit of Jordan’s King Abdullah

Increased security cooperation and the potential for cooperation in the Middle East peace process are likely to be the key areas of discussion during the impending visit of King Abdullah to India.

March 20, 2017

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad: Timely, but Unlikely to Succeed

Will the Pakistani civilian leadership cease to placate the Islamist forces for their own electoral gain? Will the Army rein in the jihadis it has been using to retain “strategic depth” in Afghanistan?

March 17, 2017

Prospects of US–German Relations under Trump

In respect of trade and commerce, some uncertainties are looming over both US-German relations and US-EU relations.

March 15, 2017

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