IDSA STRATEGIC COMMENTS

Defence Expenditure: A Challenge for Defence Economists

The basic challenge for defence economists is to demonstrate that there are other feasible ways of skinning the cat during budget formulation. But the challenge is also inextricably linked with the need for rationalisation of defence expenditure.

March 14, 2017

Sri Lanka’s Fighter Selection – An Opportunity for India

From all angles – political, economic, diplomatic and military – India is in a position to meet the SLAF’s potential combat aircraft requirements.

March 10, 2017

North Korea’s ‘Chemistry’ with WMDs

North Korea has blatantly breached the chemical weapons ‘red line’ in the killing of the half-brother of Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur on February 13.

March 06, 2017

Russia’s Policy Shift towards Taliban and Pakistan

Russia’s efforts to differentiate between the Islamic State and Taliban are a mistake given that both groups share a similar ideology, albeit with slight variations.

March 01, 2017

Bangladesh and the Rohingya: Implications of Refugee Re-location to Thengar Char Island

Bangladesh may be able to manage the Rohingya refugee problem only as a short-term expedient, albeit with considerable economic implications.

February 28, 2017

Whither the Mexican Air Force Combat Fleet?

The main threat to Mexico comes from illegal privately-operated aircraft which are heavily involved in smuggling. The inability of the Mexican Air Force to guarantee the integrity of its own airspace is therefore a matter of concern.

February 28, 2017

Rebooting the Defence Budget

There is a strong case for abandoning the present approach of looking at the defence budget through the narrow prism of allocation and utilisation, and instead focus on outcomes.

February 28, 2017

Trump and Israeli Settlements Expansion

It is in the US interest not to encourage Israeli policies that could possibly lead to further radicalisation of Palestinians.

February 22, 2017

An Analysis of the Internal Security Budget 2017-18

For the financial year 2017-18, the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has been allocated Rs. 83,823 crore, a hike of around 11.5 per cent over that of the previous year. Though the Union government has been providing substantial budget support to the MHA to aid its reform and modernisation programs, the ministry’s efforts to bring about desired reforms have shown mixed results so far.

February 21, 2017

Gorkhas of the Indian Army and India-Nepal Relations

This commentary is inspired by the Annual Gorkha Brigade Conference held at New Delhi on 11 February 2017 and the unique relationship between India and Nepal that this military connection underpins.

February 17, 2017

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