ISSUE BRIEF

Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts in India

October 31, 2014
Exchange Rate Variation in Defence Contracts in India

This Brief analyses industry demands and reviews existing regulations in IT and defence procurement markets, culminating with suggestions on a possible way forward for reforms that can avoid adverse implications of industry demands, particularly in view of their potential conflict with important policies fostering indigenisation.

ISIS in Central Asia

October 22, 2014
ISIS in Central Asia

There is no single factor cited for motivating Central Asians to join ISIS ranks. However, the search for employment and earnings remain the main driver. More than 4 million migrants (Uzbeks, Tajiks and Kyrgyz) engaged in low-paid jobs in Russia are vulnerable to the jihadi network.

India’s Defence Procurement Procedure: Assessing the Case for Review and Reforms

October 17, 2014
India’s Defence Procurement Procedure: Assessing the Case for Review and Reforms

his Issue Brief examines certain provisions relating to intellectual property rights and transfer of technology in India’s defence procurement procedures, together with suggestions on streamlining the same for achieving enhanced procurement efficiencies in capital acquisitions.

Xi’s Visit: Dawn of a New Era?

September 16, 2014
Xi’s Visit: Dawn of a New Era?

Modi should talk to Xi and seek an interim boundary solution at least by having some sort of Friendly Pillars, call them Shanti Stupas along the border (almost 500 kilometers) in the Western Sector.

India-China Ties: Between Personalities and Principles

September 05, 2014
India-China Ties: Between Personalities and Principles

President Xi Jinping’s visit to India is a new opportunity for infusing momentum in the bilateral relations. Economic dealings would be one aspect of the talks; but neither country can afford to bypass the sensitive security and strategic issues that dog their efforts to bring peace and stability.

Beijing’s APEC Call on India: A New Twist in India-China Power Politics?

August 05, 2014
Beijing’s APEC Call on India: A New Twist in India-China Power Politics?

While India needs to vigorously pursue its endeavour for APEC membership, it is crucial for the policymakers to comprehend the geo-political allusions of this Chinese invitation, which is linked with India-China ties as well as their balance-of-power politics in Asia-Pacific.

Ballot Box Distress and Future of Afghanistan

July 30, 2014
Ballot Box Distress and Future of Afghanistan

The recently concluded Afghan Presidential election, rather than facilitating crucial political transition, is mired in controversy. An early resolution is crucial both for Afghanistan and the international community. For Afghanistan, a peaceful and non-controversial transition would ensure the legitimacy of the upcoming government and push the twin processes of reconciliation and democratization forward.

Ballot Box Distress and Future of Afghanistan

July 30, 2014
Ballot Box Distress and Future of Afghanistan

The recently concluded Afghan Presidential election, rather than facilitating crucial political transition, is mired in controversy. An early resolution is crucial both for Afghanistan and the international community. For Afghanistan, a peaceful and non-controversial transition would ensure the legitimacy of the upcoming government and push the twin processes of reconciliation and democratization forward.

Total Recount in Afghanistan: What Next?

July 26, 2014
Total Recount in Afghanistan: What Next?

As all the votes cast in the run-off election are audited and recounted under international supervision, the final outcome could be a close finish with winning candidate leading by a much narrow margin. The process of constitutional amendment can only be initiated after the new parliament is formed as parliamentary elections are due in 2015.

Politics of Illegal Immigration and India Bangladesh Relations

May 16, 2014

The rhetoric and the politics surrounding illegal immigration issue is neither new nor is the stance of the BJP on illegal immigration unknown. It has always made a distinction between the Hindus and Muslims emigrating from Bangladesh considering the former as refugees and terming the later as illegal immigrants.

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