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Military Affairs


Centre for Military Affairs comprises of a mix of serving officers of the Indian Armed Forces and civilian experts. The Centre adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to various issues that impinge upon India's national security in general and the armed forces in particular. Its research focus is on issues that impact upon national security and capacity-building of the Indian armed forces. Specific areas of focus include, emerging contemporary challenges in warfare, jointness, defence co-operation, maritime security, and military training needs. In addition, the cluster also addresses China- and Pakistan-related issues with bearing on their interface with Indian security. The centre closely interacts with military establishments in India and abroad and contributes to the policy making by conducting research in areas of military significance.

Current focus areas are:

  • Out Of Area Contingency Operations
  • Defence Diplomacy
  • Defence Budget
  • Defence Acquisition and Quality Assurance
  • Transformation of the Indian armed forces
  • Defence Co-operation initiatives by the Armed Forces
  • Uses of Military Power in the Indian-Pakistan Context
  • PLA Modernization and Implications for India
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Counterinsurgency Operations
  • Higher Defence management
  • Joint Logistics


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Changed Security Situation in Jammu and Kashmir the Road Ahead

Changed Security Situation in Jammu and Kashmir the Road Ahead

The state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was the scene of a full-blown insurgency in the 1990s. The situation started to improve gradually by the end of that decade and rapidly thereafter, with the initiation of peace talks between India and Pakistan and conduct of dialogue between the Government of India and stakeholders from Kashmir in the early 2000s. Incidents of violence dropped and voter turnout in elections increased significantly. But, as the peace process petered out, disturbances started to build up again. In 2016, there was a complete breakdown of law and order post the killing of Burhan Wani.

Sri Lanka’s Fighter Selection – An Opportunity for India

March 10, 2017

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

Gorkhas of the Indian Army and India-Nepal Relations

February 17, 2017

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.

The Israel Factor in Honduras Efforts to Modernise its Air Force

February 09, 2017
The Israel Factor in Honduras Efforts to Modernise its Air Force

Israel’s influence on the new Trump Administration might clear the obstacles that have stood in the way of Honduras’ efforts to modernise its airforce

China’s White Paper on Asia Pacific Security Cooperation: An Assessment

January 19, 2017

Through this white paper, China has affirmed its regional ambitions and aims to shape the regional security agenda in the Asia Pacific on its stated terms.