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IDSA MONOGRAPH SERIES

British Reforms to Its Higher Defence Organisation: Lessons for India

2014
British Reforms to Its Higher Defence Organisation: Lessons for India

All is not right with the Indian Higher Defence Organisation (HDO) became public knowledge, perhaps for the first time, after the Kargil War in 1999. There have been significant changes in the geo-strategic situation and the nature of threat faced by India over the years and yet little has changed in the higher defence management and the HDO of the country.

Synergising Quality Assurance for Speedy Defence Procurement and Ensuring Quality

2014
Synergising Quality Assurance for Speedy Defence Procurement and Ensuring Quality

The Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) is the organisation that is responsible for ensuring the quality of a wide range of military hardware at the time of their procurement. This is a very old organisation and has evolved over a period of time to meet the aspirations of its customers. However, since the introduction of Defence Procurement Procedure it has invited lot of criticism from its users due to the delays caused in procurements and attributable to Quality Assurance (QA), as also the introduction of sub-standard equipment in service.

India’s Relationship With The Gulf Cooperation Council: Need To Look Beyond Business

2014
India’s Relationship With The Gulf Cooperation Council: Need To Look Beyond Business

India-GCC relationship is growing stronger by the day as both realise the potential and importance of each other. Trade and commerce is the most important pillar of the India-GCC relationship. Success of high volume of trade and commerce between India and GCC revolves around a high degree of trade and economic complementarity as both caters to each other's economic demands.

Religion as the Foundation of a Nation: The Making and Unmaking of Pakistan

2014
Religion as the Foundation of a Nation: The Making and Unmaking of Pakistan

Pakistan owes its origin to the ‘Two Nation Theory’ in the sub-continent’s polity. Leaders of the Pakistan Movement were convinced that Muslims were a separate nation from the Hindu nation and the two could not live together.

Transforming India-Taiwan Relations : New Perspectives

2014
Transforming India-Taiwan Relations : New Perspectives

Strengthening people-to-people relations is the best way forward for enhancing India-Taiwan relations. The normalisation in the Cross-Strait relations provides an opportunity for India and Taiwan to further deepen their functional ties.In keeping with these ideas, this monograph presents a broad roadmap by retelling the forgotten stories of the past and providing a base for discussing the present and the future.

Stealth Technology and its Effect on Aerial Warfare

2014
Stealth Technology and its Effect on Aerial Warfare

In aerial warfare technology has progressed rapidly from the frail and flimsy machines seen in the air in the first half of the twentieth century. This monograph attempts to commence task of explaining stealth technology, looking at possible counters to stealth and discussing the ways in which stealth technology changes the conduct of aerial warfare.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: India Seeking New Role in the Eurasian Regional Mechanism

2014
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: India Seeking New Role in the Eurasian Regional Mechanism

India, in 2005, acquired the observer status in the SCO. It has also expressed its desire to join the SCO as a full member. It is believed that China would try and delay India's entry as full member in this regional organisation, whereas Russia along with the Central Asian countries would continue to support India's full membership in the SCO. New regional and global order would demand greater cooperation between India and China in future.

Turkey and its Quest for Leadership Role in the West Asian Region

2014
Turkey and its Quest for Leadership Role in the West Asian Region

Turkey is one of the major regional powers in West Asia. Born from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has taken time to consolidate and establish itself as a prosperous modern state. It has overcome military coups and economic crisis in past decades and is now emerging as revitalized country with a host of opportunities for expansion. The countries of the region have often seen it with contempt and suspicion due to the Ottoman legacy as also its Western orientation in earlier part of its short modern history.

Arthasastra: Lesson for the Contemporary Security Environment with South Asia as a Case Study

2014
Arthasastra: Lesson for the Contemporary Security Environment with South Asia as a Case Study

In this monograph, the Arthasastra framework is used for examination of dynamics of fragility in South Asia, with a case study of Pakistan. The insights into human policy choices which can be gleaned from the treatise have a timeless quality that can offer a fresh perspective to today’s policy makers. It can be open to further academic investigation and debate for developing and enriching an indigenous strategic vocabulary.

Revenue Procurement Practices in the Indian Army

2014
Revenue Procurement Practices in the Indian Army

This monograph examines some aspects of the Indian Army’s revenue procurement practices. It discusses the peculiarities of these practices in the Indian defence and security setup, relating it to the contemporary risk scenario. This study draws attention to the corresponding trends in the private or commercial sector.

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