Comments and Briefs

Should MoD Persist with Defence Offsets?

The changes proposed in the offset guidelines require a fresh look, both on conceptual and empirical grounds, as the new regime is likely to yield diminishing returns.

August 07, 2020

The August 5 Anniversary: J&K on Home Straight

The internal and external situation on the first anniversary of the historic revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir appears assuring, even as the need for safeguarding the initial gains calls for sustained efforts.

August 04, 2020

Estimating India’s Defence Manpower

India needs to have a public version of defence manpower database as part of its annual budgetary document. This would facilitate greater understanding and analysis of any possible manpower-related reforms in the future.

August 04, 2020

India’s Chabahar Dilemma

India has taken a cautious and balanced approach in dealing with Iran. However, the growing US-Iran confrontation continues to cast a shadow on the Chabahar project and overall bilateral ties.

July 31, 2020

Erdogan's Turkey: Politics, Populism and Democratisation Dilemmas

The nearly two decades of Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AKP; Justice and Development Party) rule has raised a number of questions on the advancement or reversal of democratisation in Turkey. Besides the partisan debate on increasing authoritarian behaviour of Erdogan, there have been limited attempts to comprehensively examine the way AKP has shaped the Turkish politics in the context of the democratisation debate.

2020

India’s Apps Ban: Preparing for Long Haul

While India’s decision to ban Chinese apps is legally tenable under both domestic IT laws and international trade rules, it is important that any ambiguity in the ban order that can be challenged at WTO is effectively addressed.

July 29, 2020

Pre-emptive Strike Capability: Shifting Winds in Japan?

Japan’s quest for pre-emptive strike capability indicates a major shift in its defence doctrine. It is only a matter of time before Japan takes up such an offensive defence doctrine carrying a high possibility of conflict initiation/escalation with it.

July 24, 2020

What Does Success Against COVID-19 Mean for Taiwan?

The ruling DPP Government in Taiwan is likely to further build on the gains made in domestic politics and in ‘pragmatic diplomacy’ internationally, occasioned by COVID-19, without indulging in any geopolitical exuberance.

July 20, 2020

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Events

Multimedia

Webinar on “30 Years Later: Indian Peace Keeping Force 1987-90”

Chair: Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy, Director General, MP-IDSA
May 27, 2020

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