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  • January 07, 2016

    On the morning of 6 January, North Korea stunned the world by announcing that it had conducted a miniaturised hydrogen bomb test or thermo-nuclear device test. This test was conducted at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Several monitoring stations recorded this ‘man-made seismic event at the 5.1 magnitude’. According to the North Koreans, the test was a response to an aggressive United States. North Korean Television also announced: “We will not surrender our nuclear arms, even if the sky is falling.”

  • December 31, 2015

    It is unfortunate that ace journalists like Adrian Levy and R Jeffrey Smith had to struggle with facts while talking about India's nuclear security. The authors must know that while criticising nuclear India, they are doing more harm than good to the cause of nuclear security

  • December 25, 2015

    The war crime trials in Bangladesh are the unfinished agenda of the Liberation War of the Bangladeshi people who had won their liberation from Pakistan on 16 December 1971. The country is now trying to complete this by bringing some of the worst-grade war criminals to justice. In this endeavour it has already hanged four war criminals while the trials are underway for some others. These war criminals had sided with the raiding Pakistani forces in 1971 and committed extreme atrocities on Bengali people.

  • December 23, 2015

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Moscow December 24-25 for a Summit with President Vladimir Putin. A year ago, Indo-Russian relations were bit frosty, the Russians complaining that the US had become India’s main arms supplier, ending the arms blockade to Pakistan in return, while the Indians were frustrated by Russia’s failure to meet delivery schedules, raising costs and failure to transfer technology and spares.

  • December 22, 2015

    There is a stark similarity between the disaster that struck Chennai recently and the ordeal that Delhiites will be subjected to in the coming month. Both are an outcome of the failure of successive governments to heed the repeated warnings of impending calamity and to take pre-emptive measures while planning urban development.

  • December 22, 2015

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha's chapter titled, ‘Towards Riparian Rationality: An Indian Perspective’ was published in the volume China-India Relations: Cooperation and Conflict, (eds) Kanti Bajpai, Huang Jing and Kishore Mahbubani (Routledge, 2015).

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    The question of whether China and India can cooperate is at the core of global geopolitics. As the two countries grow their economies, the potential for conflict is no longer simply a geopolitical one based on relative power, influence and traditional quarrels over land boundaries.

  • December 20, 2015

    No matter what the critics say, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ably taken India to the global stage. He has certainly aroused expectations both at home and abroad about India’s rise in the global scene in the 21st Century with the most imaginative way and a clarity of purpose

  • December 13, 2015

    Three perennial problems beset Indian defense: relations with some of its immediate neighbors, especially Pakistan; human resource management; and modernization of the armed forces. To a large extent, defense preparedness is contingent upon the government's adroitness in managing these challenges.

    The 18 months since the National Democratic Alliance's spectacular ascension to power last summer have witnessed a fair amount of oscillation in the government's handling of these critical determinants of defense preparedness.

  • December 12, 2015

    Amid the growing congruence of interests between the two countries on bilateral, regional and global issues, India-US defence cooperation is set to reach new heights. However, America needs to gain India’s trust by helping India in building indigenous defence industries, meeting energy demands, and including it into global decision-making bodies like UNSC

  • December 09, 2015

    Though terror acts have increased, not many believe that they have been carried out by the dreaded group.

    The Islamic State (IS) which has emerged as a major terror group in Iraq and Syria, is now trying to expand its influence in countries like Bangladesh. It has released a map of areas which it thinks can belong to it. The terror group, in its attempt to show the presence of outfit in Bangla-desh, has been claiming responsibility for every terror incident happening in that country.

  • November 28, 2015

    Rather than hoping for fatigue to set in among the agitators, or playing the China card vis-à-vis India, the Nepalese leadership should shed its intransigence, own up the Madhesis, Tharus and other such communities in the Terai region, value their aspirations and secure a consensus to amend the new Constitution to put an end to the stalemate

  • November 26, 2015

    Associate Fellow, IDSA, Mr Vishal Chandra’s chapter ‘Where is Afghanistan Headed?’ was published in the edited volume The Political Future of Afghanistan: Issues and Perspectives by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata, India.

  • November 22, 2015

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Col Vivek Chadha’s article on terrorism was published in Dainik Jagran on November 22, 2015.

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  • November 20, 2015

    Research Assistant, IDSA, Ms Gulbin Sultana’s article on Maldives, titled ‘An unholy alliance of politics and radical Islam in Maldives’ got published in the October 2015 edition of Aakrosh - Asian Journal on Terrorism and internal Conflicts.

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  • November 19, 2015

    Speaking at the G-20 meeting in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris, Prime Minister Modi outlined a ten point plan. The very first issued underlined by him was the need to "curb and criminalise terror financing". Just two days later, he yet again reinforced the need for economic sanctions to curb the financing of terrorism from criminal activities. This raises some pertinent questions. Why is the finance of terrorism important? Why does this threat need to be reinforced? And finally, why have we not been able to stop it?

  • November 19, 2015

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha’s article, titled ‘Fair vermeiden’ was published in the November 2015-February 2016 edition of the German publication, IP Landerportrat.

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  • November 14, 2015

    The global political scenario is amazingly changing in China’s favour. Nowhere is this so symptomatic than the way Beijing is able to win the war against its arch-enemy the Dalai Lama. It appears Beijing has finally managed to pin the Tibetan leader down by deploying every political prowess and economic arsenal to constrict his global outreach.

    The Chinese leaders hated him for knocking China’s global image for decades. They called him names like snake, demon, evil and “splittist” for plotting China’s breakup.

  • November 11, 2015

    Breaking its four-decade-long record of dependency on India for fossil fuel, Nepal entered into an oil trade agreement with China on October 28. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and China National United Oil Corporation (PetroChina) in Beijing. While confirming the deal China reportedly indicated that it “could well become a long-term fuel supplier to Nepal”.

  • November 03, 2015

    It was warm day with a hint of rains in the horizon. The year was 2010. I was in Dhansiripar, Karbi Anglong district of Assam in the northeastern part of India. Surrounded by the Barail mountain ranges, and lush green forest, Dhansiripar (by the river Dhansiri) in Assam had witnessed ethnic conflicts between the local Karbi and Dimasa ethnic groups since the 1990s.

  • October 29, 2015

    New Delhi has recently made a subtle move by trying to reverse the Kashmir discourse hitherto scripted and played by Pakistan for seven decades. The new move is accompanied by a sudden spurt in video clippings showing Pakistani atrocities in Gilgit-Baltistan. Hopefully, this is not a propaganda stunt and the policy shift will gain seriousness from now on.