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  • October 26, 2015

    What do Dewan Prem Chand, Vijay Kumar Jetly, Rajender Singh, Jasbir Singh Lidder and Chander Prakash have in common? Apart from the fact that they are Indian, they were all deployed as Force Commanders for various United Nations Peace Keeping Missions in Africa. Over the years, India has played a significant role in ensuring peace on the African continent. This has been mainly through its participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO) and lately through its support for the African Union (AU) Peacekeeping Missions in the region.

  • October 23, 2015

    Call it the ten year itch – of how an exceptional treatment given to India, through a nuclear deal, was consistently gainsaid by a section of the American strategic community, who predicted the certain unravelling of the non-proliferation edifice and instability in South Asia as a result of the deal.

  • October 22, 2015

    Earlier this week, amid much media attention, the Indian Navy and the U.S. Navy completed Exercise Malabar, an annual joint maritime interaction in the Bay of Bengal. As U.S. and Indian warships returned to harbor after carrying out complex naval drills at sea, the excitement in Indian strategic circles was palpable. This year's exercises were seen as an improvement from previous years'—in part due to the perceived emphasis on combat operations, but also because of the presence of the Japanese navy, which took part in an Indian Ocean iteration of Malabar for the first time in eight years.

  • October 20, 2015

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha's chapter ‘Challenges to the Himalayan Watershed’ was published in the volume ‘Himalayan Bridge’edited by Niraj Kumar, George Van Driem and P Stobdan.

    Abstract of the Chapter

    This chapter observes the driving forces behind the water demand, on the political obstacles that stand in the way of river cooperation and the behaviour of riparians in the backdrop of the changing Himalayan hydrology.

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  • October 14, 2015

    So, what exactly is the plot in Syria? For years now, the country, known to the world for the ancient Palmyra ruins, now in the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has been lying in tatters. The golden ancient city of Damascus could fall into the hands of ISIS as well, or any other terrorist front led by Jabhat al Nusra, an affiliate of al Qaeda, ironically linked with the so-called moderate Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

  • October 04, 2015

    India’s maritime diplomacy is most often associated with its naval outreach to East Asia. With an increase in naval ship visits to South East Asia in recent years, and attendant media speculation over New Delhi’s supposed Pacific ambitions, the impression has been created that East Asia remains the ultimate destination of the Indian Navy’s diplomatic endeavours. By contrast, New Delhi’s nautical diplomacy in the Indian Ocean has seemed relatively modest.

  • October 02, 2015

    For a few weeks now, I have been watching Star Trek: The Original Series, a TV show so innovatory and far reaching in its inspiration in the 1960s that it impacted a whole generation of people to dream of exploring the unknown. Starting with an exciting tag line -- "Space the final frontier, these are the voyages of the Star Ship Enterprise...

  • September 26, 2015

    Reading through the archives of The Hindu from September 23, 1965, you get a sense of the relief and euphoria of a nation, now united around a leader who braved immense criticism and led from the front in its time of crises.

  • September 25, 2015

    On 11 September the Indian Navy (IN) embarked on a week-long maritime engagement with the Royal Australian Navy in the Bay of Bengal. AUSINDEX-15 is being seen as a milestone of sorts, as it is the first time India and Australia have met for a bilateral naval exercise in the Indian Ocean. However, the composition of the participating contingents has led to speculation about the real intention behind the exercise.

  • September 25, 2015

    For too long now, the Northeast of India is known and talked about in other parts of India not because of its turquoise blue skies or the wild orchids that graze your path as you venture into its lush forests or the hornbill that flies into the distant horizon with a song, but because of its multiple ethnic conflicts.

  • September 23, 2015

    On September 16, the Indian government banned the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) or NSCN(K) under the Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act for five years for its role in the June 4 ambush in Manipur which killed 18 Indian security personnel.

    Since abrogating the cease-fire with the government of India on March 27, the NSCN(K) has repeatedly targeted Indian security forces, the latest being the showdown on September 12 in Nagaland’s Koki village on the India-Myanmar border.

  • September 21, 2015

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe undertook his maiden visit to India on September 15, days ahead of an important report pertaining to Sri Lanka's human rights status was to be released by the UN Human Rights Commissioner's Office in Geneva.

    However, choosing India as the first foreign destination over other countries is not something that is new for Sri Lankan leaders. In the past, India has been the first chosen destination for the Sri Lankan Presidents and Prime Ministers.

  • September 09, 2015

    As India and Australia prepare to embark on their first-ever bilateral naval interaction in the Bay of Bengal this month, reports suggest the exercises will focus on anti-submarine warfare (ASW). This is being seen as evidence of a growing regional consensus on the threat posed by Chinese undersea operations in the Asian littorals. Australia is reported to be sending a Lockheed Martin’s P-3 anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft, a Collins-class submarine, and ASW frigates, while India will be deploying a P-8 long-range anti-submarine aircraft, along with other surface assets.

  • March 31, 2015

    Research Assistant, Titli Basu’s article on ‘India-Japan Defence and Security Cooperation in an Asian Century’ was published in World Focus: India and East Asia (435) March 2015. ISSN: 2230-8458.

  • July 01, 2014

    Research Assistant, IDSA, Dr Titli Basu’s article on ‘India-Japan Relations: An Enduring Partnership’ was published in Indian Foreign Affairs Journal Volume 9, No. 3, July-September 2014. ISSN 0973-3248

  • May 06, 2014

    The chapter analyses the potential roles and expectations of India regarding Korean unification. India has played a historic role during the Korean War followed by a long period of reticence about the peninsular affairs. As India engages more with East Asia, India’s interest in inter-Korean affairs is consistent with its principles of a democratic and independent Korea achieving unification through dialogue between the two Koreas.

  • July 01, 2013

    Titli Basu’s article on ‘Anti-nuclear mobilisation in Japan: shaping the post-Fukushima energy landscape’ was published in Tamkang Journal of International Affairs Vol. 17, No. 1, July 2013. ISSN 1027-4979.

  • July 01, 2012

    Titli Basu’s article on ‘Post-Fukushima Energy Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Japan’ was published in Asian Journal of Public Affairs Vol 5 No. 2, 2012. ISSN: 1793-5342.