IDSA COMMENT

Defence Budget 2020-21

The slowdown in economic growth not only seems to have cast its shadow on the allocation of the defence budget for 2020-21 but has also compounded the challenges for the country’s first CDS.

February 12, 2020

Israel’s Laser-based Missile Interception System

The laser-based aerospace defence assets, as and when they are fully developed and deployed, could prove to be a potent deterrent.

February 07, 2020

India-Africa Defence Ministers’ Conclave: A Fresh Initiative

The India-Africa Defence Ministers’ Conclave is a step towards engaging the African countries on peace and security. It is hoped that the conclave leads to a candid discussion on common security challenges and examines the ways and means to further enhance cooperation between India and the African countries.

February 06, 2020

Automation of Kill Cycle: On the Verge of Conceptual Changeover

Considering the loss of tactical advantage that would come about by not adopting automation and autonomous weapon systems in future, militaries would invariably be obligated to adopt the concept of full automation while keeping humans on the loop.

January 24, 2020

Citizenship Amendment Act: Fulfilment of a Long Standing Demand

CAA is a humanitarian gesture. Efforts of the government to allay apprehensions regarding CAA by countering misinformation is a welcome step. A better understanding and appreciation of CAA by the people is expected to reduce opposition to the Act.

January 21, 2020

Pakistan Media Under Stress: Imran Fails to Walk the Talk

The government and the military in Pakistan appear quite determined to either silence or censor media by all means. This may prove counter-productive since such restrictions can fuel further criticism, especially at a time when the government seems unable to fulfil its promises and meet the expectations of the people.

January 17, 2020

COP25: Another Lost Opportunity

COP25 was expected to give prominence to science, streamline ambitious targets and raise trust among parties. Even after a marathon two-week talks, issues such as creating an international carbon market and climate financing were pushed to the next year.

January 15, 2020

Soleimani’s Killing Redefines US-Iran Rivalry

The situation in Persian Gulf has been on the boil with several tit-for-tat actions raising the chances of a direct confrontation. However, Iran will be cautious in choosing an all-out war given its vulnerabilities against the US military might.

January 13, 2020

NRC Will Make India-Bangladesh Relations More Sustainable

The issue of illegal migration in India-Bangladesh relationship cannot be swept under the carpet. It will be better if both sides look at the issue dispassionately especially when the trust levels are high.

January 08, 2020

TikTok: A Ticking Bomb!

TikTok has hooked youngsters around the world. What is worrisome is the lack of understanding about the long-term implications of such social media apps with regard to data protection and national security.

December 24, 2019

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