IDSA COMMENT

Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees: An Aberration on India’s Humanitarian Legacy

To force all Rohingyas to return on the grounds of “threat to security” is against India’s humanitarian heritage. The government and its agencies are capable of sifting out Rohingya elements who might actually have links to terror organisations from the rest of the group.

October 16, 2018

Decoding the Expansion Plans of the United States Air Force

How different will the USAF look after the proposed restructuring with 74 additional squadrons? Will there be a trade-off between quality and quantity?

September 28, 2018

Issues in Defence Costing

It is important to pay greater attention to the system of costing followed by the MoD given that costing errors could result in the sanctioning of an unaffordable procurement programme, contract being awarded at a higher price, cost and time overruns, and default on contractual commitments.

September 27, 2018

CAATSA Sanctions and India

While 11 of the 12 prescribed sanctions will have little or no effect on India-Russia defence relations, the twelfth, unless waived, has the potential to completely derail the India-US Defence and Strategic Partnership.

September 26, 2018

China Looks to Africa to Reduce Trade Dependence on the US

China may or may not succeed in transforming Africa into a substitute market. If it does, the bilateral trade relationship is likely to become more unbalanced and tilted in its own favour leading to greater exploitation of Africa.

September 18, 2018

The Arithmetic of India-U.S. Relations and the Russian Factor

India, on its way to become a global power, will likely have to follow a zigzag course, balancing between American demands, long-term friendship with Russia and its own strategic necessities in the neighbourhood and beyond.

September 17, 2018

The First India-US 2+2 Dialogue: An Assessment

An evaluation of the non-negotiable elements of the CISMOA Boilerplate agreement does not show any element that will have any unavoidable security risks for India.

September 14, 2018

Caspian Sea Agreement and the International Energy Market

The value of the Caspian energy reserve lies in its potential to add to global reserves of oil and gas, which, in turn, could bring down costs.

September 12, 2018

A Review of India-Japan Defence Technology Cooperation

While broad agreement at the top leadership level has been easy to achieve, negotiations relating to defence equipment and technology cooperation have proved to be difficult, shaped as these are by a complex interplay of variables like cost-competitiveness, technology transfer and domestic politics.

August 31, 2018

China’s vulnerability, India’s opportunity

India must jettison the attempt to maintain a balance between China and the US and instead take advantage of China’s internal and external vulnerabilities to gain an upper hand in the asymmetric power equation that has developed.

August 27, 2018

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