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Belt and Road Initiative: An opportunity or risk for Africa?

China's Belt and Road Initiative helps African countries in reducing the infrastructure gap in the region. However, it also leaves them open to the risk of unsustainable debt.

April 15, 2019

Mission Shakti: What Next?

India needs a comprehensive space security architecture consisting of a dedicated Space Command for operational aspects as well as an exclusive Defence Space Research Agency to focus on scientific and technical aspects.

April 09, 2019

To Ban, or Not to Ban Huawei

Given India’s dependence on imports for 90 per cent of its telecom equipment, the decision to allow Huawei to bid for 5G should be in line with the national interest, rather than taking sides and constraining options.

April 03, 2019

The Balakot Strategic Shift – Needed a ‘Counter Proxy War’ Doctrine

There is an urgent need to formulate a ‘Counter Proxy War Doctrine’ that integrates diplomacy, defence, development and other tools of hard and soft power.

March 28, 2019

India’s ASAT Test: Joining the Arms Race in Outer Space?

An ASAT in itself is not a defensive system that could ‘safeguard’ any asset. Instead, it is an offensive system that could solely be used for retribution in response to an attack on India’s space assets. In that sense, the capability can only be used as a deterrent against a potential rival.

March 28, 2019

India at the OIC: Recognition of a Rising Global Power

The best option would be for India to continue to work with individual members of the OIC to establish friendly relations and deepen bilateral cooperation, and work to negate the machinations of Pakistan within the OIC.

March 25, 2019

The Grandeur of GandCrab

Every time a cyber security organisation comes out with a decrypter to counter the effect of GandCrab, a brand new version of the ransomware is generated by effecting a small fix in the code.

March 22, 2019

Making the offset policy work better

A dynamic offset policy has to include a mechanism for identifying the causes for likely delay or default on the part of vendors in discharging their obligation and removing the impediments faced by them

March 20, 2019

Servicing Committed Liabilities: Kicking the Can down The Road Will Not Help

Shortage of funds even to service the committed liabilities raises questions about the financial affordability of the defence modernisation programme and viability of the push for ‘Make-in-India’ in defence.

March 14, 2019

AK-203: A Boost for the Army and Make in India

That the AK-203 would be produced in India with 100 per cent indigenous content in less than three years makes it a win-win deal for the Army and the Make in India initiative, with Ordnance Factory Korwa emerging as the biggest winner.

March 11, 2019

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