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China’s vulnerability to terrorism behind its support for Azhar ban

It is neither the Wuhan spirit nor India’s zero tolerance on terrorism but China’s own vulnerability to terror that caused Beijing to ultimately take on board New Delhi’s concerns on terrorism.

May 06, 2019

What pales the counter-terrorism regime

What pales the counter-terrorism regime is not that its procedures are cumbersome or that its working is not transparent, but that it only selectively raises the cost for those who inflict terror.

May 06, 2019

Sri Lanka: Securitising Minority Alienation

The Easter bomb blasts is a grim reminder of how the undercurrent of ethno-religious violence remains a dominant factor in Sri Lanka’s chequered history.

April 29, 2019

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

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