IDSA COMMENT

Furthering India-Japan Defence Cooperation: Arun Jaitley indicates a new approach

While there is no doubt that India could do with help from Japanese defence firms, the modality of acquiring technologies from foreign companies in general requires to be clearly articulated.

May 15, 2017

Pakistan, Masood Azhar and Terrorism

The revival of Jaish indicates that Pakistan will continue to utilise terrorism as an instrument to advance its geo-strategic agenda in South Asia.

May 15, 2017

The Agni-II Trial Failure: Evaluation rather than Flagellation is needed

The Agni family has had a successful series of user trials extending over several variants and a number of years which should give some confidence in the robustness of the design, development, testing and induction process.

May 15, 2017

Hydropower as an Energy Source: Need to Find the Right Balance

While hydropower projects are critical for economic growth and development, it is equally important to fully assess their potential social and environmental impact in the long-term. The challenge lies in finding the right balance between the need for development and the necessity of protecting the environment.

May 12, 2017

Ways And Means to Choke Maoist Finances

It is difficult, if not impossible, to completely clamp down on Maoist finances. However, it is possible to restrict the flow of money into their coffers.

May 11, 2017

A Defining Moment for France and Europe

Two clashing visions of France were before the French voters. They chose, with many reservations, Macron and rejected Le Pen, but not wholly, for, her opposition to the EU, in some measure, enjoys the support of a sizeable section of French society.

May 09, 2017

Raising Defence Budget to Three Per Cent of GDP

Speaking at the United Service Institution on May 4, 2017, the Chief of the Army Staff said that India needs to spend much more on military modernisation to ensure that economic growth continues unhindered.

May 08, 2017

India-Cyprus Relations: Need for Consistency and Diversity

New Delhi should leverage the prospective post-Brexit scenario as well as the enormous goodwill India has enjoyed consistently since Cyprus`s independence, to boost and deepen bilateral trade and investment relations with Nicosia.

May 08, 2017

FDI in Defence: Need for Liberalisation and Simplification

The government should set up a task force to engage with potential investors and investees and evolve a simplified FDI policy, which has different slabs for different kinds of activities and is free from terms and conditions that are difficult to understand and implement.

May 04, 2017

The North Korean Nuclear Conundrum

A rational decision maker in the White House does not have all options on the table and cannot start a war without South Korea’s consent. Diplomacy is the only option and this is as obvious as obvious can be.

May 03, 2017

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