IDSA COMMENT

Strategic Petroleum Reserves: Stocking Oil for Rainy Days

A strategic petroleum reserve offers India the leverage to be a serious player in the international oil market, as it will have the option to release supplies when prices spike and recharge the reserve when prices are low.

November 02, 2018

India’s First Step Towards Regulating Drones

The Civilian Aviation Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, though fairly well drafted, constitute only a stop gap measure for regulating drone operations in the civil sector.

October 31, 2018

Making Private Companies Accountable For Breach of User Private Data

Mega data breaches of user’s private digital data in the last two years has drawn the world’s attention towards protection, safe custody and management of this extremely valuable commodity.

October 24, 2018

Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Relations – the drivers and challenges

While Pakistan clearly seeks to maintain cordial relations with Iran, it is unlikely that it would be willing to incur the displeasure of Saudi Arabia with which it has greater economic and strategic links.

October 24, 2018

Khashoggi Affair Unlikely to Affect US-Saudi Strategic Ties

Two factors explain Washington’s lack of enthusiasm for sanctioning Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi affair despite domestic and international pressure.

October 23, 2018

The Jamal Khashoggi Affair

Riyadh committed a crime and blunder; its communication strategy, so far, has been an unmitigated disaster. MbS is facing a challenge, to put it mildly.

October 23, 2018

India-Russia Summit: Reading Between the Lines

The 19th bilateral summit has left a mixed feeling about the current state of the Indo-Russian relationship and its future prospects.

October 18, 2018

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

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