External Balancing in India’s China Policy

External balancing is re-emerging as an element of policy driven by the yawning power asymmetry between India and China and China’s turn towards assertive behaviour and territorial claims.

March 28, 2018

Xi Jinping’s Extended Presidency and India-China Relations


India should carefully understand the evolving foreign policy strategy of China under Xi Jinping, and notably, his worldview, and try to position bilateral relations accordingly.

March 27, 2018

Defence Budget 2018-19: Over to the Standing Committee for Scrutiny

This Issue Brief highlights five major issues and concerns that may merit the SCoD’s attention while examining the latest Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Defence.

February 26, 2018

FATF as an Instrument of CFT Compliance in Pakistan

Pakistan’s desperation to keep itself off the list of defaulting countries maintained by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) underlines the increasing effectiveness of the organisation, which has become the spearhead against global efforts combating the financing of terrorism (CFT).

February 26, 2018

The Global Race for Artificial Intelligence: Weighing Benefits and Risks

India can play an essential role in mitigating the risks and maximizing the benefits on account of rapid growth of AI enabled technologies.

February 23, 2018

Aerial Drone Swarms: The Next Generation Military Weapon

Affordability, software domination, reduction in mission costs and risk reduction are some of the advantages swarm technology promises in military campaigns.

February 15, 2018

Defence Budget 2018-19: The Imperative of Controlling Manpower Cost

Like in the past several years, the defence budget for 2018-19 also grew marginally, with much of the growth being cornered by rising manpower cost.

February 02, 2018

Defence Budget under stress: Can 2018-19 be the catalyst for change?

Innovative ways will have to be examined and existing systems, practices and procedures need to be questioned for finding optimum solutions to relieve budget stress.

January 29, 2018

Post Doklam, India needs to watch China’s bullish economics led cultural embrace of South Asia

Doklam brought into perspective the fractured relationship between India and China on the global stage and increased fears of China’s growing unilateralism as it inexorably broadens its interests and sphere of influence, especially in South Asia.

January 01, 2018

Is it Jerusalem or Jerusalems?

Jerusalem is a theological, geographical, historical, archaeological, political and emotional issue with contested claims and overlapping legacies.

December 15, 2017