Defence Reforms: Why is it Critical to Bite the Proverbial Bullet?

This policy brief attempts to suggest six critical policy imperatives that must act as guidelines for the ongoing attempt at defence reforms.

September 11, 2017

US-Pakistan ties at a crossroads

Pakistan’s responses with reference to the US encouraging India to play a greater role in Afghanistan raise an intriguing question: were Trump’s statements on India part of a gambit to extract cooperation from Pakistan?

September 11, 2017

Rohingya Crisis Needs a Regional Solution

The Rohingya crisis is not just Myanmar’s domestic problem but a regional issue and it needs to be tackled at the regional level in a more comprehensive way.

September 08, 2017

India’s Membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: An Appraisal

This Backgrounder evaluates the possible advantages and challenges stemming from India’s membership in SCO.

August 29, 2017

FATA’s Merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The idea of abolishing FATA as a distinct administrative entity and merging it with KP led to a country-wide debate, with some commentators pointing to the futility of the merger and others advocating its early implementation in the interest of peace and stability in the region.

August 29, 2017

US ups the ante in Cyberspace

The US decision to elevate its Cyber Command to that of a Unified Combatant Command sends a strong signal to entities and countries inimical to its interests to recalibrate their security calculus.

August 25, 2017

A New Equilibrium with China: Near simultaneous rise of neighbours is not unprecedented in Asia

Will the next meeting between PM Modi and President Xi at the Xiamen BRICS Summit lead to what Foreign Secretary Jaishankar has described as a new equilibrium?

August 25, 2017

Decoding Russia's 2017 Naval Doctrine

Russia’s new naval doctrine seeks to defend Russia’s core security interests in the neighbourhood and project power judiciously beyond its periphery.

August 24, 2017

Making the Right to Information (RTI) work in Defence

Adhering to the RTI Act in letter and spirit will lead to more responsible decision-making, greater accountability, and more credibility to the actions of the MoD.

August 21, 2017

Panchsheel was noble, but did China embrace it ever?

Before selectively invoking historical contexts and postulates such as Panchsheel, Chinese officials need to ask themselves “do we have the right to say this.”

August 18, 2017