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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

Nepal-China Transit Agreement: An Evaluation

Nepal’s quest for an alternate transit country with a view to reducing its dependence on India succeeded with the finalisation of the text for the Protocol of Transit Transport Agreement with China on September 7, 2018.

September 27, 2018

CAATSA Sanctions and India

While 11 of the 12 prescribed sanctions will have little or no effect on India-Russia defence relations, the twelfth, unless waived, has the potential to completely derail the India-US Defence and Strategic Partnership.

September 26, 2018

China Looks to Africa to Reduce Trade Dependence on the US

China may or may not succeed in transforming Africa into a substitute market. If it does, the bilateral trade relationship is likely to become more unbalanced and tilted in its own favour leading to greater exploitation of Africa.

September 18, 2018

India’s Economic Opportunities in Central Asia

India needs to use economic leverages more efficiently to build closer ties with Central Asia.

September 17, 2018

The Arithmetic of India-U.S. Relations and the Russian Factor

India, on its way to become a global power, will likely have to follow a zigzag course, balancing between American demands, long-term friendship with Russia and its own strategic necessities in the neighbourhood and beyond.

September 17, 2018

The 2018 Maldivian Presidential Elections: Two-horse Race between Development and Reforms

The forthcoming presidential election is a contest between Yameen’s pledge to bring about a transformational change with mega-projects and Solih’s pledge to end presidential tyranny, injustice and corruption

September 17, 2018

The First India-US 2+2 Dialogue: An Assessment

An evaluation of the non-negotiable elements of the CISMOA Boilerplate agreement does not show any element that will have any unavoidable security risks for India.

September 14, 2018

Caspian Sea Agreement and the International Energy Market

The value of the Caspian energy reserve lies in its potential to add to global reserves of oil and gas, which, in turn, could bring down costs.

September 12, 2018

Land Ahoy! Debarment Systems in Ministry of Defence start Coming of Age

It is administratively easy and politically appealing to debar an errant entity, but the unintended consequences of debarment can be challenging to handle in high-technology areas such as defence

September 11, 2018

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