POLICY BRIEF

The Cartographic Route to Deeper Strategic Partnerships

Considering that the US, Japan, Australia and India are committed to working for a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific, it is time for India’s strategic partners to review their cartographic positions on India’s borders.

July 03, 2020

Time to Leverage the Strategic Potential of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

A focused development plan for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which provide India with a commanding geostrategic presence in the Bay of Bengal and access to South and Southeast Asia, could greatly enhance the country’s geopolitical leverage in the Indian Ocean Region.

June 26, 2020

Refining Draft Defence Offset Guidelines 2020

The draft offset guidelines 2020, with revamped features, is a bold attempt at attracting technology and investment as well as promoting defence exports. However, the MoD may consider further refining some of the features of the revised guidelines.

June 08, 2020

Draft DPP-2020: Standard Contract Document

Inclusion of new clauses in the draft DPP-2020 and changes made in some of the existing ones are intended to make the SCD more comprehensive. However, there is a scope for bringing about textual clarity in the new as well as some of the existing clauses of the SCD, especially those which have been modified.

May 14, 2020

Defence Pension: A Comparative Study of India, US and UK

Given the rapidly rising pension liability in India and the concern expressed by the CDS, the experiences of the US and the UK could be useful in carrying out pension reforms in India.

April 23, 2020

Refining Draft DPP 2020: Some Suggestions

Draft DPP-2020 marks a paradigm shift from the past in many respects. It contains several new features intended to hasten the procurement process and provide a further fillip to the Make in India initiative in defence.

April 08, 2020

India’s Renewed Push on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)

The surge in official references to PoK has disrupted the inertia of the past years. Pushing PoK high on India’s strategic priorities will make India’s Kashmir policy more effective.

February 17, 2020

Defence Agenda for Modi Government 2.0

Implementing the outlined 27 reform measures in four broad areas – Planning, Defence Budget, Acquisition and Make in India – would strengthen defence preparedness and build a credible defence industrial base.

June 06, 2019

Pulwama Attack: Time to Get the Messaging Right

Pakistan’s hybrid war is a reality. India’s efforts need to be oriented towards countering such a war.

February 20, 2019

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

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