POLICY BRIEF

Elevate Human Rights as the Core Organising Principle in Counter Insurgency

The Indian Army’s Doctrine for Sub Conventional Operations does an admirable job in balancing human rights protection with operational demands. However, there is a degree of dissonance in the approach to human rights brought about by the perspective that protecting human rights is a means to an end.

November 14, 2011

Back to the Basics: Foot and Hoof Mobilty in the Mountains

This Brief argues that foot mobility is central to mountain warfare. It first uses historical evidence to show the advantageous use of this capacity by the victor. It then argues for preserving this ‘military biodiversity’ by including indigenous breeds of animals.

October 14, 2011

A Case for Increasing FDI up to 100 per cent in India’s Defence Industry

Given the sensitivity attached to defence-related FDI, each investment should be subject to wider review and impact analysis following which the FDI percentage could be determined varying between zero and 100 per cent.

August 09, 2011

Revision of the DSCO: Human Rights to the Fore

The Doctrine for Sub Conventional Operations (DSCO) is due for review this year. This Brief suggests directions in which the Doctrine can better address the Human Rights factor.

March 22, 2011

India-United States 2020

This report summarizes the conclusions of a study that was initiated earlier this year on the future of India United States relations in the coming decade.

October 29, 2010

The Civil Nuclear Liability Bill

This study attempts to put the Bill in some perspective in relation to the Indian energy security, the protection that needs to be afforded to the Indian public in case of a nuclear incident, the advancement of Indian nuclear industry in the global market, taking into account all national and international factors.

July 23, 2010

India, Buddhism and Geopolitics in Central Asia: Regaining Centrality

Proposal to Establish The Takshila University for the Study of Indo-Central Asia Culture to Promote World Peace in the 21st Century

June 25, 2010

Advantages of including Munitions Items in the SCOMET List

Unless the SCOMET list includes munitions items, and is harmonised with the Wassanaar Agreement list, India will be unable to get the full benefits of international commerce in defence goods.

May 04, 2010

How India and the United Kingdom can Cooperate on Nuclear and Radiological Security

India and the United Kingdom, as nuclear weapons states, have much to gain from, and much to contribute to, a strengthened regime for nuclear and radiological security.

April 12, 2010

India Woos GCC’s Sovereign Wealth Fund: Policy, Scope and Precautions

In 2007, a small piece of research by Steven Jen generated ripples about the role and significance of Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) in the world of finance. The term SWF was coined by Andrev Razanor in 2005, and IMF defined it as “assets held by governments in other country’s currency”. Although, SWF has a history of more than half a century, it gained currency only since 2000. SWFs have been created by the governments for different motives.

June 26, 2009

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