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  • The International Committee of the Red Cross in Internal Armed Conflicts

    • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
    This book critically examines the possible dilution of the neutrality principle of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in internal armed conflicts. It begins with the proposition that the intervention of ICRC in internal armed conflicts led to compromises in neutrality, and questioned the autonomy and independence of the organization. The book also argues that the field operations of the international humanitarian organizations during internal armed conflicts are dependent on the authority exercised by the state in whose territory the conflict persists. The ICRC’s involvement in Sri Lanka and Sudan provides empirical support to validate these propositions and arguments.
    • E-book ISBN:978-981-13-2601-1, Hardcopy ISBN: 978-981-13-2600-4,
    • Price: E-book - $54.99, Hardcopy - $69.99

    Nemam Natarajan Pasupathy asked: What role do the chiefs of Indian armed forces have in the strategic decision-making process of the government?

    Alok Deb replies: The three Service Chiefs are invitees on various select committees constituted at the highest levels of government, which strategise on national security matters.

    Hemant Gaur asked: Why there is no separate Special Operations Command in the Indian armed forces?

    Vivek Chadha replies: The in principle requirement of a Special Forces Command has been acknowledged by the armed forces on a number of occasions. However, the decision to create one is linked with the next step in jointness required to be taken. This does not only include the Special Forces Command but also the Aero-Space Command and Cyber Command as part of the functional commands needed to enhance military effectiveness of the armed forces and the country.

    Ravi Ranjan asked: What lessons can the Indian Army draw from the empowerment of JCOs in the Air Force and the Navy?

    Vivek Chadha replies: The empowerment of Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) has remained an ongoing endeavour within the Armed Forces, irrespective of the specific service. Over a period of time, greater powers, including financial and administrative, have been delegated to ensure that JCOs take greater responsibility and their services can be best employed.

    Aneri Ketan Shah asked: Do Indian soldiers suffer from PTSD?

    D.P.K. Pillay replies: Anyone who joins military service is recruited in an absolutely fit medical condition. The service conditions are unique wherein they live in a regimented lifestyle under tough military laws.

    Aneri Ketan Shah asked: How many Indian defence personnel become disabled every year and what is the status of their rehabilitation?

    D.P.K. Pillay replies: The exact number depends on multiple variables and cannot be listed as an annual statistic. The numbers vary according to the deployment and operational activities that vary from year to year.

    N. Jeykumaran asked: How effective is the new Joint Armed Forces Doctrine of India? What are the likely challenges ahead?

    Vivek Chadha replies: The attempt at releasing a public copy of the joint doctrine must be commended for the challenges that it possibly faced. Given the strong views of individual services, the ability to bring out a document that ably encapsulates the same and yet avoids dissonance was the very challenge that the writers unfortunately did not entirely succeed in achieving. The doctrine represents the common minimum agreement of the services on a set of common guidelines, which rarely goes beyond text book fundamentals.

    The CRPF and Internal Security: A Perspective Analysis

    This article critically analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), as the prime agency of the Government of India, attending to manifold matters of internal security. Many incidents, including classic achievements as well as downsides are presented here. The article highlights the need for a functional audit, urgency in professionalising the personnel, harnessing human potential in the best manner and the role of research and development.

    April-June 2018

    Crippling the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force

    The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force officer corps has a challenging task at hand to preserve the operational capability of the force as well as address the genuine concerns being expressed by their subordinates.

    April 09, 2018

    DefExpo 2018: Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub and an Exporter of Arms

    The challenge lies in demonstrating to potential importers that India, currently the world’s largest arms importer, has the capacity to manufacture and export the equipment required by their armed forces.

    April 09, 2018