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  • Piyush Garodia asked: What is the function of strategic partnerships? Why has India signed so many of them and even with a long-time adversary like China?

    Ashok Behuria replies: In international politics today, the term ‘strategic partnership’ is being regarded as an alternative to the old ‘alliance’ system, which characterised interstate politics during the Cold War.

    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.

    India’s Strategic Connect with the World

    The various connectivity projects put forward by India show its involvement as an investor in capacity-building efforts in the recipient countries across sectors of their particular needs and choices, not as an overarching and imposing economic power.

    October 23, 2017

    Exploring the Roots of India's Strategic Culture

    October 05, 2017

    Syed Sajad asked: What is the thin line of continuity between classical and modern realists?

    Ashok Kumar Behuria replies: It is now a fashion to divide up realism into separate sub-schools-- offensive-defensive, soft-hyper, classical-neo-classical, neo-realist, modern, etc. It shows the appeal as well as persistence of this school of thinking right since Thucydides, Chanakya, Hobbes and Machiavelli focussed on what people and nations do rather than what they ought to do.

    Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary (Volume II)

    • Publisher: Pentagon Press

    This book is the second in a series of three volumes on “Kautilya and His Vocabulary” as a part of the “Indigenous Historical Knowledge” project undertaken by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. These volumes aim at initiating the study, internalisation, spread and consolidation of Kautilya's Arthashastra in the strategic domain. The four focus themes in the three volumes are foreign policy, intelligence, war and internal security as they relate to contemporary times.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-866-8,
    • Price: ₹. 695.00
    • E-copy available

    National Security Decision Making: Overhaul Needed

    National Security Decision Making: Overhaul Needed

    A sub-committee of the CCS must devote time and effort to make substantive recommendations to improve the structures for higher defence management, defence research and development, self-reliance in defence production and the improvement of civil-military relations.

    August 26, 2014

    Krishnadev asked: Is there an Indian school of strategic thought?

    S. Kalyanaraman replies: No, there is no Indian school of strategic thought. In fact, there is no country-specific or culture-specific strategic thought, notwithstanding contrived efforts to differentiate between ‘Western’ and ‘Non-Western’ discourses in International Relations.

    Kenneth Waltz R.I.P. (1924-2013)

    Kenneth Waltz hailed as the ‘King of thought’ was a towering thinker in the field of IR. His two most important works, Man, The State, and War (1959) and Theory of International Politics (1979), provided a framework within which emerged the principal debate in IR.

    May 15, 2013