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  • Reconciling Doctrines: Prerequisite for Peace in South Asia

    Reconciling Doctrines: Prerequisite for Peace in South Asia

    This paper suggests an approach towards building conditions necessary for peace between India and Pakistan. Identifying the Pakistani army as a power centre in Pakistan, the hypothesis is that a strategic dialogue with it would achieve doctrinal balancing and help mitigate its threat perception.


    South Asia: The Quest For Regional Cooperation

    South Asia: The Quest For Regional Cooperation
    • Publisher: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

    The papers in book outline the common challenges that the countries face, identify the factors that inhibit inter-state cooperation, acknowledge the costs of non-cooperation, and reaffirm the need for the states in South Asia to shed their differences and engage with each other in meaningful ways.

    • ISBN 81-86019-61-8
    • E-copy available

    Brief on India’s Neighbourhood

    Terrorism, maritime security and border management are the key challenges in India's neighbourhood

    May 28, 2009

    Contemporary Issues in South Asia - Documents

    Contemporary Issues in South Asia - Documents
    • Publisher: Shipra Publications (2009)

    The volume highlights various contemporary issues confronting the SAARC countires in the 21st century. It seeks to provide substantive reference material for policy-makers, researchers, diplomats and students of South Asian Studies.

    • ISBN 978-81-7188-770-5,
    • Price: ₹. 995/-

    Terrorism, ideology and misconceptions

    Terrorism is at the forefront of international politics and is a major crisis of our age. Not found in pre-modern times, this phenomenon finds its root in ideological movements and not in religion. While referring to different forms of terrorism several scholars have suggested nihilism in modern times as the source of the problem. They view nihilism as a decline in values, or in other words, a tendency of ‘devaluing all values’.

    May 18, 2009

    South Asia's Unstable Nuclear Decade

    The tenth anniversary of India and Pakistan's 1998 nuclear tests enables scholars to revisit the issue of South Asian proliferation with a decade of hindsight. I argue that nuclear weapons have had two destabilizing effects. First, nuclear weapons' ability to shield Pakistan against all-out Indian retaliation, and to attract international attention to Pakistan's dispute with India, encouraged aggressive Pakistani behavior. This provoked forceful Indian responses, ranging from large-scale mobilization to limited war.

    May 2009

    Toward Nuclear Stability in South Asia

    Contrary to the arguments of proliferation pessimists, this article contends that the overt nuclearization of South Asia has contributed to stability in the region. To that end this article carefully examines two recent crises in Indo-Pakistani relations and concludes that in the absence of nuclear weapons they would have culminated in full-scale war. Accordingly, while Indo-Pakistani relations may remain fraught with tension, the likelihood of major war in the region has dramatically diminished.

    May 2009

    Accomodation with Militants in Swat: Implications For Regional Security

    Fellows' Seminar
    April 24, 2009
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Enhanced International Cooperation Through Aided Military Training Programmes: A Study of the US Experience, with Specific Reference to South Asia

    Major powers have tried to use military training programmes, manifested through military-to-military cooperation running the gamut of training exchanges to joint exercises, to defence-related dialogues through seminars and the like, in order to engage and influence other countries in the furtherance of their strategic interests. The US model is notable for being innovative, flexible, scalable, and broad in its approach, and this has fetched it considerable dividends.

    March 2009

    Global Power Shifts and Strategic Transition in Asia

    Global Power Shifts and Strategic Transition in Asia
    • Publisher: Academic Foundation

    The contemporary strategic context is increasingly defined by the rapid growth of major Asian economies and the rapidly increasing interest the major powers are evincing in the region. It has also resulted in a perceptible shift in power to the Asian continent.

    • ISBN 13-978-81-7188-751-4,
    • Price: ₹ 394