Comments & Briefs

Macchil Verdict: Reading Between the Lines

November 25, 2014

The incident raises important issues. First, the role of honours and awards in such crimes, second, the impact of punishment on the morale of troops who undertake a challenging responsibility and last, its impact on the population of the disturbed area at large.

Avro-replacement programme hits air pocket

November 25, 2014

Replacement of the Avro is an approved requirement. Scrapping the on-going process could delay acquisition of the transport aircraft by at least a year or two as it would inevitably involve revisiting the qualitative requirements (QRs) before restarting the tendering process.

Xi-Abe handshake, not yet an embrace

November 24, 2014

Escalation of tension has scarred relations between Japan and China. The fallout of this has been reflected in the trade and economic ties between the two. Stabilizing China-Japan bilateral relations is critical for peace in the East Asia and it has to be seen how this four-point agreement will translate into action.

President Obama’s Policy on Syria

November 18, 2014

This is the right time to raise a fundamental question about Obama’s policy towards Syria: Is there a coherent, consistent policy, based on a reasonably accurate assessment of the ground realities in Syria? The answer is a definite no.

Modi’s Mission Downunder

November 14, 2014

India-Australia relation is entering a new orbit and setting a path of strategic convergence. But there are equally other significant issues of cooperation that can bolster Modi’s vision for inclusive development and better governance including Australia’s successes at preserving its ecosystem, water resources distribution and renewable energy.

Modi’s Australia visit: Maritime Cooperation in Focus

November 13, 2014

The government’s ‘Act East Policy’ needs to legitimise the ‘Indo-Pacific’ concept. Interestingly, only a few months after the release of the 2013 White Paper, Australia released a Country Strategy Document on India which identified the Indian Navy as possessing the most potential for a close maritime partnership

Threat of Islamic terror looms large over Assam

November 12, 2014

The jihadi elements in Assam are making their presence very visible. Measures have been initiated to counter the menace of Islamic terror especially along the India-Bangladesh and inter-state borders following intelligence inputs indicating JMB’s plan to spread tentacles in the state.

ISIS on backfoot: Coalition gets al-Baghdadi

Sandhya Jain

November 11, 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death will be a serious setback to Daesh as it is different from Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups that did not proclaim a ‘caliphate’. As the history of Islam shows, the proclamation of a new ‘caliph’ can be problematic.

Things that Modi should do in Myanmar

November 10, 2014

The Prime Minister must reach out to Myanmar in unconventional ways and remove any antipathy among the people who once, like other neighbours, had began to perceive India as a big military threat.

Fall of the Berlin Wall: Marking 25 years

November 10, 2014

The fall of the wall also coincided with the collapse of the USSR and end of the Cold War. Theoverall changes since 1989 have been largely a remarkable success with the majority of citizens in the former socialist countries not wanting to go back to the earlier economic and political system.

“Make In India” in Defence: Embedding Industry-wide Dialogue and Consultation

November 07, 2014

For the mantra to become an all-pervasive reality in defence acquisitions in India will be to multiply manifold the onsetfrequencyrange and depthof its industry engagements.

Strategic Analysis: November 2014

This special issue on the Arctic is based on revised and updated versions of papers presented at the conference at IDSA in September 2013, a few months after the five Asian countries—China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea (Asia 5)—were given status as permanent observers in the Arctic Council. The volume examine the main drivers of Asian countries’ increased engagement in Arctic affairs and how their engagement may impact on the development in the Arctic region with regard to geopolitics, commerce and governance. More [+]

East Asia Monitor, Vol. 1 Issue 4 July-August 2014

East Asia Monitor is a bimonthly newsletter on China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The objective is to capture significant foreign policy, security, and economic developments in the region by way of expert interviews, commentaries, analysing news trends and data released by the government sources. More [+]

Book: The Unfinished War in Afghanistan: 2001-2014

This book makes a modest attempt to contribute to the ongoing debate on future challenges for Afghanistan as the largest ever coalition of Western forces prepares to withdraw. It seeks to examine key political developments within Afghanistan over the last one decade in response to the US-led Western military and political intervention. More [+]

Andaman and Nicobar Islands - India’s Untapped Strategic Assets

The book offers suggestions about ways in which India can leverage the geographical location of the islands, especially the Great Nicobar Island at the western entrance of the Straits of Malacca, to tap the potential of the islands to meet India's commercial and security challenges without sacrificing the environmental concerns. More [+]

Journal of Defence Studies: October 2014

The issue features articles on statecraft and intelligence analysis in the Arthashastra, nanotechnology, external dynamics of insurgency in North-East India, and an assessment of India’s position in the Indo-Pacific. It also includes an analysis of the Standing Committee of Defence’s recommendations on the defence budget during the 14th Lok Sabha. Read the issue[+]

Book: The Other Kashmir: Society, Culture and Politics in the Karakoram Himalayas

The book deals with the historical, cultural, geopolitical, strategic, socio-economic and political perspectives on the entire Karakoram-Himalayan region. It is based on the papers contributed by area specialists and experts from the region. More [+]