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Defence Offsets: International Best Practices and Lessons for India

June 02, 2015

The Monograph provides a comprehensive roadmap for reforming India’s defence offset policy which despite having gone through several rounds of revisions in past decade or so, still lacks effectiveness. The roadmap is based on extensive study of offset practices followed by six countries: Canada, Israel, Malaysia, South Korea, Turkey and the UAE.

Decoding China’s Military Strategy White Paper: Assessing the Maritime Implications

June 02, 2015

China’s new military strategy as it applies to the Indian Ocean is not a matter of a minor shift in the balance of maritime power, but one that impacts India’s capacity and will to impose a deterrent cost.

The Nepal Earthquake: Could SAARC have been Effective?

June 02, 2015

In spite of the existence since October 2006 of a SAARC Disaster Management Centre, the Nepal earthquake brought to the fore the difficulties faced by this organization and its failure to rise to the occasion.

From Looks to Action: Thailand-India Strategic Convergence and Defence Cooperation

Sasiwan Chingchit

May 29, 2015

After 67 years of diplomatic relations and two decades of collaboration in connecting India with Southeast Asia in January of 2012, Thailand and India finally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation. This effort to deepen defence and military ties between the two countries emerged relatively late when compared with those between India and most other Southeast Asian countries.

Shangri La Dialogue: Is Indian Participation a Necessity?

May 29, 2015

India’s ministerial presence at the Shangri La Dialogue could have helped India to articulate the new government’s strategic thought and expand from the realm of military diplomacy to defence diplomacy. So, is India’s defence establishment blind to probable benefits of participating in the Dialogue or are they thinking differently?

US-Japan Security Alliance: Standing the Test of Time

May 29, 2015

The revised defence guidelines have added value to the US-Japan partnership and the fundamental shift in Japanese security policy complements the US call upon Japan to shoulder greater security responsibility as a partner.

Agenda for Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh

May 29, 2015

In the true spirit of a democracy, Modi should reach out to leaders of all major political parties in Bangladesh and convince them of India’s intention to work as a partner in progress and development.

The Rohingyas: Security Implications for ASEAN and Beyond

May 28, 2015

In the last two months, the large-scale exodus of Rohingyas towards the coastlines of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia has been a concern not only for the region but also for the international community.

The Centre of Gravity of militancy shifts to Afghanistan

May 27, 2015

Stakeholder regional countries threatened by Islamic militancy need to get together under the umbrella of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and fight a joint war to end the menace.

‘Operation Decisive Storm’ and Changing Geopolitics in the Gulf

May 26, 2015

While both Saudi Arabia and Iran vie for power and influence, Yemenis continue to suffer and the country seems to be slipping into further instability.

Reframing the Disarmament Discourse: Can the Humanitarian Paradigm make a difference?

May 26, 2015

The 2015 NPT RevCon ended on an expected dismaying note. The only positive outcome was its endorsement of the recent initiatives to project the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, though not adopting its underlying theme - a nuclear weapons prohibition treaty.

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to China—The Myths and Realities

May 25, 2015

As the dust settles after the visit of Prime Minister Modi to China, it is time to take a calm and dispassionate look at where we stand in the context of Sino-Indian relations.

The Death Sentence on Former President Morsi

May 25, 2015

With the death sentence pronounced on Mohammed Morsi, the first democratically elected President in Egypt’s history, it is difficult not to conclude that Egypt is moving away from a democratic destination at an accelerated pace.

Bangladesh: Hacking Free Thinking to Death

May 21, 2015

Bangladesh is slowly and surely moving towards a perilous future that threatens the foundational values on which the liberation war was fought and the state founded.

Insight Southeast Asia, Volume 4 Number 2, March-April 2015

Insight Southeast Asia is the bimonthly newsletter of the Southeast Asia & Oceania Centre, IDSA. It comprises special sections such as Country Profile, Commentary, Book Review, Photo-Essay and News Track. News Track includes important and referenced news summary pertaining to the eleven Southeast Asian countries and Oceania (including New Zealand and Australia). More details [+]

Uttam Sinha's co-edited volume on Arctic released by Ministry of Earth Sciences and Norwegian Embassy

The IDSA volume 'Arctic: Commerce, Governance, Policy' edited by Uttam Sinha and Jo Inge Bekkevold was released at an seminar co-hosted by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi, on May 5, 2015. The volume is published by Routledge, UK. More details [+]

Realising the ASEAN-India Vision for Partnership and Prosperity

This volume is based on the proceedings of Delhi Dialogue VI held in March 2014. It epitomizes the growing dialogue between India and ASEAN at all levels. Delhi Dialogue brings together practitioners, corporate leaders, opinion makers, academics and journalists, every year, to discuss a wide range of issues of common interest and concern that animate India - ASEAN relationship . More details [+]

Journal of Defence Studies: April 2015

The issue covers varied themes: leadership attributes for counterinsurgency operations, strategic importance of the Bay of Bengal, the 1971 USS Enterprise incident, benchmarks for naval ship building, China’s biological warfare programme, and India’s Special Forces. It also features an assessment of the Parliamentary Defence Standing Committee. Read the issue[+]

Strategic Analysis: May 2015

The contributors to the current issue of Strategic Analysis provide an ‘Indian take’ on China’s political strategy on Taiwan; assess Xi Jinping’s idea of the ‘Chinese Dream’ –its position on the ground and how the country is faring under the new dispensation; a rain check on the vexed India-China boundary question, in the backdrop of a decisive political change in both countries. More [+]

Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy

In May 2013, China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea (Asia 5) were given status as permanent observers in the Arctic Council. It was a symbolic and significant moment in the history of Arctic affairs. The list of stakeholders in the Arctic has now expanded to include both the Arctic littoral states and the five Asian states. More details [+]

Delhi Dialogue VII on ASEAN-India: Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda
India and South Asia: Exploring Regional Perceptions

Perceptions play a very significant role in South Asian politics. They have largely shaped and influenced state policies and politics among the South Asian countries, especially in relation to India, over the years. State policies have at times been hostage to negative or adversarial perceptions, well-entrenched in the popular psyche. More details [+]

17th Asian Security Conference

The theme for this year’s conference is “Asian Security: Comprehending the Indian Approach”. The conference will be held from 11-13 February 2015 at IDSA.

Key Speeches, Press Release, Video, Photos Details [+]