IDSA COMMENT

Syria’s Unending Tragedy

February 10, 2016
Syria’s Unending Tragedy

Syria’s plight is likely to get worse before it gets better. More Syrians will be killed and the powers that be do not care.

Indonesia’s Terrorism Challenge

February 03, 2016
Indonesia’s Terrorism Challenge

Notwithstanding the relatively lower death toll, the January 14 attack has caused alarm in the region given that it came as proof of the claim made by the IS in 2014 about intensifying its activities across Southeast Asia.

Dark Web and Encrypted Apps: ISIS Communicates in the Black

February 02, 2016
Dark Web and Encrypted Apps: ISIS Communicates in the Black

As ISIS strives to spread its tentacles in India, it would definitely build up a network of sympathisers and probable recruits, connected digitally with its operatives spread across the globe and available online round the clock.

The North Korean Nuclear Test: Quest for Deterrence

January 22, 2016

The January 6 ‘thermonuclear’ test is the fourth in the series of nuclear tests in North Korea’s consistent quest to attain credible deterrence against the United States.

Trends and Prospects for Cooperation with the Middle East

January 21, 2016
Trends and Prospects for Cooperation with the Middle East

It is too early for India to get involved in any regional security arrangement as it would have to answer two basic questions; security for whom? And against whom? Most regimes feel threatened internally and any involvement would entail India taking sides between rival factions.

New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

January 20, 2016
New Defence Procurement Procedure: A Stimulating Preview

The Defence Acquisition Council has decided to introduce a new category of Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured equipment. This will be the most preferred category, ahead of ‘Buy (Indian)’, which presently occupies the pride of place.

Re-engaging with Pakistan

January 19, 2016

Resuming talks with Pakistan sooner rather than later is important. These should now be part of a sustained effort of diplomatic outreach towards Pakistan rather than an on-and-off affair.

Iran sans Sanctions

January 18, 2016
Iran sans Sanctions

The lifting of sanctions against Iran relating to its nuclear activities marks an important turning point for Iran, the region, the United States, and the rest of the world.

Will Diamer Bhasha Dam get a share in the CPEC Pie?

January 18, 2016
Will Diamer Bhasha Dam get a share in the CPEC Pie?

While China’s initial reluctance was attributed to the sheer scale of the project, costing tens of billions of dollars, in the changed CPEC-helmed geo-economic-strategic context, its re-calculations cannot be ruled out.

What does lower oil prices mean for India?

January 18, 2016
What does lower oil prices mean for India?

The longer the price of oil remains depressed, India, like other major oil importers, will not only increase its dependence on crude imports, but it will also become more dependent on OPEC.

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