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How Pakistan Gains From the Cancelled NSA-Level Talks

August 28, 2015

It was not in Pakistan’s interest that the NSA meeting should take place. It is to their credit that they managed to do that by waving a red flag at the Indians through their first briefing on the planned NSA talks by mentioning their invitation to the Hurriyat leaders for a meeting in Delhi prior to the NSA talks.

Gilgit Baltistan: Province, No Province?

August 27, 2015

Chinese stakes in Gilgit Baltistan could propel Pakistan to introduce a stop gap provincial arrangement that would contain popular resistance, promote greater stability, and deflate India’s objections to CPEC.

China-Russia Naval Ties and the Balance of Maritime Power in Asia

August 27, 2015

A growing Sino-Russian-Pakistani maritime nexus in the IOR poses a challenge to India’s influence in the Indian Ocean and heralds a potential change in the Asian balance of maritime power.

Defence Offset Guidelines – A Long Overdue Tweak

Amit Cowshish

August 27, 2015

The 5th August amendment to the offset guidelines exemplifies how difficult it is to let go of unnecessary controls.

Probing a Sea option for Turkmen Gas

Sanket Sudhir Kulkarni

August 27, 2015

This fresh move on the Indian Prime Minister’s part is perhaps meant to signal to Pakistan that if the latter continues with its hostilities and political rhetoric towards India, then India and other countries may consider an alternative arrangement.

Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation moves ahead

Bhaskar Balakrishnan

August 25, 2015

FIPIC-2 has added substantially to the package of projects and activities. This has now to be matched by delivery and implementation, which are challenging tasks for the Indian government.

Politics and the Military

N.S. Brar

August 24, 2015

A dissatisfied military is not in the interest of India which has to contend with multiple internal and external security issues. The nation at large and the political leadership must be alive to the prevailing sentiments and act appropriately.

The Abe Statement: Reading the Politics behind the 70th Anniversary of WW II

August 24, 2015

While it is Japan’s responsibility to pave the road to reconciliation, but for any meaningful progress China and South Korea must reciprocate since reconciliation is a two-way process.

Modi’s visit to UAE: Strengthening India’s Gulf link

August 24, 2015

Modi’s visit to UAE needs to be seen in the larger context of strengthening ties and further widening the scope of India’s engagement with the Gulf region.

International North-South Transport Corridor: Re-energising India’s Gateway to Eurasia

August 18, 2015

There is a conscious effort on the part of India to re-energise the INSTC. However, sustaining the momentum achieved remains a major challenge before the member countries of the North-South connectivity project.

A Setback for the Prospect of UN Security Council Reform !

August 17, 2015

Many UN member states are of the view that text-based negotiation is the best way to take the process forward. But the US, Russia and China have refused to commit themselves to this process.

Turkey, IS, US, Syria

August 14, 2015

There is a sudden and dramatic change in Turkey’s policy towards the Islamic State. What explains this change and what might be Turkey’s calculations?

Defence Research and Development: International Approaches for Analysing the Indian Programme

Ranjit Ghosh

August 14, 2015

The Occasional Paper attempts to analyse the performance of India's defence research and development machinery and especially that of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Yemen in Meltdown: Domestic and Regional Competitions and the Destruction of Nationhood

August 12, 2015

As Yemen breaks apart and Saudi Arabia’s southern border does become a “bleeding wound”, even as jihadis unleash their toxic malevolence, the ageing king and the ambitious prince may find that they no longer have the ability, the tools or the friends to stem the haemorrhage that afflicts their kingdom.

The Naga Peace Accord: Why Now?

August 07, 2015

A resolution of one of the oldest armed ethnic conflicts in the Northeast offers a way forward to resolving many other ethnic conflicts in the region such as those involving Kukis, Meiteis, Bodos, Dimasas, Hmars, and Karbis.

JCPOA and the IAEA: Challenges Ahead

August 07, 2015

Three issues of contention have animated the debate about the role of the IAEA vis-à-vis the JCPOA. These relate to resolving concerns relating to PMD, those governing ‘anytime, anywhere access’, and the IAEA’s ability to ensure Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA.

US-Cuba Relations: From Breakdown to Breakthrough

Aakriti Sethi

August 07, 2015

The Obama administration has acknowledged that their policy on Cuba has been the most outdated one, considering it has been more than two decades since the Cold War got over. The biggest knot in their relationship has been untied, but that doesn’t spare the leaders from confronting some age-old pinpricks.

DELHI DIALOGUE VII : ASEAN-India Shaping the Post-2015 Agenda

This volume is based on the proceedings of Delhi Dialogue VII held in March 2015. 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 the India - ASEAN relationship. More details [+]

China Yearbook 2014

An annual publication from the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), the China Yearbook is a round-up of events and issues of significance that occurred in China during the past year and covers important developments in the domestic and foreign policy spheres. The fourth of the series, the 2014 Yearbook comprises twenty-three chapters spanning diverse yet important events that have occurred with regard to China in the year 2014. The chapters are arranged in five sections. More details [+]

Political Situation in Nepal

Address by HE Sher Bahadur Deuba, Former Prime Minister of Nepal and Senior Leader of the Nepali Congress More details [+]

Issues of South China Sea and Future Prognosis: A Philippine Perspective

Address by The Honorable Evan P. Garcia, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines More details [+]

Non-Traditional Security Challenges in Asia: Approaches and Responses

Asia is challenged by a number of non-traditional security issues including the food–energy–water nexus, climate change, transnational crime, terrorism, disaster relief and economic performance. This volume categorizes and clarifies some key emerging issues in the area and looks at their interconnectedness and implications. More details [+]

Journal of Defence Studies, July-September 2015

Commemorating 50 years of the 1965 India-Pakistan War, the July-September 2015 special issue provides a broad overview of the war by covering a range of actions and events spanning the diplomatic, tactical and strategic space, with the additional scope of relating them to the present conditions prevalent with Pakistan. More details [+]

Strategic Analysis, Volume 39, Issue 4

In the current issue of Strategic Analysis, contributions range from, a quantitative analytical perspective on national security to the Nepalese perspective on the challenges being encountered by the country’s policy planners towards federalism. The South China Sea continues to engage scholars and a contribution on the maritime-diplomatic perspective with an Indian view adds to the read. There is also an interesting policy paper on the Indian Ocean Region. More details [+]

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 [+]