Comments & Briefs

Xi’s Visit: Dawn of a New Era?

September 16, 2014

Modi should talk to Xi and seek an interim boundary solution at least by having some sort of Friendly Pillars, call them Shanti Stupas along the border (almost 500 kilometers) in the Western Sector.

India-China Relations: A Reflection

Saurabh Kumar

September 15, 2014

A determination needs to be made whether the paradigm within which India-China relations have come to be conducted is not unduly adverse to India, and therefore in need of a rejig, before proceeding further to conclude any political agreements anew, or reiterate previous understandings, during Xi Jinping’s visit.

India-China Ties: Between Personalities and Principles

September 15, 2014

President Xi Jinping’s visit to India is a new opportunity for infusing momentum in the bilateral relations. Economic dealings would be one aspect of the talks; but neither country can afford to bypass the sensitive security and strategic issues that dog their efforts to bring peace and stability.

Islamic State not invincible: Need to take Russia, China on board

Sandhya Jain

September 15, 2014

China, like Russia, suffers from domestic terrorism (the Uyghur East Turkestan Islamic Movement). Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has put China on a list of countries accused of persecuting Muslims, thus making it a target for jihad.

Strategic Significance of the India-Australia Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

September 15, 2014

As Australia and India have to deepen their security cooperation for a peaceful prosperous and stable Asia-Pacific region, both the countries will have to manage global nuclear commerce together.

Assam-Nagaland Border Violence: From Past to Present

Namrata Goswami

September 12, 2014

The Assam-Nagaland border dispute is the direct result of the lack of success of the stakeholders in transitioning historical concepts of frontiers between neighbouring ethnic groups into mutually agreed upon updated delimited administrative boundaries of the modern state.

Need to build a good coalition to combat ISIS

Rohit Pattnaik

September 09, 2014

There is a great traction amongst western countries on building up a coalition to tackle ISIS, but the big question is which countries in West Asia would be able to synchronise western goals with theirs? While the US and its NATO allies, along with France and Australia have been assisting the Kurdish peshmerga, the list of Arab countries willing to work with the West-led coalition is unclear.

Nawaz wins this round as army loses plot

September 05, 2014

If Nawaz Sharif now plays his cards well - improves governance, makes his politics more responsive and inclusive, reaches out to opposition and his constituency, doesn’t remain aloof and keeps the parliament and political parties as his back – he could well change the power equations for good.

India-Japan Relations: New Times, Renewed Expectations

September 04, 2014

The biggest takeaway for India from Prime Minister Modi’s visit is Abe’s assurance of $33.5 billion public and private investment and financing including ODA, doubling Japanese FDI and the number of companies in India over the coming five years.

Abbott and Modi’s Historic Opportunity

Septmber 04, 2014

As the Australian PM visits India, the future of the two countries relations hinges not so much on their strategic cooperation in the international sphere, as on how meaningfully can Australia help India deal with its enormous human development challenges, including poverty alleviation.

India’s Revised Defence FDI Policy

September 01, 2014

Under the earlier policy, the foreign portfolio investment in Indian defence industry was either banned, or capped at an arbitrary level for certain companies, causing a lot of dissatisfaction among several listed Indian companies which had pleaded their genuine helplessness in controlling such investments given their nature of flow.

News Digest: PoK News Digest

POK NEWS DIGEST is IDSA’s monthly newsletter comprising news summaries, press releases and important statements related to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), referred to as ‘Azad' Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan by the Government of Pakistan. The POK NEWS DIGEST captures contemporary issues related to POK under the following categories More [+]

News Digest: South Asia Trends: June & July 2014

South Asia Trends is a monthly newsletter on South Asian affairs. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide a panoramic view of important events that shape and impact the politics of the subcontinent. More [+]

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 [+]

Book: Unending Violence in Pakistan Analysing the Trends

The Pakistan Project of IDSA consists of a dedicated group of scholars studying Pakistan and watching the unfolding events and analysing the trends from the perspective of its implications for India and the region. “Unending Violence in Pakistan: Analysing the Trends, 2013-14” is the third report published by Pakistan Project. More [+]

Strategic Analysis: July 2014

The July-August 2014 issue of Strategic Analysis has an Asian flavour. The content delves into some of the concerns of the region – violent extremism in Sri Lanka; governance issues in Afghanistan; nuclear deterrence in the India-Pakistan context; the US and China competing for influence in the Asia-Pacific. The issue also has a special focus on cyber security. More [+]

Journal of Defence Studies: July 2014

This issue addresses distortions in the discourse on armed forces' modernization, terrorism finance, and Indian Ocean maritime security cooperation. There are two commemorative articles on the Battle of Imphal (1944) and the Gallipoli campaign (1915) with accompanying vintage photos, and a review essay on Indian contribution to World War I. Read the issue[+]