Comments & Briefs

North East in BCIM-EC: Problems and Prospects

October 17, 2014

Bangladesh, India, China and Myanmar-Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) is a sub-regional grouping. The North Eastern states have shown keen interest in the BCIM initiative and are exploring ways for boosting cooperation in the services sectors like health, tourism, education, and transport and communication.

India’s Defence Procurement Procedure: Assessing the Case for Review and Reforms

October 17, 2014

This Issue Brief examines certain provisions relating to intellectual property rights and transfer of technology in India’s defence procurement procedures, together with suggestions on streamlining the same for achieving enhanced procurement efficiencies in capital acquisitions.

Can ISIS be degraded and destroyed?

October 17, 2014

With the US determined not to commit troops, the military defeat of ISIS, at present, is therefore neither feasible nor imminent. Neither the so-called retrained Iraqi Army, nor US air power against this powerful and motivated force will be sufficient.

Turkey: ‘Sick Man’ of NATO

Sandhya Jain

October 17, 2014

In the West, there is growing realisation that only boots on the ground can defeat or substantially destroy the Daesh. Unless a ground force capable of taking back the territories seized by the Daesh arrives on the scene, the advantage will lie with the jihadis.

Ceasefire in Ukraine: An Assessment

October 14, 2014

While the ceasefire is a much needed respite yet it does raise two questions: What made the key players arrive at such agreements? Can these deals facilitate the initiation of a political dialogue in Ukraine?

Hong Kong Protests: What it means for the Chinese leadership?

October 10, 2014

Beijing’s desire to manage the political process in Hong Kong stems from the ‘one country two systems’ model whereby it continues to retain its influence. It will not take much time for mainland to see a foreign hand in the islanders’ pro-democracy movements.

Pakistan’s Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

October 10, 2014

The recent heavy firing by the Pakistani army is to gain public sympathy and providing it greater flexibility in the flawed civil-military relations. It is an orchestrated plan to provoke India believing that it can take such a risk of escalation in the back drop of its effective nuclear capability.

Settling border disputes with Nepal and Bangladesh

October 10, 2014

Given that the onus for settling the border disputes with Nepal and Bangladesh is on India, the Indian government has to demonstrate political wisdom in evolving political framework that would satisfy the national interests of both India and Nepal as well as win over the domestic opposition to the LBA.

Indigenous manufacture of defence equipment needs policy reform

Davinder Kumar and Gurmeet Kanwal

October 09, 2014

The national aim should be to make India a design, development, manufacture and export hub. India must study the Chinese concepts of “leap frogging” of technology across several generations and “civilianisation” to exploit dual use technology.

Kurds sole ‘boots on ground’ against Islamic State

Sandhya Jain

October 09, 2014

Bitter last ditch battles are being fought by Kurdish men and women, including boys and girls barely out of their teens, against the Daesh. Some feel that to succeed, Washington must cooperate with the Syrian Kurds (YPG) as Kurdish fighters alone have proved willing and capable of taking on the Daesh.

Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub

October 7, 2014

While the government is widely seen as investor-friendly, investment decisions, however, are made on more tangible considerations – ease of doing business, security of investment and intellectual property rights, and returns on investment.

Reinventing India’s “Make” Procedures for Defence Acquisitions

October 1, 2014

The Indian defence industry needs procedural clarity and simplification to be ingrained in the “Make” procedures, as the rules are presently silent on a number of important operational aspects.

Need to revive Iran-India energy ties

September 30, 2014

The possible lifting of the sanctions on Iran will lead to a rush for a share of the lucrative Iranian energy pie similar to Myanmar’s opening up last year. India cannot afford to be left behind.

Border Standoff: Understanding Chinese Motives

September 29, 2014

The response from the Indian side during the recent border incident was much more robust. However, it is important to examine the likely motives that drive the Chinese to raise the ante before the high-level visits to India.

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[+]

Indian Ocean Watch

Indian Ocean Watch is a monthly newsletter compiled by the IDSA. The newsletter tracks recent developments in the fields of maritime security, economic cooperation and environmental concerns/ disaster risk management in the various countries of the Indian Ocean region. More [+]

South Asia Trends: August 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. The effort would be to inform our readers of the domestic, regional and international repercussions of the political debates and diplomatic engagements that take place in South Asia. More [+]

Strategic Analysis: September 2014

The Sep-Oct 2014 issue has a mixed flavour of articles ranging from nuclear security to IORA and the Tamil factor in Sri Lanka to the domestic politics of Bangladesh. The issue has some interesting essays on India’s China policy in the 1950s looking at Nehru and Patel’s views. Another essay is based on the working group report on water dispute resolution mechanism under the Strategic Studies Network of the National Defense University, Washington. 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 [+]