Doklam, China’s Strategic Calculus and India’s Policy Options

To effectively cope with the PRC’s hostile attitude, India needs to reduce the power asymmetry, articulate a clear security policy based on a realistic threat assessment, reorganise the military, and revamp the border management mechanism.

August 11, 2017

Marriages of Insurgent Convenience along the Indo-Myanmar Border: A Continuing Challenge

Marriages of Insurgent Convenience along the Indo-Myanmar Border: A Continuing Challenge

While decades of counterinsurgency operations and peace processes have taken the sting out of the region’s major insurgencies, collaboration between groups continues to pose security challenges, particularly in the exploitable border areas adjacent to the upper Sagaing Region of Northwest Myanmar.

August 10, 2017

Venezuela’s Political Crisis: Continuing Chaos

While the willingness of the Maduro regime to silence the opposition is cause for concern, far more worrying is the prospect of the new Constituent Assembly rewriting the Constitution to eliminate the last vestiges of democratic checks and balances.

August 09, 2017

The People’s Liberation Army at Ninety – Poised for a ‘Great Leap’

The People’s Liberation Army at Ninety

It will take some time before the PLA can claim to be a modern military, at par with Western armies, capable of undertaking extended global missions. But the PLA is poised for a “Giant Leap”, and that is bound to dramatically change the ‘balance of power’ dynamics.

August 07, 2017

Cryptocurrencies and the Regulators Dilemma

This special feature explores the mechanics and attributes which have led to the steep rise in the popularity of cryptocurrencies, delves into the risks they pose to the user and the state, and evaluates the opportunities, risks and policy options for India.

August 01, 2017

Transfer of Defence Technology: Moving beyond Self-Reliance towards Technological Superiority

Foreign collaborations optimised for profit, risk-sharing and a common goal of achieving technological superiority could well enable India to break into the global market in select areas.

July 31, 2017

13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

13th Five-Year Defence Plan (2017-22) – A re-run of the past

Achieving the intended outcomes of the 13th five-year defence plan is critically dependent on the ability of the Ministry of Finance to increase the defence budget by at least 100 per cent from next year onward.

July 31, 2017

Way Forward to a final Naga Settlement

Maximum autonomy may be accorded in ethnic, cultural and developmental realms to autonomous councils for all Naga areas in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and even Assam, through suitable amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

July 31, 2017

Is the GCC Crisis De-escalating?

While the GCC crisis seems to be de-escalating, there is no end in sight as yet.

July 26, 2017

Formulation of a European Union Budget

The moot point is whether member countries are clear about the EU’s economic dysfunctions and the degree of economic unification they desire for surmounting them.

July 24, 2017