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Public Finance and National Security: Deficit Reduction and the American Military in a Time of Diminished Resources

February 24, 2011

The United States faces a budget crisis of proportions with no precedent in its recent history. The country’s economic dominance since the end of World War II has supported a military posture with global reach and influence.

Defence Budget 2011-12 should go beyond Fiscal Austerity

February 23, 2011

Ground reality rather than fiscal prudence should guide the Finance Minister while finalising the defence budget for 2011-12.

Maoists’ Abduction Tactic

February 23, 2011

Abduction is a Maoist tactic to arm-twist the government and secure the release of imprisoned comrades as well as make some tactical gains by placing demands that could be projected as pro-people.

Pakistan’s Annual Deception

February 23, 2011

2011 began on a sombre note for arms control, nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament with Pakistan once again blocking negotiations for a FMCT

US Strategy in Afghanistan and Regional Concerns

February 21, 2011

India should seek a regional solution to the Afghan conflict, involving a regional force under a UN flag to provide a stable environment for governance and development till the Afghan National Army can take over.

Will the ‘New’ left government resolve the political impasse in Nepal?

February 16, 2011

Although the option for the Maoists to join the Khanal government is open, for the time being the chances of a consensus government look remote.

India-US High Technology Cooperation: Moving Forward

February 16, 2011

The amendment of the EAR is intended to realign US export policy towards India and expand cooperation in civil space, defence and high technology sectors.

An Apocalypse Lurks in the Korean Peninsula

February 14, 2011

The temporary hope of peace returning to the Korean peninsula following North Korea’s peace overtures dissipated no sooner than it started when North Korean negotiators walked out of the meeting room at the DMZ in Panmunjam.

Piracy: A Fresh Look is Essential

February 14, 2011

A fresh look is required at the international level to deal with this scourge effectively. It is time for India to take the lead and push for a change in tack both regionally and in international fora.

Iranian interests in the Egyptian Unrest

February 14, 2011

Mubarak’s fall may bring Iran closer to Egypt than ever before. Iran has taken a pro-people stand and hopes to reap a harvest of good-will in the Arab world. The Iranian Opposition has also extended support to the movement, though for different reasons.