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Non-Traditional Security

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The cluster focuses on security challenges that are not considered mainstream. The methods and tools employed to address non-traditional security challenges are evolving. It includes within its fold unconventional thinking and it challenges orthodox understandings. The 21st century presents new paradigms to security. Politico-military threats have been joined by security issues relating to energy, water, food, environment, and climate change. Accordingly, the focus areas of the cluster have been energy, water, environment and climate change.

Projects Recently Concluded
In 2008, a working group presented its report in a national workshop on security implications of climate change for India. Experts presented papers on renewable energy, climate change and foreign policy, and the role of the military in environment.

Current Projects
A Task Force on water security has been formed to revisit all internal and external facets related to water. Experts are also focused on WTO, energy, and climate change and the geopolitics of climate change.

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Why has India chosen to become a member of the International Energy Agency

April 19, 2017

Given that over 70 per cent of the world's energy consumption comes under the IEA umbrella, the association with the agency will substantially increase India’s relevance in global energy governance.

The many imponderables in sharing the Teesta waters

April 18, 2017

Unless an integrated view of Teesta basin management is adopted, the water and power needs of Sikkim and Bengal cannot be attended to in juxtaposition to the needs of Bangladesh.

The Arthasastra in a Transcultural Perspective: Comparing Kautilya with Sun-Zi, Nizam al-Mulk, Barani and Machiavelli

2017

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-938-2
Price: Rs. 995

This book is the product of a collaborative effort by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi; South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University; and Institute of South Asian Studies, National University Singapore. The volume contains papers exploring Kautilya’s Arthasastra in a transcultural perspective, comparing it with the thoughts of Sun-Zi, Nizam al-Mulk, Barani and Machiavelli.

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Trump’s Energy Plan – More Volatility for Oil Geopolitics

December 05, 2016

Although President-elect Trump has declared his intention to deregulate the fossil fuel sector in order to make America less energy import dependent, but over time, this will lead to an increase in supplies in an already over-supplied oil (and gas) market and send prices into a further downward spiral.

Riverine Neighbourhood: Hydro-politics in South Asia

2016

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-914-6
Price: Rs. 895
Rivers are the most visible form of fresh water. Rivers are ancient and older than civilizations a ‘mini cosmos’ spawning history, tales, spirituality, and technological incursions. Flowing rivers are the largest renewable water resource as well as a crucible for both humans and aquatic ecosystem.
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