Ali Ahmed

Ali Ahmed was Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

Elevate Human Rights as the Core Organising Principle in Counter Insurgency

November 14, 2011

The Indian Army’s Doctrine for Sub Conventional Operations does an admirable job in balancing human rights protection with operational demands. However, there is a degree of dissonance in the approach to human rights brought about by the perspective that protecting human rights is a means to an end.

A Consideration of Sino-Indian Conflict

October 24, 2011

There is considerable interest in a possible conflict with China. However, little discussion exists in the open domain on conflict possibilities. This Brief attempts to fill this gap by dilating upon conflict scenarios along the spectrum of conflict. It brings out the need for limitation to conflict and the necessity for a grand strategic approach towards China as against a military driven one.

Tit for Tat: A Nuclear Retaliation Alternative

October 3, 2011

Since the infliction of unacceptable damage may not deter Pakistan from breaking the nuclear taboo, a ‘tit for tat’ strategy in case of lower order nuclear use is worth considering.

What Does Pakistan Hope to Achieve with Nasr?

August 17, 2011

The commentary addresses the pros and cons of Pakistan’s development of Nasr and concludes that it can be neutralised by India through innovative measures.

Afghanistan: An idea anticipating peace

June 6, 2011

In a positive movement, ISAF’s peace enforcement operation over time will have to shift to peacekeeping. Thinking through the idea of UN-SAARC hybrid peacekeeping mission now could help catalyse the peace process eventually.

Reconciling AFSPA with the Legal Spheres

April 2011

The present paper analyses and examines the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in respect of legal aspects.

Pakistan’s ‘First Use’ in Perspective

May 12, 2011

The article fleshes out Pakistani first use options for an informed discussion on the implied nuclear threat that Pakistan sometimes resorts to.

Towards a Proactive Military Strategy: 'Cold Start and Stop'

May 2011

The article reviews the Cold Start doctrine in light of the limited war doctrine. It argues that the launch of strike corps entails a risk prone war expansion.

Making Sense of ‘Nasr’

April 24, 2011

In rethinking Cold Start as a default option and working towards proactive ‘contingency’ options, India is a step ahead in doctrinal shadow boxing.

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