Ali Ahmed

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

Darfur and enhancing India’s peacekeeping profile

June 7, 2010

Peacekeeping is India’s forte, not only because of its military’s professionalism but also due to its political acceptability globally. India’s image as a benign rising power can be exploited and enhanced in raising its peacekeeping profile.

The message from mock battles

May 7, 2010

Even though the respective military exercise held by Pakistan and India are about handling of respective offensive reserves, the message that emerges is that their employment is best avoided.

Nuclear targeting caveats

April 21, 2010

Nuclear exchanges in accord with targeting limitation would serve as powerful nuclear signaling to the other side in case of deterrence breakdown.

Political Dimensions of Limited War

March 29, 2010

While limitation in aims set is acknowledged as the primary way of conflict limitation, the point lost sight of usually on the politico-military facet is war termination.

The military intelligence function in future war

February 26, 2010

To prevent intelligence failures there is a need to incorporate the additional and fresh areas of intelligence interest brought on by the asymmetric and nuclear dimensions of future conflict.

Nuclear Implications of the ‘Two Front’ Formulation

January 29, 2010

The nuclear ‘backdrop’ carries dangers even in a single front let alone a ‘two front’ situation, particularly since a move to rescind the NFU tenet of doctrine may be necessary.

Ongoing Revision of Indian Army Doctrine

January 6, 2010

The point of significance is that even as the Army prepares for the worst case, it would be a political-diplomatic-strategic exercise to ensure that such a scenario does not arise.

2011 and beyond: Visualising Af-Pak

December 23, 2009

Getting the hard core Taliban to concede the fight without loss of face is preferable to destroying them. The latter course is rendered risky by the linkages between the Afghan Taliban, Pakistani Taliban and Punjabi Taliban and their penetration of the Pakistani state and society.

The Army’s Subculture in the Coming Decade

December 22, 2009

The Indian Army is likely to come under assault from changes occurring within society which are predicted to speed up considerably over the coming decade.

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