Comments and Briefs

Countering the Menace of Ransomware

US has undertaken a number of initiatives on cybersecurity, specifically ransomware, one of them being the Counter-Ransomware Initiative Meeting held in October 2021. Whether this attempt by the US to mobilise a larger group of countries to discuss ransomware will lead to real outcomes, or is just meant to endorse its actions, remains to be seen.

October 22, 2021

What Beijing’s Growing Polar Silk Road Means to India?

Beijing’s intent to incorporate the polar regions within China’s greater maritime strategy, explore their resources and subsequently emerge as a polar great power is quite evident in its initiatives like the Polar Silk Road. In light of growing global ambition and resource needs, the Arctic could become another theatre of India–China competition.

October 21, 2021

Malhama Tactical: Now Jihadists for Hire

A conglomerate of elite jihadists called Malhama Tactical, a commercial enterprise driven by a for-profit agenda and not constrained by a specific ideology and defined enemies, has emerged as a serious threat as it can potentially connect and facilitate terrorist organisations worldwide.

October 14, 2021

The Curious Case of Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir

The recent statement by the former Amirs (chiefs) of Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, which was banned in 2019, seems to be a tactical move by the leadership to save the organisational structure from any kind of damage and to continue Islamisation of the society at the grassroots level.

October 14, 2021

Two Decades After 9/11: The Liberal Security Community Lies in Tatters

It may seem premature to discuss the advent of an illiberal global order, however, the numerous catalytic events of recent years and the apparent decline of American heft in shaping global norms and structures might indicate that the international system is on the cusp of a major transformation.

October 12, 2021

Understanding Indonesia’s Unease with AUKUS

Given its geo-strategic importance, Indonesia’s cooperation is crucial for success of any regional security framework in the Indo-Pacific. It is therefore important that regional powers pay attention to Indonesia’s concern over Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines under the newly constituted AUKUS, especially in view of the increasing US–China rivalry in the region.

October 11, 2021

India–Nigeria Relations

India and Nigeria have enjoyed warm, friendly and deep-rooted bilateral relations for several decades and continue to do so. Ongoing engagements on the commercial front and the cultural front, and greater connectivity and people-to-people contact will certainly help in strengthening this bilateral relationship further.

October 08, 2021

Kadhimi’s Bid to Revive Iraqi Fortunes

The Baghdad Conference is significant for a variety of reasons including Iraq’s attempt to emerge as a regional mediator and reduce tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia on the one hand, and Turkey and Egypt–UAE, on the other. However, at the core of it, the event was aimed at reviving Iraq’s economic and political fortunes.

October 05, 2021

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Talk by Prof. Efraim Inbar on "Israel’s new government and its Foreign Policy”

Chair: DG Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy
July 21, 2021

Webinar on ‘India-Nigeria: Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic Together’

Opening Remarks by DG Amb Sujan R. Chinoy and Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau Mohammed
March 30, 2021

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