Corruption in Administration: Evaluating the Kautilyan Antecedents

The significance of Arthasastra for the issue of corruption in contemporary times lies in Kautilya’s realisation that corruption in government is inevitable but can be combated through a set of strict measures

October 12, 2012

Indian Army: Internal Challenges In Capability Building And Retention

The Army, being the largest service and fielding the largest array of equipment, needs to improve its own processes by carrying out an internal analysis and taking effective steps to speed up the procurement process.

October 11, 2012

India’s Disarmament Myths and Political Realities*

There is a need to debate both the necessity and desirability of nuclear disarmament without being burdened by India’s idealistic aspirations and unfounded assumptions about the heft that this premature superpower carries in international politics.

October 10, 2012

What the Chinese White Paper Says on Diao Yu Dao? An Opportunity to Revisit the Issue

This Issue Brief presents the historical and legal debate surrounding the dispute and in the process underscores the inconsistencies and weaknesses in the Chinese claims.

October 10, 2012

The Iranian Nuclear Imbroglio and the NAM Summit

Though the NAM Summit was an important occasion for Iran to showcase its diplomatic acceptability, its impact on the future contours of the Iranian nuclear imbroglio will likely be minimal.

September 19, 2012

Are the Armed Forces Game for 3PL?

3PL support has not become integral to the defence forces’ administrative functions yet. Considering the funds that can be saved, manpower that can be freed to train for operational readiness, the adept, proficient and skilful resources that can be used to upgrade its standards and capabilities, the armed forces should not to drag their feet in this important issue.

September 17, 2012

Arab Spring and the Non-Arabs of West Asia

Iran, Israel and Turkey have adopted a two pronged approach to deal with the Arab Spring: avoid the negative consequences of the uprisings while at the same time deriving mileage to further their interests in an uncertain neighbourhood.

September 07, 2012

China’s Defence Minister in India: Raising Military Relations to the Next Level?

General Liang’s visit could see the emergence of a fresh agenda in military cooperation, one which can set the course for a more meaningful and positive interaction between the two militaries in the future.

September 04, 2012

The Arrest of Abu Jundal: An Assessment and Recommendations

The arrest of Abu Jundal yet again proves to the world community that it is not merely groups like LeT that need to be dealt with expeditiously, but also Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorist groups which it regards as ‘strategic assets’ and the terror infrastructure that has taken roots in its territory.

July 20, 2012

The Rupee Crunch and India- Bhutan Economic Engagement*

While loans, grants and lines of credit offer a solution to deal with immediate crises, it is important to gauge the long-term impact of such Indian policies on India-Bhutan relations.

July 16, 2012