Deliberating the Space Code of Conduct

Ajey Lele argues that, in its present avatar, the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities is not capable of realizing its stated aim fully because it lacks an accountability mechanism.

June 29, 2012

India struggling to cope with sanctions on Iran

The Indian government is now weighing several options to manoeuvre around the ever-tightening sanctions, including the provision of sovereign guarantees to oil tanker operators.

June 26, 2012

Transformation of the Indian Air Force over the Next Decade

The ongoing transformation involving the induction of advanced weapon and combat support systems is aimed at developing the IAF’s capabilities to deliver what is required of it.

June 13, 2012

Opening the NATO Supply Route: Does Pakistan have any Option?

Unless Pakistan opens the NATO supply route, it is very unlikely that the US will transfer any coalition support funds, thus creating serious trouble for the aid-dependent Pakistani economy.

June 06, 2012

Abrogating the Inimical Discreteness of Af-Pak-In

The question of Pakistan’s disintegrating domestic realm and the ramifications of this on national security calculi has not been factored in the post-withdrawal phase as the probability of military responsibilities to be undertaken by regional actors, including India, becomes real.

June 06, 2012

An Assessment of Manmohan Singh’s Visit to Myanmar

Political change in Myanmar is palpable and a sensitive and proactive approach is required to prevent the initiative slipping from India’s hands.

June 01, 2012

Libya And R2P: A Year After UNSCR 1973

The resolution was responsible for sparking off debates in the UN General Assembly and the Security Council which, in turn, has led to the emergence of viable alternatives to military intervention or the use of force.

May 23, 2012

Sectarian Strife in Gilgit Baltistan

The spate of killings has unleashed fear and uncertainty among the people and there is an open outcry about the government’s inaction and inability to control the situation.

May 21, 2012

China’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves: A Reality Check

While maintaining a reserve of 100 days worth of imported petroleum consumption at present consumption rates may be the stated policy of the Chinese government, an analysis of the existing capacities seems to suggest that China may be in a position to store much larger strategic oil reserves should it so desire.

May 21, 2012

Precision Weapons in Aerial Warfare

Precision in aerial warfare, which initially lay in the individual skills of combatants, has shifted to machines through the incorporation of advanced technology.

May 08, 2012