The Libyan Operation and Europe’s Role in Defence and Security

Highlighting the limitations of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy, this Issue Brief argues that Europe’s role as a global actor in matters of defence and security will remain constrained in the immediate future.

December 20, 2011

South Kordofan: The Next Case for R2P?

Given the nature of violence perpetrated against innocent civilians and prolonged hostility between Sudan and South Sudan, it is imperative that the UN Security Council takes stock of the situation and acts immediately.

December 16, 2011

India’s Internal Security: The Year That Was, The Year That May Be

India’s internal security situation in 2011 was relatively better than in previous years. To ensure that 2012 also turns out to be a quiet and secure year, New Delhi not only has to consolidate the gains made in 2011 but also undertake new initiatives to address these gaps.

December 13, 2011

India-Japan-US Trilateral Dialogue: A Promising Initiative

There certainly exists some logic behind India, Japan and the US working together, and that too in a region that lacks solid security architecture.

November 22, 2011

Kim's Russia Visit: Evaluating Diplomatic Currency

It is apparent that both Russia and North Korea are seeking diplomatic currency. But so long as North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme remains an unresolved issue, Russia’s plan for a trans-Korean gas pipeline, however mutually beneficial that may be, is likely to remain unachievable.

November 09, 2011

Ukraine's Flirtation with China and Russia's Quest for a Eurasian Union

Ukraine has resisted Russian attempts to draw it into a closer political and economic embrace and has instead explored a closer association with the EU, NATO and even China. Recent developments indicate a turnaround in the Ukrainian attitude and may portend a closer relationship with Russia and the CIS states.

November 04, 2011

A Consideration of Sino-Indian Conflict

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.

October 24, 2011

The Palestinian Quest for Statehood at the United Nations: International Reactions and India's Position

President Abbas' request for full UN membership for a Palestinian State may have created new opportunities for India in West Asia. New Delhi today is relatively well-positioned to contribute to the ongoing efforts for the resumption of Israeli - Palestinian talks in the coming weeks.

October 20, 2011

Yemen’s Turbulent Spring: Imminent Change amidst Continuing Conflict

Yemen is stuck in a paradoxical and ambiguous situation. While it is widely believed that regime change is necessary, in the absence of reliable alternate leadership, the risk of chaos and instability looms large.

October 18, 2011

India-Bhutan Power Cooperation: Between Policy Overtures and Local Debates

With hydel cooperation emerging as an important pillar in India-Bhutan relationship, this Issue Brief examines the challenges and opportunities in this sector in the years to come.

October 07, 2011