IDSA ISSUE BRIEFS

In Defence of Non-alignment

The era of non-alignment provides immense insights on how visionary leadership seeking to influence international politics could develop ideational frameworks to propel the grand strategy of their choosing.

September 02, 2020

Why Fewer Indians Have Joined ISIS

Unlike other parts of the Muslim world, spanning North Africa to Southeast Asia, that have remained under the theological and cultural influence of Arabia, India has been able to develop its own versions of Islam and holds its own against West Asian influences.

August 31, 2020

Rewiring Japan’s National Security Strategy in Post-COVID Indo-Pacific

With Chinese unilateral efforts altering the maritime status quo on the one hand and lack of progress on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula on the other, Japan is revisiting its strategic options.

August 20, 2020

Estimating India’s Defence Manpower

India needs to have a public version of defence manpower database as part of its annual budgetary document. This would facilitate greater understanding and analysis of any possible manpower-related reforms in the future.

August 04, 2020

India’s Apps Ban: Preparing for Long Haul

While India’s decision to ban Chinese apps is legally tenable under both domestic IT laws and international trade rules, it is important that any ambiguity in the ban order that can be challenged at WTO is effectively addressed.

July 29, 2020

What Does Success Against COVID-19 Mean for Taiwan?

The ruling DPP Government in Taiwan is likely to further build on the gains made in domestic politics and in ‘pragmatic diplomacy’ internationally, occasioned by COVID-19, without indulging in any geopolitical exuberance.

July 20, 2020

Sri Lanka Headed for Elections: Democracy in Distress?

The growing assertion of presidential executive powers in the absence of parliament poses a critical challenge to functioning democracy in Sri Lanka.

July 17, 2020

Is Northeast Poised for Lasting Peace?

With reduced levels of violent incidents and overall death tolls, the security situation in the Northeast has indubitably improved. However, there remain areas of concern that need to be addressed in a timely and suitable manner.

July 08, 2020

Dichotomies in Pakistan’s Approach Towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

Pakistan has not allowed a genuine democratic system of governance to emerge in PoK, as it interferes with its pursuit of absolute control over the occupied territories.

June 26, 2020

Chinese Glimmer to Pakistan’s Dam Distress

China's decision to fund the controversial Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Gilgit Baltistan could be part of its strategic pursuits in the region to further deepen its engagement in India’s neighbourhood.

June 18, 2020

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