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  • S. Samuel C. Rajiv

    Associate Fellow
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    Dr S Samuel C Rajiv is Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. Prior to joining MP-IDSA in November 2006, Rajiv worked at the publication India’s National Security Annual Review (from 2002-2005) and was a Visiting Scholar at the BESA Centre for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel (October 2005-September 2006). Rajiv has published on issues related to India’s foreign and security policies in Strategic AnalysisForeign PolicyBusiness StandardThe Jerusalem Post, among other publications. He co-edited the July 2017 Special Issue of Strategic Analysis on ‘India-Israel Relations at 25’, which was subsequently re-published as India-Israel: The Making of a Strategic Partnership (Routledge, 2020). Rajiv is a recipient of the President MP-IDSA’s Award for Excellence for Young Scholars in 2013, 2014 and 2017, for the best peer-reviewed articles published in Strategic Analysis. From August 2016-April 2020, Rajiv was a member of the MP-IDSA Website editorial team and was Editor (In-Charge) from December 2020-May 2021. His current fellowship project is on ‘India-Israel Strategic Engagement: Issues and Challenges’. He earned his PhD degree from the School of International Studies (SIS), JNU, in 2021.

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    • In the Union Budget 2023–24, the estimated allocations for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are Rs 5,93,537.64 crores, an increase of 13 per cent over BE 2022–23 (Rs 5,25,166.15 crores).

      February 17, 2023
      Issue Brief
    • Dassault and Boeing have been aggressively pitching their excellent products to fulfil India’s naval fighter aircraft requirements.

      January 04, 2023
      IDSA Comments
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      India and Israel marked three decades of the establishment of full diplomatic ties in January 2022. In the aftermath of the historic visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July 2017, India-Israel relations have acquired a new momentum and strategic depth.

      Defence and security cooperation have been the mainstays of the partnership. The study notes that India is taking a series of measures to enhance domestic procurement and defence indigenization. Going forward, strategic partners like Israel will be expected to continue to work more closely with the domestic defence industry to fulfil the critical requirements of India’s armed forces.

      On reginal security issues like the Iranian nuclear contentions, India has adopted positions largely in opposition to the preferred Israeli policy preferences. India has, however, consistently held that it is opposed to the possibility of a nuclear Iran, given the negative repercussions for regional security and stability, as well as due to the Iran-Pakistan proliferation linkages.

      India’s Palestine policy, meanwhile, will continue to be guided by its core principles on the issue, even as the possibility of an independent Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel, looks difficult to materialize in the near to mid-terms. This is even as the schisms within the Palestinian national movement look set to expand in the post-Mahmoud Abbas era.

      The book brings to attention the dynamic path India-Israel relations have traversed in the past three decades, encompassing areas of defence and security and high-technology cooperation. New vistas of engagement are being pursued by both countries, bilaterally as well as with other countries. The first I2U2 Summit meeting held between the leaders of India, Israel, the UAE and the US in July 2022 emphasized the geo-economic focus of the unique mini-lateral group. An India-Israel enhanced strategic partnership is a win-win proposition, bilaterally and across regions.

      • ISBN: 978-93-90095-70-4 ,
      • Price: ₹ 995
      • E-copy available
    • The Lebanon–Israel maritime boundary agreement promotes the rule of international law and regional economic cooperation.

      November 11, 2022
      Issue Brief
    • US and EU sanctions against key Russian arms producing firms, design bureaus and export organisations have had significant implications for Russian arms importing nations.

      July 25, 2022
      Issue Brief
    • Defence and security cooperation have been the mainstays of the India-Israel strategic engagement. The Monograph places in perspective these aspects of the relationship, three decades into the establishment of full diplomatic ties. The study notes that India is taking a series of measures to enhance domestic procurement and defence indigenization.

    • The Srijan defence indigenisation portal is a limited but concrete example of the implications of India’s defence indigenisation efforts for key strategic partners like Israel.

      February 04, 2022
      Issue Brief
    • India’s defence eco-system is indeed becoming more dynamic as it strives to achieve the tough defence exports targets.

      March 31, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, S. Samuel C. Rajiv's review of ‘Israel's Mediterranean Gas: Domestic Governance, Economic Impact and Strategic Implications’, (Routledge, 2019) has been published in International Studies, Vol. 57, No. 4, 2020, pp. 409-412.

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      December 14, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE, two of India’s critical strategic partners, is indeed a welcome development.

      August 18, 2020
      IDSA Comments