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  • Israel–Hamas War 2023: Beyond IDF’s Military Operations Lie Israel’s Intractable Challenges

    While Israel is determined to destroy Hamas, terrorist groups are known to survive the loss of their leaders and members.

    December 01, 2023

    Russo-Japanese War: An Examination of Limited War Strategy

    The Russo-Japanese War was fought well over a hundred years ago and symbolised the rise of Japan, as it defeated Russia by executing a near-perfect limited war strategy. Japan incisively defined limited political objectives and calibrated its war strategy accordingly.

    July-September 2020

    Pankaj asked: What is the difference between 'nature of war' and 'character of war'?

    S. Kalyanaraman replies: The nature of war (war in general) is violence. The character of a war or a category of wars is determined by how that violence is applied by the parties to the conflict in question.

    The Battle of Imphal: March–July 1944

    The year 2014 is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal. To mark the occasion, this article looks at who fought it; how and where the fighting unfolded in Manipur; how it was a battle fought in the air as well; and the link with the INA and the Chindits. It also notes the many reminders of the Second World War in Manipur today and concludes with a brief overview of the state’s overall experience of the war. The article aims, in effect, to introduce the reader to the Battle of Imphal, an extraordinary event in India’s history that has received little to no attention till date.

    July 2014

    Operational Lessons of the Wars of 21st Century

    Operational Lessons of the Wars of 21st Century

    Military capabilities matter. Countries and regions where wars have taken place have one important attribute- battle and operational experience. The monograph examines 21st century wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Georgia and Libya. New trend of cyber war is also included. Key highlights have been extracted and distilled into lessons to be learnt.