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Taliban 2.0: Stronger or Moving Towards Fragmentation?
International Affairs | Terrorism Sep 07, 2023

Taliban 2.0: Stronger or Moving Towards Fragmentation?

Two years after the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, the debates around whether the group remains intact or has become divided have surfaced once again. In the immediate aftermath of the fall of Kabul in August 2021, there were speculations that the country could ...

The 20th Party Congress and China’s New Roadmap
International Affairs | Artificial Intelligence Aug 28, 2023

The 20th Party Congress and China’s New Roadmap

The 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in October 2022 and the subsequent leadership reshuffle gave a new mandate to a ruling elite that will sit at the helm till 2027. It happened at a time when the CPC is facing ...

Post-Election Challenges for the New Government in Kabul
International Affairs | Neighbourhood Aug 23, 2023

Post-Election Challenges for the New Government in Kabul

This issue brief explores the prospects and problems for the new government in Afghanistan with respect to: the two new leaders and their respective positions; the Taliban; and the regional countries China, India, Iran and Pakistan. ...

Six Years after Mumbai: The LeT Threat
International Affairs | Defence and Security | Terrorism | Media and Internet | Cyber Security | Internal Security Aug 23, 2023

Six Years after Mumbai: The LeT Threat

This issue brief examines what is little known about the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) to underline the threat it continues to pose to India and the world six years after the Mumbai attacks. ...

Army Aviation: Does the Army Needs it own Air Force?
Defence and Security | Indian Defence Aug 23, 2023

Army Aviation: Does the Army Needs it own Air Force?

The National Security Initiative of the Observer Research Foundation held a workshop to examine the relevance of the Army Aviation Corps. This report details the outcome of a discussion amongst prominent defence personnel. ...

India and Saudi Arabia: The Scope for Greater Security Cooperation
International Affairs | Defence and Security | Indian Defence Aug 23, 2023

India and Saudi Arabia: The Scope for Greater Security Cooperation

Saudi Arabia and India recently signed a defence cooperation agreement, signalling a shift in ties. This issue brief looks at the importance of Indo-Saudi relations from a geopolitical perspective, outlines the trajectory of their bilateral defence partnership, and emphasises the symbiotic nature of their relations ...

The Afghanistan Factor in India’s Approach to Central Asia
International Affairs | Neighbourhood | Indian Foreign Policy | Economics and Finance Aug 23, 2023

The Afghanistan Factor in India’s Approach to Central Asia

This issue brief examines how Afghanistan facilitates India's objectives vis-a-vis Central Asia and explores how engagement with Central Asia, in turn, could play a major role in furthering India's interests in Afghanistan. ...

Lebanon: Caught in the Regional Crossfire
International Affairs Aug 23, 2023

Lebanon: Caught in the Regional Crossfire

Lebanon, the smallest nation in continental Asia, is also one of the most populous. A relatively stable, secure and democratic state, its geographical location and the growing regional crisis are leading to pressing internal and external threats that Beirut must face. This issue brief examines ...

The Lingering Financial Crisis in the European Union
International Affairs | Economics and Finance Aug 23, 2023

The Lingering Financial Crisis in the European Union

The economic and social problems of the European Union (EU) have not been fully resolved since the euro zone crisis. This issue brief walks the reader through the genesis of the crisis, the reforms and the bailout packages implemented; discusses the adverse consequences of austerity ...

Nuclear Security: India and the NTI Ranking
Defence and Security | Nuclear Security Aug 23, 2023

Nuclear Security: India and the NTI Ranking

In light of the 2014 NTI Index which ranks India 23rd out of 25 countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials, this issue brief highlights problem areas in the Index and proposes suggestions for improving the Indian nuclear security regime. ...

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