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The State of India’s Public Sector Defence Industry
Oct 26, 2023

The State of India’s Public Sector Defence Industry

India’s large defence industrial base has historically been dominated by public sector entities, although they have failed in meeting the growing requirements of the armed forces. The public sector suffers from inefficiency in productivity, innovation and international sales, rendering New Delhi highly dependent on arms imports. The government is taking steps to reform the public sector, even as it accords greater importance to the private sect

The strategic logic of Modi’s Indonesia visit
Jun 08, 2018

The strategic logic of Modi’s Indonesia visit

The trip reinforced both the growing strategic alignment between New Delhi and Jakarta as well as its limits.

The trouble with India's Indian ocean diplomacy
Jun 27, 2018

The trouble with India's Indian ocean diplomacy

New Delhi’s record on this score is more mixed than some of the headlines seem to suggest.

The Turkish interjection in Indo-US relations
Apr 10, 2019

The Turkish interjection in Indo-US relations

New Delhi must guard its interests as Washington attempts to rein in Ankara

The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test
Sep 30, 2021

The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test

Washington and New Delhi must overcome some key differences for the group to succeed.

The upgrading of India's forces is still a long way off
Apr 27, 2015

The upgrading of India's forces is still a long way off

Speaking recently in New Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the Government was committed to modernise the armed forces, but "that there is a need to exercise financial prudence and optimise all available resources".

The US-Iran Standoff and India
Feb 04, 2012

The US-Iran Standoff and India

While India would be hoping that the reported secret talks between the US and Iran succeeds, avoiding a conflict, New Delhi could take a leaf out of the Chinese and Japanese strategy of reducing its exposure to Iranian oil in return for a waiver from US sanctions.

The war in Ukraine and its economic fallout
Mar 24, 2022

The war in Ukraine and its economic fallout

New Delhi’s decision to import oil from Moscow has disappointed the US and UK, but urging us not to do so as that would help the Russian economy is blatant hypocrisy.

The WTO Crisis: Exploring Interim Solutions for India’s Trade Disputes
Sep 22, 2020

The WTO Crisis: Exploring Interim Solutions for India’s Trade Disputes

The ‘crown jewel’ of the World Trade Organization (WTO) — the dispute resolution mechanism — is facing a crisis. The US obstruction to new appointments in the WTO’s Appellate Body (AB) has frozen the appeals process and brought the mechanism to a halt. Until such crisis is resolved, New Delhi will need to explore other means for resolving its current and future trade disputes. This paper outlines interim solutions that India can emplo

There is a change in US attitude to South Asia. India should leverage the moment
Oct 14, 2021

There is a change in US attitude to South Asia. India should leverage the moment

This is a transformative period in the US-India relationship. New Delhi should be more self-confident in its ability to shape the trajectory of this engagement

Things are looking up for Indo-China ties
Apr 16, 2013

Things are looking up for Indo-China ties

India need not bite the bait, it can use the space created for pushing its own agenda with China which includes resolving our border dispute, getting the Pakistani monkey off our backs and getting better terms of trade from the Chinese. China is unlikely to yield anything easily, but if the emerging Indo-Pacific geopolitics provides an opportunity, New Delhi would be foolish to look the other way.

Three years of India-Pakistan border ceasefire: Stable and unsteady
Mar 19, 2024

Three years of India-Pakistan border ceasefire: Stable and unsteady

New Delhi is aware that Pakistan’s military establishment will continue its proxy war, nonetheless, it favours a ceasefire for as long as possible w

Throwing down the gauntlet: Balakot Air Strikes
Feb 27, 2019

Throwing down the gauntlet: Balakot Air Strikes

The IAF's strikes on the terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti in Pakistan mark a fundamental shift in New Delhi’s approach to its security.

Treading a Pragmatic Path: Russia in Afghanistan After August 2021
Nov 09, 2023

Treading a Pragmatic Path: Russia in Afghanistan After August 2021

After the United States and its allies left Afghanistan in 2021, analysts expected Russia to fill the vacuum caused by the withdrawal. As far as Moscow itself is concerned, it would like to establish full diplomatic ties with the Taliban regime while it urges Western countries to take accountability and fulfil their responsibilities towards the Afghan people. Indeed, Russia’s desire for security and regional hegemony compels it to selectively e

Understanding India’s response to the Syrian civil war
Oct 13, 2017

Understanding India’s response to the Syrian civil war

The popular uprising against the Assad regime in 2011, which gradually evolved into a civil conflict, has been one of contemporary history’s greatest tragedies. The conflict has claimed more than 400,000 lives; over six million Syrians have been internally displaced. India has not joined the call for an end to the Assad-led Baath Party rule over Syria. While this position may not hold much weight on its own, it strengthens with the consolidated

Understanding the Emerging Contours of Power and Hegemony
Mar 15, 2011

Understanding the Emerging Contours of Power and Hegemony

Observer Research Foundation and the Experimental Creativity Centre (ECC), Moscow, completed the second leg of their collaborative research project on the theme "Understanding the Emerging Contours of Power and Hegemony - Contemporary Geo-political Narratives" in New Delhi on March 15-16, 2010.

Understanding the US-India contention over ICT imports duty & concerns over China’s increasing market share
Dec 13, 2019

Understanding the US-India contention over ICT imports duty & concerns over China’s increasing market share

With its emphasis on decreasing India’s ICT import duties across the board, the US is in a way batting with China against India, not realising that

Unequal Accommodation: A National Stockholm Syndrome?
Apr 19, 2005

Unequal Accommodation: A National Stockholm Syndrome?

Both India and Pakistan would have reasons to be satisfied with the joint statement issued at the end of President General Pervez Musharraf's visit to New Delhi from April 16 to 18, 2005, for talks with our Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh.

US Congress hearing on Kashmir: India falls prey to American political polarisation
Oct 25, 2019

US Congress hearing on Kashmir: India falls prey to American political polarisation

As bipartisanship on US foreign policy fractures, New Delhi risks becoming a partisan sticking point.

US cotton ban against Xinjiang-based XPCC has strategic value for India
Dec 10, 2020

US cotton ban against Xinjiang-based XPCC has strategic value for India

New Delhi must use the opportunity to strengthen its partnership with the US, which in recent years, has made rapid progress.

US elections: Why India is nonchalant
Nov 09, 2016

US elections: Why India is nonchalant

New Delhi needs the incoming US administration to address the threat of Pakistan based terror in the aftermath of the US election result

US export of Mahanian thought and India’s alignments in the Indian Ocean
Dec 09, 2019

US export of Mahanian thought and India’s alignments in the Indian Ocean

Seeking to share the burden in the Indian Ocean, Washington is eager for New Delhi to assume the role of a regional goods provider

US' recent decisions to cloud Pompeo’s visit to India
Jun 14, 2019

US' recent decisions to cloud Pompeo’s visit to India

Washington is seeking to share onus with New Delhi on continuing the cultivation of strategic ties.

US, India and the new lack of strategic trust
Jun 25, 2013

US, India and the new lack of strategic trust

It is a reality today that the US-India relationship is on a somewhat arid plateau. It is unable to meet the expectations placed on it and the reason for that is the increasing lack of what can be called "strategic trust" between New Delhi and Washington.

US-India defence ties ‘socialising’ India into the Indo-Pacific calculus
Aug 29, 2019

US-India defence ties ‘socialising’ India into the Indo-Pacific calculus

Washington is seeking an active New Delhi by raising the tempo of US-India defence trade and interoperability agreements.

US-India Strategic Dialogue: "Sky's No Limit" for Space
Jul 18, 2011

US-India Strategic Dialogue: "Sky's No Limit" for Space

With the nuclear deal over, New Delhi and Washington need another big idea to power the bilateral relationship over the next several years. Space cooperation has the potential for being that next big idea.

US-Iran conflict won’t leave India unscathed
Jan 07, 2020

US-Iran conflict won’t leave India unscathed

India has significant interests in the Persian Gulf region, but it appears to have dealt itself out of the game by tamely skewing its Middle East policy in favour of the informal US-Saudi Arabia-Israel coalition. Iran was given short shrift as New Delhi went along with Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy on Iran. New Delhi’s motives may have been practical.

US-like Operation not advisable for India
May 07, 2011

US-like Operation not advisable for India

B. Raman, former head of the counter-terrorism division of India's external intelligence agency, suggested that India should continue the peace process with Pakistan and should not get involved in this matter involving the US and Pakistan. He said New Delhi should not pressure Islamabad further in Pakistan's hour of 'humiliation'.

Vietnam ropes in stakeholders to  counter China territorial dispute
Jan 24, 2014

Vietnam ropes in stakeholders to counter China territorial dispute

Hanoi's decision in granting oil blocks to New Delhi could make China uneasy as Chinese foreign policy, especially towards the South China Sea and the East China Sea, has undergone a major shift in the last few years.

Vostok-22: Challenges of Diplomatic Promiscuity
Sep 04, 2022

Vostok-22: Challenges of Diplomatic Promiscuity

But New Delhi's decision to send a contingent of the Indian Army for the September 1-7 Vostok 2022 military drill in Russia's far east has raised eyebrows, particularly in the West that is trying to isolate Moscow after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is a major exercise involving more than 50,000 troops and 5,000 weapons units, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships, with the participation of troops from China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicar

Walking the SCO tightrope
Jun 13, 2023

Walking the SCO tightrope

For steady growth in the face of fragile geopolitical contestations, New Delhi needs access to different platforms to pursue interests in multiple geographies

Water supply in Delhi: Five key issues
Jun 08, 2020

Water supply in Delhi: Five key issues

Massive populations in many parts of the world, including in India, continue to grapple with lack of access to clean and safe water. This paper studies the case of Delhi. It describes the conditions under which water is produced and supplied to domestic consumers in Delhi and explains the capacity of the water and sewerage agency to discharge its duties. The analysis finds challenges in five aspects related to water supply in Delhi: quantity; qua

We are all Sinologists now
Jun 10, 2020

We are all Sinologists now

Effective public policy needs sound public debates. If New Delhi is to have a serious China strategy, it must be predicated upon how best India can al

We aren't in midst of a new Cold War
Jun 21, 2017

We aren't in midst of a new Cold War

The text of the speech delivered by ICWA Director General, Nalin Surie, at the 2nd India Think Tank Forum in New Delhi.

West Asia as a laboratory of minilaterals for India and the US
May 12, 2023

West Asia as a laboratory of minilaterals for India and the US

From New Delhi’s perspective, these minilaterals in the Middle East offer wider geopolitical and geoeconomic connections with critical partners

West Asia's changing contours
Nov 26, 2013

West Asia's changing contours

The US interest in West Asia is declining as domestic economic and political uncertainties make it look more and more inwards. The shale oil and gas boom is transforming energy markets with the US likely to emerge as the world's biggest combined oil and gas producer this year. These trends are reshaping the regional order in West Asia and New Delhi will have to respond pro-actively to preserve and enhance its own interests in a strategically crit

What Delhi must say, what Dhaka needs to hear
Aug 19, 2013

What Delhi must say, what Dhaka needs to hear

As UPA 2 enters the last lap of its tenure, it is not just the Indian economy that is unravelling. New Delhi's loss of purpose and direction in the last few years has had an equally damaging impact on the diplomatic front.

What did Moon's India visit achieve?
Jul 18, 2018

What did Moon's India visit achieve?

A closer look at what the recent trip meant for bilateral ties between Seoul and New Delhi.

What do Sri Lanka’s protests mean for India?
Jul 12, 2022

What do Sri Lanka’s protests mean for India?

New Delhi is concerned about the political scenario panning out in Sri Lanka but has chosen to not interfere in their domestic issue.

What does India’s new Australia Group admission mean for its old NSG bid?
Feb 09, 2018

What does India’s new Australia Group admission mean for its old NSG bid?

If India is not celebrating too much, it is because India has not been able to get membership in the group that New Delhi covets most — the NSG.

What does India’s satellite trouble mean for its space ambitions?
Apr 05, 2018

What does India’s satellite trouble mean for its space ambitions?

Reported problems with a new communications satellite have once again placed New Delhi’s space capabilities under scrutiny.

What does Sri Lanka moving closer to China mean for India?
Oct 14, 2020

What does Sri Lanka moving closer to China mean for India?

Given the trajectory of the China relations — Sri Lanka’s ‘India First’ policy will obviously be confined to bilateral security issues and New

What does the new 2+2 Dialogue mean for the India-Japan relationship?
Jun 10, 2019

What does the new 2+2 Dialogue mean for the India-Japan relationship?

One of the primary objectives for both New Delhi and Tokyo is to prevent the rise of a unipolar Asia dominated by one single hegemonic power. It is this political objective that has been driving the relationship.

What does Trump’s Iran deal withdrawal mean for India’s security?
May 14, 2018

What does Trump’s Iran deal withdrawal mean for India’s security?

Though the decision itself may not have been surprising, the consequences could be serious for New Delhi’s security.

What does Xi’s Myanmar visit mean for India’s China anxieties?
Jan 24, 2020

What does Xi’s Myanmar visit mean for India’s China anxieties?

The trip produced a mixed outlook for New Delhi’s perceptions of Beijing’s inroads in the wider Indo-Pacific.

What India can do for its neighbours?
Aug 16, 2012

What India can do for its neighbours?

Indian presence is already being felt across the South Asian region, more than in the past. The situation is still evolving. The question is: Should India allow things to continue taking the evolutionary route or jack-boot its way, which is neither des irable, nor workable - and hence unthinkable for New Delhi too!

What Putins visit means for India-Russia ties
Dec 02, 2021

What Putins visit means for India-Russia ties

The Russian president, who will be in New Delhi on December 6, is not just coming to maintain the ‘special, privileged strategic partnership’, but to also deepen bilateral relations

What the Marshall plan can teach India about China-Pakistan economic corridor
Jan 10, 2017

What the Marshall plan can teach India about China-Pakistan economic corridor

The CPEC may be a bilateral endeavour, but New Delhi cannot ignore its spillover effects on regional governance and regime creation in South Asia