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Preserving National Security, the Xi Jinping Way
Aug 11, 2023

Preserving National Security, the Xi Jinping Way

China's assessment of its threat environment has evolved under President Xi Jinping, who underscores the imperative of bolstering traditional and non-traditional security. The Chinese Communist Party believes that inimical forces will attempt to overthrow it by penetrating the ideological sphere. Additionally, following the tumultuous presidential succession in the US in 2021, China has sought to cast doubts on the virtues of democracy, and is le

Rafale: The deal is kosher, politics over it is not. The price we are paying is national security
Mar 05, 2019

Rafale: The deal is kosher, politics over it is not. The price we are paying is national security

The political ambitions of a few could potentially derail the Indian defence purchase mechanism for a long time to come. This will delight our nation's adversaries.

State Responses to COVID19 and Implications for International Security
May 24, 2023

State Responses to COVID19 and Implications for International Security

This brief examines state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, taking the cases of India, Israel, Brazil, Hungary and the United States. It studies the language utilised by the government leaders in these countries and finds extensive war-time semantics. The brief explores the interrelationship of such rhetoric with the legitimisation of extreme measures through the construction of an issue as an “existential threat”— a process analysts call

Strategic Studies; National Security
Apr 07, 2014

Strategic Studies; National Security

The focus on the Henderson-Brooks report creates a bias in our minds that the failure of 1962 was that of the Army. Perhaps that is what the babus and politicians wanted. In fact, the real failure was of the Nehru government's China policy and the management of that policy.

The drift to a national security state
Aug 03, 2013

The drift to a national security state

Ensuring national security is an important attribute of a modern nation-state. But as the erstwhile Soviet Union realised, the threats to the state these days do not come from orthodox sources. And looking at India with its nuclear weapons and huge armies, it is even more difficult to believe that any combination of external and internal threats can actually pose an existential challenge to the nation.

The importance of geospatial data in national security
Jul 26, 2022

The importance of geospatial data in national security

Regulations of the geospatial data need to be employed in a manner that is conducive to the private sector whilst keeping the defence sector in mind.

The national security case against Aadhaar
Mar 24, 2017

The national security case against Aadhaar

Linking Aadhaar to nearly everything creates a “map of maps” that is vulnerable at multiple points.

The national security discourse is changing
Sep 10, 2021

The national security discourse is changing

Policymakers and practitioners are leading the emerging consensus on the need to fundamentally reassess assumptions

The state of surveillance in India: National security at the cost of privacy?
Feb 17, 2022

The state of surveillance in India: National security at the cost of privacy?

As India makes rapid technological advancements, should it rethink its regulatory framework governing surveillance?

Trump’s new National Security Strategy: The good, the bad and the complicated for New Delhi
Dec 21, 2017

Trump’s new National Security Strategy: The good, the bad and the complicated for New Delhi

The broad thrust of the NSS document transcends Trump and reflects a growing consensus in the American establishment that China is an adversary. As far as India is concerned, this is the good news.

Vital sea lanes of communications as a core interest for China: Inferences for India’s national security
Aug 18, 2020

Vital sea lanes of communications as a core interest for China: Inferences for India’s national security

China’s energy interests, constant pursuit for natural resources, expanding commercial interests combined with a quickly growing diaspora in the Ind

What the 2022 US National Defence Strategy reveals about the international security scenario
Nov 01, 2022

What the 2022 US National Defence Strategy reveals about the international security scenario

The US NDS has higher budgets, a focus on the threat from China, and the need for rapid development and deployment of advanced technologies

What Trump’s new National Security Strategy means for India
Dec 21, 2017

What Trump’s new National Security Strategy means for India

India, in the new report, falls squarely in the “opportunity” category, rather than in that of “threats” or even “competition” for the US.

Why India’s economic slowdown is a national security problem
Dec 06, 2019

Why India’s economic slowdown is a national security problem

The country won’t have the resources required to modernise and equip the armed forces, or the wherewithal to project power in its neighbourhood and beyond.

Why ISIS and Taliban threat to Afghanistan's national security should concern India
Jul 07, 2018

Why ISIS and Taliban threat to Afghanistan's national security should concern India

India needs to be aware of the potentially disastrous consequences for its national security.

#Tech and Quad: क्वॉड और तक़नीकी मानकों की विकट समस्या
Jun 21, 2022

#Tech and Quad: क्वॉड और तक़नीकी मानकों की विकट समस्या

5Gi का मामला वैश्विक तकनीकी व्यवस्था के निर्माण में महत्वप

A call to leadership
Jan 14, 2013

A call to leadership

The UPA government has allowed the withering away of the Prime Minister's Office as the ultimate source of authority in policy-making. The latest developments on the Indo-Pak LoC demand that the Congress party focus urgently on revamping the defence establishment and reclaiming the PMO's authority to coordinate national security policy.

A new approach to global security: Munich Security Conference meets in New Delhi
Oct 20, 2015

A new approach to global security: Munich Security Conference meets in New Delhi

The Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting is beginning in New Delhi from Tuesday. Around 70 senior decision-makers from politics, business, media and civil society from India, as well as the Euro-Atlantic, Asian and the Middle East region will discuss key issues of international security policy.

A New Framework for a Secure Digital India
May 10, 2023

A New Framework for a Secure Digital India

The rapid pace of digitalisation poses new national security risks for countries like India, a country with over 700 million internet users. The multilayered digital ecosystem comprising of infrastructure, devices and applications is complex, and security threats evolve at a breakneck pace. This makes it difficult for states to develop an effective response to individual or organisational security threats. India therefore has often had to resort

A new frontier: Space warfare
Feb 27, 2024

A new frontier: Space warfare

Recent reports about Russia's experiments with new space technology have set off alarm bells in countries worldwide

A renewal of Chinese provocations in the West Philippine Sea
Oct 04, 2023

A renewal of Chinese provocations in the West Philippine Sea

The Philippines needs to strengthen defence and economic ties with like-minded countries to halt Beijing’s growing ambition in the South China Sea

Aerospace power: IAF’s doctrinal overview
Feb 10, 2023

Aerospace power: IAF’s doctrinal overview

The newly revised doctrine seeks to overcome the past inadequacy in the wider knowledge and leveraging of air power in India’s national security and

AI Chips for China Face Additional US Restrictions
Apr 08, 2024

AI Chips for China Face Additional US Restrictions

China has criticized the latest round of new rules by saying that it will “disrupt the international semiconductor market as well as cooperation among enterprises.”

An unclaimed legacy
Jan 05, 2015

An unclaimed legacy

Former NDA prime minister Vajpayee kept the professional hawks in the national security establishment and the conservatives in his own party BJP at bay in the making of India's foreign policy. It is not clear if Narendra Modi can sustain a similar freedom of action for his government.

AQ Khan episode a lesson for Pakistan:
May 14, 2005

AQ Khan episode a lesson for Pakistan:

Pakistan trusted and gave too much independence, which was misused by AQ Khan to the detriment of Pakistan's national security and international embarrassment, says Brig. Khan....

Are election duties compromising border security?
Jan 10, 2022

Are election duties compromising border security?

The large deployment of border security forces for elections could jeopardise national security

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

ASIA'S RISE SHOULDN'T WORRY WEST, SAYS PM
Jun 27, 2007

ASIA'S RISE SHOULDN'T WORRY WEST, SAYS PM

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday (June 27) released the new ORF publication, titled The New Asian Power Dynamic, edited by Mr. Maharajakrishna Rasgotra, Adviser to ORF Chairman and convenor of National Security Advisory Board (NSAB).

Assertive (dis)unity: Assessing Macron and Von Der Leyen’s visit to China
Apr 18, 2023

Assertive (dis)unity: Assessing Macron and Von Der Leyen’s visit to China

The EU as a whole versus the EU member states’ approach towards China shows a paradox that will be hard to fix

Begging will not de-risk Brussels from Beijing
Mar 30, 2024

Begging will not de-risk Brussels from Beijing

Not narratives, not rhetoric: what the EU needs is to wake up from its strategic slumber and act on its China addiction

Behind a mysterious budget increase lies a tale of ‘Make-in-India’ critical system chips
Mar 31, 2017

Behind a mysterious budget increase lies a tale of ‘Make-in-India’ critical system chips

The National Security Council Secretariat, headed by top spy Ajit Doval, may have gotten a staggering 311% increase in funds this year to tackle issues at the intersection of cybersecurity and nuclear weapon delivery systems.

Behind Enemy Lines: Indian Special Forces Need to be Re-organised
Jan 22, 2004

Behind Enemy Lines: Indian Special Forces Need to be Re-organised

In the prevailing era of strategic uncertainty, Special Forces (SF) provide the most reliable means to a government for the application of military force to achieve national security objectives. The SF components of a nation¿s military and other security forces are force multipliers in times of both war and peace.

Beyond data: Metadata, behavioural analytics and the future of warfare
Jul 26, 2021

Beyond data: Metadata, behavioural analytics and the future of warfare

India must deliberate on and integrate the modern form of warfare while developing its national security strategy, not just in a cyber context — but

Building the resilience of India’s internal security apparatus
Nov 26, 2018

Building the resilience of India’s internal security apparatus

26 November 2018 marked a decade since 10 Pakistan-based terrorists killed over 160 people in India’s financial capital of Mumbai. The city remained under siege for days, and security forces disjointedly struggled to improvise a response. The Mumbai tragedy was not the last terrorist attack India faced; there would be many others since. After every attack, the government makes lukewarm attempts to fit episodic responses into coherent frameworks

Chasing an ‘inclusive government’ in Taliban’s Afghanistan
Jul 14, 2023

Chasing an ‘inclusive government’ in Taliban’s Afghanistan

The rush towards demanding political inclusivity from the Taliban has been downgraded to a mere talking point while realpolitik takes charge

China in Afghanistan: Security, regional standing, and status
Oct 24, 2017

China in Afghanistan: Security, regional standing, and status

With the traditional liberal order appearing agile, new questions on international security and peacemaking have come to the fore. In the current context, global players are according Afghanistan greater strategic importance. As NATO troops continue to make headway in that region into the safe havens of ISIS, and with US posturing purportedly getting more robust, China’s role in Afghanistan merits scrutiny. Even though China’s involvement, mi

China is yet to restore status quo ante on the India-China border
Feb 11, 2022

China is yet to restore status quo ante on the India-China border

The lack of accountability and consensus on key foreign policy and national security matters has set India on a back foot in its conduct of the Sino-I

China Threat and the New Japanese Defence White Paper
Aug 16, 2011

China Threat and the New Japanese Defence White Paper

Japan's recently approved Defence White Paper has pointed out discomforting Chinese maritime activities in the region, military modernisation and the opacity about China's goals as challenges to Japan's national security.

China Weekly Report | Volume VI; Issue 42
Dec 19, 2016

China Weekly Report | Volume VI; Issue 42

Little-known Party commission ‘may expand role in China’s national security and other roundups from behind the great wall

China-made electric vehicles: Geopolitics at the wheel
May 15, 2024

China-made electric vehicles: Geopolitics at the wheel

The West sees China's investments and capacities in low-carbon energy as a security threat instead of recognising its role in boosting RE’s global s