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Drones: Guidelines, regulations, and policy gaps in India
Mar 05, 2018

Drones: Guidelines, regulations, and policy gaps in India

Technology affects us in positive ways yet can also be disruptive; such is the case with Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA or more commonly known as drones). While drones are proving to be useful for military, commercial, civilian, and even humanitarian activities, their unregulated use carries serious consequences that need to be addressed. This paper examines drone operations in India and analyses the major policy gaps in the country’s evolving

Dynamics of US Force Transformation
Dec 25, 2006

Dynamics of US Force Transformation

In September 2002, the Bush administration officially introduced its national security strategy report. In response to the devastating attacks on the epicentre of America's financial and defence establishment, President Bush outlined the fundamental tenets of a strategy that was authored to contend with changes caused due to the "profound transformation" in the current security environment. President Bush proclaimed that, in order to protect Amer

East Asia’s History Wars
Jan 20, 2021

East Asia’s History Wars

This brief examines the historical dimension of the tensions between Japan and South Korea and its implications on the current breakdown in their bilateral relationship. It argues that the battle over historical memory has led to lasting animosity between the two countries, contributing to serious problems in their defence ties and creating space for China to expand its influence in the region. The brief explores why efforts to overcome the histo

East to West: India’s migrant crisis looms large during COVID-19
Apr 20, 2020

East to West: India’s migrant crisis looms large during COVID-19

While India has numerous policies for social security when it comes to education, healthcare, skilling, food security and pensions — most of these s

EDCA expansion: Implications for the US-Philippines-China triangle
Apr 05, 2023

EDCA expansion: Implications for the US-Philippines-China triangle

Under President Marcos, Manila is keen to strengthen the country’s maritime security capabilities and improve its defence network in the region

Effective Legislation Critical for Fighting Terror
Jul 24, 2023

Effective Legislation Critical for Fighting Terror

In India there has been no consistency in policies to deal with terrorism. Political consensus is missing even today. A strong, responsible political leadership, thus, is paramount to the drafting and implementation of an effective, strong and permanent counter-terrorism law.

Eight reforms to reimagine policymaking for 21st century India
May 24, 2023

Eight reforms to reimagine policymaking for 21st century India

Three poorly-designed recent policies display a yawning gap between the makers and the takers of economic policy

Emerging trends in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics: Navigating the ‘India Way’
Dec 14, 2021

Emerging trends in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics: Navigating the ‘India Way’

The growing strategic relevance of the Indo-Pacific has made India focus its efforts to align with countries on the basis of consensus and cooperation

Energy cooperation under BIMSTEC: Are techno-economic rationales sufficient?
Nov 02, 2017

Energy cooperation under BIMSTEC: Are techno-economic rationales sufficient?

Despite a compelling techno-economic rationale for BIMSTEC nations, regional cooperation in the field of energy has not moved beyond the drawing board. This brief argues that inadequate investment in regional infrastructure, and the lack of political will to invest in shared infrastructure, are the consequence of inadequate cooperation between countries in the region, and not its cause. The electricity industries of BIMSTEC countries are being gr

Energy News Monitor | Volume XIII; Issue 20
Nov 02, 2016

Energy News Monitor | Volume XIII; Issue 20

Coal Ministry reportedly opposed to NITI Aayog’s draft Energy Policy as draft policy threatens to take away CIL’s monopoly on pricing amongst other roundups

Engagement with Africa vital for India's global power ambitions
Jun 25, 2013

Engagement with Africa vital for India's global power ambitions

The importance of today's Africa for India is self-evident. India's ambitions of being a global power cannot be achieved without the support of the African continent consisting of 55 countries. Nowhere is the importance of African countries felt more than on the issue of the expansion of the UN Security Council.

Ethical and Regulatory Considerations in the Collection and Use of Biometric Data
Oct 10, 2023

Ethical and Regulatory Considerations in the Collection and Use of Biometric Data

Surveillance as a tool of governance holds more relevance today than ever before, as information technology grows by the day and collects more biometric data. Biometric data—either first-generation (static biological data) or second-generation (dynamic socio-spatial biological data)—is extracted from the biological and social aspects of individuals and used in surveillance for purposes of national security, civic responsibility, and business

Ethics of neurotechnology: The intersection of neuroscience and military applications
Sep 05, 2023

Ethics of neurotechnology: The intersection of neuroscience and military applications

Striking a balance between technological advancement and ethical considerations will be essential to safeguard human rights and global security

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Office: A Non-Starter?
Apr 22, 2004

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Office: A Non-Starter?

The immediate concerted European response in the aftermath of Madrid blasts on March 11, 2004 was the creation of the post of a Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, who would directly work under the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana. In fact, the idea of effective counter-terror coordination and intelligence sharing

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Office: A Non-Starter?
Apr 22, 2004

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Office: A Non-Starter?

The immediate concerted European response in the aftermath of Madrid blasts on March 11, 2004 was the creation of the post of a Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, who would directly work under the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana. In fact, the idea of effective counter-terror coordination and intelligence sharing

EU परिषद आणि स्वीडनचे अध्यक्षपद
Dec 28, 2022

EU परिषद आणि स्वीडनचे अध्यक्षपद

स्वीडनचे 2023 चे अध्यक्षपद हे एका गंभीर टप्प्यावर आले आहे कारण युरोपला अनेक आव्हानांचा सामना करावा लागत आहे.

EU-भारत सायबरसुरक्षा भागीदारीचा लाभ
Sep 14, 2023

EU-भारत सायबरसुरक्षा भागीदारीचा लाभ

दोन्ही भागीदारांनी परस्पर सुरक्षा आणि सहकार्य वाढवण्यासाठी विद्यमान राजनैतिक माध्यमांचा वापर केला पाहिजे.

Europe’s China dilemma
Jan 07, 2021

Europe’s China dilemma

How should liberal democracies in Europe, each with relatively small populations and split by differing conceptions of national interest, deal with th

Europe’s China Policy in Disarray
Apr 29, 2023

Europe’s China Policy in Disarray

Whether France can be a trusted partner in managing China is a question that many have asked after the fiasco of Macron’s visit.

EU’s expanding engagement in Central Asia to counter Russia and China
Jul 14, 2023

EU’s expanding engagement in Central Asia to counter Russia and China

The geopolitical and security crisis has forced the CARs and the EU to rethink their foreign policy regarding the region's sovereignty, safety, and st

Evolving contours of Delhi-Manila ties
Jun 28, 2023

Evolving contours of Delhi-Manila ties

In a region that is increasingly defined by cooperation based on like-mindedness, shared interests, and common concerns, the Philippines-India ties ar

Examining India’s Interim Defence Budget 2024-‘25
Feb 26, 2024

Examining India’s Interim Defence Budget 2024-‘25

Presenting the Interim Budget 2024-’25 on 1 February, the finance minister announced an allocation of INR 6,21,541 crore (approx. US$75 billion) for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Representing 1.9 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 13 percent of Central Government Expenditure (CGE), MoD’s new budget is an increase of 4.7 percent over the previous outlays. This brief examines the MoD’s latest budget and contextualises it in the curr

Expanding Chinese cyber-espionage threat against India
Apr 18, 2022

Expanding Chinese cyber-espionage threat against India

Adequate measures need to be adopted to strengthen India’s cyber defence as it has become increasingly susceptible to Chinese cyber attacks

Expanding horizons
Feb 13, 2018

Expanding horizons

India’s West Asia engagement must focus on strengthening its presence as an economic and security partner