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The Message from NATO at Vilnius
Jul 21, 2023

The Message from NATO at Vilnius

How did Ukraine’s presence influence the Vilnius summit? Why did Turkey lift its opposition against Sweden?

The military lessons from the Ukraine conflict
Jun 01, 2022

The military lessons from the Ukraine conflict

India should quickly adapt and learn from the gaps exposed in the Russian military during the Ukraine crisis.

The Mitrokhin Mystery-Part I
Nov 13, 2003

The Mitrokhin Mystery-Part I

By opposing 'unilateralism in international affairs' and evincing a 'common interest' in the evolution of a multipolar world based on 'cooperative security order' while in Moscow this week, Prime Minister Vajpayee has addressed issues going beyond bilateral ties and regional politics in South Asia. To the extent, Vajpayee and India have been consistently focussing on multipolarism, particularly after the US war in Afghanistan, and on Iraq.

The Myanmar crisis: Escalating humanitarian emergencies
Jun 07, 2022

The Myanmar crisis: Escalating humanitarian emergencies

International humanitarian actors have been quick and efficient to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.

The near future of international law in cyberspace: Contentions and realities
Jan 15, 2022

The near future of international law in cyberspace: Contentions and realities

International stability can be endangered if the fine points of how international law applies to cyber operations are not determined

The need for a strategy to counter China’s Human Rights violations
Mar 03, 2023

The need for a strategy to counter China’s Human Rights violations

The challenge for policymakers is to identify the means necessary to tackle the threat China poses to security while also addressing threats to human

The new cyber axis
Mar 18, 2013

The new cyber axis

Without a strong internal capability, New Delhi will be unable to influence the international debates on regulating cyberspace at the UN General Assembly and the International Telecommunications Union. Even more important is India's bilateral engagement with both the US and China on cyber security issues.

The New Face of al-Qaeda in Pakistan
Oct 08, 2004

The New Face of al-Qaeda in Pakistan

The September 26 death of Amjad Farooqi, Pakistan's most wanted terrorist, reveals the new face of terrorism taking shape in the backwoods of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Killed after a five-hour gun battle with security forces in Sindh, Pakistan, Farooqi had a bounty of Rs 20 million (436,205 USD) on his head.

The new solar system
Mar 28, 2006

The new solar system

The US National Security Strategy of March 2006 is an upgraded version of the 2002 version, which had come about after the September 11, 2001, attacks. The present one seems to be a slight rethink of its predecessor, but the essentials are the same. Introducing the new doctrine, President Bush had declared rather grimly, ¿America is at war.¿

The new US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Balancing continuity with new and evolving environment
Mar 15, 2022

The new US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Balancing continuity with new and evolving environment

The United States' Indo-Pacific strategy continues to focus on bolstering its security and counterbalancing China's influence in the Indo-Pacific regi

The nuances of Russia’s response to the Israel-Hamas War
Oct 28, 2023

The nuances of Russia’s response to the Israel-Hamas War

Given the complexity of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, Russia will most likely expand its diplomatic efforts to bring the tensions to

The nuclear factor in the India–Pakistan relationship
May 09, 2023

The nuclear factor in the India–Pakistan relationship

Pakistan’s growing weakness could alter the nuclear dynamics in the subcontinent in the coming years

The oil link: Understanding Japan’s Israel-Palestine policy
Nov 06, 2023

The oil link: Understanding Japan’s Israel-Palestine policy

The ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict demands a delicate balance from Tokyo, as it navigates its relationships in the Middle East alongside its internatio

The Omicron variant: Weighing the severity
Feb 03, 2022

The Omicron variant: Weighing the severity

Have we learnt our lessons from experiences of countries across globe in handling the Omicron variant? Is India prepared enough?

The Outer Space Treaty
Feb 24, 2021

The Outer Space Treaty

Overcoming Space Security Governance Challenges

The overlooked heartland — Recognising the strategic relevance of Central Asia in the US-China rivalry
Dec 28, 2020

The overlooked heartland — Recognising the strategic relevance of Central Asia in the US-China rivalry

The US proclaims its main goal in the region is to expand security cooperation with Central Asian states and improve their ability to respond to the c

The Pacific frontier of France
Aug 04, 2023

The Pacific frontier of France

France hopes to broaden its area of influence in the Indo-Pacific by establishing close cooperation with the Pacific Island States

The political consequences of China’s rise
Jan 05, 2018

The political consequences of China’s rise

Inordinate focus on the military threat obscures the larger political impact of China’s rise, which will have a bearing on India’s interests and e

The possibility of a Chinese base in Cambodia: Reality, rationale, and impact
Jun 29, 2022

The possibility of a Chinese base in Cambodia: Reality, rationale, and impact

If a Chinese-funded military base were to come to Cambodia, it will affect regional security in the Southeast Asian region.

The practice of urban agriculture in Indian cities
Mar 22, 2022

The practice of urban agriculture in Indian cities

Despite the limitations posed by urban farming, promoting it as a critical urban function will prove to useful in the long run.

The Quad and the wicked problem of tech standards
Jun 01, 2022

The Quad and the wicked problem of tech standards

The 5Gi case displays India’s ambition to play a significant role in the formation of the global tech regime.

The Quad Commits to Regulating Space
Oct 02, 2021

The Quad Commits to Regulating Space

Growing space security threats are proving to be a challenge for existing global governance measures, but consensus on new rules is proving difficult.

The Quad Conducts Malabar Naval Exercise
Aug 27, 2021

The Quad Conducts Malabar Naval Exercise

Australia is back for the second year in a row, underscoring the Quad’s deepening commitment to cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

The Quad is rebalancing
May 30, 2023

The Quad is rebalancing

The Pacific theatre is now an obvious area of interest to boost non-traditional activities by the Quad countries

The real anchor of the Indo-Pacific plan
Oct 21, 2020

The real anchor of the Indo-Pacific plan

India’s position made others buy into the idea and incorporate it in their security outlooks

The realignment of geopolitics after the Taliban takeover and what it means for India
Aug 18, 2021

The realignment of geopolitics after the Taliban takeover and what it means for India

The burial of another superpower in the graveyard of empires resets the regional security balance in South Asia with New Delhi being left to make some

The relevance of nuclear deterrence in a post-Cold War world
Jul 12, 2021

The relevance of nuclear deterrence in a post-Cold War world

Countries have understood the importance of nuclear deterrence and it plays an important role in designing their security strategies.

The road from Hiroshima
Jul 20, 2023

The road from Hiroshima

A new dawn emerges for the G7 and Quad alliances, in their resolute response to China's technological ascendancy and its implications for global secur

The road to an evenly distributed TechFuture should put the needs of the Global South front and centre
Oct 17, 2021

The road to an evenly distributed TechFuture should put the needs of the Global South front and centre

Countries in the Global South are keen on leveraging cyberspace for their economic development, and thus, have a considerable interest in the security

The road to peace in Kashmir: Public perception of the contentious AFSPA and PSA
Aug 16, 2018

The road to peace in Kashmir: Public perception of the contentious AFSPA and PSA

The troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir is governed by two controversial laws – the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act (AFSPA) of 1990 and its predecessor, the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA), 1978. In the past few years, state security forces have been enforcing these two laws against suspected militants and insurgents with increasing severity. This paper argues that the combined enforcement of these two laws has s

The Rohingya Crisis and its Impact on Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations
May 10, 2023

The Rohingya Crisis and its Impact on Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations

The mass exodus of the Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh in 2017 has caused ramifications in the two countries’ bilateral relations. The underlying currents between the two nations have become more apparent following two failed repatriation efforts since the exodus. The public display of dissatisfaction and blame-game have only fuelled the tensions. This brief examines how far the Rohingya issue has affected the connectivity, trade and secur

The Russia-Ukraine War: The Last Crisis to Break the UN Camel’s Back?
May 21, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine War: The Last Crisis to Break the UN Camel’s Back?

The United Nations (UN) has recently been plagued by several crises—the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taliban’s return in Afghanistan, and the Ukraine war—that have tested its ability to deliver on humanity’s projects of peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, and humanitarian response. Indeed, its actions and inactions in the Ukraine war have triggered an existential dilemma. India must use this moment of creative destruction

The Russia–Ukraine War: Ukraine’s resistance in the face of hybrid warfare
Jun 06, 2022

The Russia–Ukraine War: Ukraine’s resistance in the face of hybrid warfare

Both the Ukrainian and Russian control and command systems are under heavy cyberattacks as an intense digital war ensues within the folds of the Ukrai

The second Russia-Africa Summit: A continent at a crossroads
Aug 08, 2023

The second Russia-Africa Summit: A continent at a crossroads

Africa’s representation in the Summit can be hailed as a statement from the continent: Blind loyalty to one state is no longer the norm

The South China Sea dispute: A new flashpoint in the making?
Mar 21, 2012

The South China Sea dispute: A new flashpoint in the making?

Even though the territorial disputes in the South China Sea is nothing new, the recent confrontations among China, the Philippines, and Vietnam have sparked global concerns. It is being feared that the region is becoming a new flashpoint with serious security consequences.

The Southern African Development Community and the Mozambique insurgency
Jul 13, 2021

The Southern African Development Community and the Mozambique insurgency

The stability and security of Mozambique is a cause of international concern.

The spirit of ‘compromis à la belge’
Jan 10, 2024

The spirit of ‘compromis à la belge’

As the country that hosts the EU institutions with Brussels known as the EU’s de facto capital, Belgium has been instrumental in the EU’s evolutio

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 Status of Gorkhas in International Law
Jan 11, 2024

The Status of Gorkhas in International Law

This brief discusses the status of Gorkhas who have joined the Russian Army and the Wagner Group as civilians, combatants, and mercenaries. Would Gorkhas, who otherwise constitute part of the regular armed forces in the United Kingdom and India, enjoy the same status if they join an ongoing conflict without entering into any bilateral agreement between the states? If not, what will the Gorkhas' status be under the prevailing international law reg

The survival discourse and engagement in Afghanistan
Jun 03, 2023

The survival discourse and engagement in Afghanistan

A collective turn towards the survivability discourse vis-à-vis Afghanistan could entail a shift in the global focus from dealing with the Taliban to

The Taliban is winning the propaganda war
Jul 12, 2021

The Taliban is winning the propaganda war

The Taliban’s expanding footprint across the country conjures up a horrific image of what would happen should the Taliban continue to control and ru

The threat and opportunity of data in cyber sphere
Nov 02, 2015

The threat and opportunity of data in cyber sphere

Participants at a panel discussion on "The Changing Face of National Security Work - The Threat and Opportunity of Data" reiterated the importance of striking a balance: between civil liberties and national security, between sovereignty and international cooperation and between individual convenience and protection.