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The time to counter Trojan horses
Dec 30, 2014

The time to counter Trojan horses

The Mehdi Masroor Biswas case has exposed our intelligence preparedness to fight cyber terrorism. Our intelligence agencies were not able to identify the owner of @shamiwitness Twitter account because of a spoofed IP address. Laughable, if it were not a matter of national security.

The Trans -Atlantic Defence Dilemma
Dec 11, 2003

The Trans -Atlantic Defence Dilemma

More than ever before, the United States needs the continued support of the European Union (EU) in defence and security matters, especially in the war against terrorism. A draft security strategy prepared in June 2003 by Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Security and Foreign Policy (CFSP) delineated the threats to security in Europe; international terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and failed states.

The UK Shifts to the Indo-Pacific: An Opportunity for India-UK Ties
Feb 15, 2021

The UK Shifts to the Indo-Pacific: An Opportunity for India-UK Ties

When the United Kingdom (UK) releases the highly anticipated integrated review of its foreign, defence, security and development policy in March, it will mark the first formal iteration of the UK’s Indo-Pacific strategy. This brief explores the dynamics that are driving the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific. It identifies three key drivers that are prompting the shift: a reappraisal of China, the economic fallout of Brexit, and the UK’s close t

The Ukraine conundrum
Feb 10, 2022

The Ukraine conundrum

The ongoing tussle is germane to the geopolitical mapping of future Europe

The Ukraine crisis: Exposing the hollow promises
Mar 02, 2022

The Ukraine crisis: Exposing the hollow promises

The Ukraine crisis effectively exposes the absence of a strong pushback against revisionist states by the international community

The UPA seems determined to ignore vital defence reforms
Nov 26, 2013

The UPA seems determined to ignore vital defence reforms

In 2011, the government set up a task force to examine the processes and procedures related to national security in India and come up with recommendations to fix the problems and plug any gaps that emerged. The panel, chaired by former Cabinet Secretary Naresh Chandra, submitted its report to the Prime Minister. Now the bureaucratic grapevine suggests that the report may soon meet the fate of other similar endeavours: getting shelved.

The US has no feasible strategy to protect its diplomats in Afghanistan
Aug 02, 2021

The US has no feasible strategy to protect its diplomats in Afghanistan

To be sure, America cannot abruptly sever all diplomatic and humanitarian engagement, owing to the grave socio-economic and security consequences it w

The US-China Cyber-Agreement: Implications for India
Sep 13, 2023

The US-China Cyber-Agreement: Implications for India

This essay considers the implications of the new cyber-security agreement betweenChina and the United States in terms of the evolution of an international legal regime governingthe use of cyberspace. This agreement lays down the foundations for norm emergence in thearena, which could also carry implications for India by shaping the country's response andcarving its path towards becoming a crucial international stakeholder in the cyberspace regime

The US-China Tech Competition Takes Centre Stage
Aug 19, 2023

The US-China Tech Competition Takes Centre Stage

The US slipped from producing nearly 40% of the world's chips to just over 10% in the last three decades. By allocating $53 billion towards the enhancement of US semiconductor manufacturing, R&D and the augmentation of its skilled workforce in the domain, the Act sought to change China's comparative advantage

The war against fossil fuel subsidies: Is victory in sight?
Jul 27, 2023

The war against fossil fuel subsidies: Is victory in sight?

The primary reason behind the difficulty in phasing out subsidies arises from the fact that energy subsidies are deeply rooted in the political econom

The ‘useful idiots’ in Western academia are really ‘conscious conspirators’ serving China
Jul 18, 2023

The ‘useful idiots’ in Western academia are really ‘conscious conspirators’ serving China

The UK is waking up to the threat to its national security by the Chinese Communist Party

There is an absence of a strategic mindset: Ex-NSA
Nov 18, 2015

There is an absence of a strategic mindset: Ex-NSA

India's former National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan thinks that challenges posed by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor were far greater, as it directly impinged on India's sovereignty and security. He feels that this is a far graver issue than the India-China border dispute.

Thoughts for Japan's New Defence Plan
Sep 23, 2010

Thoughts for Japan's New Defence Plan

The security problem of Japan is something of a Gordian Knot. A feeling is spreading among Japanese that they have seen the American forces on their land for too long, for sixty-five years continuously, and the people are fed up with them.

Threats to the Environment in the Indo-Pacific: Strategic Implications
Mar 11, 2022

Threats to the Environment in the Indo-Pacific: Strategic Implications

The Indo-Pacific region is confronting emerging challenges that go beyond the traditional definition of “security.” Among the most crucial are threats to the environment, including natural hazards such as cyclones and tsunamis; illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and overfishing; and marine pollution. This report underlines the strategic implications of these environmental issues in the Indo-Pacific. It outlines the measures tha

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.

Time for a new chapter in India-Africa relations
Feb 08, 2024

Time for a new chapter in India-Africa relations

To unlock the full potential of India-Africa relations, it is imperative to foster a mutually beneficial partnership through enhanced collaboration an

Time for hard questions on Sino-Indian relationship's future
May 21, 2013

Time for hard questions on Sino-Indian relationship's future

India and China must bilaterally develop a substantial conversation on the cutting edge of global governance issues, including issues of the global commons like climate change, water, health and medicine, and Asian security architecture, as well as issues of space and proliferation, of rules and mechanisms of economic governance, and on new arenas of maritime and ocean governance.

Time ripe for think tanks to rethink dissemination of information
Jan 19, 2019

Time ripe for think tanks to rethink dissemination of information

A gradual development has tasked think tanks with the responsibility of shaping contemporary narratives around economics, security, politics, nuclear arrangements, among others.

Time to declare ISI a global terrorist entity
May 07, 2011

Time to declare ISI a global terrorist entity

Besides Osama bin Laden, Pakistan Army and ISI have been hand in glove with the Taliban for over 10 years, helping them with safe houses, recruitment bases, training and weapons. Their alliances have been effectively documented not only by the Indian security agencies but also by different western security and intelligence agencies.

Time to define DeFi regulation in India
Apr 29, 2023

Time to define DeFi regulation in India

If India strikes the right balance between innovation and oversight leadership, India could help set a global template for DeFi regulation

Time to face up to cyber threats
Jan 02, 2017

Time to face up to cyber threats

Cyber insecurity is now a global risk no different from the warming climate or forced displacement. Is such insecurity a business risk or a "public bad"?

To avert disaster the US must deal with North Korea
Mar 08, 2017

To avert disaster the US must deal with North Korea

The US must consider giving nuclear no-first-use assurance to North Korea in return for non-use and no further missile or nuclear tests

To delete, or not to #deleteFacebook, that is the question
Mar 26, 2018

To delete, or not to #deleteFacebook, that is the question

Given the massive breach of faith by Facebook, it's unclear how long it will take to re-establish trust in their motives even if companies pledge to improve their data security systems and guidelines.

To resolve the problem in Kashmir, Indian state must first acknowledge the suffering of its people
Nov 03, 2017

To resolve the problem in Kashmir, Indian state must first acknowledge the suffering of its people

The Kashmiri insurgency is now nearly three decades old, having taken the lives of some 45,000 people, roughly half of them militants, 14,000 civilians and some 6,000 security personnel.

Tokyo's defence
Jan 02, 2014

Tokyo's defence

India, which hosts Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations later this month, must come to terms, like the rest of the region, with Tokyo's determination to shape the Asian security order. After he returned to power a year ago, Abe has set about transforming Japan's military strategy.

Torpedoing a submarine rumour
Jan 27, 2023

Torpedoing a submarine rumour

The attempt being made to show that the Project-75I submarine project does not suit the Indian Navy is misinformation aimed at influencing the defence decision-making process

Torture is not the answer to terrorism
Dec 24, 2014

Torture is not the answer to terrorism

A detailed report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee recently has told us once again that torture doesn?t work. India should aspire to become a civilised democracy by putting an immediate legislative ban on torture. It will give our security organisations incentive to develop the interrogation and forensic skills, which are far more efficacious in countering terrorism.

Towards a European consensus on China?
Aug 04, 2023

Towards a European consensus on China?

Although Germany’s China strategy and the UK report didn’t meet the desired expectations, they still indicate Europe’s recalibration of its Chin

Towards greater synergy in space policy
Feb 18, 2015

Towards greater synergy in space policy

It appears that the Modi government is beginning to recognise the need for greater synchronisation between the different arms of the government and appreciate the need for better space utilisation in the realm of foreign policy and national security. This new approach needs to be strengthened and sustained for India to tap its full potential in outer space.

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

Trends in the Transatlantic Alliance
Oct 14, 2022

Trends in the Transatlantic Alliance

Although the transatlantic alliance has shown resilience so far, several emerging trends may impact relations in the coming months

Trinity of Big Data, RegTech, SupTech: Is it panacea or problem for financial regulators?
Apr 28, 2023

Trinity of Big Data, RegTech, SupTech: Is it panacea or problem for financial regulators?

Big Data, RegTech, and SupTech offer significant opportunities for enhancing systemic financial resilience and improving financial supervision

Trump and Taliban’s peace agreement
Sep 01, 2021

Trump and Taliban’s peace agreement

The irony of a superpower seeking security guarantees from a non-state actor for safe withdrawal of its own forces and those of its allies would not w

Trump’s election is a critical moment for India-China ties
Nov 21, 2016

Trump’s election is a critical moment for India-China ties

China will have its ear to the ground for noises from the Trump administration in its commitment towards Asian security.

Turbulent times for China's Big Tech is far from over
Nov 19, 2021

Turbulent times for China's Big Tech is far from over

China is instating new measures such as blockchain standardisation and amendment of the Anti-Monopoly Law in an effort to further rein in the Big Tech

Turkmenistan: A Central Asian State without Religious Extremism
Sep 30, 2004

Turkmenistan: A Central Asian State without Religious Extremism

Central Asia is the next favoured destination of radical Islamists and terrorist groups. Several terrorist networks are said to be already active in the region and recent suicide bombings in Uzbekistan in the cities of Tashkent and Bukhara, in March and July, 2004 suggest that al-Qaeda and its allies are looking for safer havens in the wake of the increasing pressure on their networks in the Middle-East and South East Asia from the security force

Twenty-five years of Pokhran: Safeguarding India’s nuclear infrastructure from cyber threats
May 10, 2023

Twenty-five years of Pokhran: Safeguarding India’s nuclear infrastructure from cyber threats

India must proactively secure its nuclear infrastructure from cyberattacks to remain “a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology”

Two nations take lead in securing Indo-Pacific century
Jun 25, 2013

Two nations take lead in securing Indo-Pacific century

The changing distribution of power and the Chinese challenge to US primacy demands that countries like India and Australia bear larger responsibility for security. The future of the Indo-Pacific can't be tied solely to the twists and turns of the dynamic between Washington and Beijing.

Ukraine's counteroffensive and Moscow's response
Sep 23, 2022

Ukraine's counteroffensive and Moscow's response

With the approaching winter and referendum announcements by LPR and DPR, Kremlin is likely to double down on its efforts to secure its presence in the

Ukraine's task for the year 2024: To maintain support and break the course of the war
Mar 13, 2024

Ukraine's task for the year 2024: To maintain support and break the course of the war

Ukraine must convince its allies to continue military, financial and other support regardless of a change in power in their governments

Ukraine-Russia conflict: Impact on South Asia
Feb 24, 2023

Ukraine-Russia conflict: Impact on South Asia

The Ukraine crisis has exacerbated the economic turmoil in the South Asian economies