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A lesson for India in the wars going on overseas
Mar 01, 2024

A lesson for India in the wars going on overseas

People living far away from zones of global conflict may underestimate their stake in the violence but it’s important to learn from the current moment of reckoning faced by the West.

Asia and the two world wars
Feb 07, 2014

Asia and the two world wars

India, which contributed a big part in shaping the outcomes of the two world wars, seems blissfully unaware of the importance of the two anniversaries. Turning a deaf ear to the nationalist passions in East Asia is not going to save India from the consequences of new Asian wars that now seem increasingly probable.

China seeks to create military icons to win future wars
May 30, 2022

China seeks to create military icons to win future wars

Amidst student discontent, a plan to create influencers for Gen X is being undertaken

China's communist party plenum signals tougher line on Hong Kong, avoids US trade wars
Nov 05, 2019

China's communist party plenum signals tougher line on Hong Kong, avoids US trade wars

There were expectations that the plenum would take up the burning economic issue, but it seems that the CPC is now focused on shoring up internal unity.

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

Fighting Future Wars: Preparing India for Conflicts in the 21st Century
Aug 14, 2023

Fighting Future Wars: Preparing India for Conflicts in the 21st Century

A nation-state—with its numerous institutions, actors, and daily interactions—is a complex system and it is a tall task to predict the future trajectory of any of its sub-systems such as the armed forces. What is certain, though, is that every sovereign state aims to have a military that is of the highest possible calibre. One of two paths may be chosen to achieve this goal: tying-in the military’s capability development with the ec

Fighting limited wars: A major challenge for the military
Jul 05, 2010

Fighting limited wars: A major challenge for the military

In January 2000, when I spoke about the concept of limited conventional wars under the nuclear threshold at an international seminar in New Delhi, there was considerable uproar in the media and the strategic community, particularly in Pakistan.

Gearing up for space wars: on America's plans to build space weapons
Jul 02, 2018

Gearing up for space wars: on America's plans to build space weapons

The implications of the American plans for a space weapons corps are still unclear

India to lose out in new-era wars
Jan 08, 2019

India to lose out in new-era wars

China’s Xi exhorting PLA to expedite reforms, Indian political leadership unenthused

Information wars and regime stability. How can nations respond?
Apr 14, 2021

Information wars and regime stability. How can nations respond?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, as dis-/misinformation and manipulation are versatile weapons and they adapt to the target, and there is no de

The horror story of urban water wars
Jul 11, 2019

The horror story of urban water wars

Unless a sectoral re-allocation of water resources enforcing adequate demand management is done, the issues of water scarcity might not be resolved.

Trade wars: Can the WTO strike back?
Oct 05, 2018

Trade wars: Can the WTO strike back?

More worrying are Washington’s actions before the WTO, which can affect the efficiency and capacity of its robust Dispute Settlement Mechanism. This

Ukraine-Russia and Hamas-Israel wars: Adaptation is key
Oct 10, 2023

Ukraine-Russia and Hamas-Israel wars: Adaptation is key

Adaptation remains critical in wars as seen throughout history and the current conflicts between Moscow and Kyiv and between Hamas and Israel are no d

Water wars more about information than water itself
Nov 01, 2019

Water wars more about information than water itself

Information and knowledge gaps are largely responsible for creating an environment of mistrust among riparians and the various stakeholders in the river systems.

Water wars over paradigms
May 14, 2020

Water wars over paradigms

The ongoing “water wars” is presently a war over two paradigms — namely the colonial engineering paradigm that is visibly reductionist, and the

Water Wars: Could the dispute over GERD project push Egypt and Ethiopia closer to an armed conflict?
Jul 02, 2020

Water Wars: Could the dispute over GERD project push Egypt and Ethiopia closer to an armed conflict?

The challenge for leaders is to strike the right balance between Ethiopia’s developmental needs while considering Egypt and Sudan’s water rights a

#DisruptiveTechnology यानी विध्वंस को बढ़ाने वाले तकनीकों के ज़माने में युद्ध का भविष्य
Aug 03, 2023

#DisruptiveTechnology यानी विध्वंस को बढ़ाने वाले तकनीकों के ज़माने में युद्ध का भविष्य

तकनीक और स्वचालन में तेज़ उन्नति संघर्ष और युद्ध के भविष�

'Going Dark' in India: The legal and security dimensions of encryption
Dec 13, 2016

'Going Dark' in India: The legal and security dimensions of encryption

Encrypting communications enhances privacy and the security of information services. This, in turn, incentivises innovation in the ICT sector and contributes significantly to the growth of the internet economy. India’s (now withdrawn) Draft National Encryption Policy was single-minded in its approach. It sought only to prescribe standards that would enable law enforcement agencies to access encrypted data. There are, however, multifarious conc

A roadmap for skills universities in India
May 25, 2018

A roadmap for skills universities in India

Setting up skills universities across the country is an ambitious and expansive initiative. It cannot afford to fall prey to the ignorance of the poli

Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and the Durand line: Why is it important?
Jan 31, 2022

Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and the Durand line: Why is it important?

The historical Durand line continues to be a thorn on the side as both Pakistan and Afghanistan are unable to come to a mutually beneficial conclusion

Beijing's Ukraine
Mar 13, 2014

Beijing's Ukraine

China may have reasons to be relieved if a Cold War-like situation re-emerges in Europe and American attention is drawn away from Asia. As America plunged into two prolonged wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, China had the time and Space to build its comprehensive national power.

China builds new coast guard ships
Apr 20, 2017

China builds new coast guard ships

Although converting coast guard ships to warships may not be effective, they can be used to ferry troops.

China's coming of age as a maritime power
Apr 17, 2018

China's coming of age as a maritime power

For the biggest maritime parade held in China since 1949, the People's Liberation Army Navy deployed 48 warships, 76 aircraft and 10,000 sailors and marines.

China's military: The shape of things to come
Jan 22, 2019

China's military: The shape of things to come

With China aiming to develop a "world-class" military by 2050 that can fight and win wars across all theatres, Indian conventional and nuclear thinking will also have to evolve

China’s ‘spy ship’ poses a dilemma for New Delhi
Aug 20, 2022

China’s ‘spy ship’ poses a dilemma for New Delhi

India’s security officials worry that China would use the ship’s visit as a precedent for future deployments by Chinese warships to Sri Lanka.

Collateral damage, sovereignty, and differentiated resentment
Nov 21, 2014

Collateral damage, sovereignty, and differentiated resentment

Civil wars are drawn-out conflicts, often lasting up to a decade or even longer before a political settlement is reached. Pakistan's military campaign against Pashtun militants, variously allied to the Afghan Taliban, the al-Qaeda, and often fighting for localised interests has stretched into its 12th year.

Could Poland leave the European Union next?
Nov 02, 2021

Could Poland leave the European Union next?

The growing disjunction between Brussels and Warsaw sheds light on the overall questioning of Eurocentric values in the region.

Digitalisation of confrontation: 2020 continues the trend
Dec 30, 2020

Digitalisation of confrontation: 2020 continues the trend

There is high urgency for new international legislation which would prevent unfriendly actors from using contemporary technologies for psychological w

Explained: India’s arms imports from Russia
May 17, 2022

Explained: India’s arms imports from Russia

The dependence on Russian exports will most likely disappear if current TIV trends continue.

Fighting corruption should not be reduced to a national past-time
May 31, 2011

Fighting corruption should not be reduced to a national past-time

Any Lok Pal Bill to be meaningful needs to have in-built saving mechanisms that protect the dignity not only of the individual but more so of the high offices that they hold. Otherwise, there is always the possibility of anti-corruption wars could get reduced into a national past-time.

Foreign Fighters in Ukraine: The Indian Position
Aug 14, 2023

Foreign Fighters in Ukraine: The Indian Position

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a full-fledged international armed conflict, and the Ukrainian president has issued a call to people across the world to join the country’s battle through the International Legion of Territorial Defence (ILTD). At the time of writing, 500 Indians have submitted applications to join the ILTD, and one is already in the force. This brief contextualises the rise of Indians fighting ‘foreign’ war

From Buyer to Builder: The Indian Navy’s Rocky Road to Self-Reliance
Sep 10, 2020

From Buyer to Builder: The Indian Navy’s Rocky Road to Self-Reliance

This paper evaluates deficiencies in India’s naval shipbuilding programme, and identifies factors that adversely impact naval warship construction in the country. It argues that despite considerable effort, India’s shipbuilding endeavours continue to suffer from systemic deficits that cannot be addressed through ad hoc policy interventions and short-term solutions. Through an assessment of strengths and weaknesses of India’s defence shipyar

Hamas-Israel war's global energy impact will depend on whether the conflict theatre widens
Oct 13, 2023

Hamas-Israel war's global energy impact will depend on whether the conflict theatre widens

Even if there’s a ground invasion by Israel into Gaza and an extended conflict, the impact on energy prices and the resultant OPEC response would depend on the scale and reach that the conflict takes. If it remains localised without affecting major oil producers or transit routes, prices may see limited immediate change, prompting OPEC to maintain current production levels