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Proportional response will not stop Pakistan from cross-border terrorism
May 02, 2017

Proportional response will not stop Pakistan from cross-border terrorism

India should not fall for hyped up fears of nuclear escalation; Pakistan is a rational actor that understands the limitations of nuclear weapons

PWG Firepower Increasing
Aug 22, 2003

PWG Firepower Increasing

Left-wing extremists, Naxalites of the People's War Group (PWG), have traveled a long away from fielding hand-held, traditional farm tools as weapons. Their sagacity is, indeed, amazing. Perhaps, to state in a lighter vein, they would give a complex to India's defence technologists, if not put them to shame.

PWG Naxal -Nepal Maoists Nexus
Nov 21, 2003

PWG Naxal -Nepal Maoists Nexus

Reports from Nepal indicated that a detained Maoist insurgent had admitted on the state-run television on November 17, 2003-nighht that the Maoists insurgents have received training in handling weapons and explosives from the fraternal People¿s War Group Naxalites of India. This is for the first time that such admittance was made in public on the national media. However, such reports of the nexus between the Nepalese Maoists and the PWG have bee

Pyongyang’s military parade: Posing an imminent threat to Seoul
Feb 16, 2023

Pyongyang’s military parade: Posing an imminent threat to Seoul

The mounting threat posed by North Korea might push South Korea to seek enhanced military assurance from the US or expand its own nuclear capabilities

Re-examining India’s Nuclear Doctrine
Jul 08, 2015

Re-examining India’s Nuclear Doctrine

This paper follows the proceedings of a workshop organised by ORF in August 2014 to re-examine India's nuclear doctrine. The workshop explored the challenges posed to India by Pakistan's introduction of battlefield nuclear weapons or Tactical Nuclear Weapons (TNWs), New Delhi's interest in acquiring a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, and the growing threat perception from China.

Rebooting the Indian Army: A Doctrinal Approach to Force Restructuring
Feb 03, 2021

Rebooting the Indian Army: A Doctrinal Approach to Force Restructuring

The ongoing conflict on the Sino-Indian border has highlighted the need for structural reforms in the Indian Army. This paper examines the impact of the Joint Doctrine of Indian Armed Forces, 2017 (JDIAF) and the Indian Army’s Land Warfare Doctrine, 2018 (LWD) on the development of the Indian Army’s tactical concepts, organisational structures, and the weapons and equipment profile. It discusses the importance of formulating a formal National

Responsible AI in the military: Moonshot or pipe dream?
Apr 26, 2023

Responsible AI in the military: Moonshot or pipe dream?

A global arms race and geopolitical pressures are shaping the military use of AI

Return of ASATs and counterspace technologies: A slippery slope to weaponisation?
Oct 19, 2021

Return of ASATs and counterspace technologies: A slippery slope to weaponisation?

The recent sharing of views on space security, prompted by a UN resolution, has highlighted that legally binding treaties and non-binding norms are no

Reveal India’s nuclear command structure
Feb 23, 2022

Reveal India’s nuclear command structure

The subject of nuclear weapons remains off-grid in India. There’s no public information on who constitutes the executive and political councils under the Nuclear Command Authority besides their chairmen

Rising global nuclear arsenals and the call for strategic stability
Jun 21, 2024

Rising global nuclear arsenals and the call for strategic stability

The latest SIPRI report indicates the concerning trend of modernisation and growth of arsenals across the globe.

Roots of Extremism in Bangladesh
Jan 18, 2005

Roots of Extremism in Bangladesh

In many ways, Bangladesh seems an excellent place for al-Qaeda to find sanctuary in the decisive years ahead. It is an impoverished Islamic nation, politically weak and backward in its economic development. Its ports have been active hubs for transnational crime, including weapons running.

Russia is back
Sep 24, 2013

Russia is back

The war in Syria, the alleged use of chemical weapons by its President, Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally, has turned out to be a perfect opportunity for Putin to reassert the role of Russia, 21 years after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Russia Tests Hypersonic Zircon Missile
Jul 26, 2021

Russia Tests Hypersonic Zircon Missile

Growing geopolitical rivalries will continue to drive the development of hypersonic and other lethal weapons systems.

Sex and gender considerations in biowarfare and disarmament
Aug 23, 2023

Sex and gender considerations in biowarfare and disarmament

The impact of biowarfare on vulnerable genders needs to be factored in as discourse surrounding biological weapons expand

Should India continue to stay out of ICC?
Nov 24, 2010

Should India continue to stay out of ICC?

Terrorism and the use of nuclear weapons could be taken up for consideration for inclusion in the International Criminal Court's purview. Effective participation by India, even as an observer, could influence the evolution of the ICC in the course of such discussions.

Significance of Vajpayee's China Visit
Aug 19, 2003

Significance of Vajpayee's China Visit

China¿s decision in the 1980's to supply to Pakistan nuclear weapons technology and missiles capable of delivering nukes over long distances was intended to bind India down in a south Asian strategic impasse and constrict India's larger role in Asia and the world. China achieved only partial success in that objective.

Sino-Pak nuke deal and US
Jul 27, 2010

Sino-Pak nuke deal and US

It is ironic that the Obama administration, which has been persistently dogmatic about nuclear proliferation issues, has decided to turn a blind eye to China's attempts to fuel Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme.

Space race 2.0
Dec 30, 2020

Space race 2.0

The space domain has changed in significant ways in the last two decades, not only because of a multitude of new players but also the increasing incap

Stepping stones: Is a Seoul-Tokyo rapprochement in the making?
May 26, 2023

Stepping stones: Is a Seoul-Tokyo rapprochement in the making?

The geopolitical realities are proving to be a strong catalyst for improved relations between Japan and South Korea

Strategy of compellence
Oct 10, 2016

Strategy of compellence

Compellence is a word derived from nuclear weapons theory.is being used in the conventional context in relation to India and Pakistan

Strengthening biosecurity through bioattribution
Dec 05, 2023

Strengthening biosecurity through bioattribution

Establishing a global bioattribution enterprise is crucial to enhancing current frameworks, integrating emerging technologies, and fostering internati

Tejas and defence indigenisation: Significance of internal balancing
Feb 04, 2021

Tejas and defence indigenisation: Significance of internal balancing

Indigenisation is not simply about creating a defence ecosystem where indigenous development weapons can thrive, it is equally getting the end-users �

Terrorism will remain here if the world does not unite to fight it: Gen. Bipin Rawat
Jan 17, 2018

Terrorism will remain here if the world does not unite to fight it: Gen. Bipin Rawat

To fight terrorism effectively, the world community should identify the nations which sponsor and support terrorism and the sources of funds with which terrorist group buy sophisticated weapons.

The 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests: reactions and responses from the Indo-Pacific
May 11, 2023

The 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests: reactions and responses from the Indo-Pacific

There is increasing recognition that, given India shares land borders with nuclear-armed countries like Pakistan and China, it was imperative for Indi

The Caucasus and Iraq - The Chechen Connection
Jun 25, 2004

The Caucasus and Iraq - The Chechen Connection

On June 22, 2004, over 200 well-armed persons simultaneously raided three towns in the Ingushetia Republic of Russia, adjoining Chechnya, and attacked police stations, government buildings and checkpoints with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. The Russian and the local security forces were totally taken by surprise. Ninety-five persons were killed, the majority of them members of the security forces and other Government officials,

The decaying state of the nuclear world order
May 27, 2020

The decaying state of the nuclear world order

The global nuclear order is witnessing a revival of overt animosities among key nuclear powers. There is a serious gap in global dialogue between nucl

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 European Shift and Its Global Consequences
Jan 20, 2023

The European Shift and Its Global Consequences

This week, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg once again underlined that Ukraine could expect more deliveries of heavy weapons from western nations.

The evidence on Syria is thin
Sep 03, 2013

The evidence on Syria is thin

Like about the Loch Ness Monster, we have only heard that the West has proof of the Assad regime using chemical weapons. But we've seen no credible testimony. For all one knows, it may have been the rebels' doing to instigate a US military response.

The Future of Nuclear Disarmament: A look at the Tenth NPT Review Conference
Aug 31, 2022

The Future of Nuclear Disarmament: A look at the Tenth NPT Review Conference

The RevCon takes place at a time when the international security context is unpredictable and the need for meaningful dialogue and subsequent implemen

The gathering storm
Jul 20, 2013

The gathering storm

Nuclear weapons, the ultimate symbol of power, are no assurance or guarantees against blowback from religious radicalism. Only when the State decides to put a stop to this and takes a lead against the beliefs and practices of radicalism, will society learn to follow and resist.

The India-China Nuclear Dynamic: India’s Options
Dec 22, 2020

The India-China Nuclear Dynamic: India’s Options

The ongoing India-China face-off in Eastern Ladakh may appear to be a small-scale confrontation between conventional forces. But it is still one between nuclear-armed states, and the threat of escalation cannot be denied. In its wake, India has carried out a series of missile tests, while China too has fired a number of ballistic missiles near the Paracel and Spratly Islands, apparently to warn the US, but hardly something New Delhi can ignore. T

The Indian Navy’s Arabian Sea exercise is a reality check for Pakistan
Jul 24, 2023

The Indian Navy’s Arabian Sea exercise is a reality check for Pakistan

Although Pakistan’s interest in novel technologies and weapons systems is notable, India has numerical superiority and better capabilities as seen d

The Iran nuclear deal: A thorn in Biden’s side
Jun 28, 2022

The Iran nuclear deal: A thorn in Biden’s side

A faltering Iran nuclear deal emboldens Biden’s woes in West Asia and the United States alike.

The Long(er) Ukraine War: Lessons for the Indo-Pacific
Aug 16, 2023

The Long(er) Ukraine War: Lessons for the Indo-Pacific

The Russia-Ukraine war has confounded observers, as much as it did the Russians themselves. Since erupting in late February, the war has not shown signs of abating any time soon. This brief argues that by its very nature, the war has lessons not just for the adversaries, but also the NATO alliance that is backing Ukraine, and even geographically distant China and India. For one, the war has both elements of the old eras—such as the mass

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 N-challenge and beyond
Oct 26, 2021

The N-challenge and beyond

Sharp accretion of Chinese capabilities has implications for India

The North Korean threat: A thorn in Seoul’s side
Dec 06, 2022

The North Korean threat: A thorn in Seoul’s side

Pyongyang's development of missiles and nuclear weapons is alarming its neighbours

The NPT is beginning to look shaky
Sep 05, 2022

The NPT is beginning to look shaky

Sustaining it requires facing up to today’s political realities such as the growing rivalries in a multipolar nuclear world

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 old but relevant script of the Cuban Missile crisis
Nov 01, 2022

The old but relevant script of the Cuban Missile crisis

With the risks for escalation and miscalculations growing in the Ukraine war, it is time to revisit the sobering lessons of 1962

The reign of the Non-proliferation Ayatollahs - 1
Mar 23, 2004

The reign of the Non-proliferation Ayatollahs - 1

Once the US successfully built and used nuclear weapons to devastating effect to end the Second World War, other great powers of the time realized that the acquisition of nuclear weapons was essential to maintain their status. In 1970, after three decades of hectic developments,

The reign of the Non-proliferation Ayatollahs - 2
Mar 24, 2004

The reign of the Non-proliferation Ayatollahs - 2

The first part of this effort documented the various acts of omission and commission by the non-proliferation ayatollahs that led to the 1998 nuclear weapons testing of India, followed by Pakistan. However, the stark reality of the consequences of the dubious policies adopted by the NPAs towards Pakistani and Chinese proliferation came to light recently in the exposé of the Pakistan¿s ¿nuclear father¿ Dr.A.Q.Khan and his nuclear smuggling rin

The reopened Iraq debate
Feb 04, 2005

The reopened Iraq debate

Iraq is back in the headlines, loaded with euphoria. The electoral exercise has been undertaken; the results have yet to be announced. The running commentary on CNN on January 30 tended to suggest a near perfect exercise. No mention of course was made of the invasion, the occupation, the Iraqi dead, the reduction of Iraq to a stone-age condition, the falsehood of the pretext for war and the failure to find traces of weapons of mass destruction

The risks of Russia’s nuclear posturing
May 22, 2024

The risks of Russia’s nuclear posturing

While the odds of any tactical nuclear strike by Russia remain low at present, Moscow’s nuclear signalling has set a dangerous precedent.

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 sea leg of India’s nuclear triad post Pokhran II
May 11, 2023

The sea leg of India’s nuclear triad post Pokhran II

Pakistan and China’s nuclear capabilities along with the added challenges and risks of a complex and uncertain environment in the Indo-Pacific are v