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South Asian Nuclear Power in a Debt Trap

South Asian Nuclear Power in a Debt Trap

By: K.N. Pandita |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 December 2018

It sounds ludicrous that Pakistan, a South Asian nuclear power, is caught in a debt trap and is beating every nerve to be bailed out.  Amusingly, the debt trap is laid out by none other than the...

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Situation in J&K: Serious but not insurmountable

Situation in J&K: Serious but not insurmountable

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 December 2018

The Kashmir conflict is a territorial conflict primarily between India and Pakistan, having started just after 1947 partition. India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir –...

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A Glimpse of Life in the Army

A Glimpse of Life in the Army

By: Bharat Verma |Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Armed Forces | Date: 28 December 2018

Many of us wonder what the Army does in peacetime when there is no war on. Some people believe that they live a life of luxury, drink a lot and generally waste their time in playing golf or card...

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1965 War: IAF supports Indian Army better than PAF

1965 War: IAF supports Indian Army better than PAF

By: Air Vice Marshal AK Tiwary |Issue: Vol 22.2 Apr-Jun 2007 | Date: 27 December 2018

Air support to surface forces, both in offence and defence is one of the most important tasks of any air force. Post 1962 debacle, the Government got down to building up the Army and the Air...

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Defending India: Buying Land for Defence Works!!

Defending India: Buying Land for Defence Works!!

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 December 2018

A quaint situation exists in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. Land required by the security forces for construction of defence works which include bunkers, firing positions and tracks is to be...

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India’s impotency against Stone Pelting

India’s impotency against Stone Pelting

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 December 2018

Stone pelting began in J&K in 2008 and over the past decade, the strategy is refined and embedded in J&K together with increasing radicalization and means of easy livelihood – popular among...

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Disrupting security forces operations

Disrupting security forces operations

By: Maj Gen Harsha Kakar |Issue: Courtesy: www.dailyexcelsior.com | Date: 26 December 2018

In many ways Kashmir has not left the limelight. An area with unmatched beauty and peace, it is now witnessing violence which is being misconstrued across media channels. The recent encounter in...

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Collision on Course? An Assessment of EU-US Fall-Out Over the JCPOA

Collision on Course? An Assessment of EU-US Fall-Out Over the JCPOA

By: Manuel Herrera |Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 25 December 2018

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and resume US primary and secondary sanctions on Iran has positioned the EU and the US on a...

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Is the Eagle Killing INF Treaty to Hunt the Bear or the Dragon?

Is the Eagle Killing INF Treaty to Hunt the Bear or the Dragon?

By: Sundaram Rajasimman and Minami Tsuyoshi |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 December 2018

The fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty according to the statement issued after a meeting amongst foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on 04...

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The Battle of Chamkaur: An epic that changed the course of Indian history

The Battle of Chamkaur: An epic that changed the course of Indian history

By: Col Jaibans Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 December 2018

In western history, battles that have changed the course of history are well chronicled. They also form part of the folklore of the country. Two such examples are the Battle of Saratoga in 1777...

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BIMSTEC: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Collaboration and Cooperation in...

BIMSTEC: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Collaboration and Cooperation in...

By: Brig Ashish Chhibbar |Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 24 December 2018

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a regional grouping of seven countries i.e. Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and...

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Battle of Hajipir Pass 1965

Battle of Hajipir Pass 1965

By: Col Bhaskar Sarkar |Issue: Book Excerpt: Outstanding Victories of the Indian Army | Date: 23 December 2018

The cease-fire of January I, 1949 ended the First Kashmir War but did nothing to improve the relations between Pakistan and India. Kashmir remained the bone of contention. Nehruji offered a no...

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Xi Jinping’s Politics and What it Means for India

Xi Jinping’s Politics and What it Means for India

By: M S Prathibha |Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 December 2018

President Xi Jinping inherited a host of problems when he came to power in 2012: an economic slowdown, disruption of market supply by the all-powerful State-Owned Enterprises (SOE), bribery and...

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INS Arihant and India's nuclear triad: Lessons to be learnt

INS Arihant and India's nuclear triad: Lessons to be learnt

By: Admiral Arun Prakash |Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 21 December 2018

The surge of national pride at the recent completion of a ‘deterrent patrol’ by the Indian Navy’s (IN) first home-built, nuclear propelled, ballistic-missile armed submarine (termed SSBN),...

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1965 War: Observations, Comments and Lessons

1965 War: Observations, Comments and Lessons

By: Gen KV Krishna Rao |Issue: Book Excerpt: Prepare or Perish: A Study of National Security | Date: 20 December 2018

Strategy A major national war aim of Pakistan was the annexation of Jammu and Kashmir by force. As has been brought out earlier the Kashmir Issue remained dormant for a considerable period after...

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Battle of Perceptions: Difference correct wordings can make

Battle of Perceptions: Difference correct wordings can make

By: Brig Anil Gupta |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 December 2018

The state of J&K is passing through a very crucial phase. While the government agencies are working diligently to restore normalcy in the state, the vested interests which include, the pro-Pak...

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The Contours of Xi’s Chinese Nationalism

The Contours of Xi’s Chinese Nationalism

By: Palden Sonam |Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 19 December 2018

After China’s President Xi Jinping announced the ‘China Dream of Great National Rejuvenation’, the Communist Party of China (CPC) identified three important stages of development under three...

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The 2018 Geneva Conference: Afghan Peace at crossroads?

The 2018 Geneva Conference: Afghan Peace at crossroads?

By: Simran Walia |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 December 2018

The United Nations and the Afghan Government have come together to collaborate on the Geneva conference which was held from 27-28 November 2018. The Geneva conference was the third high-level...

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Siachen Glacier: Battling on the roof of the world

Siachen Glacier: Battling on the roof of the world

By: DP Ramachandran |Issue: Book Excerpt: Empire's First Soldiers | Date: 18 December 2018

Pakistanis have always been bad losers. Three successive defeats at the hands of the Indian armed forces in as many decades of their country’s existence did little to alter their ego to try...

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After BMS and F-INSAS, NFS Stymied

After BMS and F-INSAS, NFS Stymied

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 December 2018

In 2004, Army’s Tactical Command, Control, Communications and Information (TAC C³I) system was taken up as part of Army’s quest for capacity building in netwok centric capabilities to fight...

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