Articles By Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja

Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities: An Assessment

Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities: An Assessment

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 34.4 Oct-Dec 2019 | Date: 10 Dec , 2019

The attacks on Saudi Aramco are a reminder of India’s dependence on a very volatile and unstable region of the world. The attack appears to fit a pattern of Iran targeting Saudi Arabia’s oil...

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After Baghdadi What ?

After Baghdadi What ?

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Nov , 2019

For 1300 years or so, the caliphs, or the “successors”, took pride in developing the Islamic community that the Prophet Muhammad had left behind. The Caliphs were far from being rigid and...

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The Rafale is finally on IAF inventory

The Rafale is finally on IAF inventory

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Oct , 2019

The Indian Air Force had issued a “Request for Information” (RFI) for 126 MMRCA in 2001. After much dilly-dallying, for almost two years beyond the planned December 2005 issue date, the MoD...

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Iran Stepping out of JCPOA : Repercussions

Iran Stepping out of JCPOA : Repercussions

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Sep , 2019

President Donald Trump was elected president of USA in 2016, the year that the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed after hectic negotiations...

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The US – Iran Imbroglio

The US – Iran Imbroglio

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 24 Nov , 2018

The US exit from the deal and intensification of economic pressure, confronts both Iran and the US with an uncertain end-game, complicated by the appearance, at least of divisions within the...

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India-Japan: A Relationship Strengthens

India-Japan: A Relationship Strengthens

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Nov , 2018

It was in May 2014 that Prime Minister Modi met his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, for bilateral talks; since then the two leaders have met each other 12 times in a period of a little over...

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Oil – S 400 – CAATSA : A Test of Diplomacy for India

Oil – S 400 – CAATSA : A Test of Diplomacy for India

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2018

There is never a dull moment in world politics. International relations are in a constant state of flux with many an extraneous factor causing shift in alliances, changes in priorities and even...

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Maldives : Is it exit China  - Enter India ?

Maldives : Is it exit China  - Enter India ?

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Sep , 2018

China’s spending and influence were a hot topic in the recent election in the Maldives; in the region, where China has loaned billions of dollars on easy terms, and gained strategic footholds...

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Self Reliance in Defence Production: A Mirage

Self Reliance in Defence Production: A Mirage

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 03 Sep , 2018

Understandably, India does not wish to be a 70 per cent import-dependent nation. Yet, at the same time we cannot be 100 per cent self-sufficient nation. It is just not feasible to be an...

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The Korean-US Muddle

The Korean-US Muddle

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jun , 2018

In an announcement that was somewhat on expected lines, President Donald Trump cancelled the planned summit with the North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, scheduled for June 12. In a letter...

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US withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Agreement – An Analysis

US withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Agreement – An Analysis

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 May , 2018

It was in June 2013 that the maverick President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, relinquished office after the present incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, was elected in a surprisingly low-key election...

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Kim Jong-Un Springs A Surprise

Kim Jong-Un Springs A Surprise

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Apr , 2018

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un (Kim), accompanied by his wife, visited China during the week 26-31 March; that the formal acceptance of Kim Jong-un’s surprise visit to China was confirmed...

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China Revisited

China Revisited

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Mar , 2018

Not a single day passes with some mention of China in Indian newspapers, whether it is about China’s internal policies and struggles, an impending trade-war with USA, or China’s geo-political...

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Maldives: A Challenge for India

Maldives: A Challenge for India

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Feb , 2018

Any talk of Maldives and the images conjured are of luxurious resorts and hotels in the ocean, each trying to woo customers through advertisements promising peace and tranquillity. Yet, a nation...

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Make in India – Indian Style

Make in India – Indian Style

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 25 Jan , 2018

The vibrant defence industrial base of DPSUs, OFs and R&D that has existed for decades has not produced the desired results; though there has been success in many fields, predominantly in space...

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Indian Military Muscle Degradation

Indian Military Muscle Degradation

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Dec , 2017

Approaching the end of the year, it is time to make a report card for the Indian Military muscle power. The calendar year 2017 began with many promising statements and happenings at the...

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Oil – Is It a Dying Resource?

Oil – Is It a Dying Resource?

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 11 Dec , 2017

Countries that consume large amounts of energy have been coping with oil prices hovering around $110 per barrel since the beginning of 2011, as most of the developed and developing nations have...

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Special Operations and Intelligence Agencies: India’s Incapability

Special Operations and Intelligence Agencies: India’s Incapability

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Sep , 2017

Wikipedia defines Special Operations as “military operations that are ‘special’ or unconventional and carried out by dedicated special-force units using unconventional methods and...

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North Korea – A Delinquent State?

North Korea – A Delinquent State?

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 22 Sep , 2017

Diplomacy has failed because North Korea remains determined to build its nuclear arsenal. Resuming talks would achieve nothing, when it is so close to attaining an effective arsenal. North Korea...

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Middle East Boils Over Qatar

Middle East Boils Over Qatar

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Jul , 2017

The Middle East has never been a picture of stability, much to the chagrin and worry of the world. The region, however, has had some semblance of order for the last seven to eight decades or so...

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