Articles By Ali Ahmed

Nuclear Doctrinal revision in its effects on the India-China Dyad

Nuclear Doctrinal revision in its effects on the India-China Dyad

By: Ali Ahmed | Date: 06 Jan , 2017

In the latest brouhaha over the nuclear doctrine revision, Manoj Joshi offered the sage advice that Pakistan should not be the only referent in considering evolution of India’s nuclear...

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The Future of Full Spectrum Deterrence

The Future of Full Spectrum Deterrence

By: Ali Ahmed | Date: 17 Oct , 2016

If strategic commentary in India in wake of the surgical strikes in retaliation for the Uri terror attack is to be believed, it is not going to be business as usual either for Pakistani security...

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Nurturing Radical Professionalism

Nurturing Radical Professionalism

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 08 May , 2016

With the conduct of the first Lt Gen Hanut Memorial Lecture, the Center for Joint Warfare Studies has taken on annual yeoman’s task. While the lecture topics will over coming years no doubt...

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What a short, swift war means for the Infantry

What a short, swift war means for the Infantry

By: Ali Ahmed | Date: 04 Apr , 2016

India expects that the next war will be swift and short. It would be swift in not being a replay of Operation Parakram in which, as critics would have it, India took time to mobilise, thereby,...

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Doctrine in Civil-Military Relations

Doctrine in Civil-Military Relations

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 May , 2015

Supervision of doctrine making is one way by which civilian control is exercised over the military. Military doctrine writing is largely done within the military. However, it is to be in close...

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At the Conventional-Nuclear Interface

At the Conventional-Nuclear Interface

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Aug , 2014

Conventional backdrop to nuclear foreground Accustomed to the phrase ‘nuclear backdrop’ as the army has been over the past two decades, the title may require explaining. The assumption is...

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NRRC: For the nuclear doctrine review

NRRC: For the nuclear doctrine review

By: Ali Ahmed | Date: 20 Jun , 2014

With the Bharatiya Janata Party in power in India a nuclear doctrine review is in the offing. Since the issue found controversial mention in the elections, it will likely figure high in the ‘to...

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Diplomatic engagement in a post nuclear use environment

Diplomatic engagement in a post nuclear use environment

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 May , 2014

Strike corps exercises are usually well covered by the media. Inevitably mentioned in write ups from reporters over the past decade since Exercise Poorna Vijay has been the nuclear backdrop. The...

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India’s Nuclear Doctrine: The storm in India’s nuclear teacup

India’s Nuclear Doctrine: The storm in India’s nuclear teacup

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Apr , 2014

The reference to India’s nuclear doctrine in the BJP’s manifesto has resulted in a virtual storm in the strategic community. While the manifesto only makes the point that the BJP will seek to...

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India-Pakistan: Distancing the spark from the nuclear tinderbox

India-Pakistan: Distancing the spark from the nuclear tinderbox

By: Ali Ahmed | Date: 06 Apr , 2014

In a speech for the Subbu Forum Society for Policy Studies at the India International Center last April, Ambassador Shyam Saran, currently chair of India’s National Security Advisory Board,...

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Reflection on Conflict Duration

Reflection on Conflict Duration

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 14 Sep , 2012

The new Indian Army doctrine dilating on the nature of future wars reads: ‘Emerging at short notice, being of short duration and being fought at high tempo and intensity.’ These are valid...

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Taking Nuclear War-Fighting Seriously

Taking Nuclear War-Fighting Seriously

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 19 Mar , 2012

What are the implications of a nuclear battlefield? Since the early eighties, this question has been posed since Sundarji’s postal seminar on nuclear conflict while he was in command of the...

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 UN Peacekeeping: Thinking 'out of the box'

UN Peacekeeping: Thinking 'out of the box'

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2012

The story of India’s peacekeeping engagement is too well known to recount. However, less known is the fact that India numbers among the five top UN troop contributing countries. In effect,...

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Legal warfare: The neglected dimension

Legal warfare: The neglected dimension

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Jan , 2012

The legal dimension is usually taken as an after thought, coming to fore post conflict. This is no longer the case. The legal arena is now very much where the conflict plays out, even as the...

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Indian Nuclear Command and Control - II

Indian Nuclear Command and Control - II

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 13 Jul , 2011

The Indian system at the political level comprises the National Security Council and the Political Council of the Nuclear Command Authority. The change from the Draft was in a Council authorising...

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Indian Nuclear Command and Control - I

Indian Nuclear Command and Control - I

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 12 Jul , 2011

Little is known of India’s nuclear command and control (C2) systems. It cannot, therefore, be assumed that these only exist in a rudimentary form. However, from what is in the open domain, it is...

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India's Nuclear Doctrine

India's Nuclear Doctrine

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 04 Apr , 2011

A central tenet of India’s nuclear doctrine is No First Use. India’s is therefore  a doctrine of ‘assured retaliation’. The popular understanding of India’s nuclear doctrine is that...

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