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Draft Defence Production Policy 2018: Challenges Galore
Laxman K Behera | 06 Apr , 2018 0 comments

In pursuance of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s 2018-19 budget announcement related to an “industry friendly Defence Production Policy 2018”, the Department of Defence Production (DDP) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a 14-page draft policy on March 21, 2018. The draft Defence Production Policy (DPrP) 2018, which was open for...

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A Strategic Analysis of the Kabul Peace Process II
Nikita Kohli | 05 Apr , 2018 0 comments

Introduction After months of deliberation and internal national consensus building, the Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani offered one of the most comprehensive offers a government has made to non-state armed groups by inviting the Taliban for formal peace talks on February 28 [3]. The offer made was surprisingly without any conditions or riders,...

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The Trumpisation of Indian Foreign Policy
Claude Arpi | 04 Apr , 2018 0 comments

Are we witnessing a Trumpisation of the Indian Foreign policy? Some signs tend to show that, like the US president, Delhi is too often changing its stance, principally in its relations with China; though ‘destabilization’ of the opponent might not be the prime Indian motivation, as in the American case. Leaked Missive Take the program...

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Ideating Infantry’s Makeover

Infantry – the Alma Mater, to be proud of!  Nearly seventy years in incessant combat in insurgencies, in countering infiltration (CI) and in combating terrorism (CT), has battle hardened the infantry.  Despite the adversities of 1962 (largely due to higher directions), the infantry shone itself and lived up to the saga of courage and...

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An Open letter to Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff
An Open letter to Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff

Dear General Qamar Javed Bajwa,  Greetings from New Delhi from a former Indian soldier, who has served on the Line of Control (LoC), conducted counter-insurgency operations against Pakistan-trained terrorists in Kashmir Valley, and participated in several Track-2 discussions aimed at conflict resolution. You were reported to have told...

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