Articles in Courtesy: IDSA

US-Taliban Peace Talks and the Disquiet

US-Taliban Peace Talks and the Disquiet

By: V Mahalingam | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Jan , 2019

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the US, supported by its western allies, invaded Afghanistan with the stated aim of dismantling the Al Qaeda network, removing Taliban from power and...

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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 Dec , 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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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 Dec , 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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India’s First Step Towards Regulating Drones

India’s First Step Towards Regulating Drones

By: Gp Capt Atul Pant | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 02 Nov , 2018

After a prolonged wait, the Director General Civil Aviation’s (DGCA’s) Civilian Aviation Requirements (CAR) for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), popularly called drones, were finally released...

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India-Russia Summit: Reading between the Lines

India-Russia Summit: Reading between the Lines

By: Aleksei Zakharov | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 20 Oct , 2018

The 19th bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin left a mixed feeling about the current state of the Indo-Russian relationship and its future prospects....

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Issues in Defence Costing

Issues in Defence Costing

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Oct , 2018

Costing is one of the foremost weakest links in the defence procurement process. The Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), which applies to all capital acquisitions for the armed forces, requires...

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CAATSA Sanctions and India

CAATSA Sanctions and India

By: Dr G Balachandran | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 30 Sep , 2018

Ever since the Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) was enacted on August 2, 2017, there had been much speculation in India about its potential impact on India-Russia...

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India’s Economic Opportunities in Central Asia

India’s Economic Opportunities in Central Asia

By: Ambassador P Stobdan | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 25 Sep , 2018

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the new President of Uzbekistan, will pay a visit to New Delhi towards the end of this month, seemingly to give yet another shot for cementing strong economic ties with India....

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The First India-US 2+2 Dialogue: An Assessment

The First India-US 2+2 Dialogue: An Assessment

By: Dr G Balachandran | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Sep , 2018

Sufficient time has passed since the first India-US 2+2 meeting was held to make an objective assessment of the outcome. Before the meeting there was much speculation about the issues that will...

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A Review of India-Japan Defence Technology Cooperation

A Review of India-Japan Defence Technology Cooperation

By: Titli Basu | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 02 Sep , 2018

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman invited Japan to participate in the two defence industrial production corridors1 in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh during the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue...

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Examining the Feasibility and Affordability of Raising the Share of Defence...

Examining the Feasibility and Affordability of Raising the Share of Defence...

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 Aug , 2018

Alain Enthoven and Wayne Smith’s classic, How much is enough?,1 is as much relevant for today’s defence planners as it was during the Cold War. The key issue raised by the authors, who were...

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The Need for a Mid-Term Review of the 13th Defence Five Year Plan

The Need for a Mid-Term Review of the 13th Defence Five Year Plan

By: Gp Capt Vinay Kaushal (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Aug , 2018

The defence planning process has been historically linked to the national five year planning process, which began in 1951. While the 1st Five Year Defence Plan (1964–69) was initiated in the...

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New Delhi's Options Post the Publication of the NRC in Assam

New Delhi's Options Post the Publication of the NRC in Assam

By: Dr Pushpita Das | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 06 Aug , 2018

The second draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was published on July 30, 2018. Of the 3.29 crore persons who applied for the inclusion of their names in the NRC, 2.89 crore...

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India’s Quest for Recognition

India’s Quest for Recognition

By: Gen Deepak Kapoor | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 27 Jul , 2018

These days one often hears phrases such as ‘India has arrived at the global scene’ or ‘21st century would be India’s century’. Prime Minister Modi’s style of diplomacy at the...

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Unpacking UK Combat Air Strategy

Unpacking UK Combat Air Strategy

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 25 Jul , 2018

On July 16, 2018, the opening day of the Farnborough Air Show, UK Secretary of State for Defence unveiled the UK Combat Air Strategy (CAS).1 Alongside, in a significant move, a plan to develop a...

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Iran Sanctions: India’s Options

Iran Sanctions: India’s Options

By: Shebonti Ray Dadwal | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Jul , 2018

Once again, India is caught in the middle of a conflict between the US and Iran. During the earlier round of sanctions, India had succeeded in deftly manoeuvring through the sanctions regime,...

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Averting India’s Fall into a Geopolitical Trap

Averting India’s Fall into a Geopolitical Trap

By: Ambassador P Stobdan | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 12 Jul , 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a foreign policy course-correction after realising that the strategic tilt towards the United States has not only grossly upset India’s geopolitical image...

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Return of the Persian Puzzle

Return of the Persian Puzzle

By: PR Kumaraswamy | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 06 Jul , 2018

Iran is back in the news and for all the wrong reasons. It has been the unnecessary third wheel in Indo-US relations and vice versa. Like other countries in the Gulf region, Iran is more than an...

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Unmanned Trans-Atlantic Journey - A New Beginning

Unmanned Trans-Atlantic Journey - A New Beginning

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 04 Jul , 2018

Crossing oceans is challenging, fascinating and satisfying. The westward voyage of the Christopher Columbus-led three-ship fleet from Europe in 1492 established the first link between America and...

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Keeping India-US Defence Ties on Even Keel despite CAATSA

Keeping India-US Defence Ties on Even Keel despite CAATSA

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 20 Jun , 2018

The Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), passed by the US Congress in August 2017 has placed India in a bind. The Act, which came into effect in January 2018,...

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