Spotlights

Under Shadow of the 2+2 Dialogue

Under Shadow of the 2+2 Dialogue

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Sep , 2018

The inaugural Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue has happened finally. The media worked overtime, giving minute to minute progress – statements, critical comments and whatnot. As the dust settled there have...

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Can the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation bring India and Pakistan closer?

Can the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation bring India and Pakistan closer?

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 18 Sep , 2018

With India and Pakistan as newly incorporated members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), China is likely to face an increasing amount of divisiveness within a regional economic and...

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India bound by international law against any intervention in Maldives

India bound by international law against any intervention in Maldives

By: N Koiremba Singh And Sarthak Roy | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 17 Sep , 2018

South Asia – and the region – are keenly following events unfolding in the Maldives. The Maldivian Supreme Court in a landmark decision on February 1, 2018 ordered the government to release nine...

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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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The Rafale Deal and after

The Rafale Deal and after

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 15 Sep , 2018

The Rafale deal was again in the news recently. The periodicity is often (in fact always) linked to the political situation in the country. This time, the hue and cry was synchronized with the...

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Indian Armed Forces Imperatives towards a credible Miliary Posture

Indian Armed Forces Imperatives towards a credible Miliary Posture

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 14 Sep , 2018

In 2018 India stands geopolitically tall as the Asian pivot of Indo Pacific security and stability and a nett provider of regional security. Perceptions count when it comes to credibility of...

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Local Bodies Polls in Jammu & Kashmir: Challenging Task

Local Bodies Polls in Jammu & Kashmir: Challenging Task

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Sep , 2018

For the first time in the past three decades of political turmoil in Kashmir, the separatists and both main stream political parties have come on the same page and called for boycott of elections....

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Military Applications of Nanotechnology: Lessons for India

Military Applications of Nanotechnology: Lessons for India

By: Kritika Roy | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 09 Sep , 2018

Nanotechnology has been gaining considerable momentum across a range of industries varying, from medical applications to military usage. Indeed, nanotechnology has been hailed as the next big...

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Indo-Pak Meet under Indus Water Treaty: “Nothing Changes”

Indo-Pak Meet under Indus Water Treaty: “Nothing Changes”

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 07 Sep , 2018

The Indus Water Commissioners from India and Pakistan met in Lahore for two days on 29th and 30th of August in Lahore.  This meet under the IWT (Indus Water Treaty) was scheduled to meet twice a...

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Reduction of Manpower in the Indian Army: Need to Tread with Caution

Reduction of Manpower in the Indian Army: Need to Tread with Caution

By: Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 06 Sep , 2018

There has been talk of late on balancing the “Teeth to Tail Ratio” in the Indian Army. Proposals for discussions on the above have been in the offing for almost over two decades. This has...

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2+2 dialogue will strengthen Indo-US convergences

2+2 dialogue will strengthen Indo-US convergences

By: Nilova Roy Chaudhury | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 05 Sep , 2018

New Delhi intends to convey to Washington that it will keep its own relations with Tehran and Moscow in place when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis come to...

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China & Pakistan in United States Crosshairs in 2018

China & Pakistan in United States Crosshairs in 2018

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 04 Sep , 2018

China and Pakistan in 2018 find themselves in United States strategic crosshairs in relation to their policies perceived as adversarial to US interests in East Asia and South Asia and in the...

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The Rafale Saga

The Rafale Saga

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 03 Sep , 2018

The Modi government’s decision to purchase  Rafale fighter jets from France  continues to be shrouded in controversy. There are now allegations that the deal is marked by overpricing and crony...

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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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India-US 2+2 Dialogue: Skepticism and Hope

India-US 2+2 Dialogue: Skepticism and Hope

By: Col Rajeev Kapoor | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 01 Sep , 2018

India and the United States of America (USA)  have established a new two plus two (2 + 2) ministerial dialogue to enhance strategic coordination between them and for maintaining peace and...

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Kashmir - The Pivot of Geopolitical Dynamics in South Asia

Kashmir - The Pivot of Geopolitical Dynamics in South Asia

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 31 Aug , 2018

Adorning the head of the Indian sub-continent, the borders of the Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) jutted northwards, connecting with the gnarled heights of the Pamirs in the north-west...

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Birganj and Battle of Kantanagar Bridge

Birganj and Battle of Kantanagar Bridge

By: Lt Gen PN Kathpalia | Issue: Book Excerpt: Charge of a Mtn Bde in Creation of a Nation Bangladesh | Date: 30 Aug , 2018

Birganj was the next objective enroute to Kantanagar. This was at the junction of four road axes and thereby controlled all Southward movement towards Kantanagar Bridge. It was, therefore,...

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Chinese Strategic Culture

Chinese Strategic Culture

By: Bidanda Chengappas | Issue: Book Excerpt: Rise of China | Date: 29 Aug , 2018

Strategic Culture pertains to a people’s distinctive style of dealing with problems of national security. It is about how a nation, its decision-makers and citizens, together perceive a threat...

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While Taliban are strengthening, peace in Afghanistan can come only through...

While Taliban are strengthening, peace in Afghanistan can come only through...

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 28 Aug , 2018

The beleaguered Afghan government has offered a ceasefire to the Taliban, after the latter kidnapped about 200 bus passengers on 20th August in the Northern Province of Kunduz. The Taliban...

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1965 War: General Chaudhury did not order withdrawal behind River Beas

1965 War: General Chaudhury did not order withdrawal behind River Beas

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Aug , 2018

Fifty three years have passed since the 1965 war with Pakistan, still controversies and confusion on many issues and events persist. It is so because the official history of this war is shrouded...

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