Articles in Courtesy: IDSA

Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 13 Feb , 2017

Is China feeling threatened by India’s Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capabilities? The way it has reacted to India’s recent back-to-back successful testing of Agni-IV and V, it...

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India’s Defence Budget 2017-18: An Analysis

India’s Defence Budget 2017-18: An Analysis

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 06 Feb , 2017

While presenting the Union Budget 2017-18 on February 01, 2017, the Finance Minister (FM), Arun Jaitley, allocated Rs. 3,59,854 crore (US$ 53.5 billion) to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). As in his...

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Defence Budget 2017-18: What the Macro-Economic Factors Foretell

Defence Budget 2017-18: What the Macro-Economic Factors Foretell

By: Gp Capt Vinay Kaushal (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 01 Feb , 2017

The Union budget is being presented for the first time on February 1 instead of the last working day of February. 2016-17 was also the last year of the 12th Plan. With the five-year Plan process...

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Defence Modernisation: A Silver Lining in the Dark Clouds?

Defence Modernisation: A Silver Lining in the Dark Clouds?

By: Gp Capt Vinay Kaushal (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 29 Jan , 2017

For defence modernisation that has seen bad times in the recent past, some new developments have kindled hopes for better times. First came the news on January 23, 2017 of the Hon’ble Supreme...

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China’s White Paper on Asia Pacific Security Cooperation: An Assessment

China’s White Paper on Asia Pacific Security Cooperation: An Assessment

By: Abhay Kumar Singh | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 26 Jan , 2017

On January 11, 2017, China elucidated its position on Asia Pacific security through its first white paper on its positions and policies on Asia-Pacific security cooperation.1 One of the key...

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BEML Disinvestment: What about the other DPSUs and OFs?

BEML Disinvestment: What about the other DPSUs and OFs?

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 23 Jan , 2017

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has taken a major decision to privatise some government-owned companies. One of the companies listed for privatisation is BEML (formerly named...

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China’s 2016 Space White Paper: An Appraisal

China’s 2016 Space White Paper: An Appraisal

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 08 Jan , 2017

On December 27, 2016, China’s State Council published a White Paper on “China’s Space Activities in 2016”. This is the fourth white paper on issues concerning China’s activities in the outer...

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China’s Creeping Maritime Assertiveness

China’s Creeping Maritime Assertiveness

By: Abhay Kumar Singh | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 04 Jan , 2017

China’s maritime assertiveness in the South China Sea (SCS) was on display on December 15, 2016 when a PLA Navy (PLAN) vessel retrieved an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) of the US Navy (USN)...

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China’s First Cyber Security Law

China’s First Cyber Security Law

By: Abhishek Pratap Singh | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 24 Dec , 2016

The passage of China’s first Cyber security law on November 7, 2016 marks another step in the direction of increased oversight over the use of the internet in China. The regulatory framework for...

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Countering Fidayeen Attacks

Countering Fidayeen Attacks

By: Col Vivek Chadha (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 18 Dec , 2016

There has been an upsurge in violence in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in recent years. This has been accompanied by increasing cross-border violations by Pakistan and heavy retaliation by India. The...

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CPEC: Corridor of Discontent

CPEC: Corridor of Discontent

By: Dr Priyanka Singh | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 27 Nov , 2016

The flagship project under the Belt and Road Initiative – the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has been seen as a ‘game changer’ in the regional geopolitical discourse since its formal...

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Demonetisation and Beyond: Addressing the Finance of Terrorism

Demonetisation and Beyond: Addressing the Finance of Terrorism

By: Col Vivek Chadha (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 Nov , 2016

The impact of the demonetisation policy as related to curbing the finance of terrorism announced on November 08, 2016, is gradually emerging from the shadow of its surprise announcement. It is...

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Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Conundrum: No End in Sight

Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Conundrum: No End in Sight

By: Md. Muddassir Quamar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 12 Nov , 2016

One and a half years after it began a military intervention in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has not achieved any significant gains. The war in Yemen is proving to be costly for the Saudi economy which if...

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Caribbean Air Arms Requirements Offer an Opportunity for India

Caribbean Air Arms Requirements Offer an Opportunity for India

By: Dr Sanjay Badri-Maharaj | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 10 Nov , 2016

When one examines the air arms of the islands of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Guyana and Suriname, it is evident that a yawning gap in defence preparedness is emerging in the form of an acute...

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Need for Persevering with the Dialogue Process in Jammu & Kashmir

Need for Persevering with the Dialogue Process in Jammu & Kashmir

By: Gautam Sen | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 01 Nov , 2016

The latest process of dialogue with Kashmir Valley separatists initiated by the Yashwant Sinha-led five-member delegation is an interesting development. Notwithstanding Sinha’s claim that the...

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Is Turkey’s insistence on a military role in Mosul a strategic miscalculation?

Is Turkey’s insistence on a military role in Mosul a strategic miscalculation?

By: Md. Muddassir Quamar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 28 Oct , 2016

Turkey’s insistence on a role for itself in the ongoing joint offensive of Iraqi armed forces and Kurdish Peshmarga supported by limited US ground forces and air strikes to liberate Mosul from...

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Cross LOC Strike and India’s Reputation for Resolve

Cross LOC Strike and India’s Reputation for Resolve

By: Abhay Kumar Singh | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 23 Oct , 2016

India’s cross-LoC strikes on terrorist launch pads located in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have been much discussed in recent days. While the government has officially described the attacks...

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The Importance of Passive and Active CBRN Defensive Measures

The Importance of Passive and Active CBRN Defensive Measures

By: Dr Sanjay Badri-Maharaj | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 18 Oct , 2016

Even before the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes against terrorist targets in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the night of 28-29 September 2016, Pakistan has long been fond of rattling...

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Uri, Surgical Strikes and International Reactions

Uri, Surgical Strikes and International Reactions

By: Vivek Chadha, Rumel Dahiya, Neha Kohli and Shruti Pandalai | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 05 Oct , 2016

The Uri Terrorist Attack On September 18, 2016, four terrorists belonging to the Pakistani jihadi group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) struck at an Indian Army camp in Uri. The camp housed more than the...

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China’s One-Road-One Belt Initiative: A New Model of Global Governance

China’s One-Road-One Belt Initiative: A New Model of Global Governance

By: Mukul Sanwal | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Oct , 2016

South Asia is the least integrated region in the world, and that is not in line with global trends. This is a major reason constraining India’s economic potential and its re-emergence as a...

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