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Questions about the security of Aadhar project's biometric database
The Aadhar project remains complex - a herculean task. The UK government shelved its identity card project because it was untested and the technology not secure, and because of the risks to the safety and security of citizens. With India in the midst of an election, it remains to be seen what will happen when a new government is formed,
 
Asian Security Dynamics
 
MH370 spotlight: Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Darshana M. Baruah
01 April 2014
With the Chinese navy's increasing ability to project power into the Indian Ocean, it is important for New Delhi to strengthen its strategic outpost in the Andaman and Nicobar territory and remain a security provider to the region.
 
PLA goes out
C. Raja Mohan
27 March 2014
In contrast to India's hesitant response to the humanitarian emergency following the MH370 disappearance, China's military operations have demonstrated Beijing's impressive maritime capabilities and the strong political will to use them.
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Space Security
 
Cyber control and management: The problem
Samir Saran
05 March 2014
The idea of the 'global village', the efforts to create a global economy and emerging global digital marketplace, are all likely to be impacted if nations and communities do not find it within themselves to agree to norms and laws that would apply to this realm.
 
A new paradigm for cyber security
R. Swaminathan
01 March 2014
There are three quixotic paradigms of cyber security. The first looks at cyber security as simply an issue of protection of specific digital devices against a malware or a virus. The second either sees in cyber security a conspiratorial state-corporate elite meta-strategy to take control of society and polity or conceives it as a necessary prerequisite of national security.
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Indian Defence
 
Internet governance debates gain steam within India
Mahima Kaul
09 April 2014
Though the Indian state has chosen to espouse a state-led mechanism for internet governance, one must remember that it is the civil society and media outrage that led the Indian government to ensure the IT Act, 2000 is not easily abused. All actors have their place at the table, be it at the state or international level.
 
Why is the Indian counter-insurgency failing repeatedly?
Rajesh Rajagopalan
08 April 2014
The Indian tendency to muddle through is likely to continue when it comes to counter-insurgency. The distance between the Army and its civilian masters is so gaping that advice, however enriched by experience and reflection, is likely to fall on deaf ears.
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Procurement & Self Reliance
 
Why India’s defence procurement is problematic?
Deba R Mohanty
10 April 2012
A country that spends 15 per cent of its Central expenditure on national defence (armed forces and DRDO) and 23 per cent on national security (armed forces and all other security forces like para-military, police) must explain to its citizens as to whether its spending on security is justifiably utilised or not.
 
From MIC to NSIC
Deba Ranjan Mohanty
11 October 2011
Nomenclature notwithstanding, the evolution of an Indian National Security Industrial Complex (NSIC) must be watched with interest and caution.
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Non-Traditional Security
 
Moves to enhance response to CBR attacks
Astik Sinha
27 December 2011
The recent Indian government’s decision to equip 800 police stations in 80 cities with radiation monitors is a clear indication of how serious the threats posed by chemical, biological and radioactive (CBR) weapons is being taken.
 
Winning the aerospace tech battle
Deba R Mohanty
29 August 2011
India had recently decided to partner Russia in a joint project known as Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). A project like this is a rarity, like Brahmos, that India can ill afford to lose. Prudence would demand employment of a realist strategy of engagement by India in convincing the Russians to expand the scope of involvement.
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Friday, 25 April 2014
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"Nuclear Security in India"
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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"Cyber Security" Debating data localization and its effect on the Web
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"Withdrawal and its Limitations: The Future of Afghanistan"
Monday, 5 May 2014
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"Utilizing Military Veterans to Add Value to Developmental Initiatives in Rural and Semi-Urban Areas"
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
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"10th EU Enlargement Anniversary: Issues and Challenges"
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
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Discussion on

"Nuclear Trends in West Asia"
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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"Mr. Jacek Bylica, EU Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation."
Friday, 16 May 2014
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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10-11 June 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
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12 March 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
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"Attitudes Around Water"
Friday, 13 June 2013
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30 June 2013 - 1 July 2013
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"United States Foreign Policy in International Perspective"
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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Energy/Coal/Power
Climate Change and India: Morality does begin at Home!
15 April 2014
Ashish Gupta,

Climate Change is becoming a major cause of concern but the important thing that is lacking in Climate Change deliberations is that it is concentrated on poor developing countries including India.

 
IPCC AR5: One More Step for Dialectic Reasoning?
15 April 2014
Lydia Powell,

The contents of the three fifth assessment reports (AR 5) that the IPCC released recently are largely similar to the earlier reports. The prophets of the IPCC offer volumes of threatening numbers and seductively coloured charts to tell us that we are all doomed if we do not accept their dialectic reasoning and follow their prescriptions.

 
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International
Afghan presidential elections: Implications and the road ahead
16 April 2014
Raghav Sharma

The voluminous participation by the Afghans in the elections, in which all major candidates asserted their desire to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US, does not bode well for the Taliban, which describes signing of the BSA as "a huge crime".

 
Cementing the BRICS
05 April 2014
Geethanjali Nataraj and Abhirup Bhunia

There is a need to fix the BRICS, by altering growth strategies, reducing external dependence, securing domestic demand and investments, providing jobs to the unemployed, and aiming at lowering untenable inequality.

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National
The outliers who won the PM's post
16 April 2014
Manoj Joshi

If Narendra Modi becomes prime minister, he will join a select band of predecessors who can be called "outliers" - a scientific term used to describe phenomena which are outside the normal experience.

 
Testing time for Modi?
11 April 2014
T.V. Rajeswar

There is hope among the politicians of various political groups in Kashmir as well as the people of Kashmir that Narendra Modi as Prime Minister would take some decisive action in keeping with their expectations. Modi himself has moderated his stand to that there should be a discussion on Article 370.

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Security
Questions about the security of Aadhar project's biometric database
14 April 2014
Mahima Kaul

The Aadhar project remains complex - a herculean task. The UK government shelved its identity card project because it was untested and the technology not secure, and because of the risks to the safety and security of citizens.

 
Why is the Indian counter-insurgency failing repeatedly?
08 April 2014
Rajesh Rajagopalan

The Indian tendency to muddle through is likely to continue when it comes to counter-insurgency. The distance between the Army and its civilian masters is so gaping that advice, however enriched by experience and reflection, is likely to fall on deaf ears.

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Economy
Multi-brand retail: Risky to usher in oligopolistic global retailers
14 April 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

It makes more sense to enable domestic multi-brand retailers to become strong and see how they develop the village infrastructure and supply chains. It would be risky to usher in oligopolistic global retailers without any strings attached and allowing them to take a big slice of India's huge retail market.

 
Neglect of under-privileged: Confront politicians
04 April 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

In today's political scene not many contestants have a background of having worked with the underprivileged people or fighting for the rights of women and children. Many think it is a good opportunity to get into the charmed circle of parliamentarians who have attractive remunerations and huge fringe benefits for five years

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Russia
Crimea: The US grandstanding that failed again
04 April 2014
Vikram Sood

Obama's warning to Putin that there would be costs for the invasion of Crimea was not only empty, but the real cost in all this was to American credibility, once again. One can, therefore, expect both the US and Russia to assert their rights regardless of international law.

 
Putin gives lessons in world politics
18 March 2014
Manoj Joshi

The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more.

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