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India's Reluctance on Multilateral Naval Exercises
Pushan Das & Sylvia Mishra
29 July 2015
Given the centrality of the Indian Ocean to its national security, it is time for India to leverage existing and emerging multilateral platforms to engage deeply with partner countries and take on a greater leadership role in the Indian Ocean Region.
Defence sector needs drastic reforms
Manoj Joshi
27 July 2015
Resources are constraining the modernisation drives of India's three services. The government has not been able to check the growth of manpower in the Army and paramilitary forces. This has a direct repercussion on the modernisation plans of the military.
Keep Space Code of Conduct moving forward
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
23 July 2015
The negotiations on Space code of Conduct, set to begin in New York, provide an opportune moment for states to narrow down their differences and help establish a comprehensive instrument. The EU must be patient and develop the necessary consensus so that it establishes a strong support base, vital for the longevity of the code.
Gaoxin-6: Attempting to fill capability gap in Chinese Navy
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan & Arka Biswas
20 July 2015
As China continues to expand its presence in international waters, it is developing capabilities to counter foreign submarines which, otherwise, may pose challenge to its ambitions. This is where the recently launched Gaoxin-6 becomes important for Beijing.
Keen contest for maritime control
Pushan Das
20 July 2015
India will need to tread lightly in its pursuit to be more assertive vis--vis the Chinese in the IOR. Low key, footprint initiatives, like surveillance stations and docking or berthing rights, may be the key in increasing the reach of its security net in the region, minus the political backlash of acting like a regional hegemon.
Iran nuclear deal: Mountain of uncertainties
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
17 July 2015
From a non-proliferation perspective, the Iran nuclear deal is a good one provided it is complied with. A lot will depend on Iran?s adherence to the commitments under the deal but it is difficult to have much faith in Iranian commitments because of its repeated failures in the past. And, from a regional security perspective, the deal is disastrous.
India's space agenda: What should the Modi Govt. do?
Rajeswari Rajagopalan
16 July 2015
Commercial interests in the outer space domain calls for new innovative thinking if India has to be able to retain its presence. The Indian political leadership needs to take ownership of this domain and dictate new plans and priorities for the future.
Chinese submarines in IOR: Game changers?
P K Ghosh
07 July 2015
Given that the Chinese submarines are likely to be found operating frequently in the IOR, the Indian defence establishment must develop some adequate responses, rather than just being alarmed repeatedly.
Chinese submarines
C. Raja Mohan
01 July 2015
India paid a high price for failing to anticipate the Sino-Pak nuclear nexus in the 1970s and 1980s. It is erring again by neglecting the potential for a maritime alliance between China and Pakistan that could severely constrain India's freedom of action in the Indian Ocean.
China's WU-14 nuclear device: Impact on deterrence equation
Arka Biswas
01 July 2015
The successful tests of Chinese nuclear device WU-14 has brought the emphasis back on deploying effective ballistic missile defences. The Chinese test is also definitely going to speed up the US' quest for enhancing both its offensive and defensive technological capabilities.
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