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Geo-economics key to counter China in the Indian Ocean
Vidya Sagar Reddy
30 September 2015
Although neither India nor China envisions participating in decisive naval battles given the interdependent nature of the world order, naval suasion continues in the Indian Ocean. The underlying strength for control of the Indian Ocean, however, is not geopolitical but economic power.
US, India and security in the Asia-Pacific
Darshana M Baruah
28 September 2015
ties are at the nexus of a new beginning shaping the Indo-Pacific is no surprise. PM Modi's second visit to the US at the beginning of his second year in office only reiterates the importance of this relationship.
Beijing's strategic signalling
18 September 2015
It seems that the Beijing Parade, which was in many ways regarded as a self congratulatory one, probably sent wrong signals at least at the international level. While Mr Xi talked of a peaceful and a harmonious rise, the actual message probably created more apprehensions and worries amongst the regional countries.
Why there are doubts over the success claims on Indradhanush
14 September 2015
Now that much of the controversy surrounding the recently concluded 'Indradhanush' exercises between India and the UK concluded, it is probably time for a clinical post mortem.
Recurring defence costs: Looking beyond the numbers
11 September 2015
How can the Government curb the ballooning of its defence spending due to recurring manpower costs? Does the solution lie in reducing the size of the military? The problem lies in our military thinking and the solution provided by our military leadership in meeting our defence goals.
AUSINDEX: A sign of growing India-Australia defence ties
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
10 September 2015
As India and Australia are set to hold their first bilateral naval exercise this month off the Visakhapatnam Port, the India-Australia relations should not be approached through a strict bilateral perspective. Australia must be situated in the larger Asian strategic context and the role of Canberra in stabilizing the Indo-Pacific must not be lost.
Talking and Fighting with Pakistan
22 August 2015
The Modi government, like several earlier governments, have been faced with the dilemma of how to talk to Pakistan. India can avoid this dilemma if it develops military options to respond to Pakistan's transgressions, both to deter future attacks and also so that Indian decision-makers have options not limited to simply calling off talks each time Pakistan engages in such behaviour.
Strong legislation needed to combat gender based violence on social media
21 August 2015
Online harassment in India is a problem. The country is witnessing substantial growth in internet penetration. This, coupled with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative, is bound to bring an unprecedented number of people online. There is a need, now more than ever, for appropriate legislation on social media.
It's time for India to rethink its nuclear policy
21 August 2015
Does New Delhi need to review its nuclear doctrine to avoid misunderstanding or miscalculation in an ever-changing global and regional security environment?
Tianjin blasts: Lessons for India
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
20 August 2015
Does the Tianjin blasts have any lessons for India? India has several large chemical industry clusters, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Despite the dual-use applications of many of these materials, the control of hazardous chemicals has not been exactly foolproof. For India, the threat is manifold.
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