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Issue. 81
Army Aviation: Does the Army Needs it own Air Force?
Pranay S. Ahluwalia
15 November 2014
The National Security Initiative of the Observer Research Foundation held a workshop to examine the relevance of the Army Aviation Corps. This report details the outcome of a discussion amongst prominent defence personnel.
Issue. 80
India and Saudi Arabia: The Scope for Greater Security Cooperation
Kanchi Gupta
06 November 2014
Saudi Arabia and India recently signed a defence cooperation agreement, signalling a shift in ties. This issue brief looks at the importance of Indo-Saudi relations from a geopolitical perspective, outlines the trajectory of their bilateral defence partnership, and emphasises the symbiotic nature of their relations and the increasing scope for greater cooperation.
Issue. 79
The Lingering Financial Crisis in the European Union
Jayshree Sengupta
21 October 2014
The economic and social problems of the European Union (EU) have not been fully resolved since the euro zone crisis. This issue brief walks the reader through the genesis of the crisis, the reforms and the bailout packages implemented; discusses the adverse consequences of austerity and proposes alternatives; and ends with implications for India.
Issue. 75
Lebanon: Caught in the Regional Crossfire
Avinash Tharoor
18 October 2014
Lebanon, the smallest nation in continental Asia, is also one of the most populous. A relatively stable, secure and democratic state, its geographical location and the growing regional crisis are leading to pressing internal and external threats that Beirut must face. This issue brief examines these contemporary threats to Lebanese security: the Syrian Civil War, the rise of the Islamic State, domestic terrorism and sectarianism, and the nation's changing demographics.
Issue. 78
The Afghanistan Factor in India's Approach to Central Asia
Aryaman Bhatnagar
13 October 2014
This issue brief examines how Afghanistan facilitates India's objectives vis-a-vis Central Asia and explores how engagement with Central Asia, in turn, could play a major role in furthering India's interests in Afghanistan.
Issue. 76
Nuclear Security: India and the NTI Ranking
Kaveri Ashok and Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
30 September 2014
In light of the 2014 NTI Index which ranks India 23rd out of 25 countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials, this issue brief highlights problem areas in the Index and proposes suggestions for improving the Indian nuclear security regime.
Issue. 77
Nuclear Security in India: Mapping the Threat Scenario
Rahul Prakash
23 September 2014
This Issue Brief analyses the possible nuclear and radiological threats that India could face. It also examines the various ways in which these threats could occur and the likely actors inclined to carry them out.
Issue. 6
Oil & Gas in India: The Milestones (1825-2012)
Dinesh Kumar Madhrey
11 September 2014
1825: Lieutenant R. Wilcox of the 46th Regiment Native Infantry, who with his small survey party was on a military mission to maintain law and order, spotted oil seepages in the north-eastern corner of Assam in September.
Issue. 5
Air Power: The Cost -Benefit Conundrum
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
04 September 2014
One of the features of modern air power is the enormous costs associated with contemporary combat aircraft. Barring China, fiscal retrenchment seems to be a common obstacle being faced by air forces across the world. To discuss the issues arising from this challenge, the Observer Research Foundation organised a conference on"Affordable Air Power" in New Delhi on October 30, 2013. This Special Report is based on presentations and discussions at the workshop.
Issue. 74
Global Internet Governance: India's Search for a New Paradigm
Mahima Kaul
04 September 2014
What should be India's approach towards the international internet governance discourse? This Issue Brief attempts answer this question by examining the Indian government's engagement with the global community, using the recently concluded NETmundial conference on internet governance as a case study. It also provides policy recommendations for the way forward.
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