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15 February 2018
Maritime Matters
South China Sea: Unmanned Vessels and Future Operations

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that new technology demonstrations by China and the US signal the unfolding of a new naval competition between them
23 January 2018
Maritime Matters
Swarm Drones: Could they Shape the Future of Naval Warfare?

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that next-generation hybrid drone-missile unmanned systems may characterise the future naval realm
4 October 2017
The Strategist
The Curious Case of USS McCain

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar considers the vulnerabilities of computerised warship systems to cyber-attacks
15 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
Chinese Military Reform, 2013-2030

Report of the discussion on Chinese Military Reform, 2013-2030, held on 23 August 2017
5 September 2017
New Indian Defence Minister: A List of Priorities
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon says that Nirmala Sitaraman has the opportunity to orchestrate a transformation in India’s defence capabilities
7 August 2017
The Strategist
A Pug, a Terrier and the Doklam Stand Off

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar assesses the standoff at Doklam and says any conflict will be waged on terms advantageous to India 
28 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Sri Lanka: Reorienting the Relationship?

Husanjot Chahal assesses the trajectory of India-Sri Lanka relations over the past three years and identifies trends in three key areas 
27 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Maritime Issues: Proactive Initiatives

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that over the past three years, India’s focus on 'matters maritime' have become more proactive and comprehensive

12 January 2017
India: Crises in Command?
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon assesses the appointment of India's new army chief and makes recommendations for the process of reforms to the personnel policies of the Indian armed forces 
8 November 2016
East Asia Compass
PM Modi’s Visit to Japan: Prospects and Prudence

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines India’s growing proximity to Japan in light of Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, while recommending a simultaneous need to exercise caution
23 September 2016
Encirclement of the Arctic Circle: The Russian Military Buildup
Adarsh Vijay assesses Russia’s growing ambitions in the Arctic Circle and how these will play out in the current geopolitical scenario 
19 July 2016
The Strategist
South China Sea: China’s Double Speak and Verdict at The Hague

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the tribunal’s verdict on the legality of China’s claim to the waters within the “nine-dash line”
28 June 2016
Rightsizing the Armed Forces: Problems and Prospects
Dr Bhartendu Kumar Singh discusses manpower reductions in the Indian military modernisation discourse.

7 April 2016
Role of Airpower and Enhanced Jointry in the Indian Defence Forces
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon draws from Parrikar's recent announcement of governmental clearance for the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff
15 March 2016
East Asia Compass
What is the Efficacy of Sanctions on North Korea?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the impact of the instrument in bringing about changes in the regime's provocative behaviour
1 February 2016
East Asia Compass
‘Brilliant’ Comrade: The Design in North Korean Madness

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that North Korea's actions are not as arbitrary or plain reckless as it may appear to be, and explains why
20 January 2016
Looking East
Contours of Sino-Indian relations in 2016

Wasbir Hussain analyses the potential trajectory of New Delhi-Beijing relations in the coming year
18 January 2016
Strategic Space
Forecast 2016: Nuclear Issues That Will Dominate the Year

Dr Manpreet Sethi takes stock of key nuclear issues in 2016
2 November 2015
Spotlight West Asia
Potential Implications of Russia’s Military Involvement in Syria

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta takes stock of the Russian intervention in Syria and the potential outcomes of the same
17 August 2015
China's ECS Oil Fields: Widening the Japan-China Gulf

Dr. Pranamita Baruah writes about the escalating tensions in the Sino-Japanese bilateral and makes projections
27 July 2015
Voice from America
The Iran Deal: Is it Hard to Resist?

Prof Amit Gupta explains the two options the US has vis-a-vis the Iran nuclear deal in the face of opposition from different quarters
22 June 2015
China’s Wu-14: Racking Tensions in the South China Sea

Hugo Chene analyses the new developments in the South China Sea and US-China relations
18 May 2015
Indian Ocean Region
China-Sri Lanka: Maritime Infrastructure and India’s Security

Roshni Thomas writes about India's apprehensions and options vis-a-vis China's investment in Sri Lanka's maritime infrastructure
20 April 2015
Strategic Direction of the PLA Navy: Capability and Intent Assessment
Book Review: "A Grope for Strategic Direction"

Vice Admiral (retd) Vijay Shankar reviews Kamlesh K. Agnihotri's 'Strategic Direction of the PLA Navy: Capability and Intent Assessment'
6 April 2015
Spotlight West Asia
Yemen: Why the Current Strife will Continue

Amb Ranjit Gupta writes about the unfolding crisis in Yemen and its potential outcomes in the near future
24 March 2015
Indian Ocean Region
Australia-India-China: IOR Procurement Race for Submarines

Stephen Westcott analyses India's and Australia's approaches to procuring submarines in the wake of China's forays in the IOR
15 December 2014
Indian Ocean: Why India Seeks Demilitarisation
Dr Vijay Sakhuja writes that an extra-regional naval presence in the Indian Ocean is both an opportunity and a challenge
11 December 2014
Maritime Silk Route
Decoding China's Silk Diplomacy at Sea

Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedi writes why China's Maritime Silk Road project will succeed substantially only if it manages to address the trust-deficit with other countries
1 December 2014
Maritime Matters
India and Maritime Security: Do More

Dr Vijay Sakhuja lists measures undertaken towards maritime security by the Indian government and explains why more needs to be done
19 November 2014
Asia and the Seas: Looking Back to Look Forward
Dr Vijay Sakhuja writes about how Asian countries are recalling history to showcase their maritime prowess in the 21st century
3 November 2014
Maritime Matters
Indian Ocean and the IORA: Search and Rescue Operations

Dr Vijay Sakhuja explains the need for comprehensive framework for collaborative search and rescue operations in the Indian Ocean
14 October 2014
Petro Pirates and Maritime Security
Pirates Prefer Energy Cargo

Dr Vijay Sakhuja traces the emerging trend in incidents of maritime piracy
1 September 2014
Maritime Matters
Maritime Silk Road: Can India Leverage It?

Dr Vijay Sakhuja makes the case for viewing the Maritime Silk Route as an opportunity instead of a threat
27 August 2014
Indian Ocean Region
The Need for India-Australia Maritime Cooperation

Teshu Singh writes why the onus of building greater cooperation between India and Australia in the Indian Ocean Region, is on New Delhi
7 July 2014
Maritime Matters
India-EU: Exploring Maritime Convergences

Dr Vijay Sakhuja writes about the prospects of cooperation between India and the EU on maritime issues and explains the significance of the same
3 July 2014
IPCS Discussion
China’s Maritime March West

Dibya Shikha and Sonia Hukil report on the proceedings on the discussion
16 June 2014
INS Arihant: A 'Giant Stride' for India?
Amit Saxena says that the vessel may not go nuclear or underwater anytime soon
3 June 2014
FDI in Defence
Can 100% Foreign Investment Help India’s Defence Sector?

Aakash Brahmachari analyses whether India's decision to raise the FDI cap in the defence sector to 100 per cent is in line with the country's interests
2 June 2014
Maritime Matters
Indian Ocean Navies: Lessons from the Pacific

Dr Vijay Sakhuja explains the importance of a maritime code such as the CUES for navies operating in the Indian Ocean
30 May 2014
IPCS Discussion
China and US in the Indian Ocean

Rheanna Mathews reports on the proceedings on the discussion
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