Articles

Spot The Difference - Is the Turkish Model a Way out for Pakistan?

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)

To start believing that democracy is taking root in Pakistan because the political confrontation between Prime Minister Gilani and General Kayani has not resulted in a military coup would be premature. There have been moments in Pakistan’s politica

09/02/2012
Neighbourhood Studies, Pakistan

India’s Defence Production and Research – Need for Transformational up-gradation

Ajit Doval, KC - Former Director, VIF

Early January 2012, the US Defence Department came out with its Strategic Guidance Document, nineteen years after the last was brought out in 1993. Spelling out American “Priorities for 21st Century Defence,” this document delineates the future a

06/02/2012
National Security and Strategic Studies, Defence

"Defence Procurements - Need to Re-architect the Process and Procedures"

Dr M N Buch, Centre for Governance and Political Studies, VIF

The First World War was deemed to be the war to end all wars. Just twenty years after the end of World War I we were engulfed by the Second World War, fought with weapons far more destructive than those used in the period 1914-1919. These included

06/02/2012
Governance and Political Studies

Obama’s New Strategic Guidance Indicates a Shift in Defence Policy

Amb Satish Chandra, Member of Executive Committee and Advisory Council, VIF

The new strategic guidance for the US Department of Defence, issued on January 5th 2012, in an eight page document entitled “Sustaining US Leadership: Priorities for 21th Century Defense”, merits careful study. It not only

30/01/2012
National Security and Strategic Studies, Defence, US

Need to Augment Indian Missile Power

Radhakrishna Rao, Visiting Fellow, VIF

The highly disturbed and extremely volatile security environment in India’s neighbourhood underlines the need for India to substantially strengthen its national security apparatus with a range of strategic and tactical battlefield missiles featurin

28/01/2012
National Security and Strategic Studies, Border and Coastal Security, Defence

Why Krishna's Visit to Lanka can't be Termed 'Successful'

Amb Satish Chandra, Member of Executive Committee and Advisory Council, VIF

As is customary, official circles in India have hailed External Affairs S M Krishna's four-day visit to Sri Lanka from January 16th to 19th 2012 as 'successful.' Whether or not it was indeed 'successful' demands an examination of what transpired duri

26/01/2012
Neighbourhood Studies, Sri Lanka

Don’t See False Signs of Change in Pak

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)

Is the current institutional conflict in Pakistan an indication that it is increasingly becoming a dysfunctional state, or is it a sign that the political system is now becoming more democratic? The Zardari government is at loggerheads with the judic

24/01/2012
Neighbourhood Studies, Pakistan

Caste, Religion and Reservations

Dr M N Buch, Centre for Governance and Political Studies, VIF

The Government of India has announced that it had decided to provide 4.5 percent reservations for Muslims, to form part of the 27 percent reservation quota for other backward classes. Salman Kurshid, the Law Minister, has stated that this reservatio

24/01/2012
Governance and Political Studies

The Lok Pal Saga

Dr A Surya Prakash (Member, VIF Advisory Council)

How Nine Governments Betrayed the Nation

While every political party in India has offered lip service to the idea of having an independent institution to probe allegations of corruption against members of the political executive and the

17/01/2012
Governance and Political Studies

Again, Who Do We Do Business with in Pakistan?

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)

The crassly cynical political developments in Pakistan, epitomized by the Memogate scandal, befit a banana republic. The Army is accusing the Head of State of acting against national security by seeking to conspire with the US to curb its power. In a

17/01/2012
Neighbourhood Studies, Pakistan