China - Naxalite linkages: Gauging its dimensions

Anoop A. J. (Researcher, VIF)

The linkages synthesized by Maoist groups with militant organisations, North East insurgents and radical Islamic organisations particularly for availing terror logistics continues to be a key concern for the internal security of India. At the same t

Leftwing Extremism

Kashmir – A History of failed Interlocutors

Indranil Banerjie

If the Indian Home Minister is to be believed, then a solution to the Kashmir problem is at hand. Home Minister P Chidambaram told a Parliamentary Consultative Committee1 in early December 2010 that the “contours of a political solution

Jammu & Kashmir

The ‘Londonistan’ Phenomenon and UK Intelligence

Dr Prem Mahadevan, Visiting Fellow, VIF

Abstract This paper aims to explain how and why London came to be a hub for Pan-Islamist jihadism during the 1990s. It posits that the origins of the ‘Londonistan’ phenomenon lie in a long British tradition of using intelligence to obta


The Prussian General Staff: Lessons for Indian Think Tankers

Dr Prem Mahadevan, Visiting Fellow, VIF

This essay argues that if Indian think tanks are to influence policy, they need to replicate the conditions under which policy allows itself to be shaped by expert advice. The essay uses the 19th century Prussian General Staff as a model to highlight

Governance and Political Studies

Hardly Any Water In Wikileaks Revelations

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)

Professional diplomats will find little that is new or startling in the Wikileaks cables. For them the quality and content of reporting in the leaked cables is quite standard fare. Transmitting to Headquarters information gleaned from contacts, asse

International Relations and Diplomacy

China’s Defence Budget (2011-12)

Sanjay Kumar, Librarian

Amid growing international concerns, the People’s Republic of China presented its latest defence budget on 4 March 2011, a day ahead of the opening of the Republic’s Ninth National People's Congress. The budget shows a marked increase of 12.6 per


Nagaland: Threat to Reconciliation and Dialogue

Jaideep Saikia (Senior Fellow, VIF)

At a time when the reconciliation process to bring the different factions in Nagaland together was gaining in ground, the announcement by NSCN (K) and NNC that their respective leaders, SS Khaplang and S Singnya would not be participating in the fort

North-East Insurgency

Evolving India-Japan Relations and the Way Forward

Dr. Vikash Ranjan

Introduction: The complementary nature of Indian and Japanese economies, and their converging political and security interests have led to the enhancement of India- Japan relations in the recent times. While the emergence of a new India has o


A Deepening Mess - Pakistan is again exploiting India’s eagerness for dialogue

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)

Apropos our decision to resume a “comprehensive” dialogue with Pakistan, the question needs to be asked why we want to play the same game with our neighbour again and again when we know that it does not want to play by accepted rules, or interpre

International Relations and Diplomacy

Defence Capability Vs Defence Expenditure

Arun Sahgal

One of the most keenly watched part of the Union budget is the allocations of funds for defence expenditure. Given the prevailing security environment, modernization of the armed forces and keeping them militarily prepared is a major challenge faced