Some Lessons from Doklam

While the resolution of the Doklam stand-off as reported by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on 28 Aug is being hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough and an achievement of sorts for India in the open source reports, this work tries to revisit...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Border and Coastal Security

Doklam Crisis: Road to Settlement

(Ambassador Ashok K Kantha was India’s envoy to China before the current incumbent took over from him. Retiring from the Indian Foreign Service last year, presently he is the Director of Institute of Chinese Studies and a Distinguished Fellow at...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Border and Coastal Security

The Coast Guard Action on 31st December 2014: Need for Consensus on National Security

Two small vessels, probably trawlers, slipped out of Keti Bandar, a small fishing port near Karachi and headed towards the Indo-Pak maritime border. The radio communications between these vessels and people on shore were intercepted by NTRO,...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Border and Coastal Security

Mountain Strike Corps along Indo-Tibet Border and Strategic Advantage

“Begin, be bold and venture to be wise” – Horace

Cause for a Mountain Strike Corps

Right from the days when the People’s Republic of China (PRC) decided to use military power to address its...

National Security and Strategic Studies, China, Border and Coastal Security, Neighbourhood Studies

Need for Enhanced Indian Surveillance in IOR

Indian Ocean, the third largest oceanic body in the world accounting for 20% of the total area of the world under water, holds a position of paramount importance for India. Since India occupies a central position in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Border and Coastal Security

Why Mountain Strike Corps Along the India-China Border is Important?

Following the government’s recent in-principle clearance to raise a Mountain Strike Corps, a debate over the efficacy of the decision to spend over Rs 64,000 crores on the new accretion has begun. Noted Strategic Affairs expert, former Rear...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Border and Coastal Security, Defence

Punish the Pakistan Army for Repeated ‘Rogue’ Actions

In recent months, the Pakistan army has been behaving in a rather aggressive manner on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in blatant violation of the mutually observed cease-fire. Following closely on the heels of the beheading of an...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Pakistan, Border and Coastal Security, Defence, Jammu & Kashmir, Neighbourhood Studies

Strike Corps for the Mountains: Upgrading India’s Military Strategy from Dissuasion to Deterrence

On July 17, 2013, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) finally approved the army’s proposal for raising a Strike Corps for the mountains. Though the approval came after considerable delay, it is a pragmatic move that will send an appropriate...

National Security and Strategic Studies, China, Border and Coastal Security, Defence, Neighbourhood Studies

India’s Military Strategy Vis a Vis China

“When there is everything to fear, be unafraid. When without resources, depend on resourcefulness”, - Sun Tsu.

A Legacy of Dispute

The territorial dispute in the Trans-Himalayan Region is a

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National Security and Strategic Studies, China, Africa, Border and Coastal Security

The Phenomenon of Urban Terrorism in India

Recent bomb blast in Bangalore (17 April 2013) and twin bomb blasts that took place in Hyderabad in February 2013 have reiterated that the phenomenon of urban terrorism has taken firm root in India. In less than a decade, the Indian urban areas...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Police - Law and Order, Terrorism, Border and Coastal Security