National Security and Strategic Studies
Rethinking National Security in an Age of Pandemics

Introduction
National security has traditionally been defined and understood in military terms. This notion of national security focuses on threats such as external armed aggression, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), terrorism, insurgenc....

Drone Swarms -a Growing Lethality…. Where is the World? Where are We?

The credit of using the unmanned platform for the first time goes to Austria, when in1849 it attacked the Italian city of Venice using unmanned balloons loaded with explosives1. Surely, the Austrian warriors could have never imagined that ....

Rewriting the New Narrative of Jammu and Kashmir

Introduction
Disjunction between the law and state can lead to systemic decay that breed corruption, instability, violence and erosion of institutions of governance. Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is victim of the disjunction that allowed state ....

Defence Exports: Analysing the Armenian Success

On 01 Mar 2020, the media was abuzz with the breaking news of India having won a 40 million USD contract to supply four Swathi Weapon Locating Radars (WLR) to Armenia beating strong competitors like Russia and Poland1. A contract of th....

Challenges of Building Disaster Resilient Indian Smart Cities

March, 8, 2020: The world is gripped with the fear of COVID-19, including India. December 9, 2019: More 42 people killed in the Delhi Fire incident July 16, 2019: Building collapses in India’s Maximum City Mumbai killing 7 and trappin....

Cyber Wargame - An Indian Scenario

Introduction
Immediately after the first gulf war in the early 1990’s the theories of Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) and Information Warfare were being studied all over the world as a new kind of warfare. During that time, a cours....

Creating an Effective CDS for India’s National Defence

Background
Nearly two decades after submission of the Kargil Review Committee (KRC) report in 1999, the Group of Ministers (GOM) Report in 2001 and recommendations of the Naresh Chandra Task Force in 2012, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)....

Pegasus— A Powerful Tool of WhatsApp Surveillance

The Facebook’s subsidiary company—WhatsApp, on 29 October 2019, filed a lawsuit in the United States California’s Northern District Federal Court against Israel-based cyber-arms1 firm— the NSO Group, for infecting ‘specific’ gr....

Shielding the Future Generation from Adverse Effects of Cyber Penetration

(This is an updated version of the Valedictory Address given by the author during the Responsible Netism 4th National Cyber Psychology Conference 2020 on ‘Child Online Protection’ organized by Ahaan Foundation and Cyber Peace Foundation at Pun....

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism: Review of Year 2019 and Projections for 2020

The year 2019 had significant developments in global terrorism. The review covers the important activities of terrorism and counter-terrorism (CT) around the globe. There have been ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen which includes terrorist a....

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