Indian Defence Procurement and the Questionable Value of Staggered Purchases
Siddharth Anil Nair · 17 Mar, 2020 · #5660 · Commentary
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Bipin Rawat
has announced that India will employ a 'staggered
purchases' approach to its defence procurement for the foreseeable future.
Staggered purchasing is the procurement of small orders of defence eq...
In Context: Iran’s 2020 Parliamentary Election
Majid Izadpanahi · 15 Mar, 2020 · #5659 · Commentary
Developments that took
place in the run up to Iran’s February 2020 parliamentary elections polls
indicate that not only was this election more significant and different from all
post-1979 polls in the country, but that they also portend long ...
What Role for Taiwan in Act East 2.0?
Ashutosh Nagda · 13 Mar, 2020 · #5658 · Commentary
On 11 January, Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected as president
of Taiwan in a landslide victory, with a continued legislative majority for her
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Tsai and the DPP are expected to further
promote policies that decrease ...
Rehabilitating Surrendered Militants in J&K: Lessons from Past Experiences
Shivangi Seth · 09 Mar, 2020 · #5657 · Commentary
2018, New Delhi directed the then Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Governor, Satya
Pal Malik, to formulate a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for
ex-militants to J&K, a draft of which was floated in 2019. Post the state’s
The Gendered Impact of the NRC in Assam
Akanksha Khullar · 09 Mar, 2020 · #5656 · Commentary
Register of Citizens (NRC) is a mammoth exercise requiring individuals to prove
their Indian citizenship through admissible documentation.
So far, it has been conducted in Assam. The experience has demonstrated inherent
Mineral-Rich, Productivity-Poor?: An Overview of India's Mining Sector
Arun Kumar · 09 Mar, 2020 · #5655 · Commentary
India occupies a significant position in the
production of many minerals across the globe, while for some, there is acute
shortage. There continues to be a huge demand for minerals in view of rapid
urbanisation and the growth in the country's m...
COVID-19 and its Disruption of the Chinese Economy
Kamal Madishetty · 05 Mar, 2020 · #5654 · Commentary
outbreak of COVID-19 that began in the city of Wuhan—a major logistics and
industrial hub—has serious economic implications for China as well as the wider
region. The most significant impact is the disruption to manufacturing s...
East Asia Compass
US, South Korea, and Japan: Recognising the Value of Alliances
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 28 Feb, 2020 · #5653 · Commentary · Column
On 24 February 2020, South Korean Defence Minister Jeong
Kyeong-doo met his American counterpart, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, in
Washington. The meeting did not result in a breakthrough on the issue of
cost-sharing for US troop presence in...
Tracing Strategy in China’s Militarisation of Space
Saman Ayesha Kidwai · 27 Feb, 2020 · #5652 · Commentary
The pace of China’s advancements
in its space-based capabilities has been rising since the break in Sino-US relations
in the post-Cold War era. However, instead of trying to match the US toe-to-toe
as the erstwhile Soviet Union had done, Chin...
Quad to Quad-Plus: A Cost-Benefit Assessment
Siddharth Anil Nair · 27 Feb, 2020 · #5651 · Commentary
A decade since its inception, the India-Japan-US-Australia
Quadrilateral (or 'Quad'), finds itself still beset by a lack of consensus and
formalisation. It has also been criticised for being unable to effectively
engage ASEAN members to reach s...