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  • 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    
    In 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 reorganisa...
  • The Gendered Impact of the NRC in Assam
    Akanksha Khullar    ·   09 Mar, 2020    ·    #5656    ·    Commentary    
    The National 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 structural...
  • Special Commentary
    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    
    The damaging 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...
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