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  • The Strategist
    Quad: The Making of a Robust Entente?

    Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar    ·   12 Mar, 2018    ·    #5446    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The force planner’s primary task is to ensure that the military element of national power alongside economic and political elements supports national strategy. India had in 1950 defined national goals in the Preamble and Directive Principles...
  • 2018 US Nuclear Posture Review: Intent and Implications
    Shivani Singh    ·   09 Mar, 2018    ·    #5445    ·    Commentary    
    Earlier this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board announced their decision to move the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight. Around the same time, the US Department of Defense released the 2018 Nuclear Posture Rev...
  • Can Australian Democracy Dull Chinese Sharp Power?
    Rachael Strogoff    ·   09 Mar, 2018    ·    #5444    ·    Commentary    
    Australian professor Clive Hamilton’s book, Silent Invasion: China’s influence in Australia recently arrived in bookstores, following the withdrawal of three previous publishers. The challenges preceding its publication corroborate the book...
  • Regulating India's Cattle Industry: A Socio-Economic Assessment
    Ayan Tewari    ·   08 Mar, 2018    ·    #5443    ·    Commentary    
    On 23 May 2017, a notification issued under the 1960 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was passed, placing new regulations on the cattle industry. The livestock sector (consisting of meat, dairy, and eggs) now makes up 28 per cent of the agr...
  • Women Cyber Warriors and the Indian Military
    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   08 Mar, 2018    ·    #5442    ·    Commentary    
    The stage is set for the entry of women as ‘cyber warriors’ in the Indian armed forces. The Indian Army chief noted in 2017 that plans were in place to employ women officers "in new cadres such as cyber" since the country ...
  • Nuke Street
    Winter Olympics in the Nuclear Shadow

    Sheel kant Sharma    ·   05 Mar, 2018    ·    #5441    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    Mixed signals have come from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics but they are once again wrapped in fierce and heightened rhetoric; from Washington, about the dire consequences of North Korean defiance in word and deed, and Pyongyong calling sanctions...
  • Musical Chairs in China's Parliament
    Srikanth Kondapalli    ·   28 Feb, 2018    ·    #5440    ·    Commentary    
    On 26 February, the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China (CCP) proposed a series of constitutional amendments including changing the two-term norm for the president and vice-president posts. No specific term period was mentione...
  • Part-I
    Reorienting Saudi Foreign Policy: From Islam to the Arab Identity

    Pieter-jan Dockx    ·   27 Feb, 2018    ·    #5439    ·    Commentary    
    Since the rise of Saudi Arabia’s new de-facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), there have been subtle yet important changes in the Kingdom’s foreign policy. The traditional Salafist discourse has partly made space for increased references t...
  • Maritime Matters
    The Debut of Counter-Drone Technologies

    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   27 Feb, 2018    ·    #5438    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    During his speech at the Munich Security Conference in February 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "brandished" a piece of debris from an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) brought down by the Israeli military after it ...
  • Belt and Road and US-China Relations in 2018
    Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy    ·   19 Feb, 2018    ·    #5437    ·    Commentary    
    In early February 2018, US forces conducted air operations targeting both the Taliban and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in Afghanistan's north-eastern Badakshan province which shares a border with China's Xinjiang Uyghur Auton...
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