In the Media

In the Media: Afghan Leader Knocks On India’s Door After Pakistan Disappointment

 Gandhara RFE/RL  by Mustafa Sarwar Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has tried striking up a new relationship with neighboring Pakistan by resisting reliance on its archival India. But after Islamabad failed to deliver to the negotiating table leaders of the Afghan Taliban who are believed to be hiding in Pakistan, Ghani is in now in India to… Continue reading In the Media: Afghan Leader Knocks On India’s Door After Pakistan Disappointment

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P5 Plus 1 – Iran Nuclear Deal: What It Means for India

Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement… Continue reading P5 Plus 1 – Iran Nuclear Deal: What It Means for India

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Obama’s India Visit: Opportunities & Challenges

President Obama’s visit to India marks a crucial event, with hope of instilling a sense of dynamism in India-US relations. Interestingly, Barack Obama would be the first serving American President to ever attend India’s Republic Day celebrations and also the first to visit India twice. Beyond the high symbolism that dominates the visit, there are… Continue reading Obama’s India Visit: Opportunities & Challenges

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India’s Nuclear Deterrent: A desire for Immunity

“While Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent is for security, India’s is for status.” As soon as I read these words, I wondered if the terms ‘security’ and ‘status’ are mutually exclusive when understanding South Asia’s nuclear deterrent. Also, if ‘security’ is the right term to use for the Indian context. Scholars, including my co-blogger Amina Afzal at… Continue reading India’s Nuclear Deterrent: A desire for Immunity

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Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Programme: India’s Anxieties

Nuclear weapons programmes remain a crucial strategic element when looking at India-Pakistan relations and its idiosyncrasies. Given this background, India tends to possess some fears regarding Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme. It is natural to assume that Pakistan may have certain fears regarding India’s programme. The following section presents an Indian viewpoint and points out some… Continue reading Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Programme: India’s Anxieties

Journal Articles

Taking to the skies – China and India’s quest for UAVs

Taking to the skies – China and India’s quest for UAVs Aditi Malhotra , Rammohan Viswesh Journal of the Indian Ocean Region Vol. 10, Iss. 2, 2014 Abstract Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have undoubtedly attained a prominent position in contemporary and future defence technologies. Likewise, Asian militaries have continued to realise the operational… Continue reading Taking to the skies – China and India’s quest for UAVs

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India’s Changing Pakistan Policy

  The ongoing episode of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC),continuous firings and the unfortunate cases of civilian deaths on both sides, points to the challenge South Asia is facing today. It is important to highlight the issues that make this event relatively different from the previous incidents along the LoC or the… Continue reading India’s Changing Pakistan Policy

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Nuclear Waste Management: Exploring Future Areas of India-Pakistan Cooperation

Emerging out of a recent workshop on Deterrence Stability in South Asia organised by the Stimson Center and Carnegie, I set about identifying some prospective confidence building measures in the field of nuclear cooperation between New Delhi and Islamabad. Owing to secrecy of their nuclear programmes and understandably so, there are extremely limited nuclear-related areas… Continue reading Nuclear Waste Management: Exploring Future Areas of India-Pakistan Cooperation

Special Report

Asia-Pacific Power Dynamics: Strategic Implications and Options for India

[With M. Mayilvaganan, Aditi Malhotra, Viswesh R., and Sadhavi Chauhan] To read the complete report click here Executive Summary In the emerging geopolitical discourse today, the Asia-Pacific region has emerged as a major centre of geostrategic interest. Accompanying this change in perception is a change in scope, with strategists not just considering the typical Indian Ocean, but… Continue reading Asia-Pacific Power Dynamics: Strategic Implications and Options for India

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‘Overlooking’ Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

  [With Sitakanta Mishra] Mark Fitzpatrick’s argument for “nuclear rehabilitation of Pakistan” in his bookOvercoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers reminds one of a scene from a famous Bollywood movie Sholey. Jai, one of the male protagonists goes to meet the female protagonist’s (Basanti) aunt (Mausi) to ask her consent for the marriage of Basantiand his friend… Continue reading ‘Overlooking’ Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers