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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HATF-IX / NASR Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Implications for Indo-Pak Deterrence

On April 19, 2011 Pakistan conducted the first test flight of Hatf-IX (NASR) missile. The Pakistani Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) described the missile as a ‘Short Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile’. Till date there have been three tests of the missile system on April 19, 2011, May 29, 2012 and February 11, 2013. Following the… Continue reading HATF-IX / NASR Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Implications for Indo-Pak Deterrence

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After Osama: Pakistan’s Relations with the US, China & India

The killing of Osama Bin Laden by the US further accentuates the security situation within Pakistan which is poised at a delicate juncture, carefully balancing the rise of fundamentalism and hatred against the West and tacking actions terrorists who threaten its very existence. Developments in Pakistan, therefore, would have direct fallout on its neighbours, especially India and… Continue reading After Osama: Pakistan’s Relations with the US, China & India

Issue Briefs

Thinking the unthinkable: US Foreign Policy and Think Tanks

The foreign policy of the USA moulds events in almost all corners of the world. It is difficult to understand contemporary international politics without considering the dynamics of US foreign policy. In order to understand the decisions taken by US internationally, it is important to assess the features of its foreign policy-making process. Notably, the… Continue reading Thinking the unthinkable: US Foreign Policy and Think Tanks

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Re-examining the Nuclear Deterrence Theory

Nuclear weapons are an inevitable reality in the contemporary world and they continue to dominate international politics and foreign policy. While few countries are expanding their nuclear stockpiles or proliferating through illicit means, some countries are undergoing what may be termed as “nuclear interphase” or the preparation stage. The current century is witnessing the preparation… Continue reading Re-examining the Nuclear Deterrence Theory

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Globalisation And The Illicit Trade Of Small Arms And Light Weapons

Source: Eurasia Review, 01 September, 2010 In June 2010, the representatives of all United Nations (UN) Member States came together at the Biennial Meeting of States in New York to consider the implementation of the 2001 Programme of Action (POA) on the illicit trade in small arms. The program was initiated in July 2001 to… Continue reading Globalisation And The Illicit Trade Of Small Arms And Light Weapons