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Takshashila Working Paper – Governance of DCNs I: Categorisation of Harms

This working paper is the first in a series of papers that will explore the governance of Digital Communication Networks (DCNs).  DCNs have been defined in the paper as composite entities consisting of: Capability: Internet-based products/services that enable instantaneous low-cost or free communication across geographic, social, and cultural boundaries. This...

Emerging Paradigms of National Security: Threats & Responses

This paper was originally published in the United Services Institution of India’s Strategic Yearbook 2021. Abstract: With the rise of China, and the deepening contestation between several powers, the international order is in a state of flux, searching for equilibrium. India’s relationships with internal and external political entities are now...

A Review of Roles: ITBP and Indian Coast Guard

Download the document as PDF Examining the integration of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) with the future structures of India’s Theatre Command system provides an opportunity to improve an important facet of national security. In essence, it involves two dimensions – Internal Security and Border Guarding including coastal areas....

Takshashila Policy Advisory — Managed Reopening After Lockdown: Recommendations for State Governments

Download the Policy Advisory Executive Summary To prudently resume social and economic activity in accordance with outbreak risks, healthcare capacity, and vaccination progress, we recommend that State governments: Designate Gram Panchayats/Wards or groups of Gram Panchayats/Wards as Public Health Management Units (PHMUs) and apply restrictions at this level. Follow an...

Issue Paper: Economic Implications of WhatsApp’s Lawsuit against the Government of India

Download the Issue Paper as a PDF Executive Summary India’s new Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules (IT rules, 2021) enforced a requirement on platforms that provide messaging services to trace the “first originator” of unlawful content. This presents fundamental difficulties for encrypted platforms. Challenging...

Takshashila Discussion Document – The Long March 5b Incidents

Download the Discussion Document as a PDF Executive Summary The launch of the Tianhe module of China’s Tiangong-3 space station was followed by two incidents of note One, immediately after the separation of the module from the core stage, both made close pass to the International Space Station, sparking speculation...

Journal Article – Radically Networked Societies: The case of the farmers’ protests in India

Abstract This paper analyses India’s ongoing farmer protests movement through the lens of the Radically Networked Societies (RNS) framework. Building on prior RNS-based case studies, the paper contends that this movement is marked by a combination of allied and opposing RNS groups. These RNS groups are characterised by the existence...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Examining Biden’s Evolving Indo-Pacific Policy

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Executive Summary This document discusses the evolution of the US’ Indo–Pacific policy following Joe Biden’s victory in November 2020. We argue that Biden has built on his predecessor’s policies, while making substantive and stylistic adjustments. The US’ approach has expanded beyond military partnerships to...

ISAS Working Paper — Siliconpolitik: The Case for a Quad Semiconductor Partnership

Summary The Quad should make semiconductors a focus area within its expansive technology cooperation agenda. Since each Quad member enjoys a comparative advantage in a specific sub-domain of the semiconductor supply chain, this grouping is well-placed to collaborate. This paper outlines some of the guiding principles and makes specific recommendations...

Takshashila Discussion Document – China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and its Implications for India

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Abstract China’s evolving security dynamics with the United States have compelled it to rethink its nuclear strategy to achieve effective deterrence. It is aiming to modernise its nuclear arsenal and increase its nuclear ambiguity through conventional-nuclear entanglement. Ambiguity will increase the risks of mischaracterisation...
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