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The Takshashila PLA Insight: Special Edition: China’s National Day Grand Military Parade

The PRC celebrated its 70th anniversary today, with much pomp and pageantry in Beijing. President Xi Jinping delivered a brief and rather underwhelming speech, emphasising the unity, development and strength of the PRC. “There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation. Socialist China is standing in front of...

The Case Against Weakening India’s No First Use Policy

Last month defence minister Rajnath Singh chose Pokhran – the site of India’s nuclear tests – to suggest that the future of the country’s nuclear no first use policy would depend on changing “circumstances”. Singh’s surprise statement was apparently aimed at Pakistan after tensions escalated following the Indian government’s decision...

Takshashila Discussion Document — Nuclear First Use – A Critique

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Six out of the eight nuclear weapons states have not ruled out first use of nuclear weapons. This document examines why states choose first use policies and the challenges involved in maintaining such a position. States can be motivated to acquire nuclear weapons for...

How the world is dealing with China’s military modernisation drive

China’s military modernisation is advancing rapidly, requiring stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region to adapt with the changing realities. China’s Defence minister Wei Fenghe made a speech on June 2 at the Shangri-La Dialogue forum in Singapore. Shangri-La Dialogue is one of the biggest track-one diplomacy security fora of Asia. Mr....

No first use, for us and for all

In my previous column “Towards global no-first-use”(November 20), I had argued that as India acquires a reliable nuclear triad — the ability to carry out retaliatory strikes by land, air, sea, and under-sea — we must adopt a new approach to our nuclear policy: “The completion of the triad calls...

Book Chapter— The Eightfold Path to India’s Nuclear Fuel Supply Security

The Eightfold Path to India’s Nuclear Fuel Supply Security Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane Book chapter in  Energy Security Challenges: Non Traditional Security Planning in India by Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi. Read the ebook in PDF [704KB] Summary This chapter presents eight principles to help India secure its nuclear...

Discussion Document — The Eightfold Path to Nuclear Fuel Supply Security

The Eightfold Path to Nuclear Fuel Supply Security Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the Discussion Document in PDF format (1.0MB) Executive Summary This document presents eight principles to help India secure its nuclear energy infrastructure. The eightfold path outlined below will allow India to exploit the...
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