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All Things Policy: Of Freedom of Navigation and Outrage

Some Indians are outraged after news of an American warship conducting a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Questions are also being raised about the US’s attitude towards India and its maritime interests. Manoj Kewalramani...

All Things Policy: How Britain Plans to Engage the World

 The UK’s recently published but long-awaited Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, is being hailed as a visionary document. It made headlines across the world with the revelation that there will be a 40% increase in...

All Things Policy: Panchsheel – How a Dream Ended

 Why did Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru choose to pursue the 1954 Panchsheel Agreement with China? Was it mere naivete? Or was there realpolitik thinking involved? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the origins and consequences of the agreement...

All Things Policy: How Does China Think About Nuclear War?

 A recent report indicates China is doubling the number of its nuclear missile silos. Does this suggest Beijing is moving towards a hair-trigger’s launch-on-warning posture? Suyash Desai, Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan weigh the evidence. Han Kristensen’s article is...

All Things Policy: The Missiles of Lady Liberty

The US military’s Indo-Pacific Command is seeking additional funding to strengthen the US security umbrella in the region under the Pacific Deterrence Initiative(PDI). The funding will partly go towards building a network of precision strike missile systems on “the first...

A Space Doctrine for India

Download A Space Doctrine for India as a PDF PREAMBLE 1. India aspires to shape a strategic environment conducive to economic development and the peaceful enjoyment of prosperity. To do so, it must be able to secure its territory, address...

Comments to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change on Demand for Grants (DFGs) in the Union Budget for FY 2021-22

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change invited comments on the Demand for Grants in Budget 2021-22. The following document presents an analysis of the overall budgetary trends across the concerned ministries and departments...

Book Chapter— Seeking a Seat at the Table: India Turns to the Arctic

By Aditya Ramanathan This is a draft of a chapter submitted to Handbook on Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic: The High North Between Cooperation and Confrontation, June 2020, Edited by Joachim Weber, ISBN: 3030450058, 9783030450052 Download the book chapter...

All Things Policy: China’s Naval Expansion and India’s Options

China has publicized its current naval strategy of “Near Seas Defense and Far Seas Protection,” which calls for the People’s Liberation Army Navy to expand the geographic and mission scope of its operations. Suyash Desai and Aditya Ramanathan discuss what...

All Things Policy: How Did Rome Defeat the Armies of Alexander’s Successors?

Nearly 2,200 years ago, the Greek historian Polybius tried to analyse how Rome’s armies vanquished the world-conquering Hellenistic armies centered on the Macedonian pike-phalanx. In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti use both ancient and modern scholarship to look...
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