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Managing India’s Defence Expenditure Requires a Whole-of-Government Approach

“We must do something. This is something. Therefore, we must do this.” This logical fallacy, derisively labelled as the politician’s syllogism, accurately explains recent developments to contain defence expenditure in the wake of COVID-19. Balancing between development and defence priorities...

Growing Defence Pensions a Problem. But CDS Rawat’s Retirement Age Proposal not the Solution.

We propose a model to operationalise lateral induction in the Indian armed forces to tackle the burden of growing pensions. Read the full article in The Print here.

Dealing With Huawei: Think Strategy, Not Just Security

India’s position on the Huawei question should be closer to that of the US and Japan (a ban from 5G critical infrastructure) rather than that of Kenya or the Netherlands (a conditional yes to Huawei). That’s because China is, after...

Takshashila hosts a delegation from the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK

Takshashila hosted a visiting delegation from the Royal College of Defence Studies. The 18-member team consisted of  policymakers, diplomats, and armed forces personnel from ten countries. The delegation interacted with the Takshashila team on topics related to geopolitics and geoeconomics....

Conversations at Takshashila: Afghanistan After Withdrawal of US Forces

US President Trump reiterated on 3rd Feb that US forces should withdraw from Afghanistan. He backed the ongoing peace negotiations with the Taliban. In this episode, Nitin Pai, Gen Prakash Menon, and Pranay Kotasthane try to understand what this means...

Conversations at Takshashila: Avoiding a Nuclear Catastrophe

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 presidential hopeful and Senate Armed Services Committee member, offered a bill — “The No First Use Act” — to establish in law that it is the policy...

Opinion | Indian Army must work on inducting women in combat roles

The presence of women in combat roles is a matter of mindset, and what better place to change it than the Indian Army? The issue for the Army to ponder is not whether women can be inducted in combat roles, but...

Takshashila Conducts the First Workshop for the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies

Takshashila conducted the first contact workshop of the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies from 16 to 18 March, 2018, at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. The workshop comprised three days of intensive experiential learning delivered through lectures by course...

Takshashila Launches Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies

The Takshashila Institution is proud to launch a new certification programme, the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies (GCSS), which will be conducted online. The programme is designed for working professionals which can be taken from anywhere in the world, and...

Takshashila Conducts the 35th Weekend Workshop for GCPP

Takshashila hosted the first weekend workshop for students from the eighteenth cohort of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP). The workshop was held at the India International Centre in Delhi. The faculty at the workshop included Lt. Gen. (Retd) Prakash...
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