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Dissertations
TOUCHSTONES FOR THE MILITARY LEADERSHIP ENGAGED IN ASYMMETRIC WARFARE  By Brigadier Bikram Singh

While asymmetric warfare has undertaken a new and a broader dimension especially in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, in the title of this paper it refers to counterinsurgency warfare, wherein terrorism is employed by the irregular adversary as a means to subvert the rule of law and effect change through violence and fear. This war is being waged in some form or the other in almost 71 countries of the world and the perceivable contours of the futuristic international security ...Read more >

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FROM ESTRANGEMENT TO ENGAGEMENT : THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN INDO-U.S. RELATIONS AND THE ROLES OF THEIR ARMED FORCES  By Brigadier Anil Chait, VSM

After a fifty-year gap, relations between India and U.S., the world?s largest and powerful democracies, have shown a marked upswing. These relations had long been colored by the US Cold War perception of nonalignment as practiced by India. India?s role as a de-facto Soviet protégée during the Cold War period also compounded problems between the two, as did the US supply of arms and equipment to Pakistan. Relations reached their lowest ebb with the dispatch of the USS Enterprise to the Bay of ...Read more >

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ENGAGED INFORMATION OPERATIONS IN PURSUIT OF TERRORISTS   By Ulhas Kirpekar

The Global War on Terror is in its sixth year now, and the battle with the Islamist terrorists is being fought both in the physical as well as the informational domain. This research examines the relationship between terrorism and information operations keeping in view Martin Libicki’s notion of information warfare as a Mosaic of Forms. This research begins with the basics of terrorism and information operations, and proceeds to highlight the use of information operations by terrorist ...Read more >

249 Pages
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PAKISTAN : A NATION AT WAR WITH ITSELF  By Raju S. Baggavalli

This thesis traces Pakistan's strategy of Low Intensity Conflict (LIC) against India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), and analyzes the gains and losses to Pakistan arising from its implementation. LIC was primarily intended to wrest control of the state of J&K from India, to weaken India and its army, and to mobilize international support for Pakistan?s position on Kashmir. While this strategy had some initial success, it slowly began to damage key political, economic and social ...Read more >

121 Pages
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PRACHANDA : THE MASTERMIND BEHIND THE MAOIST INSURGENCY IN NEPAL  By Prem Shahi

This study focuses on the leadership roles of Pushpa Kamal Dahal, alias Prachanda, in the Maoists political victory in Nepal. The Nepalese Maoist Insurgency under Prachanda?s leadership, without strong evident external support and without achieving a military victory over the state, rose to power in a very short time. Prachanda chose an outdated ideology and launched armed struggle to put forward his grievances in spite of the country having restored democracy after thirty years of autocratic ...Read more >

85 Pages
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THE PROSPECTS FOR SINO-INDIA RELATIONS 2020  By Pranav Kumar

This thesis argues that territorial dispute, regional geopolitics, and economic competition, catalyzed by misperceptions, will ensure that Sino-India relations remain competitive in nature. However, the high costs of war, growing economic interaction, and the imperative for peaceful economic development will help keep the nature of competition to a pragmatic level through 2020. Worth noting is that nations engaged in pragmatic competition continue to factor in ?the other? as a potential enemy ...Read more >

129 Pages
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INDO US RELATIONS : THE WAY AHEAD  By Brigadier Ashok K Mehta

After decades of regarding each other with suspicion, India and the US have moved rapidly from uneasy cooperation to incipient partnership. This fundamental shift in their relations has come about due to the change in the world order as a result of the end of Cold War, India?s economic growth, Indian nuclear tests of 1998, and the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and ...Read more >

33 Pages
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REGIMES AT WORK : THE NONPROLIFERATION ORDER AND INDIAN NUCLEAR POLICY  By karthika Sasikumar

This thesis claims that by constituting a certain range of possible identities for countries, the nuclear nonproliferation regime facilitated Indias forging of nonweaponized nuclear deterrence and its decision to go formally nuclear’ in 1998. The regimes definition of the nuclear problem and its categorization of states into Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) and Non Nuclear Weapon States (NNWS) structured the threat environment facing ...Read more >

425 Pages
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RELIGIOUS DESECRATION AND ETHNIC VIOLENCE  By Rajan Ravindran

Desecration of religious places has drawn the attention of the world media, academics and policymakers on a number of occasions. The desecration of the Church of the Nativity, the cross desecration by both Orthodox and Muslims of the Balkans, the desecration of the Sikh Golden Temple, the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha Monolith by the Taliban in Afghanistan and many others have attracted world condemnation. However, there has been little or no cross-sectional research or academic enquiry ...Read more >

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CHINAS GRAND STRATEGY : FROM CONFUCIUS TO CONTEMPORARY  By Brigadier Subrata Saha

Analysts and policy makers articulate growing concerns on whether China rapid rise will remain peaceful or become confrontational. To understand Chinese grand strategy, this paper draws on its long history and classical thinkers to offer four main ...Read more >

35 Pages
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STRATEGY TO RESOLVE THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR DISPUTE  By Brig Shakti Gurung

The genesis of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute is related to the partition of the country in 1947 on the basis of religion. However, though partition of the country was effected on the basis of religion, this applied to the provinces only and not to the princely states. In the case of the latter, their rulers could decide which country to accede ...Read more >

137 Pages
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INDIA’S NUCLEAR POLICY AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE  By Brigadier RC Chadha

The decades of the 80s and the 90s witnessed the gradual deterioration of India’s security environment as a result of nuclear and missile proliferation. Nuclear weapons increased and more sophisticated delivery systems were inducted in India’s neighbourhood. India, in this period became the victim of externally aided and abetted terrorism, militancy and clandestine war through hired mercenaries. China has constructed several all-weather roads into Tibet and running along the Sino- Indian ...Read more >

177 Pages
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INDO-US CIVIL NUCLEAR COOPERATION - IMPLICATIONS AND OPTIONS   By Commodore NK Jha, NM, VSM

148 Pages
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INDIA’S ENERGY SECURITY  By GP Capt Harish Tiagi, VSM

India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The country needs large quantities of energy not only to sustain these growth levels, but also to meet the growing energy needs of its growing population. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT By GP Capt B Keshav Rao National development is a complex concept and cannot be broken down into a single statistic. It involves far more than economic development or GDP growth rate. Several indicators of ...Read more >

154 Pages
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TRANSFORMING THE IAF : TARGET 2022  By Air Cmde S Sukumar, VM

Since independence, despite attempting to follow a non-aligned foreign policy and repeatedly attempting to portray peaceful intentions, especially to her neighbours, India has been forced into four wars by Pakistan and one by China. Except in 1971, India has not acquitted herself well. In 1962, when the Indian debacle was the worst, airpower was not even employed. The reasons remain a mystery to this day. DRIVERS FOR INDIAN MARITIME STRATEGY IN 2025 By Cmde AK Chawla, NM By 2025 India ...Read more >

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