Research & Analysis

What’s India Thinking This Week?

The Research & Analysis section of The Dispatch features original ideas, research work, analysis, and commentary on a wide variety of subjects by some of brilliant minds in India’s growing community of strategic thinkers. In this newsletter on Saturdays, we bring to you a range of pieces selected by our Editor from those published across the week.

Early adulthood: 22 years of Nuclear India and Pakistan

By Dr Manpreet Sethi

This month saw the 22nd anniversary of the Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests. Both countries have been operationalising their individual concepts of nuclear deterrence over the past two decades. India follows the dictum of credible minimum deterrence as enunciated in its nuclear doctrine—which was announced as a draft in 1999, and then as an official document in 2003. Pakistan began with the same concept but transitioned a few years ago to the idea of full spectrum deterrence. This new concept is meant to project deterrence at all levels of conflict—sub-conventional, conventional, and nuclear—with an arsenal that includes varied yields of warheads and a range of delivery systems. [Read the full story here]

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The Indian Army’s ‘Tour of Duty’ proposal: A review (Part – I & II)

By Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain
Recently, the Indian Army proposed a ‘Tour of Duty’ (ToD) system, which involves a changed format of recruitment with amended terms and conditions for a few officers and personnel below officer rank. A highly manpower intensive organisation such as the 1.3 million strong Indian Army always needs a dynamic pattern of manning and recruitment contingent upon the social environment and budgeting parameters. The domains of officer recruitment and that of jawans are considerably different, and there is a variance in terms and conditions too. Therefore, they must not be confused with each other. This two-part commentary will help to clarify misnomers and ascertain the worthiness of the proposal. [Read the first part here][Read the second part here]
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Hara-kiri multilateralism: United Nations response to COVID-19

By Rajeesh Kumar
In recent years, multilateral cooperation has encountered unprecedented crises. From Brexit to burgeoning populist-nationalism across the globe as well as apathy of the once patron power, the United States (US), a range of issues threatens the very existence of multilateral institutions. While in the United Nations (UN) the crisis has manifested in the form of fund cuts and ever-increasing policy paralysis in its Security Council, other institutions, like Bretton Woods, have faced scepticism of effectiveness. [Read the full story here]
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Australia-China feud and its implications

By Tridivesh Singh Maini
Australia-China ties have steadily deteriorated during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The main cause for increased tensions between both countries is Australia’s demand for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic (even before the outbreak of the pandemic, significant cracks had begun to emerge in the bilateral relationship, as a result of divergences on strategic issues). [Read the full story here]

 

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