July 2016


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The Strategic Significance of the Chabahar Deal: India enters the new great game with renewed confidence

In the foreign policy domain it is always ‘win some, lose some’, especially when it comes to establishing relationships for strategic advantage, seeking entry into exclusive clubs or exploiting emerging opportunities at the initial stages they present themselves. In the last two months this belief has played true. With active assistance of the US the avenue for India to enter the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) was created. It failed to gain entry into the exclusive Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at Seoul even as it weathered an anti-India tirade by China.

Deriving Strategic Mileage from Turning India into an Aero Engine Hub

India’s Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, is making all out efforts to infuse fresh energy and new enthusiasm into the Indian aerospace sector which happens to be the inheritor of six decades of “missed opportunities and callous neglect”. However, bringing about a drastic transformation at the ground level to give much required “wings” to the hitherto slow moving Indian aerospace sector, is a complex and challenging task.

ISRO Scripts History by Setting A New Launch Record

In a stunning demonstration of its awesome launch prowess, India’s trusted ,four stage space workhorse, PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) in its thirty sixth flight on June 22,2016 successfully  placed into orbit as many as 20 satellites in one go. And in one quick sweep, this spectacular achievement helped ISRO script a history by setting a new record of launching twenty satellites in a single mission. This “space coup” has surpassed the earlier record of the launch of ten satellites launched simultaneously by a PSLV mission in April 2008.

India - The Critical Peg in Asia Pacific Pivot

In 2012 President Barack Obama initiated a significant move in American foreign policy shifting focus from Middle East and Europe to look east and at South Asia. Major Powers in this region are China, Japan, S Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. India and Pakistan are the two big players in South Asia. USA has significant naval and air presence in Guam and Japan. Singapore has a US supported aircraft carrier construction facility. USA has strengthened bilateral defense cooperation with Philippines. Pentagon deploys 60 percent of US submarines in Asia.


The 4th Air and Missile Defence Symposium was organised jointly by ‘Centre for Joint Warfare and Studies’ and Defstrat.com on 25 – 26 May 2016 at IDSA Auditorium. The two day event brought together the collective wisdom and experience of several military technology experts of the three services, the Indian and foreign defence industry and also serving officers from other nations. Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, PVSM, AVSM, SM, (Retd), Director CENJOWS welcomed the speakers and delegates to the event and set out the aim of the Symposium.

Indian Private Sector in Defence

The ‘Make in India’ campaign is being aggressively led by Prime Minister Modi personally. Defence imports not only take away large chunks of foreign exchange but also perennially put the nation at the mercy of foreign powers. India currently also has the dubious reputation of being the largest importer of defence equipment. For any country to be a global power, it has to have a strong indigenous defence industry. To promote indigenous design, development, and production many measures have been initiated.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is a collection of various infrastructure projects that would, besides the primary central purpose to establish a 3000 km communication link between Gwadar on Pakistan’s Makaran coast  to Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province. 
These projects, which derive from several mutual agreements, would result in substantial infrastructure development in Pakistan particularly in its road, rail and energy sectors besides spurring economic activity and employment opportunities.