Strategic Issues

Land SharkJanuary 2015
China’s claims on Tawang Tract has serious strategic implications
By Maj. Gen. Sheru Thapliyal (retd)

On a Positive NoteJanuary 2015
Indo-US defence trade is likely to get a bigger boost against a growing strategic relationship between the two nations
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Being A Good NeighbourNovember 2014
A much deeper engagement with Afghanistan is essential for India at this critical juncture
By Maj. Gen. Ashok K. Mehta (retd)

Taken for a RideOctober 2014
India should have insisted on the LAC clarification during the Chinese President’s visit
By Pravin Sawhney

Growing PartnershipSeptember 2014
The Indo-US defence partnership is now expected to move from purchase to joint development
By Atul Chandra

Importance of BhutanSeptember 2014
The Himalayan neighbour can play a crucial role in India’s regional ambitions
By Abhismita Sen

Arms and the MenAugust 2014
Instead of an arms race, India should focus on strategic and nuclear force restructuring
By Lt Gen. Balraj Nagal (retd)

A Balancing ActMarch 2014
India should realise the road to stability with China passes through Pakistan
By Pravin Sawhney

All-InclusiveMarch 2014
The Standing Committee on Defence report covers pertinent issues based on their topicality and merit
A FORCE Report

On the Road to DisasterMarch 2014
Making rail and road connectivity to the China border should be a priority for the Indian government
By Pravin Sawhney

Rejuvenating the PartnershipJanuary 2014
The IACC organised Indo-US summit looked at ways to enhance bilateral trade and overcome policy roadblocks
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

10 Years of PeaceDecember 2013
The ceasefire may have its benefits, but it has induced a defensive mind-set in the Indian Army
By Pravin Sawhney

Within Our PeripheryOctober 2013
An insider’s view of the non-lethal strategy of border domination
By Ravi Ponoth

A Case for JointnessOctober 2013
All three Services should iron out their differences for a stronger defence force
By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)

Not Same As BeforeSeptember 2013
Defence continues to be the centrepiece of India-Russia relations
By Kanwal Sibal

Not Same As BeforeSeptember 2013
Defence continues to be the centrepiece of India-Russia relations
By Kanwal Sibal

Not an Eye for an EyeSeptember 2013
India’s response to Pakistan’s TNWs has to be proportionate and deterrent
By Pravin Sawhney

Formidable ThreatsAugust 2013
In a war with Pakistan, India will be up against not one but two enemies
By Pravin Sawhney

Talking with the EnemyAugust 2013
The real power centres in Pakistan have to be addressed directly if India wants results
By Pravin Sawhney

Less Than SpecialAugust 2013
By using Para SF officers as mere commandos, the army is wasting human resource and money
By Pravin Sawhney

Not A Mere GlacierAugust 2013
A possible two-front localised war and Chinese threat to Ladakh make it impossible for Indian Army to vacate Siachen
By Pravin Sawhney

Going Great GunsAugust 2013
Indo-US ties have seen dramatic change in the last decade, leading to greater trust between the two
By Kanwal Sibal

Trust DeficitAugust 2013
The last decade has not ironed out the differences between India and Pakistan despite a growth in trade
By Kanwal Sibal

Great Wall of DiscontentAugust 2013
Indo-China relationship remains mired in suspicion, mistrust and public nervousness
By Kanwal Sibal

Coercive DiplomacyAugust 2013
China’s April 2013 intrusions in Ladakh are a result of India’s appeasement policy
By Pravin Sawhney

Safe BoundariesJuly 2013
As India wakes up to land and coastal safety, there is much to choose from
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Such a Long WayJune 2013
Roads and better air connectivity with the mainland can boost economic activity and a sense of security in Ladakh
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Democracy at WorkJune 2013
By helping Tibetans exercise their rights, India can help itself
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Art of PeaceJune 2013
India’s relations with China should be built on dignity and mutual respect
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Upgrade or perishJune 2013
Lack of infrastructure and artillery on our Eastern borders emboldens China
By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)

Caught Between OrdersApril 2013
Its governments own policies which have put the CRPF in a precarious situation
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Right SwitchDecember 2012
There is a need to graduate from procurements to acquisitions
By Maj. Gen. Mrinal Suman (retd)

A Parody of EnmityNovember 2012
The Retreat ritual at Attari mocks the seriousness of Indo-Pak ties
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Tracking TalksNovember 2012
India continues to fumble in its engagement with Pakistan
By Kanwal Sibal

Open MindsNovember 2012
At various Indo-Pak meetings, Siachen and Sir Creek disputes have been the main focus
By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)

Talking PeaceNovember 2012
Confidence building measures between India and Pakistan
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Seven Days in ChinaAugust 2012
The Middle Kingdom is assertive, but remains polite
By Pravin Sawhney

China Has Shrunk the BorderAugust 2012
While for us the border is 4,056km, Beijing insists it is 2,000km only
By Pravin Sawhney

The Iron StructureAugust 2012
China’s Higher Defence Management
By Pravin Sawhney

Unrestricted WarAugust 2012
India is far more vulnerable than is generally accepted
By Pravin Sawhney

The Way ForwardAugust 2012
India needs a strategic defence review
By Pravin Sawhney

String of Pearls or a Garrotte?August 2012
While China skilfully plays Wei Qi, India seems to be playing noughts and crosses
By Kanwal Sibal

Balance of PowerJuly 2012
By turning down the US overtures, India may be losing a chance to counterbalance China
By Kanwal Sibal

Fresh Notes
National Security and its study in India
By Air Cmde Jasjit Singh (retd)

Crucial Catch
Global majors target India as a huge market for EW systems
By Nitasha Chawla and Atul Chandra

Dragonfire
China’s shadow continues to loom large over Sikkim
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Games DRDO Plays – April 2011
False claims on the BMD programme are detrimental to India’s security
By Pravin Sawhney

Interview – February 2011
‘We Are Looking For a Much Larger Role in the MMRCA Contract As The Offset Values Are Very High’
Ashwani Kumar Datt

Impressive Strides – January 2011
PLA exercises illustrate the preparation for traditional and nontraditional missions
Prasun K. Sengupta

The Great Game January 2011
On his Indian visit, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao spoke little, but implied a lot
By Pravin Sawhney

Economics of Offsets – December 2010
Offsets should be sought only if they make economic sense
Maj. Gen. Mrinal Suman [retd]

Destination IndiaNovember 2010
Opportunities and challenges abound for India as international equations change
Kanwal Sibal

Eyes on India – November 2010
Even as we talk strategic issues with Obama, the ghost of Kashmir will be in the room
Pravin Sawhney & Ghazala Wahab

Trust Deficit – November 2010
Despite a common threat, US and Pakistan continues to distrust one another
Maj. Gen. Mahmud Ali Durrani [retd]

Victims of Rhetoric – November 2010
Only talks can check the bitterness that has crept into India- Pakistan relations
Hasan Askari Rizvi

Weary and Wise – November 2010
There is a need to reinvent the existing modules with Russia
Brig. Arun Sahgal [retd]

Preferred Options – November 2010
Reality check on India’s traditional weapons-supplying nations as US enters the fray
Prasun K. Sengupta

Great Expectations – November 2010
India must take advantage of the three upcoming Presidential visits
K. Subrahmanyam

Defence on the Platter – November 2010
With the amount of money India is spending on defence, it is not leveraging its status
vidhi Upadhyay and Atul Chandra

Embellished Truths – September 2010
The Myth of India-China Economic Interdependence
Zorawar Daulet Singh

War for Water – September 2010
Water may turn into a defining bilateral issue
A Force Report

Engage and Resist China – August 2010
India has to play a game of hedging its bets against China in a pragmatic manner
Kanwal Sibal

Pledge and HedgeMay 2010
Threat of nuclear terror attacks by Jihadi groups seem to be on the rise
By K.Subrahmanyam

Voice of ReasonMarch 2010
Instead of ABM, credible ballistic missiles will be better deterrence
By Pravin Sawhney

Mighty Spectacle November 2009
China’s National Day parade featured undisclosed technologies
By Prasun K. Sengupta

Uneasy TiesJuly 2009
Walking the tight rope
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Changed WarAugust 2009
All defence, no offence
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Securing India – June 2009
The dynamics of war has changed
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Chinese Whispers – April 2009
India must take its eastern front seriously
By Pravin Sawhney

Double-Edged Deal – August 2008
Will India be able to beat the US pressure on non-proliferation?
By Pravin Sawhney

Missile Defence – June 2008
For DRDO’s indigenous anti-missile missile, it’s a long journey
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Dalai Lama’ – May 2008
India’s defence against China
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Three Turning PointsMay 2008
With each India assumed a weaker position
By Pravin Sawhney

A Long Way – May 2008
India does not take border management seriously
By Pravin Sawhney

A Babur for BrahMos – April 2007
India needs to talk cruise missiles with Pakistan
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Beyond Borders – September 2007
India should be clear about its strategic reach
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Difficult ChoicesSeptember 2006
India has to tread very carefully on the nuclear agreement with the US
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Defence’s the Way – September 2006
Greater defence cooperation will stabilise Indo-US relationship
By Pravin Sawhney

Strategic Setback – August 2006
Agni-III has a flawed design
By Pravin Sawhney

Peace by Other Means – August 2006
The Indian Army has a war-winning doctrine against Pakistan
By Pravin Sawhney

Promising Journey – April 2006
Cooperation with the US military will benefit India
By Pravin Sawhney

Cooled Off – April 2006
India’s ballistic missile programme will be slowed further
By Pravin Sawhney

The Fine Print – April 2006
India slides into the trap
By Pravin Sawhney

It’s a Big DealApril 2006
But at the moment not for India
By Pravin Sawhney

Peace in the AirJanuary 2006
India-Pakistan move towards conflict resolution
By Pravin Sawhney

Dawn of Cruise Missiles – September 2005
Babur has added a deadly dimension to the battlefield
By Pravin Sawhney

Indian Age – November 2005
But the shine eludes
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

A Small Step by the US August 2005
And India takes a giant leap
By Pravin Sawhney

India Decides to Walk the US Way – August 2005
Close friendship comes at the cost of national security
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Supping with the President – July 2005
But the dinner bill is going to be very high
By Pravin Sawhney
Going Ballistic May 2005
Pakistan leads India in all aspects of strategic weapons
By Pravin Sawhney

Dawn of Peace – May 2005
With soft borders, India-Pak have moved towards resolving the Kashmir problem
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Border Line Case – April 2005
India grapples with infrastructural issues, as China nibbles its territory
By Pravin Sawhney

Seeds of DiscordApril 2005
India cannot give what China wants for border resolution
By Pravin Sawhney

Engaged for Now -February 2005
There is little technology transfer from the US, but the mindset is changing
By Pravin Sawhney

Unequal MusicOctober 2004
Indo-US strategic relations
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Twist in the Tale – October 2004
With the nuclear test of 1998, India set the tone for imbalanced partnership
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Burden of Power – June 2004
As India and Pakistan are poised to start bilateral talks, FORCE reproduces excerpts from an article, which first appeared in FORCE October 2003 issue. The piece appears closest to the official Pakistan position
By Gen. Jehangir Karamat (retd)

Peace or an Interlude? – May 2004
Till the K-question is resolved, future Kargils cannot be ruled out
By J.N. Dixit

Bush Initiative and India – March 2004
The US is likely to use the proliferation issue to restrict technology to India
By J.N. Dixit

Dangers of Complacency – December 2003
Policies are not etched on stones, but they are difficult to change
By Gen. Jehangir Karamat

Through the Dusty Looking Glass – November 2003
Unless India and Pakistan learn to look beyond their perceptions, peace will remain elusive
By Gen. Jehangir Karamat

The Burden of Power – October 2003
Pakistan Perspective
By Gen. Jehangir Karamat

Line of Control – September 2003
Problem or a Solution?
By J.N. Dixit

The Peace Primer – September 2003
Trust and Talk
By Gen. Jehangir Karamat