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China Enunciates ‘Active Defence’ in White Paper on Military Strategy

Dr Roshan Khanijo Writes: China’s concept of ‘Active Defense’, as enunciated in the White paper issued by The Chinese Ministry of National Defense on May 26, 2015 boils down to key parameters of: adherence to the unity of strategic defense along with operational and tactical offense; following the principles of defense, self-defense and post-emptive strike.


The ISIS and a Nuclear Weapon in West Asia

The ISIS has claimed it is closer to buying a nuclear bomb from Pakistan and smuggling it into the US. In an article, titled the “The Perfect Storm” apparently penned by British hostage John Cantlie for the terror group’s magazine, Dabiq, they say that the scenario is ‘more possible today than it was just one year ago’. In this exclusive article for the USI, Colonel GG Pamidi states that while the risks of ISIS getting a nuclear bomb are small, they are not zero.


Russia – China Pledge Non Aggression in Cyber Warfare: Have They Ushered in an Era of Bilateral Cyber Agreements?

Sanjeev Relia writes: On 9 May 2015, Russia and China signed a pledge of non-aggression in cyber warfare. This is the first ever bilateral treaty on cyber warfare signed between two nations who themselves are known to have undertaken large scale cyberattacks in the past. In the absence of an international law governing the use of cyberspace for waging a war, nations need to work on bilateral treaties to prevent cyberspace from threatening national security.

(Released by HST Public Affairs)

Making Waves: Indo-US Naval Cooperation

Commodore Lalit Kapur (Retd.) writes: Ashley Tellis has written a much discussed article titled “Making Waves: Aiding India’s Next Generation Aircraft Carrier” for his think tank. In essence, the article argues for a leap in cooperation between India and USA to jointly design and equip India’s next generation aircraft carrier. The article is eminently readable for its irrefutable logic, compelling argument and exhaustive research. It remains for India to evaluate it and if interested, to pursue cooperation with USA at the appropriate level