454 pages | 13 B/W Illus.
The global security environment in the last five years has been characterised by a state of ‘no war, no peace’ among major powers, resulting in a state of uncertainty about their national security objectives. For instance, the US has been concerned about the attitudes of Iran, Russia, North Korea, China, and others, and yet did not expect a direct military conflict with them. On the other hand, China has expanded its naval strategy from a mere ‘off-shore defence’ to ‘open seas protection’ and has called for both ‘defence and offence’ instead of merely ‘territorial air defence’, thereby indicating preparedness for the possibility of a military confrontation.
The major powers have been thus groping for suitable responses to their threat perceptions. It is in this kind of a complex and confusing international environment that India, as a rising power, has been called upon to wade through its strategic partnerships with major powers and nurture friendships with various Asian and African countries.
This sixteenth volume of India’s National Security Annual Review offers indispensable information and evaluation on matters pertaining to national security. It undertakesa thorough analysis of the trends to provide a backdrop to India’s engagement with various countries. The volume also discusses persisting threats from China and Pakistan.
With contributions from experts from the fields of diplomacy, academia, and civil and military services, the book will be one of the most dependable sources of analyses for scholars of international relations, foreign policy, defence and strategic studies, and political science, and practitioners alike.
‘As in previous years, it is an invaluable compendium of analysis on matters relating to our national security.’
M. Hamid Ansari, former Vice-President of India
‘This edited collection of essays harnesses insights from national security ‘practitioners’ — defence personnel, diplomats, intelligence officers, business leaders and academics —to offer a snapshot of India’s security domain(s).’
Rina Kashyap, Head of Department of Political Science, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India (in The Financial Express)
‘This series is unique in two ways: first, this presents authoritative assessments on the complex and evolving security environment in India, indicating both challenges and opportunities and second, it serves as a channel for offering the views of experts on important security issues to the policy makers, opinion shapers and scholars.’
S. D. Pradhan, Former Deputy National Security Adviser, Government of India (in The Asian Age)
‘This publication has consistently addressed issues related to India’s national security in a comprehensive manner. My compliments to the editor and members of the editorial board for the efforts in compiling this publication’
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff of India
‘The annual INSAR has established itself as an indispensable reference document on India's foreign and security policies for foreign affairs scholars and practitioners alike.’
Shyam Saran, Former Chairman, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India
I. National Security Review
2. National Security Environment
(US, China, Russia, Europe, Japan, Pakistan)
II. India’s Security Zone
III. Challenges for India
IV. Assessing Internal Security
V. Changing Security Environment
Gurmeet Kanwal, Syed Ata Hasnain, Gurpreet S. Khurana and Manmohan Bahadur
VI. National Security Assessment
Unmitigated Threats, Diffident Responses