This fourteenth volume of India’s National Security Annual Review intensively analyses India’s national security with respect to the changing internal and external dynamics.
In the global environment, the situation is characterised by rising tensions between United States and Russia, intensified rivalry between United States (US) and China, and increasing cooperation between China and Russia. For India which seeks peaceful growth to emerge as a major power, this poses severe diplomatic challenges. This volume discusses the complexity of these challenges and the deftness with which India gets the best out of its strategic partnerships with the US and Russia while warding off the transgressions of a mighty adversary like China. It also studies the impact of internal convulsions and external intrusions on India’s security from South Asian nations such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Examining the field of internal security, the essays carry rare insights into the causes of expansion of Naxalite violence in tribal areas and the dynamics of conflict resolution in the Northeast, as well as India’s deep concern as a growing power with its economic slowdown in the recent past, and energy and cyber security.
Bringing together contributions from eminent scholars and diplomats, the volume will be indispensable for policymakers, government think tanks, defence and strategic studies experts, as well as students and researchers of international relations, foreign policy and political science.
Table of Contents
1. An Overview Part I. National Security Review 2. National Security Environment (i) Global Security Trends (ii) External Security Situation (iii) Developments pertaining to Asia, Africa and Latin America (iv) Internal Security Developments (v) India’s Defence Initiatives. Part II India’s Neighbours 3. India’s Neighbours (i) Challenges to Democracy in Nepal (ii) Islamic Radicalism and Politics in Bangladesh (iii) Afghanistan in Transition (iv) Militancy and Politics in Pakistan Part III. Challenges for India 4. India’s Approach to Multilateral Trade Negotiations 5. Security Implications of India’s Economic Slowdown 6. Cyber Security: Challenges for India and Suggestions for Coordination 7. Energy Security: Trends, Dilemmas and Solutions 8. Delimitation of India-Bangladesh Maritime Boundary: From Dispute to Award Part IV. Assessing Internal Security Situation 9. Tribals and the Left Extremist Movement 10. Insurgency and Conflict Resolution in the North-East 11. Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Indian Terrorism Part V. Changing Global Imperatives 12.Changing Narrative from West Asia: Arab Uprising to the Islamic State 13.China's Maritime Silk Road Proposal: Strategic Implications 14. Infrastructural Development by China in Tibet and PoK 15. Russia and the West: Rising Tensions Part VI. Major Powers: Strategic Profile Part VII. Chronology of Major Events 2013 FNSR Research Staff
Satish Kumar is former Professor of Diplomacy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and currently Director at the Foundation for National Security Research, New Delhi.
I am sanguine that the publication will help in enhancing awareness on national security and strategic issues as well as provide valuable inputs for policy formulation in the country. — Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office, India
The book fulfils an important requirement for comprehensive expert-assessment of ongoing events on an annual basis, and will enhance its reader’s understanding of national security issues significantly. — Admiral R. K. Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy
The book has established itself as a leading think-tank with an incisive analysis and publication of important global and national events. The articles present a concise view of these events and their implications for national security. — Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of Air Staff, Indian Air Force
It is indeed a comprehensive coverage of all issues impacting India's National Security currently: a very useful volume for strategists, policy advocates and policy makers. — General V. P. Malik, Former Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army
This volume is the only one of its kind. It is certainly an important contribution to the literature on the subject.— Narendra Sisodia, Former Director-General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi
These volumes are an invaluable source of information and analysis on National Security issues. The articles written by the best minds in India offer deep insights. Members of the strategic community should find this publication extremely useful. — Rahul Bedi, India Correspondent, Jane’s Defence Weekly