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The contest to create the web’s third generation has intensified
December 6, 2021 // The internet is being reshaped by market rivalry, state control, geopolitics and a social backlash
We should support a global ban on destructive anti-satellite tests
November 22, 2021 // Reckless behaviour by as responsible a space power as Russia calls for action to preserve humanity's access to space
Cautious re-globalisation through bubbles of trust
November 12, 2021 // The Quad must take a strategic approach to economic interdependence and take a middle path between the extremes of technological sovereignty and laissez-faire globalisation
Amid the new US-China missile rivalry
October 25, 2021 // India must propose a Global No First Use Treaty to reduce risks while investing in space situational awareness & technological capabilities to secure itself
The coming regulation of social media is an opportunity for India
October 11, 2021 // India's competitive advantage in the tech economy has always been high quality human capital at scale. The challenge now is to create millions of people who can exercise good judgement in addition to writing great code.
On strategic autonomy
October 5, 2021 // Strategic autonomy is not about refusing to take sides in itself; but rather avoiding getting into situations where taking sides means losing the capacity for independent action.
Towards an Indian strategy for the Information Age
October 4, 2021 // Key points from the chapter in "India's Path to Power: Strategy in a World Adrift"
A strategy for India in a world adrift
September 28, 2021 // An analysis of India’s strategic path amidst tectonic external and domestic shifts by an independent group of leading policymakers, analysts and thinkers
India must invest in more sophisticated cyber weapons
September 27, 2021 // Without offensive cyber capabilities it is impossible to defend the nation's information sphere.
Early thoughts on AUKUS and India
September 16, 2021 // AUKUS is a military pact within a military pact. Non-inclusion has opportunity costs for India; but also offers other opportunities for partnership.
Exploiting the projects that China builds
September 1, 2021 // Instead of handwringing on Beijing's growing geopolitical footprint, New Delhi should exploit both the asset and liability side of such projects.
Extracting value from underutilised public assets is good public policy
August 30, 2021 // The National Monetization Pipeline (NMP) is a desirable shift in thinking especially if state and municipal governments can use the model to extract revenues from their unutilised assets
Where the United States failed
August 25, 2021 // A lot of people are offering commentaries on why and how the United States failed in Afghanistan. Yet the more important question that few are asking is "Where the United States failed."
Make China accountable for the Taliban’s actions
August 16, 2021 // It is in India's interests to prefer a Pax Sinica over Afghanistan. Beijing has skilfully avoided commitment -- and been let off the hook -- for too long. Its culpability has been ignored: By supporting the Taliban it has thrown the Afghan people to the wolves.
Beyond theatre commands and towards networked battle units
August 16, 2021 // The meaning of networked warfare has changed from equipping armed forces with data networks to reorganizing the forces themselves into networked units. Instead of forever playing catch-up, India has a unique opportunity to leapfrog into building not only integrated, but networked forces.
Westland Publications to publish Nitin Pai’s forthcoming book
August 10, 2021 // Through playful anecdotes and stories-within-stories, the book teases out the intricacies of the dharma of citizenship, quite distinct from the rajadharma of the Arthashastra or the swadharma of the Dharmashastras.
What Pegasus tells us about India’s national security and cyber power
August 2, 2021 // India urgently needs a serious, realist, non-partisan policy debate on the development and governance of national cyber capabilities.
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