Contribution of Sun Zi and Clausewitz in Modern Warfare 

        (Debasis Dash, Issue Brief, Centre for Land Warfare Studies, India)

The issue brief intends to discuss the contribution of 4th Century Taoist general Sun Zi and 19th Century Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz to the conduct of modern warfare. The concept of special forces, psychological warfare and counterinsurgency operations are also discussed.

Rise of China and its Implications On East Asian Security Matrix 

(Debasis Dash, Article, Centre for Land Warfare Studies, India)

The research article intends to highlight the major security-related issues and the actors involved in the East Asian security matrix and the impact on it by the growth of China as a regional power.

Drawing a Parallel between Mahathir and Modi- What’s Next for Malaysia?

 (Debasis Dash, Article, Global-is-Asian (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy), Singapore)

The short analysis is based on the ground experiences in election-bound Malaysia. The results were shocking and will have a spillover effect into Indo-pacific security affairs.

Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence: The Future Ingredient of Area Denial Strategy in Land Warfare

 (Debasis Dash, Manekshaw Sha Research Paper, Centre for Land Warfare Studies, India) 


The conceptualization of 21st-century battlefield and the nature of warfare has undergone a renaissance since two world wars, and their results were evident in the military operations in Gulf and Kosovo in the early 1990s. The emergence of autonomous weapon platforms, sensors, and artificial intelligence have made land warfare more sophisticated than ever before. This paper discusses the concept of artificial intelligence and autonomy and places them within the context of area denial strategy. It is strictly restricted to the army and evolves around its operational philosophy and doctrine. The underlying objective of this paper is to discuss concepts and their subcomponents that are relevant to the army and conceptualize a model taking into consideration the structural limitations, existing capabilities and future plans of the Indian army. Also, the paper discusses the type of missions envisioned for the autonomous weapon systems and A.I based applications.

The Relevance of Clausewitz and Kautilya in Counterinsurgency Operations

 (Debasis Dash, Article, The Strategy Bridge, United States)

The analytical article analyses the relevance of lessons drawn from 19th century On War and 4th Century Arthashastra to deal with Counterinsurgency.

Is US-India Indo-Pacific strategic alignment taking shape?

 (Debasis Dash, Article, Global-is-Asian (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy), Singapore)

The short analysis is based on the September 06,2018 2+2 US-India Ministerial Dialogue, during which India signed COMCASA agreement. So far India has signed 2/3 foundational defense agreement so as to enhance bilateral defense relationship.

Developing Regional Security in the Indo-Pacific

 (Debasis Dash, Book Review, Fair Observer, United States)

Contesting International Society in East Asia, edited by Barry Buzan and Yongjin Zhang, provides an account of how remnants of colonial thought and the distinct civilizational inheritances of East Asian countries have influenced their way of life and social institutions. Their ability to forge an international society is at the center of debate in the book.

Recalibrate Russia-India Relationship

 (Debasis Dash, Article, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Russia)

The bilateral strategic partnership developed through economic integration, investment in people-to-people contacts, and driven by mutual interest, last longer than the one based on self-interest and transactional in nature. The Indo-Russian strategic partnership, based on old ties, has been relatively stable with defense trade and political support serving as its hallmark. Although the Indo-Russian relationship has remained strategic and devoid of any conflict of interest in their strategic goals, the diasporic and trade relationship has been negligible when compared with that at the governmental level.


The Role of Oman’s Diasporic Business Networks in Circumventing the Qatar Blockade 

(Manishankar Prasad, Nisha Mathew, Article, Middle Eastern Institute (NUS), Singapore)

The article highlights the role of diasporic networks in augmenting business interests of Oman and playing a crucial role in Gulf geopolitics.

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