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 Shah Research Paper, Centre for Land Warfare Studies, India) 

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.

Re-calibrate 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.

Fog Of War and Perception Management in Social Information Space: Analyzing India-Pakistan Crisis Post Pulwama Attack 

(Debasis Dash, Article, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS), India)

 In any military crisis, the uncertainty over a futuristic scenario continues to influence the decision-making of the parties involve. The complexity of the situation and the intensity of the responses depends upon the type of war fought, i.e., either at the conventional or sub-conventional level. When a perpetual state of conflict maintained at the sub-conventional level, there remains a high chance of escalatory use of the conventional force. The fog of war can blur the commander’s vision and an added war waged via information space makes the situation worse. The ability and the sophistication with which the information content pushed into the information space depends on the timely and calibrated use of strategic communication tools by the adversary.

Facing a Future with Organized Weaponization of Social Media

 (Debasis Dash, Article, War Room (U.S. Army War College), United States)

Debasis Dash tells how the February 2019 India-Pakistan crisis demonstrates the power of organized use of social media to further political aims throughout an operation. He argues that other adversaries have placed weaponizing social media as a top priority and are become ever more sophisticated in their capability and capacity to overwhelm their opponents. How should the US and its allies prepare to face and defeat such capabilities?

Migration Network Connecting South-Southeast Asia: An Evolving Non-traditional Security Threat in Indo-Pacific Region

 (Debasis Dash, Article, Asia Insights (National Chengchi University), Taiwan)

Migration is a global phenomenon with over hundreds of millions of people moving across the physical borders, making the cartographic lines demarcating political borders look less relevant and blurred.  This trans-border and transnational movement of people has several reasons for it. The phenomenon refers to both voluntary and involuntary movement of people affected by and because of political, social, economic, security and personal reasons. However, irrespective of the type of migration as it happens, there are legitimate security concerns and challenges posed both to the sending and receiving nation-state

Managing Capabilities with Constraints: A Case for Defence Outsourcing

(Debasis Dash, Article, Science & Technology Forum, Manipal Advance Research Group, India)

The proliferation of dual use platforms with military and civilian application has not only improved warfighting capabilities, but also brought the economies of scale approach to defence systems manufacturing and service support. It is evident, as we witness the speed with the technologies reach their obsolescence, within the span of a decade. In such scenario, the dilemma is whether to pursue technology development from scratch, or to modify an existing system to meet operational requirement. In case of United States and the U.K, outsourcing of support and sustainment functions of defence communication infrastructure to commercial entities shows the level of confidence of the United States (US) government on the defence industry. In the article, I discuss the evolution of defence outsourcing, and the role of private military contractors and services providers in enhancing the overall national warfighting capabilities.

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.

The (Un) Digital India: Voices from the Margins) 

(Manishankar Prasad, Article, Tilak Chronicle, India)

The article highlights the rural urban divide in terms of access to digitization services, and how people from each landscape use it for their empowerment.

Framing Desi-ness: Thinking Through Nationalism from the Diaspora

(Manishankar Prasad, Article, Tilak Chronicle, India)

The article highlights the rise of nationalism among Indian diaspora living around the world, and how they have transformed themselves as a community to take India story ahead.

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