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India’s Strategic Environment and Defense Policies Workshop

The National Bureau of Asian Research, in partnership with India’s Observer Research Foundation, convened a two-and-a-half workshop in New Delhi from April 23-25, 2009 to examine in depth the strategic, organizational, operational, and tactical dimensions of India’s security policies and its military modernization efforts in order to assess their implications for India’s regional relations, India’s role as an emerging great power in the global system, and future U.S.-India cooperation.

The workshop was the first in NBR’s multi-year initiative, U.S.-India Engagement on Defense Cooperation. To learn more about this initiative or the April 2009 workshop, please contact Travis Tanner.

India’s Strategic Environment and Defense Policies Conference Proceedings

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Conference Welcome and Workshop Introduction

Presented by:

Vivek Sengupta, ORF
Roy D. Kamphausen, NBR
Vinayak Patankar, ORF
Ashley J. Tellis, NBR

Panel I – Framing the Problem
Panel Chair: Ashley J. Tellis, NBR

India in the Current World Order/Power Equations
C. Raja Mohan, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Regional Security Challenges in Asia and the Indian Ocean Region
Brahma Chellaney, Center for Policy Research

India’s Internal Security Challenges
Ajai Sahni, Institute for Conflict Management

Panel II – National Security and Defense Strategy (Part A)
Panel Chair: KK Nayyar, ORF

National Security and Defense Strategy
P R Chari, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

Defense Planning
BM Kapur

Panel III – National Security and Defense Strategy (Part B)
Panel Chair: Roy D. Kamphausen, NBR

Defense Budgeting
Amiya Kumar Ghosh, Centre for Air

Power Studies, Civil-Military Relations
V.R. Rhagavan, Delhi Policy Group

Panel IV – Implementation of Strategy (Part A)
Panel Chair: Vinayak Patankar, ORF

The Ground Forces
Gurmeet Kanwal, Centre for Land Warfare Studies

The Indian Navy
Raja Menon

Panel V – Implementation of Strategy (Part B)
Panel Chair: VP Malik, ORF

The Indian Air Force
Jasjit Singh, Centre for Air Power Studies

Nuclear Capabilities
K. Santhanam

Panel VI – Defense Research & Development and Industry
Panel Chair: Ashley J. Tellis, NBR

Defense Research and Development
Deba Mohanty, ORF

Workshop Discussion



For more information, please contact:

Travis Tanner
Senior Project Director
psa@nbr.org