Strategic Yearbook 2017

There is a wide spread perception amongst the intelligentsia that India lacks strategic culture. In our view, the deficiency if any perhaps lies in our reluctance to articulate our perceptions on strategic issues, as also to formulate a long term strategic view. As the oldest think tank in Asia, we decided to address the above issue and how we could contribute to evolution and dissemination of strategic thought on challenges facing the Nation. To this end the publication of a USI Strategic Yearbook 2016, which was our maiden attempt, received wide appreciation for its quality and contents.
This current issue of the Yearbook contains series of articles by eminent persons and experts on various aspects of national security ; the aim being to provide a strategic perspective which will create awareness and also help the policymakers in giving a strategic direction for India to transform into a developed society and a secured nation. We hope that readers will find this publication useful and interesting. We would welcome suggestions for improvement of subsequent issues. 

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  • Pages: 232
  • 9789386457141 • HARDBACK • May 2017 • Rs.1495
  • 9789386457158 • EBOOK • Jun 2017 • Rs.750
  • Subjects: Asia
  • Strategic Yearbook 2017
author details

Bal Krishan Sharma,AVSM, SM** (Retd), the Deputy Director Research and Head of Center for Strategic Studies and Simulation at United Service Institution of India (USI), New Delhi. He specialises in Strategic Net Assessments, Scenario Building and Gaming.

Dr Roshan Khanijo is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Co-coordinator at the Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation (CS3), United Service Institution of India (USI), New Delhi. Her academic qualification includes BSc, MA and Ph.D. She is a strategic analyst. Her areas of focus are Security, Nuclear Issues, Indo-Pacific Region, Niche technologies and South Asia.

She has authored and edited books, monographs and occasional papers. Some of them are Complexities and Challenges of Nuclear India, Indo-Pacific Region Security Dynamics and Challenges, Nuclear Security Summit –The Challenge Continues, China’s Military Modernisation; etc. She was the editor of USI’s digital magazine ‘Strategic Perspective’ and is the Co-Editor of the USI Strategic Year Book.

She has been a panellist in number of national and international workshops/Seminars and presented paper in CIISS (China Institute for International Strategic Studies), Beijing, CICIR (China Institute of Contemporary International Relations) Beijing, Research Institute for National Security Affairs (RINSA), South Korea etc.

Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, (Retd) a former Army Commander, is presently the Director of the United Service Institution of India.  He is a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, and also member of the International Advisory Board of the RUSI International, London. 


Section I: India’s Internal Security Dynamics
1. Revisiting India’s National Security Interests and Objectives in the Evolving Geo-Strategic Milieu
Shri Rajiv Sikri, IFS (Retd)
2. Changing Nature of Asymmetric/Hybrid War in J&K: Challenges and Prospects
Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & Bar (Retd)
3. Implications of Internal Security Environment and Infrastructure Development in the Northeast on the Defence of Northern Borders with China
Lieutenant General Anil Kumar Ahuja, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & Bar (Retd)
4. Radicalisation in South Asia: Implications for India
Dr Adil Rasheed
5. Modernisation of Police Forces for Effective Management of Internal Security Challenge
Shri Jayanto Narayan Choudhury, IPS (Retd)

Section II: India’s Strategic Neighbourhood
6. Geopolitics of Combating Terrorism in Af-Pak Region
Major General BK Sharma, AVSM, SM & Bar (Retd)
7. India-Iran-Afghanistan Strategic Engagement and Implications for India’s Afghanistan and Connect Central Asia Policy
Professor Gulshan Sachdeva
8. Conflict in the Middle East: Its Implications on India’s Security
Shri RS Kalha, IFS (Retd)
9. India’s Act East Policy
Professor Srikanth Kondapalli
10. Geo-Strategic Environment in the IOR: Options for India
Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, PVSM, AVSM, NM & Bar (Retd)
11. India and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
Shri Phunchok Stobdan
12. India’s Strategic Engagement with USA, Russia and China
Shri Ajai Malhotra, IFS (Rted)

Section III: Conflict Spectrum
13. Collusive and Hybrid Threats in the Indian Context
Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)
14. China’s Strategic Stakes and Growing Footprints in POK: Implications for India and the Region
Professor Kashinath Pandita
15. Implications of Changes in India’s Nuclear Neighbourhood 
Lieutenant General Arun Kumar Sahni, PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM (Retd)
16. Cyber Space, Outer Space and Information Space as the Non-Linear Strategic Frontiers
Lieutenant General Davinder Kumar, PVSM, VSM & Bar (Retd)

Section IV: India’s Comprehensive National Power
17. India as a Leading Power – Reality Check
Shri Sanjay Singh, IFS (Retd)
18. China and India: The Road Ahead
Shri Mohan Guruswamy
19. India’s Sustainable Economic Growth, Challenges and Prospects
Professor Imon Ghosh
20. Integrating Energy Security Dynamics in Four Border Junctions: A Grand Vision for India
Professor Mahendra P Lama
21. Military Digital Transformation, Digital India: Its Implications for the Indian Military
Major General Amarjit Singh (Retd)
22. Technological Empowerment in India: How it can be Achieved?
Major General PK Chakravorty, VSM (Retd)
23. Make in India: Prospects and Predicaments for the Aerospace and Defence Industry
Commodore Sujeet Samaddar, NM (Retd)
24. Restructuring of UN Peacekeeping Operations to Meet Future Challenges
Shri Asoke Kumar Mukerji, IFS (Retd)
25. Building Capacity for Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Operations
Lieutenant General Chander Prakash, SM, VSM (Retd)
26. Integration and Synergy in India’s Instruments of National Power
Shri Shakti Sinha, IAS (Retd)

Section V: India’s Defence Capability
27. Towards a De-novo Approach to Perspective Planning-Indian Military’s Force Structuring and Development
Lieutenant General GS Katoch, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
28. Role of Ballistic Missile Defence in India’s Strategic Deterrence
Dr Roshan Khanijo
29. Building Jointmanship in the Armed Forces
Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd)
30. Reforms for Optimisation of Defence Spending
Shri Amit Cowshish