INSS Strategic Perspectives


No. 26, August

Asia and the Trump Administration: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Road Ahead
Executive SummaryThe Asia-Pacific region is of exponentially increasing importance to the United States. Developments there affect vital U.S. economic, security, and political interests. Unfettered access to the region is a strategic imperative to allow...
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No. 24, 2017

India-Japan Strategic Cooperation and Implications for U.S. Strategy in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region
IntroductionThe Japan-India relationship dates back centuries, involving both cultural and commercial interaction. Buddhism came to Japan from India in the 6th and 7th centuries. The Asuka Temple in Nara was constructed in 588 and the Great Buddha of...
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No. 23, 2017

Managing Military Readiness
IntroductionPolicymakers commonly express the importance of maintaining ready military capabilities. They also generally agree that every function of our roughly $580 billion defense enterprise should support the generation of ready forces directly or...
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No. 22, October

India's Naxalite Insurgency: History, Trajectory, and Implications for U.S.-India Security Cooperation on Domestic Counterinsurgency
IntroductionThis paper frames the contours of the recent and ongoing expansion in U.S.-India security ties. Then it briefly sketches the trajectory of the Naxalite insurgency through its first two phases and then focuses on the factors that made its...
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No. 21, October

The Return of Foreign Fighters to Central Asia: Implications for U.S. Counterrorism Policy
IntroductionThe Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and similar Salafi jihadist organizations, such as the al-Nusra Front and other al Qaeda affiliates, have presented the United States with serious counterterrorism (CT) challenges since ISIL...
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No. 20, August

Frontier Security: The Case of Brazil
Opinions, conclusions, and recommendations expressed or implied within are solely those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Defense Department or any other agency of the Federal Government. Cleared for public release;...
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No. 18, March

The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Review of the Guidelines for Defense Coopeation
Executive SummaryThis paper is focused on the U.S.-Japan alliance as reflected in the evolution of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation. It begins with consideration of the October 3,2013, 2+2 Statement released by Secretary of State John...
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No. 17, July

The Indian Jihadist Movement: Evolution and Dynamics
Executive SummaryThe Indian jihadist movement remains motivated primarily by domestic grievances rather than India-Pakistan dynamics. However, it is far more lethal than it otherwise would have been without external support from the Pakistani state,...
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No. 13, February

The New NATO Policy Guidelines on Counterterrorism: Analysis, Assessments, and Actions
Executive SummaryThe history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will say that the first, and so far only, time NATO has called upon its Article 5 collective defense clause was on September 12, 2001, following a terrorist attack on one of...
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No. 11, June

Deception, Disinformation, and Strategic Communications: How One Interagency Group Made a Major Difference
Executive SummaryThis study explains how one part-time interagency committee established in the 1980s to counter Soviet disinformation effectively accomplished its mission. Interagency committees are commonly criticized as ineffective, but the Active...
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No. 10, April

Cross-Currents in French Defense and U.S. Interests
Executive SummaryFrance is the only European ally- except for the United Kingdom (UK)- that regards its military capabilities, operational performance, and defense industry as vital levers to exert global influence. While the French believe strongly...
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No. 9, March

Russia and the Iranian Nuclear Program: Replay or Breakthrough?
Executive SummaryDespite protests across Russia sparked by last Decembers fraud-filled Duma (parliament) elections, Vladimir Putin is preparing to return to the presidency this May. Will Putin replay his 2004-2008 approach to Iran, during which Russia...
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