Asian Defence Review 2020

KK Nohwar

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The year 2020 can easily go down for most inhabitants of the planet as one that they would rather erase from their memory. The impact of COVID-19 has been so devastating—and not merely for the number of lives lost—that except for the PRC and Taiwan, no nation has seen a positive growth in its economy. This is more so in a world where economies are interconnected, and the spill-over effects impact all. Loss of jobs—especially for migrant labour—has been the bane of almost all developing countries worldwide. ‘Work from home’ has been the new mantra, brought about by the forced lockdowns due to the pandemic. Will this be the new normal?

At a time when it should have been lending a helping hand to those countries deeply affected by the virus that originated in Wuhan, China saw it fit to use the period to work towards achieving its lofty Centenary Goals. Even in boxing, the referee does not allow a boxer to hit his opponent when he is down. China, obviously, has not read the rule book. Its dastardly attack on an Indian patrol party on June 15, 2020, using sticks studded with barbed wire and nails led to the loss of twenty Indian soldiers at Galwan. The riposte by the Indian Army led to the killing of many more (unconfirmed) PLA soldiers in a meaningless slugfest. The face-off since April 2020 continues in Eastern Ladakh.

The US Presidential elections are done and dusted; Joe Biden, the new incumbent, would be sworn in as the 46th POTUS on January 20, 2021. We wish him the very best for his Presidency in these trying times.

The Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) has been publishing the Asian Defence Review to analyse and understand the challenges that impact India’s security and offer insight into possible strategies to mitigate them. This volume, a resource base for all readers, is twelfth in the series. It aims to add to the pool of information and knowledge in the current strategic discourse that impacts the world in general, and Asia in particular.

KK Nohwar (Editor)

Air Marshal KK Nohwar PVSM VM (Retd) is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned on June 24, 1972. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Air War College (USA). Having commanded a fighter squadron, he later commanded the premier Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE).

During his long and illustrious career, he has held several command and staff appointments; notable among them were AOC of a Fighter Base, Principal Director Air Staff Inspection and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans). He was one of the very few officers to have tenanted two tri-Service appointments—as the Chief of Staff at the Andaman & Nicobar Command, and as Deputy C-in-C of Strategic Forces Command. After completing his tenure as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command, he was appointed Vice Chief of the Air Staff. He retired in May 2012.

He has lectured and participated at various seminars/Track-2 dialogues both in India and abroad and has contributed articles on airpower and national security issues in various periodicals of repute. He is presently the Director General, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi.


Editor’s Note


1. Information Warfare and Influence Operations
Anil Chopra

2. Iran: The Country, the Culture, the US Crisis and India

3. Emerging Technologies and Nuclear Deterrence
Manpreet Sethi

4. Nuclear North Korea: China’s Influence, Interest and Possible Limits
Hina Pandey

5 The ‘China Factor’ in US-Russia Relations and Strategic Triangle Considerations
Carl Jaison

6. China’s Maritime Resurgence under Xi Jinping: Policies, Practices and Implications
Joshy M. Paul

7. Mapping Arctic in China’s Bri Plans
Anu Sharma

8. The Rise and Fall of Afghan Peace Process and Security
Swati Sinha

9. The Islamic State Terror Threat in South Asia
Saurav Sarkar



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