National Security

Published in Association with Vivekananda International Foundation

Current Volume: 6 (2023 )

e-ISSN: 2581-9658

Periodicity: Quarterly

Month(s) of Publication: Mar, Jun, Sep & Dec

Subject: Political Science & International Affairs

DOI: 10.32381/NS

Online Access is free for all Life Member of VIF


National Security is a policy-oriented quarterly journal of the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. It focuses on the principal issues and trends in India

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Editor -in -chief
Arvind Gupta

Vivekananda International Foundation
He served as the Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India
From 2014-2017 as is also former Director of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi

Sujit Dutta

Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation,
Professor, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (retd.)
and M K Gandhi Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies,
Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
Former Senior Fellow, 
Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi

Editorial Committee
Arvind Gupta

Former Deputy National Security Advisor
Postal Address : B-24, IFS Apartment
Mayur Vihar Phase-1
Delhi - 110091

Gautam Banerjee

General Editor
Vivekananda International Foundation
Former Chief of Staff, Central Command

C.D, Sahay

Former Secretary
(Research and Analysis Wing),
Cabinet Secretariat
Postal Address: 158-P, Sector 31/32A,
Opp. Raheja Atlantis,
Gurugram (Haryana) 122001
Tel: +919810898909

Ravi Sawhney

Center Head and Senior Fellow

National Security and Strategic

Vivekananda International Foundation

Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff


Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Distinguished Fellow

Vivekananda International Foundation

Professor Emeritus, South Asian Archaeology,

University of Cambridge

Sreeradha Datta

Jindal School of International Affairs,
Former Director,
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian
Studies, Kolkata
Postal Address: H 1593, First floor,
Chittaranjan Park. New Delhi-110019
Tel: +919007721217


International Editorial Advisory Council
Andrey Kortunov

Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow

Aparna Pande

Expert on South Asia, Director, Initiative on the Future of India

and South Asia, Hudson Institute, Washington D.C.

James Jay Carafano

Expert on Military Affairs and U.S. National Security, Vice President

Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the

E.W. Richardson Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C.


James M. Dorsey

Expert on West Asia and the Middle East

Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam

School of International Studies, Singapore

Kanwal Sibal

Former Foreign Secretary, Analyst, Member of the Advisory Council

Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi 

Prabhat Shukla

Former Diplomat, Analyst, Member of the Advisory Council

Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi 

Tariq Karim

Former Bangladesh Diplomat, Advisor on South Asia Regional Integration at the World Bank

Volume 6 Issue 2 , (Apr- to Jun-2023)


By: Sujit Dutta

Page No : i-iv

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The Retreat of Multilateralism

By: P.S. Raghavan

Page No : 105-113

Author :
Ambassador P. S. Raghavan is a former Indian diplomat. He is currently the Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) and a Distinguished Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF).

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Reforming Multilateral Institutions in the 21st Century: India's Agenda

By: Lakshmi Puri

Page No : 114-123

Author :
Ambassador Lakshmi Puri
is a former Indian Foreign Service officer. She was Former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations and Acting Deputy Secretary General, UNCTAD.

Price: 101

The Political Framework of "Reformed Multilateralism"

By: Asoke Mukerji

Page No : 124-140

The United Nations Charter specifies the primary objectives of the multilateral system as prevention of war, securing fundamental human rights, and promoting social progress and better standards of life. Yet, the UN has been unable to implement these objectives in a holistic manner. As a result, calls for


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Strengthening Collective Action on Climate Change in South Asia

By: PK Khup Hangzo

Page No : 141-158

Countries in South Asia are active participants in global multilateral processes aimed at addressing climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in particular. As part of their commitments to the UNFCCC process, these countries have set out national targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction and decarbonisation. However, there is as yet a lack of collective efforts at the regional level. Given South Asia


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Decoding Xi Jinping's 3.0 Team: Changes in Political and Military Leadership

By: Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta

Page No : 159-192

Political leaderships and their networks are influential and impactful in the decision-making process of societies worldwide. The role of the top political leaders is even more significant in authoritarian systems/single-party states like China. Absolute political power without resistance or opposition helps with quick decisions and policy formulations/alternations by government agencies. The competition to acquire power and position can be peaceful or fierce and depends on the capacities of individuals/institutions. This attempt to capture power, institutions and position among the elites of the Communist Party in China happens every five years during the Party Congress. Many factors determine the outcome of the fierce competition for power and positions in the Communist Party during the Party Congress. This fierce competition to acquire power influences ideological leanings, loyalty, political networks and governance models. The debate on the issues of consent, consensus and justice in the distribution/redistribution of power and positions in authoritarian regimes is tricky to conclude. Chinese Politics are like the


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Book Review
The Decline of American Influence in the Middle East

By: Hirak J. Das

Page No : 193-207

Author :
Hirak Jyoti Das
is a Senior Research Associate at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) and a doctoral candidate at the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research interests cover India

Price: 101

Book Release
Indian Armed Forces at the Centenary of Independence

By: Gautam Banerjee Ed.

Page No : 208-210

Price: 101

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National Security is a policy-oriented quarterly journal of the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. It focuses on the principal issues and trends in India’s increasingly complex national and international security environment. The journal carries holistic analysis and informed debates on all aspects of security and has emerged as an important forum for top thinkers, policy experts, and academics from India and abroad. It also aims to meet the needs of an international readership that is increasingly interested in India’s security policies as its role in world affairs grows. Recent issues of the journal have covered a wide variety of vital themes: India’s two-front security challenge, the Indo-Pacific and Quad, developments in China and India-China relations, Pakistan, nuclear doctrine, BIMSTEC, the status of Tibet, defence policy, terrorism, the scientific revolution and security, and nationalism.


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