C D Sahay is a Senior Fellow & Center Head for Neighbourhood Studies and Internal Security Studies at VIF. He is a Former Secretary (Research and Analysis Wing), Cabinet Secretariat. C D Sahay joined the Indian Police Service in 1967 and moved to Delhi in 1975 to join the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external Intelligence setup. He rose to head the organisation from 2003 till Superannuation in 2005. He has decades of experience in dealing with national security issues and international terrorism.

Commentary: Maldives in Turmoil- Political Conflict Intensifies

A Political Turmoil The island nation in the Indian Ocean is suddenly facing serious political turmoil on account of the sharp turn of events beginning Thursday on 1st February, 2018, when the Supreme Court of Maldives pronounced

कश्मीर – सामने आया नया मौका

केंद्रीय गृह मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने एक बड़ा कदम उठाते हुए 23 अक्टूबर, 2017 को ऐलान किया कि भारत सरकार न

Kashmir - A new Opportunity has Opened Up

In a major initiative, Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, on October 23, 2017 announced government’s decision to appoint Shri Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) as ‘Representative’ of Government of India ‘to ca

Terror Strikes Europe: Testing Time for EU’s Collective Security

Even though Daesh has been facing serious setbacks in Iraq and Syria with its major strongholds getting demolished by the security forces, the month of August 2017 did not bring the expected joy across European cities. Three cities in Europe

Mosul Recaptured: Is This the End of Daesh?

Iraqi Prime Minister Announces the Fall of Mosul July 10, 2017 is rightly being acknowledged as a historic day in the fight against dreaded phenomenon of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) brand of terrorism. The Iraqi Pri

Occasional Papers: 
The ISIS Phantasmagoria and its Implications for India : Building Capacities to Prevent and Counter Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

Rise of a Demonic Force: Daesh Daesh as a tangible entity was in the making for several decades prior to the supposed cut-off date which recognises its meteoric rise in the region, and eventually beyond the borders of the self-pro

Terror Financing and The Global CTF Regime

How do Terrorists Finance their Operations and Supply their Funds?

Finance and movement of funds are crucial to any terrorist organisation. Regular sources of finance are as important as ideology and the ready supply o

Sri Lanka: The Unfinished Part of the Eelam War

While many are optimistic about the Maithripala Sirisena government’s ability to make progress on reconciliation, some systemic issues need to be addressed which not only demands political will, but also requires cooperation from diaspora, civil so

Issue Briefs: 
Rise of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Kashmir Valley - an Internal Security Perspective

Introduction On January 2, 2016, a group of four to six well trained Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists launched an audacious attack on the Pathankot Air Base in Punjab. In an operation that continued over the next four days, all t

Is India Likely to be the Next Major Target of ISIS? - An Analysis of Post-Manhattan Terror Attack

From the reports of the intelligence and security establishment, it is clear that activities of IS sympathisers in India are under control. Indeed, there have been no recent reports of radicalised youth trying to migrate to centers of IS activiti

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