After doffing his military uniform, Ali Ahmed joined New Delhi’s vibrant strategic community as a researcher in a leading think tank, a doctoral scholar, and later on the faculty of a central university. Just as elsewhere in the world, the security debates in India are dominated by the realist perspective. Finding the perspective inadequate for India’s circumstance, the commentaries in the book rely on the liberal perspective for insights and prescriptions. In doing so the book fleshes out the liberal perspective and helps fill a gap in strategic literature in India. On this count, the book is a refreshing re-look at security issues that will interest students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The attentive public will find it interesting for the alternatives if offers.