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27 November 2017
The R4+S Approach for Afghanistan
Rajat Ahlawat analyses the US' R4+S strategy for Afghanistan and argues that this strategy is largely old wine in a new bottle and that it will be marred by several complexities 
24 October 2017
Will the US' Pressure on Pakistan Deliver Results?
Dr Shalini Chawla evaluates the recent developments in the US-Pakistan relationship and explores whether Washington's pressure on Islamabad can deliver positive results
9 October 2017
The Future of US Troops in Afghanistan: Assessing Potential Roles
Rajat Ahlawat assesses the current deployment structures and likely roles the new US troops will be deployed for, in Afghanistan
4 October 2017
Kabul Security: The NUG's Achilles Heel?
Bismellah Alizada assesses the security situation in Kabul and the broader political implications the current state-of-affairs could trigger
22 August 2017
Trump's Afghanistan Strategy
Rana Banerji weighs in on Donald Trump's long-awaited pronouncement on his administration's  approach to Afghanistan
17 August 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Afghanistan Relations: Innovating Continuity

Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy reviews India's Afghanistan policy under the Modi government 
19 July 2017
IPCS Discussion
Dealing with Dirty Wars

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 21 June, 2017
14 July 2017
Global Warming-Induced Migration: An International Convention Needed
John Schabedoth analyses the implications of global warming-induced migration for international relations and argues that a binding international convention will be needed
10 April 2017
IPCS Discussion
Diplomacy and the Politics of Language

Derek Verbakel reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 31 March 2017
21 March 2017
Afghanistan and the Attempted Exhumation of the QCG
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy says that the US seeks to revive the relevance of the QCG with an objective to remain in the 'lead' on the Afghan issue
29 January 2017
IPCS Discussion
'Faith, Unity, Discipline: The ISI of Pakistan'

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 January 2017
3 January 2017
India, Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia: Reading Between the Lines
Sarral Sharma analyses the recent Heart of Asia conference and the implications for Pakistan 
12 December 2016
IPCS Discussion
Women & Public Policy Journal [Vol. 2] Launch: 'Afghan Economy in the Decade of Transformation (2015-2024)'

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 26 November 2016
26 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI Afghanistan: Limited Scope for Use

Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy examines if the FSI can and does adequately account for the role of transnational forces in shaping the situation in Afghanistan
10 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and South Asia

Monish Gulati analyses the parameters used for evaluating the fragility of states
6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI’s Broader Conclusions: Methodology, Empirical Trends and Current Realities

Dr TCA Raghavan gives an Indian perspective on FSI 2016’s representation of broad trends between 2007-2016
4 October 2016
Mining in Afghanistan: Scale Down to Reap More
Roshan Iyer recommends a solution to address the roadblocks Afghanistan faces in its attempts to turn its mining industry a game changer for its economy
5 September 2016
IPCS Discussion
Regional Power Play and Rise of Radicalism in Afghanistan

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 20 August 2016
5 September 2016
IPCS Discussion
Afghanistan-Pakistan-India: A Paradigm Shift

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 11 August 2016

26 May 2016
Brass Tacks of the Emerging Afghan Taliban
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy contextualises the emerging dynamics within the Afghan Taliban structure and identifies potential implications
25 February 2016
Forecast 2016: Afghanistan
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy identifies key areas that will define the shape that the country takes in the new year
6 February 2016
Afghan Peace Process: Headed Down a Blind Alley?
Monish Gulati analyses the challenges to the Afghan peace process
21 January 2016
Forecast 2016: Another Year at the Crossroads for Pakistan

Sushant Sareen takes stock of Pakistan's trajectory in 2015 and makes projections for the year ahead
13 January 2016
The Pathankot Terrorist Attack and India’s Afghanistan Policy

Monish Gulati writes that the strengthening New Delhi-Kabul bilateral lies at the core of the terrorists' motivations to attack Indian assets in Pathankot and Afghanistan

16 December 2015
The US’ Tilt towards India: Overview and Projections
Md. Farijuddin Khan takes a stock of the state-of-affairs of the New Delhi-Washington bilateral
1 December 2015
India-Afghanistan: Interesting Times Ahead
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy reflects on the trajectory of the bilateral relationship
5 October 2015
Afghanistan: Takeaways from the Kunduz Offensive
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy draws from the scale, timing and intensity of the recent attack to comment on the Taliban under Mansour
25 June 2015
What is the Afghan Taliban Up To?

Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy explains the Afghan Taliban's current agendas and priorities
8 June 2015
What�s Brewing between Afghanistan and Pakistan?
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy looks at why fissures between the two countries run too deep to be resolved with mere one-sided optimism
4 March 2015
Islamic State in Af-Pak: The �Wilayat Khurasan� Conundrum
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy looks at how factionalism within militant groups is being harnessed by the various regional stakeholders
12 January 2015
The Strategist
The Af-Pak Entity: Seduction to Armageddon?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar presents a reading of the emerging regional security environment
2 January 2015
From Kashmir to Kabul
Dr D Suba Chandran presents an annual round-up of the South Asian region
11 December 2014
Pak-Afghan Reset: Will the Taliban and al Qaeda follow?
D Suba Chandran writes that the success or failure of the reset in the Af-Pak bilateral depends on the fate of their own wars on terror
1 December 2014
Af-Pak Diary
Resetting Kabul-Islamabad Relations: Three Key Issues

D Suba Chandran lists key issues that will need to be addressed for the recent improvement in the Af-Pak bilateral to become sustainable
20 November 2014
China in Afghanistan: Is the Engagement Really a Win-Win?
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy looks at what an intensified Kabul-Beijing bilateral means for both parties
18 November 2014
Dateline Kabul
Af-Pak: A Fresh Start

Mariam Safi writes why the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's recent visit to Pakistan is a good start
18 November 2014
Dateline Islamabad
Burying the Past: A New Beginning for Pakistan and Afghanistan

Salma Malik explains why increased trust and cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan is extremely important for both countries.
4 November 2014
Af-Pak Diary
Can Pakistan Reset its Relations with Afghanistan?

Dr D Suba Chandran draws from the recent ICG report, Resetting Pakistan’s Relations with Afghanistan
27 October 2014
Islamic State and Foreign Fighters: Jihadists from Central Asia
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy explores the possible motivations for fighters from the region joining the IS
20 October 2014
South Asian Dialectic
Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan: Implications for Asian Security

Prof PR Chari asks what India could do to ensure its national interests in the prevailing environment
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