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#5335
7 August 2017
The Strategist
A Pug, a Terrier and the Doklam Stand Off

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar assesses the standoff at Doklam and says any conflict will be waged on terms advantageous to India 
#5331
19 July 2017
Strategic Space
Chinese Responsibility on DPRK: No ‘Theory’, Immutable Reality

Dr Manpreet Sethi evaluates the dimensions and potential implications of China's dismissal of its responsibility in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis as mere theory
#5328
17 July 2017
IPCS Discussion
India-China-Nepal Trilateralism

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 06 June, 2017
#5326
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
#5323
11 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Angshuman Choudhury assesses the trajectory of India-Myanmar relations since 2014 and argues that there has been substantial forward movement in several sectors
#5319
5 July 2017
China's Grand strategy
China’s Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea

Tapan Bharadwaj reviews the maritime component of China's grand strategy in the Indo-Pacific, and argues that its strategy in the SCS has begun delivering results for Beijing
#5307
23 June 2017
Seizing ‘The Belt and Road’ Opportunity: Challenges for Nepal
Pramod Jaiswal argues that the Nepal can benefit from the BRI only if it creates a favourable environment by addressing the genuine concerns of both its neighbours
#5301
19 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-China Relations: A Mixed Bag

Amb (Retd) TCA Rangachari assesses how India-China relations have developed over the past three years and identifies key trends
#5284
15 May 2017
Dateline Colombo
Steering Co-operation Across Oceans

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera analyses Sri Lanka's role in the world, in the backdrop of the One Belt One Road conference in China
#5279
1 May 2017
East Asia Compass
Trump’s North Korea Policy: Regional Implications

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers regional perspectives on the US administration’s approach towards North Korea
#5278
1 May 2017
The Strategist
The Value of a Declared No First Use Nuclear Policy

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar provides a global overview of nuclear doctrinal committments
#5277
27 April 2017
China-Philippines Ties: Lessons for India and Japan
Tapan Bharadwaj considers the opportunities for India and Japan to re-engage with Southeast Asia
#5273
19 April 2017
Strategic Space
US-North Korea Military Swashbuckling and China's Role

Dr Manpreet Sethi cautions against the risks of the evolving scenario, not least from inadvertent escalation as a result of incidents or accidents
#5269
13 April 2017
Asia-Pacific: Is Middle Power Multilateralism Possible?
Chandrali Sarkar assesses the plausibility of a middle power coalition between India, Japan and Australia as a counter to a rising China
#5266
12 April 2017
J&K Focus
Evolving External Influence in Jammu and Kashmir (Part I)

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain identifies recent developments that might have a bearing on the situation in J&K in the coming months
#5261
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
#5258
3 April 2017
Sino-Indian Strategic Dialogue: Differences in Strategic Thinking

Siwei Liu analyses the recently concluded Sino-Indian strategic dialogue and says an open and creative attitude would be a way forward

#5256
28 March 2017
The Strategist
The CPEC: Corridor to Chinese Coffers

Vice Admiral (retd) Vijay Shankar explores whether the economic benefits from the CPEC are destined for China and whether it is another lease-for-debt deal
#5249
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
#5242
6 March 2017
East Asia Compass
US Tactical Nukes in the Korean Peninsula?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that the recent deliberations over redeployment of the US tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula seem to be an act of over-doing
#5234
13 February 2017
The Future of US-Taiwan Relations Under China's Shadow
Namrata Hasija argues that the US-Taiwan relationship under Trump remains uncertain in terms of upgradation but certain in terms of continuation.
#5230
1 February 2017
South Korea: Two Moons and the Future of a Nation
Dr Rahul Raj provides a preliminary assessment on the two potential presidential candidates in the upcoming presidential election in South Korea
#5229
1 February 2017
IPCS Special Commentary
CPEC: 'Third Party' Dilemma and Cracks in the Corridor

Amit Kumar argues that optimism regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor might be waning, with apprehensions increasingly being voiced in China
#5228
31 January 2017
India: Acting East after the End of the TPP
Roshan Iyer analyses the status of the RCEP and argues that India's attractive market can be an asset only if it strategically leverages it to its benefit
#5226
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
#5221
10 January 2017
East Asia Compass
Japan-China Contestation in 2017

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra reviews the Tokyo-Beijing bilateral and identifies the potential trajectory the relationship in 2017
#5215
31 December 2016
The Strategist
Perils of Nuclear Paranoia

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar says that if armed hostilities, for the initiator, has little to do with both conventional and military, it raises the prospect that balance may be skewed against gravity
#5205
15 December 2016
Xi as "Core Leader": Re-emergence of Strongman Politics?
Tapan Bhardwaj examines Xi Jingping's power within the Communist Party and the implications of the same 
#5204
14 December 2016
China's Belt and Road Initiative: Should India be Concerned?
Dr Anand Kumar discusses how the OBOR Initiative in Pakistan and Bangladesh can be advantageous for India
#5202
12 December 2016
Eagle Eye
Paradigm Shift or Business As Usual: Trump’s China Policy

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra looks at what explains Beijing’s modest response to Trump’s phone conversation with the Taiwanese president
#5199
5 December 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and East Asia

Dr Sandip Mishra examines the details of Trump’s contradictory campaign promises vis-à-vis the East Asian region
#5195
29 November 2016
Modi’s China Policy: Between Rhetoric and Reality
Niharika Tagotra assesses and identifies the key characteristics of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies vis-a-vis China
#5188
22 November 2016
Countering China: India's Uncertain Response
Harry Roberts analyses India's reaction to China's growing strategic clout in Asia
#5180
15 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and China: A Contest for Primacy

Prof Srikanth Kondapalli remarks on the president-elect's isolationist tendencies and why China might be concerned
#5178
14 November 2016
Managing Differences is the Key to Sino-India Relations
Liu Siwei looks at the merits of a comprehensive approach towards maintaining friendly and positive Sino-Indian relations
#5158
21 October 2016
The Strategist
The Misshapen Pivot

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar comments on the absence of a direct challenge to China’s provocative moves on the East and South China Seas 
#5151
10 October 2016
Evaluating Sri Lanka’s Regional Priorities
Husanjot Chahal looks at the regional dynamics of inter-state relations in light of PM Ranil Wikremesinghe's recent visit to India
#5147
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
#5146
4 October 2016
East Asia Compass
Future of the TPP and the US' Pivot to Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra assesses how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will play out in Asia-Pacific given the current domestic political atmosphere in the US

#5131
19 September 2016
Regional Economy
G20 Summit 2016: A Lost Opportunity?

Prof Amita Batra looks at the raison d'être for the G20, how the recently concluded meeting differed from it and how it can revert to fulfilling its original mandate. 

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