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#5421
19 January 2018
The Yuan: China’s New Strategic Tool in Pakistan
Air Cmde (Retd) Prashant Dikshit argues that China is steadily employing the Yuan as a strategic tool in Pakistan and makes projections regarding potential implications
#5420
12 January 2018
Can India Complement and Gain from China’s Belt And Road Initiative?
Sreejith S Nair assesses the opportunities and challenges posed by the Chinese initiative
#5414
2 January 2018
Doklam and the India-US Strategic Relationship
Pieter Jan-Dockx considers the arguments that seek to explain the US' failure to explicitly support India during the military standoff
#5407
11 December 2017
Nepal Elections: Reading the Results
Dr Pramod Jaiswal assesses the results of Nepal's recently held provincial and federal elections and the potential near and long-term implications for Nepal and India 
#5400
28 November 2017
COP-23 Climate Negotiations: Politics Over Just Commitments
Garima Maheshwari analyses the unfolding developments at COP-23 and their implications for global climate change related policymaking
#5399
28 November 2017
The Strategist
“Taking Centre Stage in the World”

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar looks at why restoring the lost grandeur of the Silk Route has many challenges that may not be overcome
#5398
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 
#5395
21 November 2017
Why are Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives Bound to Fail?
Shivani Singh identifies three challenges that stand in the way of disarmament efforts
#5391
14 November 2017
Dateline Colombo
The Geopolitics of Floating Bases and the New World Order

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera weighs in on China's strategic vision that combines economic might with geopolitical prowess
#5389
7 November 2017
East Asia Compass
Trump's Visit to East Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra looks at why the trip might be unprecedented, but the outcomes are most likely not going to be so
#5388
6 November 2017
China's Signaling Under President Xi Jinping
Air Commodore Prashant Dikshit VM (G) traces the pattern in China's signaling to the world under the leadership of President Xi Jingping and makes projections
#5387
6 November 2017
India-China Border Agreements: Political Negotiation Needed
Dr Amit Ranjan provides an overview of the colonial history of border agreements between India and China 
#5385
30 October 2017
Regional Economy
19th Party Congress: Understanding the Economics in Xi’s Speech

Prof Amita Batra analyses China’s growth and reform in light of the purported consolidation of its economic might
#5382
24 October 2017
Strategic Space
Meaningful Disarmament, Not Unnecessary Distractions

Dr Manpreet Sethi considers the importance of countries that are serious about nuclear disarmament mobilising global support for achievable targets

#5378
9 October 2017
East Asia Compass
Shinzo Abe’s North Korea Strategy

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra comments on the ways in which Abe is using the threat to advance his narrow domestic and foreign policy goals
#5376
4 October 2017
The Strategist
The Curious Case of USS McCain

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar considers the vulnerabilities of computerised warship systems to cyber-attacks
#5373
30 September 2017
An Interview with Dr Siegfried Hecker
North Korea’s Nuclear Behaviour and US Diplomacy

Modified version of an earlier interview conducted by Elisabeth Eaves for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, with additional questions from Ruhee Neog for IPCS
#5370
28 September 2017
Regional Economy
India's Trade Options

Prof Amita Batra identifies actionable recommendations that would be in India’s best interest
#5369
26 September 2017
Special Commentary
Weapons in Space: Conventional War in the Cosmos?

Allyson Rimmer examines why omitting a clause that bans all weapons from entering outer space is an oversight that presents significant dangers
#5367
21 September 2017
A Looming Nuclear Arms Race In East Asia?
Nopur Siingh analyses regional security dynamics in the context of North Korean proliferation
#5362
15 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
Tibetan Caravans: Journeys from Leh to Lhasa

Report on 'Tibetan Caravans: Journeys from Leh to Lhasa', a book reading and discussion held on 30 August 2017
#5361
15 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
Chinese Military Reform, 2013-2030

Report of the discussion on Chinese Military Reform, 2013-2030, held on 23 August 2017
#5356
6 September 2017
China's Indian Ocean Strategy
Tapan Bharadwaj examines the motivations for China's enhanced presence in the region
#5354
5 September 2017
Doklam Dispute: Part-II
Understanding the Tri-Junction Question

Amb (Retd) VP Haran sheds light on the history of the border in the context of the India-China military standoff in the second part of the series
#5353
5 September 2017
Doklam Dispute: Part I
A Brief History

Amb (Retd) VP Haran, in the first of this two-part series, explores the historical context of the border dispute
#5351
31 August 2017
The Strategist
"The World is Not Peaceful"

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the dogmas, past and present, that guide Chinese strategic thinking
#5350
31 August 2017
Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty: Addressing Normative Concerns
Shivani Singh considers the successes and failures of the recently adopted treaty
#5348
26 August 2017
IPCS Discussion
The Nuclear Future

Transcript of remarks made at the IPCS discussion, 'The Nuclear Future', on 8 August 2017
#5346
25 August 2017
Eagle Eye
Testing the Trump-Modi Partnership

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra analyses the challenges facing the India-US relationship
#5344
22 August 2017
China’s Nuclear Programme: Modernising or Multiplying?
Allyson Rimmer considers the evidence in support of the claims regarding China's nuclear weapons programme
#5343
22 August 2017
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lanka: Leveraging the Politics of Geography

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera considers how the country can reap the political benefits of its geostrategic location
#5342
22 August 2017
Strategic Space
Stabilising Deterrence: Doctrines Score Over Numbers

Dr Manpreet Sethi asks whether low numbers automatically help generate strategic stability
#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
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