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#5408
12 December 2017
IPCS Series on Evolving Discourses of Security in International Politics
Ceasefire Violations in Jammu & Kashmir: A Line on Fire

Report of the discussion on ‘Ceasefire Violations in Jammu & Kashmir: A Line on Fire’ held on 1 December 2017
#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 
#5406
11 December 2017
Zimbabwe: Political Solutions to Legal Questions Undermine the Rule of Law
Phephelaphi Dube assesses the impact of the recent political changes in Zimbabwe for rule of law in the country and reflects on ongoing developments in South Africa
#5401
1 December 2017
IPCS Discussion
How the BJP Wins: Inside India’s Greatest Election Machine

Report of a discussion of Prashant Jha’s latest book: ‘How the BJP Wins: Inside India’s Greatest Election Machine’, held on 24 November 2017. 
#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
#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 
#5396
22 November 2017
In Memoriam
Ambassador Howard B Schaffer

Amb (Retd) Salman Haidar writes on Amb Howard Schaffer's life and legacy
#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
#5392
15 November 2017
EU: Prospects of Reform Post the 2017 German Election
John Schabedoth assesses the impact of the 2017 German general election results on the prospects of EU reform
#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
#5390
14 November 2017
Strategic Space
‘Gas Chamber’ Cities and Dangers Nuclear

Dr Manpreet Sethi contextualises the fallout of nuclear use in the hazardous air quality across the Indo-Gangetic plain
#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 
#5386
3 November 2017
Maritime Matters
Short Sea Shipping in Bay of Bengal Takes Baby Steps

Dr Vijay Sakhuja considers the significance of new initiatives in the Bay region
#5384
26 October 2017
J&K Focus
J&K: Operation 'All Out' and Prospects for Winter

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain evaluates the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and makes projections for the upcoming winter in the state
#5383
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
#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

#5375
4 October 2017
German Elections Results: Impact on Foreign Policy
Dr Kai Fürstenberg assesses the outcome of the German federal elections and its potential impact on Berlin's overall foreign policy and its policies towards South Asia
#5372
29 September 2017
IPCS Debate
India's Rohingya Policy: Is it Legally Sound?

Govind Manoharan argues that prioritising the national security exception in this case is not legitimate or proportionate
#5371
29 September 2017
IPCS Debate
India's Rohingya Policy: Is it Legally Sound?

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra argues that prioritising security is a state imperative and is also recognised as such by the Refugee Convention
#5370
28 September 2017
Regional Economy
India's Trade Options

Prof Amita Batra identifies actionable recommendations that would be in India’s best interest
#5368
25 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
The People Next Door: The Curious History of India's Relations With Pakistan

Report on 'The People Next Door: The Curious History of India's Relations With Pakistan', a book reading and discussion held on 14 September 2017
#5366
21 September 2017
India-Japan Civil Nuclear Cooperation: Contextualising Abe's Visit
Shivani Singh considers the existing bottlenecks to the full implementation of the agreement in light of Abe's recent visit
#5365
21 September 2017
Russia-Turkey: Implications of the New Arms Deal
Monish Gulati examines the potential geopolitical implications of the recent Russia-Turkey agreement involving the purchase of the S-400 Triumf air defence system 
#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
#5359
8 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
Dominant Narratives in Kashmir: Evolving Security Dynamics

Report on 'Dominant Narratives in Kashmir: Evolving Security Dynamics', a discussion held on 17 August 2017
#5355
5 September 2017
Maritime Matters
Marine Mammal Stranding: Myth, Mystery and Facts

Dr Vijay Sakhuja analyses the phenomenon of increasing numbers and incidents of marine mammals getting stranded ashore or washing aground in India
#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
#5352
5 September 2017
New Indian Defence Minister: A List of Priorities
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon says that Nirmala Sitaraman has the opportunity to orchestrate a transformation in India’s defence capabilities
#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
#5346
25 August 2017
Eagle Eye
Testing the Trump-Modi Partnership

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra analyses the challenges facing the India-US relationship
#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
#5340
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 
#5339
17 August 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
The State and the States: The Northeast in the Centre's Vision

Sanjoy Hazarika and Niyati Singh consider the Centre's policy initiatives towards the region
#5338
16 August 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Nepal Relations: Mixed Fortunes

Dr Pramod Jaiswal reviews the trajectory of New Delhi-Kathmandu relations since 2014 and says it has seen several ups and downs
#5336
7 August 2017
Maritime Matters
Dhow Trade in the North Arabian Sea

Dr Vijay Sakhuja reviews the risks and traditions associated with Dhow trade in the North Arabian sea and identifies recent trends
#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 
#5333
31 July 2017
J&K Focus
Handling J&K: What is Right and What More Needs To Be Done?

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain identifies a strategy to deal with the situation in J&K over the coming months
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