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#5239
24 February 2017
J&K: Need for an Urgent Review
Dr Ashok Bhan argues that the political leadership at the Centre and in the State urgently need to take appropriate initiatives to in order to prevent recurrence and escalation of the violence and protests of 2016
#5238
20 February 2017
Inadequate Budgetary Allotment and India's Defence Preparedness
Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal recommends the establishment of a roll-on, non-lapsable defence modernisation fund as national security imperative
#5236
15 February 2017
Spotlight West Asia
India-UAE: An Emerging Special Relationship

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta assesses the trajectory of India-UAE relations and makes recommendations towards taking the bilateral further
#5235
15 February 2017
The Strategist
Forecast 2017: Carnage Ahead?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar illustrates why the pulling away from multilateral alliances and the potential for new strategic orientation would appear to be the new norm
#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
#5227
31 January 2017
Red Affairs
Forecast 2017: LWE Still Holding On

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray notes that although LWE may be ebbing, its survival will be ensured by the state's own follies
#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
#5222
12 January 2017
India: Crises in Command?
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon assesses the appointment of India's new army chief and makes recommendations for the process of reforms to the personnel policies of the Indian armed forces 
#5219
6 January 2017
India-Pakistan
Line (Out) of Control?

Joy Mitra argues that risks to general stability in the region remain entrenched in the dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict and that it could lead to an uncontrollable conflict trajectory
#5218
3 January 2017
Special Commentary
India’s Nuclear Energy Policy: Bottlenecks to Implementation

Niharika Tagotra argues that India's legislative-regulatory mechanism is inadequate for its ambitious nuclear energy programme
#5217
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 
#5216
31 December 2016
Red Affairs
A Bridge Over River Gurupriya

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray considers the challenges in the long overdue implementation of a project in an LWE-affected area
#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
#5214
31 December 2016
IPCS Discussion
IPCS-Stimson Center Roundtable on South Asia

Angshuman Choudhury and Roshan Iyer report on the proceedings of the discussion held on 08 December 2016
#5213
31 December 2016
J&K Focus
The Ominous Calm is both Good and Bad for J&K

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain analyses the calm in Kashmir and makes recommendations for the Army and the civilian administration towards bringing stability to the state
#5210
26 December 2016
Russia’s Search for New Ground in Pakistan
Adarsh Vijay analyses Russia's possible motivations for its increasing engagement with Pakistan
#5208
21 December 2016
Strategic Space
Limits of Practising Nuclear Brinksmanship

Dr Manpreet Sethi says that brinksmanship strategies that appear to be working raise the salience of nuclear weapons and increase their attraction for proliferation
#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
#5198
5 December 2016
Red Affairs
Rise of the Vainglorious Policeman

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray says that the anti-LWE COIN architecture in states like Chhattisgarh can be compared to Hitler's Germany
#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
#5194
29 November 2016
Pakistan's New Army Chief and the Indo-Pak Dialogue Process
Sarral Sharma writes about the appointment of Gen Qamar Bajwa as Pakistan's new army chief and its potential impact on the New Delhi-Islamabad dialogue process
#5193
28 November 2016
J&K Focus
An Opportunity to Bring Heart Back to Kashmir

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain writes that an opportunity is emerging for New Delhi to bring normalcy back to Kashmir, and recommends ways to utilise it
#5192
28 November 2016
The Strategist
The Catechism of a Minister

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the significance of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's remarks on India's no first use (NFU) policy
#5190
25 November 2016
Restraint to Retribution: Modi’s New Normal and Nawaz Sharif’s Challenge
Lt Gen (Retd) AS Lamba analyses Indian and Pakistani military and political responses to the escalating tensions between the two countries
#5188
22 November 2016
Countering China: India's Uncertain Response
Harry Roberts analyses India's reaction to China's growing strategic clout in Asia
#5186
22 November 2016
IPCS Special Commentary
India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Time for a Review?

Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal argues for the proposition, in light of the Indian defence minister's remarks on the NFU
#5185
18 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and South Asia

Michael Krepon says that the trend lines toward India and Pakistan are too deeply grooved to change, but there could be differences in degree rather than kind
#5181
15 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Trump's Trade Scenarios: Implications for India

Prof Amita Batra looks at the president-elect's economic policy declarations to gauge how they might affect India
#5179
14 November 2016
IPCS Debate
Demonetisation: An Exercise in Instability

Roshan Iyer argues against the recent demonetisation of banknotes of INR 500 and INR 1,000 by the Indian government
#5177
13 November 2016
IPCS Debate
Demonetisation: Potential Benefits for the Indian Economy

Prerana Priyadarshi argues in favour of the recent demonetisation of banknotes of INR 500 and INR 1,000 by the Indian government
#5175
11 November 2016
Theresa May in India: Out of Touch with Reality
Harry Roberts argues that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent India visit demonstrates was more about Britain than India

#5174
10 November 2016
Climate Change: India's Severe Domestic Equity Gaps
Niharika Tagotra explains how India's domestic policies contradict the stance it adopts during international climate change negotiations
#5165
2 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
"Our Bilateral Relations"

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 24 October 2016
#5164
2 November 2016
Kashmir Focus
After the Surgical Strikes

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain assesses the security situation in J&K and identifies ways forward for India
#5155
20 October 2016
Social Component of Counterterrorism: The Need of the Hour
Prof N Manoharan and Anumeha Singh argue the need for active participation of citizens towards preventing and/or reacting to terrorist attacks and make recommendations
#5154
19 October 2016
Red Affairs
End Game: Fractured and Scarred Tribal Communities

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray reviews the progress of the State's efforts to rid the menace of Left Wing Extremism and analyses the side effects of the same
#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
#5150
10 October 2016
Eagle Eye
Critical Challenges to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra considers the politico-security environment in which the bilateral relationship is coming to fruition
#5149
10 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and South Asia

Monish Gulati analyses the parameters used for evaluating the fragility of states
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