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19 April 2017
West Asia
Obama, Trump, and Abiding Authoritarianism in Egypt

Derek Verbakel asks if there has been a policy shift in the US' approach towards Egypt and assesses the trajectory of Egypt's political situation
13 April 2017
Trump Vs Obama: US Policy Towards Adversarial States
Kimberley Anne Nazareth on the elements of continuity and change in US strategy towards Syria, North Korea and Iran
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
28 February 2017
The ‘Two-State Solution’ in Israel-Palestine: An Accelerated Demise?
Derek Verbakel explores possible trajectories the Israel-Palestine issue will take with Donald Trump as the US president
3 February 2017
Where is Egypt Headed?
Amb (Retd) KP Fabian traces the trajectory of Egypt's political history and asesses the current state-of-affairs
19 January 2017
Spotlight West Asia
West Asia Six Years After the ‘Arab Spring’: Prognosis for 2017

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta assesses the political and security related developments of the past six years, and identifies the trajectories for 2017
16 November 2016
The Precarious Politics of Post-‘Liberation’ Mosul
Derek Verbakel argues that the region, and Mosul in particular, will be prone to further cycles of violence
15 November 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Battle for Mosul: Prospects for the Immediate Future

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta argues that Iraq’s misfortunes are unlikely to end with the defeat of the Islamic State
7 November 2016
IPCS US Election Special
The Iran Deal Under a Trump Presidency

Kimberley Anne Nazareth considers the implications for the JCPOA under Donald Trump as president
21 October 2016
After the Collapsed US-Russia Agreement, Advantage Assad
Derek Verbakel analyses the breakdown of the recent ceasefire in Syria and the potential outcomes of the same
13 October 2016
Spotlight West Asia
The Battle for Aleppo and the Imminent Regional Shifts

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta explains the significance of Aleppo for Syrian President Bashar al Assad and identifies potential outcomes of the ongoing war in Syria
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
Contextualising Iran: The Nixon and Obama Doctrines
Kimberley Anne Nazareth looks at the convergences and divergences in the two presidential doctrines
19 September 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Will the US-Russia Deal on Syria Hold?

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta analyses the prospects of the latest deal between Washington and Moscow on resolving the crisis in Syria
14 September 2016
West Asia
The EU-Jordan Experiment: Towards Easing the Refugee Issue

Roshan Iyer analyses the recently concluded EU-Jordan free trade deal that attempts to address the unemployment issue among Syrian refugees in Jordan
29 August 2016
Iraq's Hashd Militias: Ineluctable Politics on the Road to Mosul
Derek Verbakel analyses the potential implications of Office Order 91, which was recently announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
16 August 2016
Post Coup Turkey: Implications for Judicial Independence
Samanvya Hooda analyses Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's actions and the motivations for those, following the July 2016 coup attempt
16 August 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Russia: The New and Unexpected Power Broker in West Asia

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta considers how Russia will now play the pivotal role in how the strategic landscape of West Asia will be determined
18 July 2016
Strategic Space
JCPOAs First Anniversary: Significance and Future Challenges

Dr Manpreet Sethi comments on the implementation of the Iran deal a year after it was reached between Iran and the P5 + 1
23 June 2016
Obama's Syria Policy: The Dynamics of Engagement
Priyama Chakravarty argues that US President Barack Obama's Syria policy has been realistically cautious and the least worst of a whole range of bad options
13 June 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Iran, India and Chabahar: Recalling the Broader Context

Amb Ranjit Gupta analyses Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Iran visit in broader context of the New Delhi-Tehran bilateral
9 June 2016
NSS in Retrospect: Why not Iran and North Korea?
Kimberley Anne Nazareth considers the absence of Iran and North Korea from the NSS 2016
7 June 2016
Chabahar and India: Securing Regional Interests
Anu Abraham explores what the Chabahar deal means for India, the New Delhi-Tehran bilateral, and the region
2 June 2016
Irans Economic Renaissance: Will the IRGC Profit?
Samanvya Hooda analyses what is in store for the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the wake of economic reform and lifting of sanctions
25 May 2016
Modi in Iran: A Successful Visit

Ambassador KP Fabian assesses Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Iran and identifies its successes as well as issues that need addressing
27 April 2016
Iran, US and the JCPOA: Fidelity to the Cause
Ruhee Neog looks at what has been achieved, and what issues are likely to be encountered through the course of the year
30 March 2016
China-Iran: Common Grounds for Cooperation
Tapan Bharadwaj considers the prospects and circumstances for a mutually beneficial bilateral relationship
14 March 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Current Syrian Peace Processes Sterile: A New Approach Needed

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta explains why a fundamentally different approach to peace is needed in Syria
21 February 2016
Examining Irans Ballistic Missile Test
Kimberley Anne Nazareth analyses the motivations and potential implications of Iran's recent ballistic missile test
8 February 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Forecast 2016: West Asia

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta identifies key issues to watch out for and address, in West Asia, in 2016
29 January 2016
Nuke Street
Forecast 2016: Fruits of Diplomacy

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma explains the level of efforts undertaken to achieve the Iran nuclear deal and makes projections
18 January 2016
Strategic Space
Forecast 2016: Nuclear Issues That Will Dominate the Year

Dr Manpreet Sethi takes stock of key nuclear issues in 2016
29 December 2015
West Asia
Has the Rise and Growth of the Islamic State Benefitted Iran?

Kimberley Anne Nazareth analyses the regional dynamics involving the IS and Iran
8 December 2015
Spotlight West Asia
Turkey's Ambitions and the War in Syria

Amb Ranjit Gupta analyses Turkey's role in the ongoing conflict inside Syria
27 November 2015
West Asia
Turkey: The Proverbial Spanner in the Works

Gp Capt (Retd) PI Muralidharan explains why Turkey's shoot-down of the Russian SU-24 was not a stray incident
10 November 2015
Iran Nuclear Deal: Implications for India
Summaiya Khan examines the fall-out of the deal on India-Iran bilateral ties
2 November 2015
Spotlight West Asia
Potential Implications of Russias Military Involvement in Syria

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta takes stock of the Russian intervention in Syria and the potential outcomes of the same
23 October 2015
Emad: Irans New Ballistic Missile amid the Nuclear Deal

Debalina Ghoshal contextualises Iran's test-firing of the 'Emad' missile and explains why it shouldn't hinder the nuclear deal
19 October 2015
Perspective from Iran
Iran and Russia in Syria: What are the Stakes?

Majid Izadpanahi examines the reasons for Iranian and Russian involvement
29 September 2015
Iran Nuclear Deal: What is in Store for the US and Iran?
Abhimanyu Singh presents a reading of the incentives the deal offers the two major stakeholders
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