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18 August 2014
Strategic Space
A Strategic Review for India

Dr Manpreet Sethi recommends a White Paper-style document to highlight specific nuclear issues

11 August 2014
The Strategist
A Covenant Sans Sword

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on India’s nuclear doctrine
5 August 2014
Nuclear Use: Need for Thinking on Political-Level Considerations
Ali Ahmed explores how a deterrence doctrine can at best inform, but not determine, nuclear weapons employment decisions
31 July 2014
Iran-P5+1 Nuclear Negotiations: What Is Holding It Up?
Ruhee Neog analyses the sticking points for all parties in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1
21 July 2014
South Asian Dialectic
Thinking the Unthinkable: Promoting Nuclear Disarmament

Prof PR Chari asks whether nuclear non-proliferation is a lost cause and whether nuclear disarmament remains a desirable but elusive goal
21 July 2014
Strategic Space
Indian Ratification of the Additional Protocol: Mischievous Reports Miss its Significance

Dr Manpreet Sethi explains the importance of India's ratification of the Protocol Additional to the Agreement between the Government of India and the IAEA
17 July 2014
India-US: Nuclear Ayatollahs and the Politics of Non-proliferation
Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal writes in response to an NYT editorial on India’s membership of the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG)
1 July 2014
Global Nuclear Arsenals: Taking Stock of Current Trends
Ruhee Neog draws from a recent SIPRI report on world nuclear forces


30 June 2014
Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement with Iran: One Month Endgame
Ayesha Khanyari analyses the major impediments that threaten to affect the course of the negotiations
16 June 2014
INS Arihant: A 'Giant Stride' for India?
Amit Saxena says that the vessel may not go nuclear or underwater anytime soon
16 June 2014
Strategic Space
Time for India-China Nuclear-speak

Dr Manpreet Sethi recommends the initiation of a nuclear dialogue that could gradually expand to explore NCBMs and even arms control
9 June 2014
Nuke Street
The Second Nuclear Age in the Asia Pacific

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma cautions that rules are less and less likely to govern the evolving uncertainties in Asia
30 May 2014
Iran-P5+1: ‘Nothing is Agreed Until Everything is Agreed’
Ruhee Neog draws from a recent ICG report that makes recommendations for a comprehensive agreement between the negotiating parties


19 May 2014
Nuke Street
Looking Up in North East Asia

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma looks at what may spur a more active regional response to North Korean nuclearisation
12 May 2014
Dateline Islamabad
India-Pakistan: Nuclear Weapons and Crisis Diplomacy

Salma Malik analyses the role of nuclear weapons in the India-Pakistan relationship, and suggests practising routine diplomacy more than crisis diplomacy
12 May 2014
The Strategist
The Chilling Prospects of Nuclear Devices at Large

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar demonstrates why it is essential to enforce a new nuclear non-proliferation regime
30 April 2014
India and No First Use: Does ‘Calculated Ambiguity’ Help?
Ruhee Neog weighs in on the recent debate on India’s nuclear doctrine
30 April 2014
An Indian Nuclear Doctrine Review: A Third Model
Ali Ahmed recommends looking beyond the two options of ‘massive’ and ‘flexible’ nuclear retaliation in the event of a review
24 April 2014
A Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement with Iran: Four Potential Roadblocks
Ruhee Neog says that the momentum for a comprehensive agreement will continue despite obvious differences
21 April 2014
Strategic Space
India and No First Use: Preventing Deterrence Breakdown

Dr Manpreet Sethi asks if a first use nuclear doctrine is more credible and better at deterrence than NFU
21 April 2014
South Asian Dialectic
India and No First Use: The Doctrinal Conundrum

Prof PR Chari weighs in on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent call to establish a global no-first-use convention
14 April 2014
Nuke Street
Iran Nuclear Deal: Regional Shadows

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma looks at why the comprehensive agreement which that the negotiators hope to achieve by July 2014 looks distant still
7 April 2014
Spotlight West Asia
Nuclear Iran: Will Obama Succeed?

Amb Ranjit Gupta argues that there would be a spectacular geopolitical breakthrough in the negotiations
29 March 2014
The Hague Nuclear Security Summit: Will the Momentum Persist?
Ruhee Neog looks at potential obstacles in the way of global nuclear materials security stewardship
28 March 2014
The Hague Nuclear Security Summit: Evaluating Major Achievements
PR Chari provides a critique of the major outcomes
28 March 2014
IPCS Special Commentary
The Hague Nuclear Security Summit: Penitent Preachers

Vice Adm Vijay Shankar comments on the recently concluded Summit and the future of Nuclear Security
21 March 2014
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: The Way Forward
Arun Vishwanathan says that focusing solely on ‘transparency’ has become somewhat of a panacea for all ills 
20 March 2014
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: India’s Record
Dr Sitakanta Mishra responds to Prof Chari’s commentary, ‘India’s Mixed Record’, which appeared on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website
20 March 2014
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Pakistan’s Role
Rabia Akhtar suggests that this is the right time for Pakistan to propose an Asian Trilateral Nuclear Safety and Security Network with India and China
17 March 2014
South Asian Dialectic
India and Nuclear Terrorism: Meeting the Threat

PR Chari on how India could contribute to the Nuclear Security Summit
17 March 2014
Strategic Space
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Shared Risk, Shared Responsibility

Manpreet Sethi comments on the agenda of the NSS 2014 and India's participation
10 March 2014
Nuke Street
Ukraine: Implications for Global Nuclear Diplomacy

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma considers the spill-over effect of the East-West contention over Ukraine

10 March 2014
The Strategist
India-Pakistan-China: Nuclear Policy and Deterrence Stability

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar argues for transparency in nuclear policy as the first step towards stability
19 February 2014
The Nuclear Energy Debate in Pakistan
Ahmad Khan and Beenish Altaf, listing practical reasons, argue in favour of generating nuclear energy in Pakistan
17 February 2014
Strategic Space
US, China and the South Asian Nuclear Construct

Dr Manpreet Sethi suggests that attempts to understand the Indo-Pak nuclear deterrence equation through the narrow geographical confines of South Asia are meaningless
10 February 2014
The Strategist
India-Pakistan: Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar recommends taking the road less travelled
10 February 2014
Nuke Street
Nuclear Security Summit 2014 and the NTI Index

Ambassador Sheel Kant Sharma gauges the challenges associated with global approaches to tackle nuclear security
18 January 2014
IPCS Debate
Responding to Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: A Strategy for India

Dr Manpreet Sethi suggests that India must let it be known that it would play the nuclear game according to its own rules
13 January 2014
The Strategist
Strategic Non-Nuclear Weapons: An Essential Consort to a Doctrine of No First Use

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar says that India must be equipped with select conventional hardware to provide teeth to a deterrent relationship that leans on NFU  
13 January 2014
Nuke Street
Nuclear Power: An Annual Report Card

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma provides a comprehensive round-up of global nuclear power in 2013

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