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17 November 2014
Strategic Space
Global Nuclear Disarmament: The Humanitarian Consequences Route

Dr Manpreet Sethi says that it is high time for nations to come together to address urgent challenges in an inclusive and collective fashion
22 October 2014
Nuke Street
India's Nuclear Capable Cruise Missile: The Nirbhay Test

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma draws from the challenges faced by Indian defence institutions
20 October 2014
Strategic Space
Nasr: Dangers of Pakistan's Short Range Ballistic Missile

Dr Manpreet Sethi explains why this type of deterrence is not conducive to regional or international stability
16 October 2014
IPCS Discussion
Tactical Nuclear Weapons: Implications of Pakistan's Nuclear Developments

Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy reports on the proceedings on the discussion on Pakistan's tactical nuclear weapons, organised by the IPCS
30 September 2014
Iran: An Imperfect Nuclear Deal Better Than None At All?
Ruhee Neog argues that the environment is ripe for a less than ideal deal
22 September 2014
Big Picture
Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: The Inevitability of Instability

Prof Varun Sahni on three essential features of Pakistan's TNWs
19 September 2014
Failed Nuclear Deal with Japan: Will it affect Indo-US Nuclear Cooperation?
Vivek Mishra analyses the importance of nuclear deal during Modi's US visit
15 September 2014
Strategic Space
Uranium and Nuclear Power: Three Indian Stories

Manpreeth Sethi analyses three related news on the sale of Uranium by Australia
8 September 2014
Nuke Street
India-Australia Nuclear Agreement: Bespeaking of a New Age

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma explains how the India can benefit on various levels from the recently signed India-Australia nuclear deal
1 September 2014
Voice from America
India and Australia: Beyond Curry, Cricket, and Commonwealth

Prof Amit Gupta explores the various opportunities for cooperation between the two countries
21 August 2014
Nuke Street
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Musings on the Bomb

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma argues that nuclear weapons have created powerful illusions of permanent presence and need
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

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