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12 October 2015
The Strategist
What is Strategic Stability?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar considers the definition of the term in the South Asian context
6 October 2015
Spotlight West Asia
Prime Minister Modi Finally Begins His Interaction with West Asia*

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta analyses India's relationship with the GCC countries and suggests ways forward
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
15 September 2015
The Strategist
Jihadi Aggression and Nuclear Deterrence

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar examines the link between sub-conventional warfare and nuclear war fighting
27 July 2015
Voice from America
The Iran Deal: Is it Hard to Resist?

Prof Amit Gupta explains the two options the US has vis-a-vis the Iran nuclear deal in the face of opposition from different quarters
14 July 2015
The Strategist
The Blight of Ambiguity

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar looks at why sub-continental nuclear stability will remain hostage to the Pakistani army’s revisionist and ambiguous nuclear policies
22 June 2015
China’s Wu-14: Racking Tensions in the South China Sea

Hugo Chene analyses the new developments in the South China Sea and US-China relations
13 April 2015
The Strategist
Why ‘Global Zero’ is Less of an Illusion

Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar elaborates on the state-of-affairs of the Global Zero intiative
6 April 2015
Iran Nuclear Deal: Lessons from North Korea
Prof Vyjayanti Raghavan traces the similarities between the failed US-North Korea nuclear deal and the recently announced Iran nuclear deal
24 March 2015
Indian Ocean Region
Australia-India-China: IOR Procurement Race for Submarines

Stephen Westcott analyses India's and Australia's approaches to procuring submarines in the wake of China's forays in the IOR
9 March 2015
The Strategist
State of Play: Non-Proliferation, Fissile Material Cut-Offs and Nuclear Transparency

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar appraises the three pillars of global nuclear stability
13 February 2015
IPCS Discussion
West Asia, Iran Nuclear Deal, and Islamic State: Review of IPCS Forecasts

Stephen Westcott reports on the proceedings of the discussion
10 February 2015
The Strategist
Swabbing the Bleakness of Subcontinental Nuclear Instability

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar looks at why Sino-Pak collusion will to a large extent influence nuclear stability in the region
19 January 2015
IPCS Forecast: Towards a Nuclear Deal with Iran in 2015
Ruhee Neog identifies the likely trajectories of the nuclear negotiations with Iran in 2015
7 January 2015
India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Reviewing NFU and Massive Retaliation
Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal reflects on doctrinal credibility
6 January 2015
East Asia Compass
China-North Korea: Reasons for Reconciliation

Prof Sandip Kumar Mishra looks at why Xi Jinping may be seeking a course correction in the bilateral relationship
5 January 2015
Spotlight West Asia
IPCS Forecast: West Asia in 2015

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta provides his assessments on the potential trajectories West Asia will be on, through the course of 2015
15 December 2014
Strategic Space
India-Russia Nuclear Vision Statement: See that it Delivers

Dr. Manpreet Sethi analyses the India-Russia Strategic Vision for Strengthening Atomic Energy Cooperation, signed on 11 December, 2014
20 November 2014
Nuke Street
US-Russia and Global Nuclear Security: Under a Frosty Spell?

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma cautions that bilateral tensions do not bode well for international initiatives towards securing nuclear materials
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

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