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18 July 2016
Strategic Space
JCPOA’s 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
4 July 2016
East Asia Compass
Six-Party Talks 2.0: Not for Denuclearisation but for Peace

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra recommends a new strategy to bring North Korea to the negotiating table

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
22 June 2016
The Strategist
There is a New Symphony at Play

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar looks at Modi’s US visit in light of the need to to balance out China’s objectives of hegemonic control through strategic security partnerships
16 June 2016
Assessing NSS Outcomes: CPPNM Amendment Ratification
Hina Pandey presents her analysis of the opportunities and challenges in global nuclear security in the post CPPNM/A ratification scenario
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
3 June 2016
India and the NSG: Are the Outliers Justified in their Opposition?
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra assesses the validity of the arguments offered in support of India’s exclusion from the NSG


2 June 2016
Strategic Space
Entry into the NSG: Getting Past the Doorman

Dr Manpreet Sethi examines why China seeks to keep India out of the NSG and the latter’s next steps
31 May 2016
India vs Pakistan: Why can’t we just be friends?
Book Review: "Much Ado About Nothing"

Rana Banerji reviews Husain Haqqani's 'India vs Pakistan: Why can’t we just be friends?'
27 May 2016
Nuke Street
Why China is Using NPT to Block India's Entry into the NSG

Amb (Retd) Sheel Kant Sharma considers China's insistence on the NPT as the criterion for India's membership of the NSG
24 May 2016
Of Ranks and Scores in Nuclear Security: 18 Years of South Asian Nuclearisation
Dr Rabia Akhtar considers why South Asian nuclear-armed states must be distinguished from the de jure NWS on nuclear security matters
23 May 2016
China: How is Nuclear Security Understood?
Chao Xie presents a reading of how the issue is interpreted in China and its implications for national security
16 May 2016
Strategic Space
Same Age, Different Behaviour: Nuclear India and Nuclear Pakistan

Dr Manpreet Sethi asks if Pakistan is ready to vote for a different future for itself as both India and Pakistan complete 18 years as nuclear-armed states
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
5 April 2016
Pakistan and the Nuclear Security Summit Process
Muhammad Faisal weighs in on Pakistan’s contribution towards the enhancement of nuclear security
22 March 2016
NSS 2016: Implications of Russia's Absence
Urmi Tat looks at the US-Russia fallout in the context of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit
21 March 2016
Big Picture
Forecast 2016: Cardinal Transitions

Prof Varun Sahni outlines key transitions currently underway or expected in 2016 in countries of significance to India
21 March 2016
Strategic Space
Nuclear Security Summit Process: Progress and Prognosis

Dr Manpreet Sethi reflects on the past and future of global nuclear security in light of the upcoming NSS
15 March 2016
East Asia Compass
What is the Efficacy of Sanctions on North Korea?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the impact of the instrument in bringing about changes in the regime's provocative behaviour
22 February 2016
Strategic Space
Pak's Nuclear 'Normality' through External Deals: Chasing a Chimera

Dr Manpreet Sethi says that Pakistan's own re-definition of national interest, rather than external inducement, is  essential for its nuclear posture to change
21 February 2016
Examining Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test
Kimberley Anne Nazareth analyses the motivations and potential implications of Iran's recent ballistic missile test
1 February 2016
East Asia Compass
‘Brilliant’ Comrade: The Design in North Korean Madness

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that North Korea's actions are not as arbitrary or plain reckless as it may appear to be, and explains why
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
22 January 2016
East Asia Compass
Forecast 2016: East Asia on the Cusp

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the foreign policy decisions East Asian countries will have to contend with in the new year

20 January 2016
Looking East
Contours of Sino-Indian relations in 2016

Wasbir Hussain analyses the potential trajectory of New Delhi-Beijing relations in the coming year
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
18 January 2016
The Strategist
Forecast 2016: Pakistan, Aberrated Strategies and Strategic Stability

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar evaluates strategic stability and the military-jihadi nexus in Pakistan in 2016
5 January 2016
What are the Prospects for a Pakistan-US Nuclear Deal?
Urmi Tat draws from the Carnegie-Stimson report, A Normal Nuclear Pakistan, to make prognostications for South Asian stability
9 November 2015
East Asia
China-Japan-South Korea: Takeaways from the Trilateral Summit

Ateetmani Brar provides the key derivations from the recently-concluded trilateral meeting between the three major East Asian countries
2 November 2015
East Asia Compass
China-Japan-South Korea: A New Beginning?

Prof Sandip Kumar Mishra elaborates on the takeaways from the recently concluded trilateral meeting between China, Japan and South Korea
23 October 2015
Emad: Iran’s 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
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

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