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17 April 2013
India, Pakistan and the Nuclear Race: No Clear Winners
D. Suba Chandran joins the IPCS debate with Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar and PR Chari on Michael Krepon's commentary
16 April 2013
India, Pakistan and the Nuclear Race: The Elephant and the Dilemma of Nuclear Force Planning
Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar joins the IPCS debate with PR Chari on Michael Krepon's commentary
12 April 2013
Special Commentary: India’s Missile Defence
Amit Gupta analyses whether the country is securing the homeland or complicating deterrence
11 April 2013
India, Pakistan and the Nuclear Race: The Strategic Entanglement
PR Chari critiques Michael Krepon's commentary on "Nuclear Race on the Subcontinent: The Tortoise and the Hare"
6 April 2013
Japan: Two Years After Fukushima
Rajaram Panda assesses the lessons learnt from the 3/11 disaster
4 April 2013
K-15 SLBM: Where does it stand?
P. Arjun Subramanian discusses the implications of the successful test firing for India’s deterrence strategy
28 March 2013
The Netherlands 2014 Nuclear Security Summit: An Agenda
Debak Das outlines the primary concerns facing the Netherlands Summit in 2014 
8 March 2013
Review: Possibility of Replication of Arms Reduction
Shubhra Chaturvedi reviews the RUSI's Whitehall Report on, "Small Nuclear Forces, Five Perspectives"
1 March 2013
North Korea: A Print Media Analysis of the Nuclear Test
Anu Krishnan analyses Southeast Asian news reports in order to understand their stance on the recent North Korean nuclear test
25 February 2013
Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Made Obsolete?
Shubhra Chaturvedi discusses the criticality of adopting a rational paradigm to nuclear disarmament
21 February 2013
Nuclear Weapons: Debating the Normative Imperatives to Disarm
Satyabrat Sinha discusses whether the delegitimisation of nuclear weapons can contribute to global nuclear disarmament
16 February 2013
Iran and Nuclear Weapons: A New Agenda
Manish explores the the options before the international community to rein in Iran's nuclear programme
16 February 2013
Iran and Nuclear Weapons: New Negotiations, Old Issues?
Shubhra Chaturvedi assesses the 'optimism' surrounding the February talks between Iran and the P5+1
13 February 2013
North Korea: Third Nuclear Test
Rajaram Panda discusses international responses to, and strategic implications of, the recent test
12 February 2013
Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Made Strategically Obsolete?
Debak Das reflects on whether nuclear disarmament can be pursued given the large asymmetries in conventional arms
4 February 2013
IPCS Discussion: Preventing Nuclear Use
Debak Das reports on the interaction with Dr. Rebecca Johnson on an imperative to disarm
28 January 2013
North Korea: “An All-Out Confrontation” After Fresh UNSC Sanctions?
Rajaram Panda assesses China's changing strategy towards North Korea in light of the recent sanctions
31 December 2012
The Trident Debate: UK’s Strategic Nuclear Deterrent
Debak Das highlights the implications of UK's nuclear reconciliations
31 December 2012
Obama II and Iran: Diplomacy on the Cards?
Shubhra Chaturvedi discusses the futility of nuclear sanctions against Iran
13 December 2012
North Korea: After the Rocket Launch
Rajaram Panda discusses the security dilemma and the international community's responses to the rocket launch
3 December 2012
North Korea: Domestic and International Politics of Satellite/ Missile Launches
Radhakrishna Rao looks at  the global and regional dynamics of North Korea's designs on space
3 December 2012
North Korea: Another Rocket Launch?
Rajaram Panda discusses the implications of North Korea's planned rocket launch
29 November 2012
Obama – II and the Global Nuclear Disarmament: Will There Be a Revival?
Shubhra Chaturvedi probes the strategy behind the silence on the nuclear disarmament agenda during the third Presidential debate
29 November 2012
India: How Credible is its Ballistic Missile Defence?
Debak Das discusses the credibility and strategic implications of an operational BMD System in India
29 November 2012
IPCS Discussion: China's Role in North Korea's Stability and Regional Security
Teshu Singh reports on the discussion led by Dr. Rajaram Panda, Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli and Dr. Sandip Mishra
9 November 2012
Obama-II and the Indo-US Relationship: Old Issues, New Opportunities
PR Chari looks into the implications of Obama's re-election for Indo-US relations
9 November 2012
Obama-II and the Korean Peninsula: The Road Ahead
Rajaram Panda looks into the implications of Obama's re-election for US foreign policy in the Korean peninsula
2 November 2012
Iran and the US Presidential Debate
Shubhra Chaturvedi analyses the stand taken on Iran during the final US presidential debate
31 October 2012
Indian Nuclear Thought: Doctrinal Confusion
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra builds a case arguing the need for a critical review of India's nuclear doctrine 
23 October 2012
Kudankulam: Nuclear Energy and Protest Movements
Shubhra Chaturvedi highlights the Indian government's apathy towards civil society reactions on the Kudankulan nuclear plant 
22 October 2012
India and Pakistan Missile Flexing: Cruising towards Regional Instability
Debak Das comments on the effect of rising missile tests between India and Pakistan for the South Asian stability
18 October 2012
India-Australia Relations: Julia's Nuclear Tango
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra discusses the ramifications of Jullia Gillard's ability to negotiate with the Indian nuclear establishment  
24 August 2012
India: Double Speak on Nuclear Disarmament
PR Chari examines comments recently made by the NSA for an insight into India’s stand on nuclear disarmament
22 August 2012
Kudankulum: Questioning India’s Capability to Guarantee Nuclear Safety
Shubhra Chaturvedi argues that tritium leakage at Rawatbhata lends itself strongly to the concerns raised in the media about nuclear safety in India
9 August 2012
Indian Membership to the NSG: American Interests and Chinese Opposition
Debak Das suggests that although the process is bound to be long-drawn given Chinese stakes, US’ support inspires India’s confidence 
7 August 2012
‘Chinese Checkers’ at the Nuclear Suppliers Group
Arun Vishwanathan highlights the complexities of some of the main issues discussed at the annual plenary session of the NSG held in June 2012
31 July 2012
Southeast Asian Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty: What is Holding it Up?
Shubhra Chaturvedi writes about the P5’s objections to the Treaty
31 July 2012
India’s Nuclear Doctrine: How Elastic and Transparent should it be?
D Suba Chandran reflects on opacity in and lack of periodic reviews of a political document
9 June 2012
The Non-Traditional Nuclear Threat in South Asia: Managing the Focus
Martin de Lavernée identifies different options to deal with nuclear threats in South Asia emerging from non-state actors
4 June 2012
A Nuclear Deal for Pakistan?
Martin de Lavernée weighs the pros and cons of Pakistan’s renewed demand for a Pakistan-specific nuclear waiver 

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