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#5219
6 January 2017
India-Pakistan
Line (Out) of Control?

Joy Mitra argues that risks to general stability in the region remain entrenched in the dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict and that it could lead to an uncontrollable conflict trajectory
#5217
3 January 2017
India, Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia: Reading Between the Lines
Sarral Sharma analyses the recent Heart of Asia conference and the implications for Pakistan 
#5215
31 December 2016
The Strategist
Perils of Nuclear Paranoia

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar says that if armed hostilities, for the initiator, has little to do with both conventional and military, it raises the prospect that balance may be skewed against gravity
#5214
31 December 2016
IPCS Discussion
IPCS-Stimson Center Roundtable on South Asia

Angshuman Choudhury and Roshan Iyer report on the proceedings of the discussion held on 08 December 2016
#5213
31 December 2016
J&K Focus
The Ominous Calm is both Good and Bad for J&K

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain analyses the calm in Kashmir and makes recommendations for the Army and the civilian administration towards bringing stability to the state
#5210
26 December 2016
Russia’s Search for New Ground in Pakistan
Adarsh Vijay analyses Russia's possible motivations for its increasing engagement with Pakistan
#5208
21 December 2016
Strategic Space
Limits of Practising Nuclear Brinksmanship

Dr Manpreet Sethi says that brinksmanship strategies that appear to be working raise the salience of nuclear weapons and increase their attraction for proliferation
#5204
14 December 2016
China's Belt and Road Initiative: Should India be Concerned?
Dr Anand Kumar discusses how the OBOR Initiative in Pakistan and Bangladesh can be advantageous for India
#5196
30 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
Equality, Equity, Inclusion: Indian Laws & India’s Women

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 11 November 2016
#5194
29 November 2016
Pakistan's New Army Chief and the Indo-Pak Dialogue Process
Sarral Sharma writes about the appointment of Gen Qamar Bajwa as Pakistan's new army chief and its potential impact on the New Delhi-Islamabad dialogue process
#5191
27 November 2016
In Context: Pakistan's New Army Chief Gen Bajwa
Rana Banerji assesses the appointment of Gen Qamar Bajwa as Pakistan's next Army Chief and makes projections
#5190
25 November 2016
Restraint to Retribution: Modi’s New Normal and Nawaz Sharif’s Challenge
Lt Gen (Retd) AS Lamba analyses Indian and Pakistani military and political responses to the escalating tensions between the two countries
#5189
23 November 2016
Gen Raheel Sharif’s Superannuation: Evolving Scenarios
Portia B. Conrad analyses the potential scenarios that could unfold with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif's superannuation
#5185
18 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and South Asia

Michael Krepon says that the trend lines toward India and Pakistan are too deeply grooved to change, but there could be differences in degree rather than kind
#5165
2 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
"Our Bilateral Relations"

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 24 October 2016
#5164
2 November 2016
Kashmir Focus
After the Surgical Strikes

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain assesses the security situation in J&K and identifies ways forward for India
#5151
10 October 2016
Evaluating Sri Lanka’s Regional Priorities
Husanjot Chahal looks at the regional dynamics of inter-state relations in light of PM Ranil Wikremesinghe's recent visit to India
#5149
10 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and South Asia

Monish Gulati analyses the parameters used for evaluating the fragility of states
#5147
6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI’s Broader Conclusions: Methodology, Empirical Trends and Current Realities

Dr TCA Raghavan gives an Indian perspective on FSI 2016’s representation of broad trends between 2007-2016
#5141
30 September 2016
India-Pakistan: Whither Surgical Strike?
Muhammad Faisal comments on the possibility, feasibility and potential implications of the recently announced 'surgical strike' by India
#5140
30 September 2016
India’s ‘Surgical Strike’ Across the LoC: A Preliminary Assessment
Angshuman Choudhury comments on the feasibility of a cross-LoC counter-insurgency operation for the Indian armed forces
#5139
27 September 2016
India-Pakistan
Withdrawing the MFN Status to Pakistan: Legality and Implications

Amb (Retd) VP Haran argues that India would be on firm legal ground if it chooses to withdraw the MFN status granted to Pakistan
#5138
27 September 2016
Book Review: Pulls and Pressures in India and Pakistan
Sadia Tasleem reviews George Perkovich and Toby Dalton’s latest book, Not War, Not Peace? Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross-Border Terrorism’
#5136
23 September 2016
J&K Focus
From South Kashmir to Uri: The Strategic Connect

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain analyses the link between increasing unrest in Kashmir and the security challenges along India's western border
#5122
9 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Measuring Fragility: A Case Study of Pakistan

Sadia Tasleem in her review of Pakistan's scorecard on the Fragile States Index inquires about the definition of 'fragile' and the rationale of deeming a country fragile
#5121
9 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Fragility in Pakistan

Rana Banerji reviews the Fragile States Index's assessment of Pakistan for 2016 and says the parameters are more or less justified 
#5117
5 September 2016
IPCS Discussion
Afghanistan-Pakistan-India: A Paradigm Shift

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 11 August 2016

#5106
16 August 2016
Strategic Space
Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross–Border Terrorism: With a Little Help from Friends

Dr Manpreet Sethi reviews and draws from the recently released book - Not War, Not Peace? - by George Perkovich and Toby Dalton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
#5104
16 August 2016
The Strategist
Rewarding Thugs

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar comments on the failing nature of the global policy to tacitly accept Pakistan’s behaviour
#5089
1 August 2016
Maritime Matters
Towards a North Arabian Maritime Partnership

Dr Vijay Sakhuja identifies potential areas of cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and the Pakistani Maritime Security Agency
#5070
28 June 2016
Dateline Islamabad
Gendering Strategic Discourses: Women as Opinion-Makers

Prof Salma Malik writes about the role of women and the importance of including gender as a component in strategic policymaking
#5062
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
#5046
31 May 2016
India vs Pakistan: Why cant 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?'
#5041
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
#5039
26 May 2016
IPCS Discussion
India-Pakistan Under Prime Ministers Gujral-Sharif: A Retrospective

Samanvya Hooda reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 May 2016
#5038
26 May 2016
Brass Tacks of the Emerging Afghan Taliban
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy contextualises the emerging dynamics within the Afghan Taliban structure and identifies potential implications
#5036
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
#5029
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
#5014
11 April 2016
Lahore Attack: An Expansion of the TTP's Target Profile?
Riffath Khaji analyses the Lahore attack and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan's strategy that has evolved over the recent years.
#5011
5 April 2016
Pakistan and the Nuclear Security Summit Process
Muhammad Faisal weighs in on Pakistan’s contribution towards the enhancement of nuclear security
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