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#5276
27 April 2017
IPCS Discussion
Lok Sabha By-polls: Reading Jammu and Kashmir

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 March 2017
#5274
20 April 2017
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lanka: National Interests in a Globalised World

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues that the Sri Lankan government should take into account and assess its national interests while deciding on policies
#5266
12 April 2017
J&K Focus
Evolving External Influence in Jammu and Kashmir (Part I)

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain identifies recent developments that might have a bearing on the situation in J&K in the coming months
#5262
10 April 2017
Operation Twilight: A Turning Point in Bangladesh
Angshuman Choudhury traces the evolving nature, capabilities and tactics employed by terrorist outfits in Bangladesh and the security forces' responses to them
#5261
10 April 2017
IPCS Discussion
Diplomacy and the Politics of Language

Derek Verbakel reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 31 March 2017
#5259
4 April 2017
Forecast 2017: Nepal
Dr Pramod Jaiswal assesses how Nepal fared in 2016 and identifies the challenges the country will have to overcome in 2017
#5257
29 March 2017
India-Bangladesh: What to Expect During Prime Minister Hasina's Visit?
Dr Amit Ranjan assesses the New Delhi-Dhaka relationship in the context of Bangladesh's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina's, upcoming visit to India
#5250
21 March 2017
Dateline Colombo
Re-building Sri Lanka: An Island at a Crossroads

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera writes that there are three potential options Sri Lanka could consider in order to bring credibility and results to the reconciliation process
#5243
16 March 2017
Nepal: Local Body Elections Amid Uncertainty
Pramod Jaiswal assesses the build up to and the prospects of Nepal's upcoming local body elections
#5237
18 February 2017
Forecast 2017: Sri Lanka
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera assesses how Sri Lanka fared in 2016 and makes recommendations for 2017
#5235
15 February 2017
The Strategist
Forecast 2017: Carnage Ahead?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar illustrates why the pulling away from multilateral alliances and the potential for new strategic orientation would appear to be the new norm
#5226
29 January 2017
IPCS Discussion
'Faith, Unity, Discipline: The ISI of Pakistan'

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 January 2017
#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
#5218
3 January 2017
Special Commentary
India’s Nuclear Energy Policy: Bottlenecks to Implementation

Niharika Tagotra argues that India's legislative-regulatory mechanism is inadequate for its ambitious nuclear energy programme
#5209
26 December 2016
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lankan Foreign Policy: Diaspora and Lobbying

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues for a reorientation of the country's external relations in a multipolar world
#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
#5173
10 November 2016
Dateline Colombo
Securing Sri Lanka's National Interests

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera considers recent developments to comment on measures the Sri Lankan government must undertake for country's forward movement
#5168
7 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
Between Brexit and an Assertive Russia: Role for Poland

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 October 2016
#5157
21 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and Nepal

Dr Pramod Jaiswal analyses the 2016 Fragile States Index report on Nepal
#5152
13 October 2016
Dateline Colombo
Understanding our “Blindspot” to Make Peacebuilding Comprehensive

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues how our "blindspots" can affect peace-building between communities and nations
#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
#5150
10 October 2016
Eagle Eye
Critical Challenges to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra considers the politico-security environment in which the bilateral relationship is coming to fruition
#5149
10 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and South Asia

Monish Gulati analyses the parameters used for evaluating the fragility of states
#5148
6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Bangladesh: A Conflict Shatter Zone

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman draws on examples from Bangladesh to throw light on how the FSI does not account for inter-relations between indicators
#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
#5143
4 October 2016
The Myth of 'Homegrown Terror'-III
Mapping the Dhaka Gulshan Attack: Who was Tamim Chowdhary?

Angshuman Choudhury profiles Tamim Chowdhary's role in and impact on terror networks and activities in Bangladesh
#5137
23 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Sri Lanka: Fault-lines in the Transitional Justice Process

Aaranya Rajasingam reviews Sri Lanka's report card in the 2016 Fragile States Index and identifies pressing issues the country currently faces
#5134
23 September 2016
Strategic Space
Preparing for Radiological Emergencies and Terrorism

Dr Manpreet Sethi discusses emergency preparedness in case of radiological emergencies in the post Uri scenario
#5133
21 September 2016
The Strategist
The Blind Men of Hindostan

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in several crises that define these times and the political domain’s inability to deal with them
#5128
15 September 2016
China Overtaking India in Maldives
Anjelina Patrick examines the repercussions of increased Chinese investment in Maldives for the Indian geo-political balance

#5126
14 September 2016
Dateline Colombo
Oceans of (Dis)trust

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera contextualises Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Colombo in light of the Sri Lankan government’s promises at the UNHRC session in Geneva, September 2016
#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 
#5120
9 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Introduction: Assessing the Index

Derek Verbakel and Marie Pavageau weigh in on the conceptual challenges that emerge in the US Fund for Peace's FSI 2016
#5108
17 August 2016
IPCS Discussion
Security of Bangladesh in the South Asian Context

H.E. Moudud Ahmed's remarks during the proceedings of the discussion held on 26 July, 2016
#5095
4 August 2016
The Myth of ‘Homegrown Terror’- II
The Islamic State in Bangladesh

Angshuman Choudhary, in the second part of his two part series, proposes two models of IS penetration in Bangladesh 
#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
#5087
19 July 2016
The Myth of Home-Grown Terror-I
Mapping out the Dhaka Gulshan Attack

Angshuman Choudhury, in this two-part series, argues that recent events in Bangladesh call for a reclassification of the types of terrorism
#5084
18 July 2016
Rising Radicalism in Bangladesh
Assessing Bangladeshs Ground Reality

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman traces the historical roots of political violence in Bangladesh and its normalisation in the current narrative.
#5079
11 July 2016
Rising Radicalism in Bangladesh
Terror Attacks in Dhaka: The Way Ahead for India

Dr Souvik Chatterji makes observations on cross-border terrorism on the India-Bangladesh border and proposes steps to tackle the problem

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