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#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

#5077
11 July 2016
Looking East
Jihadis from Bangladesh: Eyeing Trans-Border Playing Fields?

Wasbir Hussain considers the possibility of radicalism making its way to Assam via the India-Bangladesh border
#5076
11 July 2016
Dateline Colombo
The Island and the Mainland: Impact of Fisheries on Indo-Lanka Relations

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera comments on the way forward in the resolution of the bilateral dispute
#5073
8 July 2016
Rising Radicalism in Bangladesh
What is the Domestic Significance of the Holey Bakery Terror Attack?

Ibtisam Ahmad says the national identity now seems more welcoming of the current reactionary pan-Islamism that has emanated from West Asia in the wake of the ‘War on Terror’

#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
#5068
24 June 2016
Dhaka Discourse
India-Bangladesh Post Assembly Elections in West Bengal and Assam

Prof Delwar Hossain analyses the potential trajectory of the New Delhi-Dhaka bilateral
#5063
20 June 2016
Bangladesh War Crime Executions: Reconciliation or Revenge?
Summaiya Khan weighs in on Bangladesh's war crime executions
#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
#5058
13 June 2016
Dateline Colombo
New Delhi-Tamil Nadu Relations and Indias Sri Lanka Policy

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera analyses the current and future trajectory India-Sri Lanka bilateral in the wake of the re-election of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha
#5057
13 June 2016
Regional Economy
Changing Regional Contours and Imperatives for India

Prof Amita Batra on why it is imperative for India to shed its defensive stance in preferential trade agreements and prepare for changes in the global trade regime
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