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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
12 November 2012
Fragile Cities: Karachi and Detroit
Lidia Leoni analyses the cases of Karachi and Detroit to build upon a general conception of the idea of "Fragile Cities" and its significance
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
8 November 2012
Obama-II and the Asia Pacific: Macro Strategic Trends in Rebalancing
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra looks into the implications of Obama's re-election on the rebalancing process in the Asia-Pacific
8 November 2012
Obama-II and the Af-Pak: Worst is Yet to Come?
D Suba Chandran looks into the implications of Obama's re-election for the Af-Pak region
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
China in the US Presidential Debate: The Return of Protectionism?
Bhavna Singh discusses the variant trends in the US Presidential debate on China
31 October 2012
Australia in the Asian Century: Canberra's Road Map
Rajaram Panda reviews Australia's major economic and political goals in light of the recently released White Paper
2 October 2012
Fate of the Arms Trade Treaty
Prashant Dikshit makes a case for India's proactive engagement in this unique inititative
28 September 2012
Indo-US Relations: Economic Respite?
Sudesh Rani studies the impact of recent economic reforms by India on its bilateral relationship with the US
23 August 2012
The g7+’s ‘New Deal’: A New Approach to State Fragility?
Lidia Leoni distinguishes this approach from mainstream ones based on the central role it allocates to fragile states in the assessment of their own weaknesses
22 August 2012
Afghanistan: Operation Enduring ‘Fiefdom’
J Jeganaathan highlights the obstacles that lie ahead for the US in the Af-Pak region
22 August 2012
Sansha: Understanding China’s Increasing Foothold
Teshu Singh argues that the establishment of Sansha signals rising tensions in the South China Sea region
17 August 2012
Can the Empire Strike Back?: US, China and U-Tapao
Narayani Basu speculates on the implications of America’s move on Thailand’s bilateral relations
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 
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
Polarised ASEAN: Highlighting the Factions
Panchali Saikia asks whether the expansion of ASEAN has tainted the cohesive image of the regional organisation
5 July 2012
Iran: Escalation Guaranteed
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra suggests that both the US and Iran are trapped in a classic escalation scenario where neither can give, and the only room for movement is up
26 June 2012
An Eye on China: President Aquino Meets Obama
Anil Kumar demonstrates how the meeting may signal a geopolitical loss for China given the zero-sum character of Sino-US relations in the Western Pacific
26 June 2012
ROK in the Asia-Pacific Century
Ruhee Neog asks whether the ROK would seek to broaden its options in the evolving tensions between the US and China in the Asia-Pacific
22 June 2012
NATO Chicago Summit: Assessing US-Pakistan Relations
Priyakala Manoharan comments on the impact of the bilateral tensions between the two countries on the reopening of the military supply routes into Afghanistan
21 June 2012
Tehran’s Influence in Afghanistan: Implications of the Iran-US Stand-Off
Aryaman Bhatnagar warns against Iran’s dwindling popularity in Afghanistan as a result of meddling in the latter’s affairs
21 June 2012
Joining the US against China?: The Secret Chapter in Australia’s Defence White Paper
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra presents evidence to suggest that the above may be analytical oversimplification
20 June 2012
US-Myanmar Relations: A Print Media Analysis
Tanika Chadha collates opinions recorded in major newspapers
15 June 2012
Shangri-La Dialogue: Reflections on Leon Panetta’s Address
Tanvi Kulkarni examines the rhetoric in the US Secretary of Defense’s speech
15 June 2012
Shangri La Dialogue: Indian Perspectives
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra draws from Defence Minster AK Antony’s speech at the Dialogue in Singapore
13 June 2012
Global Zero: The Road Ahead
Shubhra Chaturvedi considers the intractability of the process
12 June 2012
Antony and Panetta: A Shakespearean Drama?
PR Chari assesses India’s role in the American rebalance towards the Asia Pacific
30 May 2012
IPCS Review: Fixing Pakistan’s Civil-Military Imbalance
Rana Banerji critiques Moeed Yusuf’s paper published on 3 May 2012 by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
28 May 2012
Reading Pakistan: Imprisonment for Helping Nab bin Laden
D Suba Chandran on the 33-year prison sentence handed to Shakil Afridi on charges of treason
21 May 2012
Reading Pakistan: Reopening the NATO Supply Line
D Suba Chandran on why Pakistan may have lost its only trump card
14 May 2012
Reading Pakistan: How does Pakistan see the War on Terrorism?
D Suba Chandran argues that violence and extremism in Pakistan is not a post-9/11 phenomenon alone
14 May 2012
Reading Pakistan: Stand-Off on NATO Supply Line
D Suba Chandran illustrates how demands for an apology and stopping drone attacks in return for the reopening of the supply line have led to a self-dug trap
8 May 2012
The US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement: Nothing More Than Symbolic
Aryaman Bhatnagar comments on the lack of specific detailing in the SPA
23 April 2012
Agni V: What is its Strategic Significance?
PR Chari examines the direction of India’s missile programme
23 April 2012
Silk Road Initiatives: An Alternative Future for Afghanistan
Sreemati Ganguli on the potential of these projects to transform Afghanistan into the centre of trans-regional cooperation
13 April 2012
Seoul Nuclear Security Summit 2012: An Analysis of Australia’s Position
Tanvi Kulkarni on the evolution of a concept of nuclear security distinct from a purely non-proliferation narrative
9 April 2012
‘Balochistan’ as a Strategic Issue vs the ‘Baloch’ as a Political Problem
D Suba Chandran investigates the motivations for the increasing global interest in Balochistan
22 March 2012
The Seoul Nuclear Security Summit: Discovering an Agenda
PR Chari deliberates on the potential items for discussion at the Summit

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