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Articles are short 800-850-word commentaries that provide a more analytical view of issues currently in the news.
19 March 2012
North Korea and Iran: A Study in Contrasts
PR Chari on the differences and similarities in the two’s pursuit of nuclear weapons
29 February 2012
Iranian Embargo: China’s Options
Teshu Singh on the tussle between China’s appetite for oil and gas imports and its obligations as a responsible international power
29 February 2012
APT versus EAS: Indonesia’s Perspective
Chongtham Gunnamani asks why Indonesia prefers the EAS framework over the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) 
27 February 2012
US, Iran and Israel: India in a Diplomatic Bind
Sitakanta Mishra recommends a pragmatic calibration of ties based on India’s national interests
14 February 2012
Iran’s American 'Problem' in Afghanistan
Aryaman Bhatnagar reflects on Iran's threat perceptions from the US in Afghanistan
18 January 2012
India’s Iran Dilemma: Nuclear Fuel or Crude Oil?
J Jeganaathan explores three policy options that India can exercise to secure its energy interests vis-a-vis Iran
15 January 2012
Af-Pak Diary: The Taliban Apologists, Opportunists and Opponents
D Suba Chandran identifies three significant stakeholders with varying objectives and endgames
10 January 2012
US and Pakistan: Likely American Strategy in 2012
Aryaman Bhatnagar forecasts the unlikelihood of the US reducing pressure on Pakistan despite moves towards reconciliation
5 January 2012
Reading Pakistan: A New Taliban Shura
D Suba Chandran comments on the likely motivations behind the formation of the shura
3 January 2012
Analyzing 2011: Prognosticating 2012
P R Chari reflects on the failures and achievements of year gone-by and what they indicate for the future 
22 December 2011
Bonn II: From Transition to Transformation in Afghanistan
Mariam Safi highlights the expectations from all stakeholders in the period 2014-2024
13 December 2011
The Afghan Debate: Is India the Solution?
J Jeganaathan argues in favour of India’s stabilizing role post the 2014 withdrawal
13 December 2011
The Afghan Debate: Is India the Problem?
Janosch Jerman argues that India’s involvement is counter-productive as long as it is viewed as a threat by Pakistan
13 December 2011
The Afghan Debate: Is India Both the Problem and the Solution?
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra argues that India is the solution, just not the West’s definition of ‘solution’
12 December 2011
What can SAARC Offer to Afghanistan?
Nishchal N Pandey comments on the importance of trade, transit and connectivity for stability in Afghanistan
30 November 2011
Isolating Iran: Is it Counter-Productive?
Anureet Rai makes a case against US strategy towards Iran
30 November 2011
Reading Pakistan: What will follow the NATO Strikes?
D Suba Chandran looks at the airstrikes on military bases on the Af-Pak border
30 November 2011
The West and Myanmar: From Estrangement to Engagement
Medha Chaturvedi on the West’s changing perception of Myanmar ahead of Hillary Clinton’s visit to the country
30 November 2011
Af-Pak Diary: Civil War and Instability as an Option in Afghanistan
D Suba Chandran envisages scenarios for Afghanistan post the 2014 withdrawal
30 November 2011
NATO Strike in Pakistan: Need for a Joint Probe
Radha Vinod Raju argues for the need of a cause-effect analysis on the recent NATO attacks in order to establish transparency
15 November 2011
Istanbul 2011: On Afghanistan
Farhod Mirzabaev comments on the outcome of the meeting in Istanbul earlier this month
2 November 2011
Pakistan and the Haqqani Network
Anindya Batabyal comments on Pakistan’s India-centric Afghan policy
16 October 2011
Nuristan: The Second Front in the Afghan Insurgency
Raghav Sharma draws attention to the growing insurgency in Afghanistan's eastern province
4 October 2011
Reading Pakistan: What if US-Pak Ties Break?
D Suba Chandran comments on the likely outcomes of a severance of relations between the two countries
26 September 2011
Cultures of China : An Exposition
Teshu Singh observes how China is using cultural projection as  a means to subvert the China-threat perception
26 September 2011
Ten Years After: ‘Terror Franchisees’ as an Evolving Phenomenon
D Suba Chandran responds to Medha Chaturvedi’s commentary
25 September 2011
Ten Years After: 'Terror Outsourcing' as an Evolving Phenomenon
Medha Chaturvedi investigates the advent of this new facet of global terrorism
23 September 2011
Why don't Nuclear CBMs work?: Indian and Pakistani Perspectives
Pradeepa Viswanathan argues for the institutionalization of nuclear mechanisms for trust-building between the two neighbours
22 September 2011
Iran’s Climb-down: The Quixotic Backdrop
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra attributes Iran's recent retraction to the political insecurities of its leadership
21 September 2011
North Korea and the Six Party Talks: To or Not to Resume?
Ankita Shree argues that North Korea’s alacrity to resume the six party talks stems from its geopolitical compulsions 
18 September 2011
Ten Years After: Prompt Global Strike and US Deterrence Post 9/11
Alankrita Sinha on the evolution of new strategies to suit a changed security environment
18 September 2011
Ten Years After: 9/11 and ‘Justified Realpolitik’
Alankrita Sinha and Tanvi Kulkarni respond to Abhijit-Iyer Mitra’s commentary
18 September 2011
Ten Years After: 9/11 and the Collapse of Western Realpolitik
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra argues that realpolitik has made way for an ideological US foreign policy
12 September 2011
Ten Years After: Al Qaeda’s Game Plan
D Suba Chandran revisits the war on terror and lists possible threats post the death of Osama
5 September 2011
Af-Pak Diary: Will Mullah Omar Negotiate? What is Taliban's End Game?
D Suba Chandran speculates on US' options in negotiating with the different factions emerging within Taliban
1 September 2011
Cutbacks in US Military Aid to Pakistan: A Print Media Survey
Poonam Khatana reviews the coverage in Pakistan-based English newspapers
25 July 2011
NSG Guidelines: Possible Implications for India
Pradeepa Viswanathan examines the NSG decision to strengthen guidelines on the transfer of ENR technology
11 July 2011
Covert Nuclear Facility in Syria
Ankita Shree explores the nature of the IAEA claims against Syria and the consequences of inaction
24 June 2011
China, the Philippines and Vietnam: Conflicting Claims in the South China Sea
Teshu Singh examines who claims what in the South China Sea
20 June 2011
Ilyas Kashmiri: An Analysis of the Pakistani, Indian and American Print Media
Poonam Khatana conducts a survey of opinions projected by different newspapers

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