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9 August 2013
IPCS Special Commentary
US and Vietnam: Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia

Rajaram Panda on emerging trends in US-Vietnam relations and its implications for security architecture in the region
9 August 2013
US and Pakistan: The Unlikelihood of a Civil Nuclear Deal
Iranga Kahangama analyses the possibility of a potential civilian nuclear deal between US and Pakistan
8 August 2013
IPCS Special Commentary
Iran's New President: Domestic Challenges for Rohani

Kai Furstenberg discusses the important issues on Rohani's domestic agenda
8 August 2013
The Challenge of/for Iran: New President, Old Issues
D Suba Chandran on the strategic agenda of the international community  and Rouhani vis-a-vis each other
7 August 2013
Iran's New President: Foreign Policy Challenges for Rohani
Kai Fürstenberg discusses the major issues on Iran's foreign policy agenda vis-a-vis Rohani's election 
5 August 2013
IPCS Special Commentary
The Failed State Index and South Asia: Revisiting the White Man’s Burden

Salma Malik decodes the FSI vis-a-vis the IPCS Review of the same
5 August 2013
US and Pakistan after Kerry's Visit: Strategic Dialogue, Afghan Exit and a Nuclear Deal
D Suba Chandran on the possibility of a Pakistani demand of a civilian nuclear deal in return for supporting the American exit from Afghanistan
28 July 2013
Af-Pak Diary
Talks with the Taliban: A Post Mortem

D Suba Chandran deconstructs the failure of the recent talks and the reasons behind it
25 July 2013
Doha Dialogue, Obama’s Zero Option and the Afghan Future: Advantage Taliban
D. Suba Chandran deconstructs Obama's Zero Option on the number of American troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014
15 July 2013
Myanmar: Implications of Suu Kyi’s Realpolitik
Yves-Marie Rault analyses the long-term implications of Suu Kyi's compromises on Myanmar's politics
11 July 2013
The New Silk Route: Linking J&K and Central Asia
D. Suba Chandran on whether and how Kashmir may be linked with this renewed strategy
10 July 2013
Myanmar: FDI, Local Economy and the Rohingya Conflict
Asma Masood analyses the linkages between the Rohingya conflict and its possible impact on the local economy
2 July 2013
How Peaceful is South Asia: A Review of the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2013
Barana Waidyatilake critically assesses the findings of the GPI
24 June 2013
China & the Shangri La:
Dialogue as Foreign Policy

Rana Divyank Chaudhary analyses the impact of the Dialogue on perceptions of power politics in the Asia-Pacific
24 June 2013
Obama and Nuclear Disarmament:
Why Berlin is not Prague-II

PR Chari discusses the agenda for nuclear disarmament
20 June 2013
Social Media and Our Responsibility:
Individual and Collective

D. Suba Chandran assesses the socio-political impact of this revolutionary phenomenon
11 June 2013
Special Commentary:
The Xi Jinping-Obama Summit

Jayadeva Ranade discusses the strategic significance of the Summit vis-a-vis US-China relations
29 May 2013
North Korea and Japan: Travails of a Regional Nuclear Diplomacy
Rajaram Panda deconstructs the latest developments in regional diplomacy in Northeast Asia vis-a-vis the major players
13 May 2013
Obama-Park Summit : North Korea Deciphered?
Rajaram Panda on whether Washington and Seoul can craft a strategy for dealing with Pyongyang vis-a-vis the recent tensions
6 May 2013
India, Pakistan and the Nuclear Race: Strengthening the Risk Reduction Measures
Salma Malik on Pakistan's perspective in the IPCS debate with Vijay Shankar, PR Chari, D Suba Chandran, and Rabia Akhtar on Michael Krepon's commentary
30 April 2013
North Korea and East Asia: An Evolving Art of War
Rana Divyank Chaudhary discusses the change in the strategies adopted by actors in the recent North Korean crisis
30 April 2013
India and the US ‘Pivot’: Brothers in Arms?
Nayantara Shaunik assesses changing geopolitical dynamics in the region vis-a-vis the key players
30 April 2013
Iran, Islam and Nuclear Weapons: Engage Teheran instead of Isolating
D. Suba Chandran reflects on "Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics" edited by Rajaram Nagappa and Arun Vishwanathan
30 April 2013
Book Review: Contextualising Iran
Manpreet Sethi reviews “Troubling Tehran - Reflections on Geopolitics” edited by Rajaram Nagappa and Arun Vishwanathan
28 April 2013
Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference 2013: Deterrence and Disarmament
PR Chari analyses the session on "Deterrence, Disarmament, and Non-Proliferation in Obama's Second Term"
23 April 2013
Special Commentary: Carnegie 2013 Nuclear Policy Conference
Arun Vishwanathan takes note of the important issues emerging from the discussions at the Conference
21 April 2013
P-3C vs. P-8I: India, Pakistan and the Naval Balance
Vijay Sakhuja compares the relative strategic value of the recent acquisitions for the countries’ navies
18 April 2013
The North Korean Crisis: Musudan Missile Test a Potential Face-Saver for Kim Jong-un?
Aakriti Bhutoria on the significance of the nuclear missile test on the dictatorial tactics of Kim Jong-un
17 April 2013
India, Pakistan and the Nuclear Race: No Clear Winners
D. Suba Chandran joins the IPCS debate with Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar and PR Chari on Michael Krepon's commentary
12 April 2013
Special Commentary: India’s Missile Defence
Amit Gupta analyses whether the country is securing the homeland or complicating deterrence
25 March 2013
Book Review: Assessing Asian Military Strategies
Rishika Chauhan reviews “Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity Among Asian Great Powers” authored by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
20 March 2013
China: How bad does the Japan-US alliance look?
Rana Divyank Chaudhary examines the fragility of balance of power politics in the Asia-Pacific
8 March 2013
Review: Possibility of Replication of Arms Reduction
Shubhra Chaturvedi reviews the RUSI's Whitehall Report on, "Small Nuclear Forces, Five Perspectives"
8 March 2013
Japan: Is Political Manoeuvring Behind the Recent Anti-China Stance?
Aakriti Bhutoria discusses the possible reasons behind Japan's recent hardline nationalist stance vis-à-vis China
6 March 2013
Sri Lanka: Third UNHRC Resolution and India’s Dilemma
N Manoharan evaluates the progress made on previous resolutions and India’s stance through the successive process
25 February 2013
Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Made Obsolete?
Shubhra Chaturvedi discusses the criticality of adopting a rational paradigm to nuclear disarmament
14 February 2013
Book Review: Addressing the Psychosocial Paradigms of Terrorism
Dr. Ashok Bhan reviews Countering Terrorism - Psychosocial Strategies edited by Updesh Kumar and Manas K. Mandal
13 February 2013
North Korea: Third Nuclear Test
Rajaram Panda discusses international responses to, and strategic implications of, the recent test
12 February 2013
Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Made Strategically Obsolete?
Debak Das reflects on whether nuclear disarmament can be pursued given the large asymmetries in conventional arms
31 December 2012
The Trident Debate: UK’s Strategic Nuclear Deterrent
Debak Das highlights the implications of UK's nuclear reconciliations

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