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Articles are short 800-850-word commentaries that provide a more analytical view of issues currently in the news.
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
16 June 2011
Af-Pak Diary: Should India Adapt to the Game, or Attempt to Change It?
D Suba Chandran responds to C Raja Mohan's article on New Delhi’s options in light of changes within Pakistan
13 June 2011
PNS Mehran Attack: A Survey of Pakistani Media
Ankita Shree reviews the post-Mehran responses in the Pakistani media
13 June 2011
Kung Fu Panda: American Invasion of Chinese Culture?
Bhavna Singh on the co-optation of Chinese cultural symbolism by the West
13 June 2011
Nuclear Disarmament Post-Prague: Understanding Indian Perspectives
Pradeepa Viswanathan contends with the heterogeneous nature of this debate
13 June 2011
Tahawwur Rana Verdict: Implications for India
Radha Vinod Raju appraises the facts of the case
8 June 2011
US-Pakistan-India Equations Post-Obama
PR Chari discusses the anticipated change in dynamics
5 June 2011
The Killing of Ilyas Kashmir: Implications for al Qaeda and India
Radha Vinod Raju examines the significance of Kashmiri’s death for India, Pakistan, the US and the al Qaeda network
1 June 2011
Reading Pakistan-IV: A War within Pakistan’s Security Establishment?
D Suba Chandran asks whether the link between radicals and security forces is becoming more pronounced 
31 May 2011
Crying Wolf: Al Qaeda and the Nuclear Threat
Alankrita Sinha on the appropriation of nuclear terrorism as a tool for fear-mongering
30 May 2011
PNS Mehran and the Military Consequences for India
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra on the incident’s long-term strategic fallout
30 May 2011
David Headley’s Disclosures-II: Pakistan’s Complicity
TCA Rangachari discusses India’s options in dealing with the consequences of Headley’s revelations
26 May 2011
David Headley’s Disclosures-I: How Do they Help India’s Case?
Radha Vinod Raju on the credibility of Headley’s disclosures in pinning down the ISI
10 May 2011
Operation Geronimo: A Game Changer for Pakistan's Military?
Arun Sahgal examines the motivations that prompt Pakistan’s duplicitous balancing act between the US and extremist religious forces
6 May 2011
Emulate Operation Abbottabad?: No India Can’t
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra argues that India is not suitably equipped to take on covert anti-terrorist operations
6 May 2011
Emulate Operation Abbottabad?: Yes India Can
Gurmeet Kanwal argues for pro-active covert operations against terrorism
5 May 2011
After Osama - VII: Should New Delhi Engage Pakistan or ‘Wait and Watch’?
Firdaus Ahmed recommends a policy of active dialogue with Pakistan
5 May 2011
After Osama - VI: What will be the al Qaeda’s Game Plan?
D Suba Chandran foresees the al Qaeda dividing into multiple cells post Osama’s death
5 May 2011
After Osama - V: End the War on Terror?
D Suba Chandran argues against the motion
3 May 2011
After Osama - IV: What are the Global Implications?
Siddharth Ramana examines the global impact of the operation
3 May 2011
After Osama - III: Is Pakistan’s Army on a Tighter Rope?
Ali Ahmed forecasts plausible reactions of the Army to the operation
3 May 2011
After Osama - II: Full Marks to President Obama?
Ashok Bhan records the risk associated with an operation such as this and commends the expertise involved 
3 May 2011
After Osama - I: How will this Affect India?
Radha Vinod Raju comments on the disposition of the al Qaeda towards India
22 April 2011
Iran and Libya: Chasing the Bomb
Ruhee Neog speculates on the significance of the Libyan intervention and Istanbul nuclear talks for Iranian denuclearization  
16 April 2011
Revisiting the CTBT: the US' Conundrum
Siddharth Ramana argues for a speedy ratification of the CTBT by the US Senate

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