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Mr Rana Banerji joined the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1972. Subsequently he served as a senior bureaucrat in the Central Government for 28 years, retiring as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, in 2009. During his service years he dealt with security and intelligence-related issues impinging on National Security Policy formulation, with focused expertise on the South Asian region. He is a member of the Indian Council of World Affairs’ Core Group on Pakistan.

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Rana Banerji

Election Year in Pakistan: Key Dynamics and ProspectsIPCS Commentary, No. 5411, 27 December 2017

Pakistan: Census ComplexitiesIPCS Commentary, No. 5358, 7 September 2017

Trump's Afghanistan StrategyIPCS Commentary, No. 5341, 22 August 2017

Pakistan: The Nawaz OusterIPCS Commentary, No. 5334, 2 August 2017

The ISI and Kulbhushan Jadhav's Second “Confession”IPCS Commentary, No. 5316, 3 July 2017

India-Pakistan: Three Years of Wasted Effort?IPCS Commentary, No. 5293, 9 June 2017

Pakistan and the Panama Papers VerdictIPCS Commentary, No. 5275, 21 April 2017

In Context: Pakistan's New Army Chief Gen BajwaIPCS Commentary, No. 5191, 27 November 2016

Fragility in PakistanIPCS Commentary, No. 5121, 9 September 2016

Book Review: "Much Ado About Nothing"IPCS Commentary, No. 5046, 31 May 2016

Pakistan: Kamals Dramatic Return and the Fate of MQM-AIPCS Commentary, No. 4995, 4 March 2016

Has Peshawar Changed Pakistans Approach to Tackle Terrorism?IPCS Commentary, No. 4867, 1 May 2015

Pakistan: MQM Under SiegeIPCS Commentary, No. 4855, 4 April 2015

The Military Reshuffle in Pakistan: Is the Army Chief firming up his control?IPCS Commentary, No. 4672, 24 September 2014

Pakistan: A Hyper-national Security StateIPCS Commentary, No. 4510, 13 June 2014

Talks with the Taliban: Endgame for the MilitaryIPCS Commentary, No. 4365, 1 April 2014

Pakistan 2013: Civil-Military RelationsIPCS Commentary, No. 4245, 10 January 2014

Pakistan: The Military Shuffle and Consolidation under the New ChiefIPCS Commentary, No. 4226, 26 December 2013

Pakistan: The Hakimullah Mehsud KillingIPCS Commentary, No. 4164, 4 November 2013

Intrusions along LoC/IB in J&K: Pakistans ObjectivesIPCS Commentary, No. 4140, 15 October 2013

Pakistan: Who will be the next Army Chief?IPCS Commentary, No. 4119, 16 September 2013

Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations and the Instrumentalisation of Political PowerIPCS Commentary, No. 4048, 23 July 2013

Pakistan: The Abbottabad Commission of EnquiryIPCS Commentary, No. 4027, 9 July 2013

B. Raman (1936-2013)IPCS Commentary, No. 3998, 17 June 2013

Special Commentary: The Military and Nawaz Sharif in PakistanIPCS Commentary, No. 3972, 5 June 2013

Pakistan Elections 2013: Caretaker Prime Minister & the Election ScenarioIPCS Commentary, No. 3851, 25 March 2013

Pakistan: The Curious Case of Tahir-ul-QadriIPCS Commentary, No. 3799, 21 January 2013

Balochistan: Looking Beyond the Hazara MassacreIPCS Commentary, No. 3793, 15 January 2013

Pakistan: President versus Judiciary versus MilitaryIPCS Commentary, No. 3758, 21 November 2012

Pakistan's Military: Infiltration by the Hizbut Tahrir?IPCS Commentary, No. 3749, 1 November 2012

Kayani's Independence Day Address: Signs of Introspection?IPCS Commentary, No. 3702, 22 August 2012

IPCS Review: Fixing Pakistans Civil-Military ImbalanceIPCS Commentary, No. 3627, 30 May 2012

Is Pakistan Jihads Lebensraum?IPCS Commentary, No. 3399, 10 June 2011

  External Publications

The Big Picture: A definitive agenda for Kashmir talks, Rajya Sabha TV, 06 November 2017

India's World: Crisis for Pakistan’s Political Elite, Rajya Sabha TV, 24 October 2017

The Big Picture - Govt’s New Kashmir Initiative, Rajya Sabha TV, 24 October 2017

Pakistan’s Uncertain Road, The Indian Express, 17 October 2017

The Big Picture - Is Pakistan Going Back on its Commitments on Terror?, Rajya Sabha TV, 16 October 2017

The Big Picture - Towards Lasting Peace in Afghanistan, Rajya Sabha TV, 02 October 2017

Desh Deshantar | Pakistan Objects to India's Comprehensive Role in Afghanistan, Rajya Sabha TV, 25 August 2017

The task against a cussedly defiant Pakistan lies ahead, The Indian Express, 21 May 2017

India’s World: What Will Be Trump's Af-pak Policy?, Rajya Sabha TV, 13 February 2017

Pakistan: Courting The Abyss Review: The Book Delves Deep Into Problems of Pak, India Today, 29 January 2017

General’s First Gambit, Indian Express, 16 December 2016

Security Scan-Nagrota Attack, Rajya Sabha TV, 05 December 2016

Desh Deshantar- Indo- Pak Relations in the Context of Nagrota Attack, Rajya Sabha TV, 29 November 2016

Pakistan Has a New Army Chief. Here’s What We Know About Him, The Wire, 26 November 2016

Security Scan- Pakistan: New Army Chief, Rajya Sabha TV, 24 November 2016

Pakistan: Supreme Court Saves Face For Imran Khan, Sharif on Back Foot, Mumbai Mirror, 03 November 2016

Desh Deshantar- Pakistan PM in Trouble Over Panama Papers Enquiry, Rajya Sabha TV, 03 November 2016

The Big Picture- Questta Terror Attack:What does it indicate?, Rajya Sabha TV, 25 October 2016

Pak Govt Orders Arms to Act Against Militants: Reasons?, Rajya Sabha TV, 06 October 2016

Uri Avenged, But Time To Fill Security Gaps, Mumbai Mirror, 30 September 2016

The Big Picture- Diplomatic Challenges After Surgical Strikes?, Rajya Sabha TV, 30 September 2016

India’s World - Is Social Media Globalizing Terrorism?, Rajya Sabha TV, 31 August 2016

India’s World - Is social media globalizing terrorism?, Rajya Sabha TV, 31 August 2016

Indias Policies Towards Pakistan and Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities, The International Institute for Strategic Studies, 08 July 2016

Latitude - 26/11 Attacks: Link Between Pakistan Army & Jihadists, Times Now, 19 June 2016

The Big Picture - Indo-Pak talks: Has it gone stranded?, Rajya Sabha TV 03 June 2016

Can Modi Eventually Rescript Indias Pakistan Policy, Claws Summer Journal, Summer 2016

The Big Picture - PM Modi in Iran: Where are the ties heading?, Rajya Sabha TV, 23 May 2016

Jaffrelot's new book assesses Pakistan's politics and economic challenges, India Today, 22 May 2016

The Big Picture - India-Pak ties: Has the dialogue resumed?, Rajya Sabha TV, 29 April 2016

The Big Picture - Indo-Pak ties: Where has it reached?, Rajya Sabha TV, 08 April 2016

Does AAP owe PM Modi an apology for ISI remark?, Indiia Today, 06 April 2016

Pak group abducts Indian from Iran, Yuvraj out WC T20, more, India Today, 30 March 2016

Why Pakistan has no place for minorities, Indiatoday.in 14 February 2016

The Big Picture - Indo-Pak Talks postponed: What next?, Rajya Sabha TV, 15 January 2015

The Big Picture - Resumption of Indo-Pak talks: What is decisive action?​, Rajya Sabha TV, 13 January 2016

Will Pakistan Ever Abandon Its Terror Machinery?, Times Now Latitude, 11 January 2016

The Big Picture - Terror attacks: Can India have a standard doctrine?, Rajya Sabha TV, 05 January 2016

The Pathankot Attack - Strains on Indo-Pak Engagement, Mumbai Mirror, 04 January 2016

Indias World - Renewed attempts to stabilise Afghanistan, Rajya Sabha TV, 23 December 2015

India-Pakistan talks on sidelines of Heart of Asia summit may steal the thunder at Islamabad, First Post, 09 December 2015

ISIS and its ideology: Does India need to worry?, Catch News, 21 November 2015

Understanding ISIS, Pune Mirror, 16 November 2015

Desh Deshantar - US-Pakistan joint statement: A review, Rajya Sabha TV 24 October 2015

Pakistan: The Way Forward, Mumbai Mirror, 19 October 2015

Will Pakistan's army chief stay on?, Rediff News, 13 October 2015

The Future of Balochistan, Mumbai Mirror, 12 October 2015

All the general's men, Business Standard, 10 October 2015

The Balochistan Quagmire, Mumbai Mirror, 05 October 2015

The Big Picture Indias message to Pakistan at the UN, Rajya Sabha TV 02 October 2015

The ethnic cauldron, Mumbai Mirror, 22 September 2015

Deepening sectarian schisms in Pakistan, Mumbai Mirror, 14 September 2015

A state of perennial crisis, Mumbai Mirror, 07 September 2015

The Dance of the Enemies, Mumbai Mirror, 31 August 2015

The Stalemate that Never Ends, Ahmedabad Mirror, 22 August 2015

As Pakistan Plays Hurriyat Card, Modi is Caught in a Bind of His Own Making, The Wire, 21 August 2015

Ghanis Leaked Letter to Nawaz Exposes Af-Pak Strains, The Quint, 2 June 2015

Pulls, pressures and the Pakistan Army, Business Standard, 12 May 2015

Why did the Pakistan army warn R&AW?, Rediff, 8 May 2015

Chabahar-Gwadar: India and China in Eurasias New Great Game, The Quint, 7 May 2015

Security threats to India in 2015, The Hindu, 26 January 2015

Will 2015 be the year of the LeT?, The Hindu, 10 January 2015

Dawood is still an asset for ISI, Mail Today, 28 October 2014

Spectre of army meddling again, Mail Today, 02 September 2014

Legalising intelligence gathering, The Hindu, 08 July 2014

Expect retaliatory strikes by TTP on soft targets, Daily Mail, 17 June 2014

The Facts and Factions of Karachi Strike, Mail Today, 11 June 2014

Balance pursuit of national interests needed, Mail Online India, 24 May 2014

It's Pakistan's Army that will decide whether Nawaz Sharif will attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony, Mail Online India, 23 May 2014

What Pakistan wants from India, The Hindu, 23 April 2014

Pak's success against Taliban depends on Sharif's ties with the army, Hindustan Times, 05 March 2014

Raheel Sharif's appointment is Nawaz's bid to fix the balance between state and Army, Daily Mail, 27 November 2013

Who will be the boss: Nawaz or the general?, Hindustan Times, 01 October 2013

Governance suffered as survival became paramount, The Tribune, 07 September, 2013

Tackling Pak Taliban a Challenge for Sharif, DNA, 13 May 2013

Pakistan's Historic Ballot, Times of India, 10 May 2013

Musharraf to be back home: His expectations and the reality in Pakistan, The Tribune, 05 March 2013

Has the inscrutable Gen Kayani thrown a googly?, Daily News & Analysis, 28 January 2013

Pakistan Army: New promotions to three star rank, Daily News & Analysis, 15 January 2013

The upcoming Pakistan elections, Times of India, 28 September 2012


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