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The Centre for Internal and Regional Security (IReS) was inaugurated on 2 March 2012 by the National Security Advisor, Mr Shiv Shankar Menon during the Sixth Annual Armed Conflicts Conference at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies.

India and its extended neighbourhood is a region undergoing turmoil since the past many years. Now, due to significant political and security-related changes, the region is in a phase of transition. The IReS centre at the IPCS aims to study such transition. Through its programmes and events, the IReS aims to facilitate dialogue on traditional and non-traditional security challenges facing the region by engaging the academia, policy-makers, international organisations and young scholars.

Some of the major programmes and projects under the IReS identify the most pressing themes in India and its extended neighbourhood and work towards arriving at a coherent, comprehensive and practical framework to find solutions to them.
Fragile States Index 2016
Fragility in Pakistan

Rana Banerji reviews the Fragile States Index's assessment of Pakistan for 2016 and says the parameters are more or less justified 

IPCS Discussion
Afghanistan and Regional Security: After Elections

Ishan Dhar reports on the proceedings of the discussion

India and No First Use: Does ‘Calculated Ambiguity’ Help?
Ruhee Neog weighs in on the recent debate on India’s nuclear doctrine

India-China: A Water War over the Brahmaputra?
Roomana Hukil writes why India, China and Bangladesh urgently need to sign a tripartite water-sharing agreement

Pakistan: Shooting the Messengers
Shujaat Bukhari draws from recent events to highlight the challenges faced in championing the freedom of the press

Pakistan: A Different Agenda for Taliban’s Foot Soldiers?
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy looks at possible fractures between the upper echelons and the lower tiers of the TTP

IPCS Discussion
Pakistan Army: Composition, Character and Compulsions

Northeast India in BIMSTEC: Economic linkages with Myanmar and Bangladesh
Leonora Juergens asks whether the Northeast could benefit from a BIMSTEC-FTA through closer border trade

India-Bangladesh Relations: Significance of the Teesta Water-Sharing Agreement
Roomana Hukil looks at why it is crucial for both countries to sign the agreement

Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh: Where To From Here?
Dibya Shikha comments on the recent resurgence of the JI in the Upzila elections

Ceasefire Violations in J&K: A Line on Fire
1 December 2017 , 1500-1630 hrs
Rehabilitation and Re-integration in Jammu & Kashmir
27 November 2017 , 1530-1700 hrs
Evolving Discourses of Security in International Politics: Investigating Crises in South Asia
2 November 2017 , 1500-1630 hrs
Reelpolitik | Assam: an inner landscape
26 September 2017 , 1600-1800 hrs
The Failing State Debate
State Failure and Fragility in South Asia

In the recent years, there has been an increased focus at the global level on Failed and Failing States. Where does South Asia stand? How does the region perceives itself in terms of State failure and fragility? 

The FSI Report: Is Bangladesh a Failing State?, Delwar Hossain, August 2013
Nepal: Failure of the Failed States Index, Pramod Jaiswal, August 2013
The Failed State Index and South Asia: Revisiting the White Man’s Burden, Salma Malik, August 2013
Failed State Index Fails Sri Lanka, Kaushalya Ruwanthika Ariyathilaka, August 2013
Nepal and the Failed States Index , Yelisha Sharma, July 2013
The Fragile Regions of South Asia: Why States Fail in Parts?, D Suba Chandran, Issue Brief 150
Failure or Functional Anarchy?:
Understanding Weak/Failing States in South Asia
, D Suba Chandran, Issue Brief 100
Analyzing Failure: Pakistan and the Failed States Index, Lidia Leoni, Special Report 137

LADAKH today is no more a cold Desert. During the recent years, the region has been changing dramatically bringing forward new developments and challenges at the social, economic and political levels.

Contemporary Ladakh: Culture, Commodification and Tourism, Tashi Lundup, Issue Brief 238

Contemporary Ladakh: A Subtle Yet Strong Patriarchy Chimat Ladol, Issue Brief 237

Contemporary Ladakh: Evolving Indigenous & Quality Education, Samina Rehman, Issue Brief 236

Contemporary Ladakh: Identifying the “Other” in Buddhist-Muslim Transformative Relations, Sumera Shafi, Issue Brief 235

Contemporary Ladakh: Communal Divide in Kargil & Leh, Gulzar Hussain, Issue Brief 234

Tali-Qaeda Reader
IPCS Analyses on Taliban and al Qaeda  

Talks with Taliban
Endgame for the TTP
D Suba Chandran, April 2014
Endgame for the Military
Rana Banerji, April 2014
Endgame for the Political Parties
Sushant Sareen, April 2014
Between Peace and Apocalypse
D Suba Chandran, February 2014
Al Qaeda & Taliban Tracker
TTP under Mullah Fazlullah: What Next for the Pakistani Taliban?
D Suba Chandran,
 February 2014
Al-Qaeda-ISIL Split: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy,
 February 2014
Afghanistan, US and the Peace Process: A Deal with the Taliban in 2014?
Mariam Safi,
 January 2014

Af-Pak Plus
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran

Iran Nuclear Deal: Regional Shadows
Sheel Kant Sharma, April 2014
Elections in India and Afghanistan: Perspective from Pakistan
Salma Malik, April 2014
Post Afghan Elections: End of the Road for Taliban?
D Suba Chandran, April 2014
Presidential Election: Thus spoke the Afghans
D Suba Chandran,
 April 2014

Neighbourhood Watch
Bangladesh & Myanmar  

India-Bangladesh Relations: Significance of the Teesta Water-Sharing Agreement
Roomana Hukil,
 April 2014
Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh: Where To From Here?
Dibya Shikha,
 April 2014
India-Bangladesh: Enhancing Ties through a 'Power Corridor'
Delwar Hossain,
 April 2014
Is Bangladesh’s foreign policy becoming India and Russia-centric?
Harun ur Rashid,
 April 2014
Myanmar’s Energy Sector: Inviting the World to its Shore
Vibhanshu Shekhar, April 2014
Transition in Myanmar: Regional Implications & Future Directions
Ranjit Gupta, March 2014
China, Myanmar, and the Myitsone Dam: Uncertain Future
Aparupa Bhattacharjee, January 2014

Neighbourhood Watch
Nepal and Sri Lanka  

Nepal's Restful Prime Minister
Pramod Jaiswal, April 2014
Chinese Inroads to Nepal
Pramod Jaiswal, March 2014
Constituent Assembly-II: Rifts Emerging
Pramod Jaiswal, February 2014
Sri Lanka
India-Sri Lanka: Expanding on the Shades of Grey
Ramesh Ramachandran,
 April 2014
India-Sri Lanka: Conflict over Fishing Rights
Kuhan Madhan,
 January 2014
CHOGAM, India and Sri Lanka: New Delhi’s Missed Opportunities
N Manoharan,
November 2013

South Asian Water Politics
Indus, Brahmaputra & Beyond  

Review: India, Pakistan - Propelling Indus Water ‘Terrorism’ (IWT)
Roomana Hukil, March 2013
Indus Waters Governance-VI: Political Consensus vs Provincial Legislations
D Suba Chandran,
 October 2010
Indus Waters Governance-V: One River, Three Dialogues
D Suba Chandran,
 September 2010
India & Bangladesh: A Breakthrough in Water Relations?
Roomana Hukil,
 November 2013
Addressing the Heat Wave over Brahmaputra River
Roomana Hukil,
October 2013
MoU on the Brahmaputra River
Wasbir Hussain,
 October 2013
D Suba Chandran
Prof. P R Chari
Visiting Professor, IPCS
Maj. General Dipankar Banerjee(Retd.)
Mentor, IPCS
Amb.Salman Haidar
President,IPCS / Former Indian Foreign Secretary
Roomana Hukil
Research Officer
Dr. Ashok Bhan
Former Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir & Member, NSAB
Rana Banerji (Retd.)
Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat
Mariam Safi
Visiting Fellow, Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies, Kabul, Afghanistan
Lt. Gen. V.G. Patankar
Former Corps Commander, 15 Corps
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy
Research Officer
Ayesha Khanyari
Research Assistant
Riffath Khaji
Research Intern
Leonora Juergens
Research Intern
Dibya Shikha
Research Intern
Issue Briefs and Special Reports:
Advancing India's relationship with Japan and South Korea: Quest for Middle Power Cooperation
Prakash Panneerselvam
Issue Brief 262

Election Analysis: Battle for the States

Special Report 183

IPCS Forecast 2016

Special Report 182

State Support to Insurgents in Other States:Resolution or Worsening of Conflict?

Harish Venugopalan
Issue Brief 261

Roots of the Syrian Crisis
VP Haran
Special Report 181

Modi in Lahore: Indian and Pakistani Reflections

Special Report 180

China in Afghanistan: Balancing Power Projection and Minimal Intervention

Hugo Chéné
Special Report 179

Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
Special Report 178

IPCS Forecasts: India's Northeast in 2015
Wasbir Hussain
Special Report 176

IPCS Forecasts: Pakistan's Militant Groups in 2015
D Suba Chandran
Special Report 174

IPCS Forecasts: Naxal Violence in 2015
Bibhu Prasad Routray
Special Report 173

IPCS Forecasts: Pakistan in 2015
Salma Malik
Special Report 171

IPCS Forecasts: Pakistan in 2015
Sushant Sareen
Special Report 170

IPCS Forecasts: Nepal in 2015
Pramod Jaiswal
Special Report 169

Building Synergies: The Northeast & India’s New Government 

IPCS-CDPS Policy Brief
Special Report 166

Myanmar in Transition: Ethnic Conflicts, External Interests and Political Changes
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 164

Patterns of Naxal Recruitment
Uddipan Mukherjee
Issue Brief 253

Afghanistan Elections 2014: Positive Vote, Future of Taliban & the Challenges Ahead
D Suba Chandran
Special Report 161

Talks with the Taliban: End Game for the Military, Political Parties and the TTP in Pakistan
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 160

Peace Audit Northeast: Implications of Ethnic Reorganization
HN Das
Special Report 159

Peace Audit Northeast: A Roadmap to Restore Normalcy
SP Kar
Special Report 158

Peace Audit Northeast: The Naxal Spread and its Local Linkages
Wasbir Hussain
Special Report 157

Peace Audit Northeast: The Road to Peace in Manipur
Chitra Ahanthem
Special Report 156

Peace Audit Nepal

Special Report 146

Contemporary Ladakh: Identifying the “Other” in Buddhist-Muslim Transformative Relations
Sumera Shafi
Issue Brief 235

Contemporary Ladakh: Communal Divide in Kargil & Leh
Fayaz Hussain
Issue Brief 234

Zero Option & Afghan Stability: Karzai, Obama and the High Stakes in Afghanistan
D Suba Chandran
Issue Brief 227

Social Media: Sri Lanka's New War Zone
J Jeganaathan
Issue Brief 226

Contemporary Myanmar: Challenges to Political Process and Reconciliation
Sonu Trivedi
Research Paper 28

Rudderless & Drowning in Tears: The Rohingyas of Myanmar
Roomana Hukil & Nayantara Shaunik
Issue Brief 222

Election Analysis: Battle for the States

Special Reports 183

IPCS Forecast 2016

Special Reports 182

The IReS Quarterlies are a compilation of the recent publications that provide wide-ranging commentaries on the corresponding quarter's most outstanding issues, Book Reviews and Conference Reports.
South Asia Plus
Jan-Mar 2014
Oct-Dec 2013
Jul-Sep 2013
Apr-Jun 2013
Pakistan: A Hyper-national Security State
Rana Banerji
'The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World', by T.V. Paul, Random House, India, 2014
Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2013: Transitions
D Suba Chandran, PR Chari (eds.)
Routledge, New Delhi
Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2012: Uneasy Stasis and Fragile Peace
D. Suba Chandran and P.R. Chari
New Delhi: Routledge India
Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2011: The Promise and Threat of Transformation
Edited by D. Suba Chandran and P.R. Chari
New Delhi: Routledge India
Energy & Environmental Security: A Cooperative Approach in South Asia
D Suba Chandran and J Jeganaathan (Eds.)
New Delhi: IPCS, 2011
Book Reviews:
Military Agency, Politics and the State in Pakistan
Ejaz Hussain
Reviewer : Rana Banerji
Troubling Tehran - Reflections on Geopolitics
Arun Vishwanathan and Rajaram Nagappa (Eds.)
Reviewer : Manpreet Sethi
Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity Among Asian Great Powers
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Reviewer : Rishika Chauhan
Global Expectations for Korean Unification
Kyuryoon Kim et al
Reviewer : Angana Guha Roy
The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World
TV Paul
Reviewer : Rana Banerji

The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security including nuclear issues, disarmament, non-proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, counter terrorism , strategies security sector reforms, and armed conflict and peace processes in the region.

For those in South Asia and elsewhere, the IPCS website provides a comprehensive analysis of the happenings within India with a special focus on Jammu and Kashmir and Naxalite Violence. Our research promotes greater understanding of India's foreign policy especially India-China relations, India's relations with SAARC countries and South East Asia.

Through close interaction with leading strategic thinkers, former members of the Indian Administrative Service, the Foreign Service and the three wings of the Armed Forces - the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, - the academic community as well as the media, the IPCS has contributed considerably to the strategic discourse in India.

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