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Issue Briefs are 2,500-word long essays that examine various topics and their implications, besides making policy recommendations.
 
#Special Report 184, November 2016
Fragile States Index 2016: A Review
#Special Report 182, April 2016
IPCS Forecast 2016
#Issue Brief 261, April 2016
State Support to Insurgents in Other States:Resolution or Worsening of Conflict?
Harish Venugopalan
Research Intern, IPCS
#Special Report 181, March 2016
Roots of the Syrian Crisis
VP Haran
#Special Report 180, December 2015
Modi in Lahore: Indian and Pakistani Reflections
#Special Report 178, February 2015
Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
#Special Report 177, February 2015
IPCS Forecasts: Bangladesh in 2015
Delwar Hossain
#Special Report 169, January 2015
IPCS Forecasts: Nepal in 2015
Pramod Jaiswal
#Issue Brief 251, June 2014
An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Bangladesh
Sanjay Bhardwaj
Assistant Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
#Special Report 163, June 2014
BIMSTEC: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
IPCS Interview
#Special Report 161, April 2014
Afghanistan Elections 2014: Positive Vote, Future of Taliban & the Challenges Ahead
D Suba Chandran
#Issue Brief 250, March 2014
An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Maldives
N Manoharan
#Issue Brief 249, March 2014
Caught in the India-China Rivalry: Policy Options for Nepal
Pramod Jaiswal
#Issue Brief 248, March 2014
An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Bhutan
Medha Bisht
#Special Report 149, March 2014
Afghanistan 2014: BSA, Internal Security, Taliban & Indian Strategy
IPCS Special Focus
#Special Report 146, November 2013
Peace Audit Nepal
#Special Report 145, November 2013
The Failed States Index (FSI) Report: A Critique
IPCS Debate
#Special Report 144, September 2013
Bhutan Elections 2013: Triumph of Democracy
Marian Gallenkamp
#Issue Brief 232, August 2013
China and its Peripheries: Securing Nepal in South Asia
Jigme Yeshe Lama
#Issue Brief 227, July 2013
Zero Option & Afghan Stability: Karzai, Obama and the High Stakes in Afghanistan
D Suba Chandran
#Special Report 143, July 2013
Sri Lanka: The 13th Amendment
IPCS Debate
#Special Report 141, July 2013
Winning or Failing in Afghanistan: Implications of Regional and Global Security
H.E Shaida M. Abdali
Ambassador of Afghanistan to India
#Issue Brief 226, June 2013
Social Media: Sri Lanka's New War Zone
J Jeganaathan
#Research Paper 28, June 2013
Contemporary Myanmar: Challenges to Political Process and Reconciliation
Sonu Trivedi
#Issue Brief 217, May 2013
China and its Peripheries: Beijing and India-Sri Lanka Relations
N Manoharan
#Issue Brief 210, May 2013
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: The American Pivot and Rebalancing
PR Chari
#Special Report 137, October 2012
Analyzing Failure: Pakistan and the Failed States Index
Lidia Leoni
#Conference Report 42, May 2012
Building Bridges: A Regional Dialogue
Panchali Saikia , Pradeepa Viswanathan and Ruhee Neog
#Issue Brief 194, May 2012
Afghanistan & the International Community: Limitations of Engagement
Aryaman Bhatnagar
Research Officer, IPCS
#Conference Report 41, April 2012
Expanding Economic Activity along the Sino-Indian Border & Developing Infrastructure for Connectivity
Bhavna Singh
#Conference Report 39, April 2012
Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2012 Sixth Annual Conference
Annapoorna Karthika , Aryaman Bhatnagar , Medha Chaturvedi , Panchali Saikia , Pradeepa Viswanathan , Priyanka Dutta Choudhury and Vasundhra Thakur
#Issue Brief 189, April 2012
Connecting South Asia: Experimenting with the Greater Mekong Sub-Regional Model
Panchali Saikia
#Issue Brief 188, April 2012
Connecting South Asia: The Stilwell Road & Sub-Regional Networks
Ruhee Neog
#Issue Brief 181, March 2012
National Counter Terrorism Centre for India: Understanding the Debate
PR Chari
#Issue Brief 180, January 2012
Alternative Regional Strategy for India: Exploring Soft Power Options
J Jeganaathan
#Conference Report 36, December 2011
Energy and Environmental Security: A Regional Dialogue (Final Report)
#Issue Brief 178, December 2011
Sri Lanka and the Peace Makers: A Story of Norway and India
MR Narayan Swamy
#Conference Report 35, July 2011
Energy and Environmental Security: A Regional Dialogue (Preliminary Report)
#Special Report 107, June 2011
Understanding the Gujjar-Pahri Faultline in J&K: A Pahri Perspective
KD Maini
#Special Report 106, June 2011
Understanding the Gujjar-Pahri Faultline in J&K: A Gujjar Perspective
Zafar Choudhary
#Conference Report 33, May 2011
Afghanistan: Canada-India Policy Dialogue
#Special Report 101, May 2011
Security Net: Nuclear Risk Reduction in Southern Asia
Lydia Walker & Annie Siris Coombs
#Conference Report 32, April 2011
Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2011
#Conference Report 30, March 2011
Tunisia and Egypt: Implications for India’s Neighbourhood
Jawaid Akhtar and J Jeganaathan
#Conference Report 29, March 2011
Developing a Framework for Regional Cooperation in South Asia
Bhavna Singh and Jabin T Jacob
#Special Report 98, February 2011
India’s Strategic Interests in Myanmar: An Interview with Shyam Saran
Medha Chaturvedi
#Issue Brief 161, January 2011
Alternative Regional Strategy for India: A Charm Offensive to Win the Hearts and Minds
D Suba Chandran
#Issue Brief 153, August 2010
India and China: Towards a Competitive-Cooperative Relationship?
Baladas Ghoshal
Visiting Senior Fellow, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
#Special Report 95, July 2010
Water Issues between Nepal, India & Bangladesh: A Review of Literature
Pia Malhotra
#Special Report 94, July 2010
Pakistan & Afghanistan: Understanding Islamabad’s Objectives and Strategies
Sripathi Naryanan
#Special Report 93, July 2010
Obama’s Afghanistan Policy: A Review of Literature
Debalina Chatterjee
#Issue Brief 150, May 2010
The Fragile Regions of South Asia: Why States Fail in Parts?
D Suba Chandran
Deputy Director, IPCS
#Conference Report 25, March 2010
Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh: Building Peace and Countering Radicalization
Conference Report
#Research Paper 24, March 2010
Democracy in Bhutan: An Analysis of Constitutional Change in a Buddhist Monarchy
Marian Gallenkamp
Research Intern, IPCS
#Special Report 85, October 2009
India’s Look East Policy: A Critical Assessment
Interview with Amb. Rajiv Sikri
#Issue Brief 123, September 2009
Afghanistan: Evolving an Indo-Pak Strategy: Perspectives from Pakistan
Salma Malik
Lecturer, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
#Issue Brief 122, September 2009
Enhancing Indo-Pak Trade: Perspectives from Pakistan
Nabiha Gul
Lecturer, University of Karachi
#Issue Brief 121, September 2009
Terrorism, Religious Radicalism and Violence: Perspectives from Pakistan
Arshi Saleem Hashmi
Senior Research Analyst, Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad
#Issue Brief 120, September 2009
Terrorism, Religious Radicalism and Violence: Perspectives from India
Devyani Srivastava
#Issue Brief 118, September 2009
Evolving an Indo-Pak Strategy in Afghanistan: Perspectives from India
Raghav Sharma
Research Officer, IPCS
#Issue Brief 110, July 2009
Afghanistan: Understanding German Objectives and Strategies
Marian Gallenkamp
Research Intern, IPCS
#Issue Brief 108, June 2009
War on Terrorism in South Asia: Af-Pak and Beyond
Sonali Huria
Research Officer, IPCS
#Conference Report 15, April 2009
Armed Conflicts in South Asia, 2009
Edited by Rekha Chakravarthi
#Issue Brief 100, April 2009
Failure or Functional Anarchy?: Understanding Weak/Failing States in South Asia
D Suba Chandran
#Special Report 70, April 2009
Bangladesh: The BDR Mutiny
Sandeep Bhardwaj
#Special Report 69, April 2009
India and Afghanistan: Charting a Future
Raghav Sharma
Research Officer, IPCS
#Issue Brief 94, March 2009
Afghanistan: Talking to Taliban
Mayank S Bubna
Former Intern, IPCS
#Special Report 67, March 2009
Failed States & Foreign Military Intervention: The Afghanistan Imbroglio
Sonali Huria
Research Officer, IPCS
#Research Paper 20, March 2009
In a Weak State: Status and Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG) in Nepal
Oliver Housden
#Research Paper 19, February 2009
Nepal: A Failing State or a State in Transition?
Oliver Housden
Former IPCS Intern
#Special Report 63, January 2009
India in Central Asia
Raghav Sharma
#Issue Brief 90, January 2009
Bangladesh in 2009: Challenges After Elections
Sandeep Bhardwaj
Research Fellow
#Issue Brief 87, December 2008
Sri Lanka: The War against Peace?
Mayank S Bubna
#Issue Brief 86, December 2008
Bangladesh: Forthcoming Elections
Sandeep Bhardwaj
Research Officer, IPCS
#Research Paper 17, September 2008
National Legal Framework for IDPs in Sri Lanka: A Critical Analysis
Andres Angel
#Research Paper 16, September 2008
India's Sri Lanka Policy: Towards Economic Engagement
Brian Orland
#Conference Report 9, August 2008
Reforming Security Sector Governance in South Asia
Mallika Joseph
#Issue Brief 82, August 2008
Afghan Cauldron Achieving India’s Interests
Raghav Sharma
Research Intern, IPCS
#Issue Brief 81, August 2008
Arabization: Changing Face of Islam in Asia
Baladas Ghoshal
Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
#Issue Brief 80, August 2008
Towards a New Asian Architecture India and Ideology
Jabin T Jacob
Research Fellow Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
#Issue Brief 78, July 2008
South Asian Union: Divided We Stand
Abhishek Raman
Research Intern, IPCS
#Issue Brief 75, July 2008
Failing and Failed States: The Global Discourse
Sonali Huria
Research Officer, IPCS
#Issue Brief 70, June 2008
Asia’s Economic Transformation: India’s Role in an Emerging International Order
Director, IPCS
#Special Report 53, June 2008
Indo-Pak Composite Dialogue: An Update
Sameer Suryakant Patil
#Issue Brief 66, May 2008
Cross-LoC Trade: Challenges and Opportunities in J&K
D Suba Chandran
Assistant Director, IPCS
#Issue Brief 63, April 2008
Situation in Sri Lanka: Options for India
N Manoharan
Senior Fellow, IPCS
#Special Report 51, March 2008
Afghan-Pak Joint Peace Jirga
Mariam Safi
#Conference Report 8, February 2008
SAARC: Towards Connectivity
Aparajita Mazumda & Kamala Kant Dash
#Issue Brief 57, December 2007
Talking to ‘Moderate’ Taliban
Mariam Safi
Research Intern, IPCS
#Research Paper 12, December 2007
The Sikh Diaspora and the Quest for Khalistan
Simrat Dhillon
#Issue Brief 53, September 2007
Indian Fishermen Catch Gunfire: Maritime Dilemmas Pestering Indo-Sri Lanka Relations
Brian Orland
Research Intern, IPCS
#Issue Brief 50, August 2007
India-Sri Lanka Accord: Does It Still Flicker?
MR Narayan Swamy
News Editor, IANS
#Special Report 47, August 2007
Madrasas in Bangladesh
Tiffany Ellis
#Special Report 45, July 2007
Energy Politics: India-Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations
Srinjoy Bose
#Special Report 44, June 2007
Child Soldiers in Afghanistan
#Issue Brief 45, April 2007
Air Tigers’ Maiden Attack: Motives and Implications
N Manoharan
Senior Fellow, IPCS
#Issue Brief 44, April 2007
Afghanistan: The Spring Offensive
Research Officer, IPCS
#Research Paper 8, April 2007
The Iran-Pakistan-India Pipeline
David Temple
#Special Report 35, March 2007
Bangladesh in 2006: Teetering Political Edifice and Democracy
Supriya Singh
#Special Report 22, May 2006
Crisis in Nepal: Recent Developments
PG Rajamohan
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