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#5307, 23 June 2017
Seizing ‘The Belt and Road’ Opportunity: Challenges for Nepal
Pramod Jaiswal argues that the Nepal can benefit from the BRI only if it creates a favourable environment by addressing the genuine concerns of both its neighbours
#5306, 21 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Bhutan: Furthering Common Interests

Ambassador (Retd) VP Haran analyses the trajectory of the New Delhi-Thimphu relationship over the past three years
#5305, 21 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-US: Convergences and Divergences

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra argues that while may be periodic turbulence in the India-US bilateral, the new paradigm of relations will not face any existential threat
#5304, 21 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India and the Koreas: Promises and Follow-ups

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra analyses India's relations with South Korea and North Korea and the implications of the same, over the past three years
#5303, 20 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Civil Nuclear Energy Initiatives

Niharika Tagotra weighs in on the policy moves in the nuclear energy sector
#5302, 20 June 2017
Dateline Colombo
Crisis and Foresight Analysis

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera writes about the importance of preparing foresight maps and situation analysis on a long term framework for developing countries
#5301, 19 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-China Relations: A Mixed Bag

Amb (Retd) TCA Rangachari assesses how India-China relations have developed over the past three years and identifies key trends
#5300, 19 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Indian Nuclear Policy and Diplomacy

Dr Manpreet Sethi considers the government's initiatives and performance in the nuclear field
#5299, 16 June 2017
Evolving Situation in J&K: Summer 2017 (Part II)
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain writes why summer 2017 in J&K will be about getting a mix of hard and soft power right, and makes recommendations towards the same
#5298, 16 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Dealing with Left Wing Extremism: No Permanent Solution?

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray assesses the outcomes of the counter-LWE strategy over the past three years and makes recommendations
#5297, 16 June 2017
Responsibility to Protect: Quo Vadis?
John Schabedoth asks if R2P has served its intended purpose in recent conflicts, and explores the future of the concept in the Public International Law domain
#5296, 15 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-ASEAN Relations: Progress and Possibilities

Amb (Retd) Rajiv Bhatia offers an evaluation keeping in view recent history and the changing power dynamics in the region
#5295, 12 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-West Asia: With Relations Boosted, Consolidation Must Follow

Ambassador (Retd) Ranjit Gupta reviews India's relations with West Asia and over the past three years and makes recommendations
#5294, 12 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Bangladesh: Engagement with More Stakeholders Required

Dr Amit Ranjan reviews India's relations with Bangladesh and related developments and policies over the past three years and makes recommendations
#5293, 9 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Pakistan: Three Years of Wasted Effort?

Rana Banerji reviews India's relations with Pakistan and related developments and policies over the past three years
#5292, 7 June 2017
J&K Focus
Evolving Situation in J&K: Summer 2017 (Part I)

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain analyses the changing nature of militancy in Jammu & Kashmir and identifies impending issues that need to be addressed.
#5291, 6 June 2017
East Asia Compass
South Korea-North Korea: A New Version of Engagement

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra talks about why the initiation of the engagement policy under President Moon Jae-in will not be easy
#5290, 5 June 2017
IPCS Discussion
The Roles and Dimensions of Science and Technology in India’s Foreign Policy

The transcript of  the talk delivered by Dr V Siddhartha at IPCS on 18 May 2017
#5289, 1 June 2017
IPCS Discussion
Maldives: Contextualising Freedom of Speech in the Murder of Yameen Rasheed

Husanjot Chahal reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 19 May, 2017
#5288, 23 May 2017
Local Elections in Nepal: Is the Second Phase Possible?
Dr Pramod Jaiswal assesses the recently held local elections in Nepal and explores the prospects of the next phase of the local elections
#5287, 23 May 2017
Forecast 2017: The Future of the European Union

Ambassador (Retd) KP Fabian assesses the EU's trajectory in the recent years and identifies the challenges the country will have to overcome in 2017 and beyond

#5286, 19 May 2017
India-Sri Lanka: A Grim Tale of Economic Cooperation
Husanjot Chahal says that even though the need for engagement is strong, in practice, very little has been achieved on the economic front
#5285, 16 May 2017
Strategic Space
New NPR: Can It Break New Ground?

Dr Manpreet Sethi recommends political dialogue and a downplaying of military might to tackle the current slew of challenges
#5284, 15 May 2017
Dateline Colombo
Steering Co-operation Across Oceans

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera analyses Sri Lanka's role in the world, in the backdrop of the One Belt One Road conference in China
#5283, 15 May 2017
Eagle Eye
100 Days in Office: The Trump Administration

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra reviews Donald Trump's foreign policy moves thus far

#5282, 8 May 2017
India: Missing the Bus on Sustainable Development Goals?
Garima Maheshwari looks at how sustainability has become a burden of technocratic formality rather than a policy-implementable mainstay
#5281, 6 May 2017
New Complexities in Myanmar's Peace Process
Angshuman Choudhury assesses the potential implications of the parallel channel of political dialogue created by Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) in Myanmar
#5280, 1 May 2017
Red Affairs
Rumour of Triumph

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray assesses the policy lacunae that adversely impact India's efforts to counter Left Wing Extremism in the country
#5279, 1 May 2017
East Asia Compass
Trump’s North Korea Policy: Regional Implications

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers regional perspectives on the US administration’s approach towards North Korea
#5278, 1 May 2017
The Strategist
The Value of a Declared No First Use Nuclear Policy

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar provides a global overview of nuclear doctrinal committments
#5277, 27 April 2017
China-Philippines Ties: Lessons for India and Japan
Tapan Bharadwaj considers the opportunities for India and Japan to re-engage with Southeast Asia
#5276, 27 April 2017
IPCS Discussion
Lok Sabha By-polls: Reading Jammu and Kashmir

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 March 2017
#5275, 21 April 2017
Pakistan and the Panama Papers Verdict

Rana Banerji analyses the verdict delivered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and assesses the potential implications of the same

#5274, 20 April 2017
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lanka: National Interests in a Globalised World

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues that the Sri Lankan government should take into account and assess its national interests while deciding on policies
#5273, 19 April 2017
Strategic Space
US-North Korea Military Swashbuckling and China's Role

Dr Manpreet Sethi cautions against the risks of the evolving scenario, not least from inadvertent escalation as a result of incidents or accidents
#5272, 19 April 2017
Special Commentary
Jammu and Kashmir: A Saga of Neglect

Arun Chaudhary comments on the deteriorating situation in the state, drawing from his own experiences in the armed forces
#5271, 19 April 2017
West Asia
Obama, Trump, and Abiding Authoritarianism in Egypt

Derek Verbakel asks if there has been a policy shift in the US' approach towards Egypt and assesses the trajectory of Egypt's political situation
#5270, 14 April 2017
Evolving External Influence in Jammu and Kashmir (Part II)
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain identifies recent developments that might have a bearing on the situation in J&K in the coming months
#5269, 13 April 2017
Asia-Pacific: Is Middle Power Multilateralism Possible?
Chandrali Sarkar assesses the plausibility of a middle power coalition between India, Japan and Australia as a counter to a rising China
#5268, 13 April 2017
Trump Vs Obama: US Policy Towards Adversarial States
Kimberley Anne Nazareth on the elements of continuity and change in US strategy towards Syria, North Korea and Iran
  
IPCS Columnists
Af-Pak Diary

D Suba Chandran
Director, IPCS
Big Picture

Prof Varun Sahni
Professor and Chairperson, CIPOD, SIS, JNU & Member, IPCS Executive Committee
Dateline Colombo

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
Executive Director, LKIIRSS, Sri Lanka.
Dateline Islamabad

Salma Malik
Assistant professor, Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University
Dhaka Discourse

Prof Delwar Hossain
Professor, Department of International Relations, Dhaka University
Eagle Eye

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra
Professor, School of International Studies, JNU
East Asia Compass

Dr Sandip Mishra
Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University
Himalayan Frontier

Pramod Jaiswal
SAARC Doctorate Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, JNU
Indo-Pacific

Prof Shankari Sundararaman
Chairperson, Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Indus-tan

Sushant Sareen
Senior Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation
Looking East

Wasbir Hussain
Executive Director, CDPS, Guwahati, and Visiting Fellow, IPCS
Maritime Matters

Vijay Sakhuja
Director, National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi
Nuke Street

Amb Sheelkant Sharma
Former Permanent Representative to UN Office in Vienna & IAEA
Red Affairs

Bibhu Prasad Routray
Director, Mantraya.org, and Visiting Fellow, IPCS
Regional Economy

Amita Batra
Professor of Economics, Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi
South Asian Dialectic

PR Chari
Former member of the Indian Administrative Service and visiting professor, IPCS
Spotlight West Asia

Amb Ranjit Gupta
Former Member, National Security Advisory Board (NSAB)
Strategic Space

Manpreet Sethi
ICSSR Senior Fellow affiliated with the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS)
The Strategist

Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar
Former Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Forces Command of India and Distinguished Fellow IPCS
J&K Focus

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
Member, Governing Council, IPCS, & former GOC, 15 Corps, Srinagar
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