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#5340, 17 August 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Afghanistan Relations: Innovating Continuity

Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy reviews India's Afghanistan policy under the Modi government 
#5339, 17 August 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
The State and the States: The Northeast in the Centre's Vision

Sanjoy Hazarika and Niyati Singh consider the Centre's policy initiatives towards the region
#5338, 16 August 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Nepal Relations: Mixed Fortunes

Dr Pramod Jaiswal reviews the trajectory of New Delhi-Kathmandu relations since 2014 and says it has seen several ups and downs
#5337, 13 August 2017
East Asia Compass
The US' Acrobatic Responses to the North Korean Riddle

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra analyses the potential reasons for, and implications of, the US' policy stances towards North Korea
#5336, 7 August 2017
Maritime Matters
Dhow Trade in the North Arabian Sea

Dr Vijay Sakhuja reviews the risks and traditions associated with Dhow trade in the North Arabian sea and identifies recent trends
#5335, 7 August 2017
The Strategist
A Pug, a Terrier and the Doklam Stand Off

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar assesses the standoff at Doklam and says any conflict will be waged on terms advantageous to India 
#5334, 2 August 2017
Special Commentary
Pakistan: The Nawaz Ouster

Rana Banerji analyses the ouster of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the implications of the same 
#5333, 31 July 2017
J&K Focus
Handling J&K: What is Right and What More Needs To Be Done?

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain identifies a strategy to deal with the situation in J&K over the coming months
#5332, 24 July 2017
Dateline Colombo
The Forgotten Professions: The Plight of a Nation

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera writes that Sri Lanka's political culture, economy and universities can all be reinvented to generate real innovation and creativity
#5331, 19 July 2017
Strategic Space
Chinese Responsibility on DPRK: No ‘Theory’, Immutable Reality

Dr Manpreet Sethi evaluates the dimensions and potential implications of China's dismissal of its responsibility in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis as mere theory
#5330, 19 July 2017
IPCS Discussion
Dealing with Dirty Wars

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 21 June, 2017
#5329, 18 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Reviving the Indian Economy: Structural Reforms Needed

Prerana Priyadarshi assesses the state-of-affairs of the Indian economy over the past three years and says structural reforms would be required to revive it
#5328, 17 July 2017
IPCS Discussion
India-China-Nepal Trilateralism

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 06 June, 2017
#5327, 17 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Jammu & Kashmir Policy: Innovative Solutions Needed

Sarral Sharma reviews the state-of-affairs in J&K and says New Delhi will require to employ innovative solutions to address the internal dimension of the security situation
#5326, 14 July 2017
Global Warming-Induced Migration: An International Convention Needed
John Schabedoth analyses the implications of global warming-induced migration for international relations and argues that a binding international convention will be needed
#5325, 14 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-EU: Potential Partners in the Emerging World Order?

Amb (Retd) KP Fabian assesses India-European Union (EU) relations since 2014, the state of the EU, and identifies areas for future cooperation between the two
#5324, 13 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Preferring the Bilateral to the Multilateral: Personal Diplomacy and India's Trade Negotiations

Mihir S Sharma assesses India's trade negotiations over the past three years and identifies a pattern where the preference seems to tilt towards bilateral over multilateral formats
#5323, 11 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Angshuman Choudhury assesses the trajectory of India-Myanmar relations since 2014 and argues that there has been substantial forward movement in several sectors
#5322, 15 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Defence under the NDA Government

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra analyses the state-of-affairs in India's defence sector over the past three years and argues that there has been more continuity than change
#5321, 18 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Environmental Protection: A Mixed Bag

Garima Maheshwari assesses the state-of-affairs of environment protection in India in the past three years 
#5320, 10 July 2017
East Asia Compass
Japan’s ‘New Approach’ to Russia: Is it Moving Forward?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra analyses recent developments in Japan-Russia relations and argues that the prospects of Tokyo's 'New Approach' towards Moscow do not look positive
#5319, 5 July 2017
China's Grand strategy
China’s Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea

Tapan Bharadwaj reviews the maritime component of China's grand strategy in the Indo-Pacific, and argues that its strategy in the SCS has begun delivering results for Beijing
#5318, 3 July 2017
IPCS Discussion
'25 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between India and Israel and the Way Forward'

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 06 June, 2017

#5317, 3 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Japan: Past Trends Continue

Dr Shamshad A Khan writes that the India-Japan relationship has deepened further in the past three years, and says agreed but unfinished projects need special attention
#5316, 3 July 2017
The ISI and Kulbhushan Jadhav's Second “Confession”
Rana Banerji analyses the contents and circumstances involving the release of Kulbhushan Jadhav's second "confession" and argues that the ISI has tied itself into knots of its own making
#5315, 30 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Russia: Navigating New Geopolitical Waters

Amb PS Raghavan reviews India-Russia relations and says there are strong reasons for consolidating bilateral relations even as New Delhi seeks to strengthen relatively newer strategic links
#5314, 28 June 2017
The Strategist
Nuclear Crises in the Time of Orwellian Wars

Vice Adm (Retd)Vijay Shankar weighs in on the dangers posed by nuclear proliferation and non-state actors                  
#5313, 28 June 2017
NSG Membership: Pakistan's Past and Nuclear South Asia's Future
Allyson Rimmer considers why non-membership will have greater consequences for Pakistan while exacerbating the already existing imbalance in the region
#5312, 28 June 2017
Second 21CPC and Myanmar’s Stuttering Peace Process
Angshuman Choudhury reviews the proceedings and context of the 21CPC meeting in May 2017 and identifies emerging trends in Myanmar's peace process
#5311, 28 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Maldives Relations: A Tale of Two Concerns

Dr N Manoharan assesses New Delhi-Malé relations over the past three years and identifies irritants in two areas, political and strategic
#5310, 28 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Sri Lanka: Reorienting the Relationship?

Husanjot Chahal assesses the trajectory of India-Sri Lanka relations over the past three years and identifies trends in three key areas 
#5309, 27 June 2017
Unpacking Recent Violence against Egypt's Copts

Derek Verbakel traces the evolving trends in the attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, and the role of the interplay between state and societal forces in the phenomenon

#5308, 27 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
Maritime Issues: Proactive Initiatives

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that over the past three years, India’s focus on 'matters maritime' have become more proactive and comprehensive

#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
  
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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