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Articles are short 800-850-word commentaries that provide a more analytical view of issues currently in the news.
#5450, 16 March 2018
China-India Relations: What is the Role of Third Parties?
Dr Siwei Liu argues that outside players complicate the already unstable bilateral relationship
#5449, 15 March 2018
Decoding the Elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura
Nasreen Habib analyses the politics and stability of alliances in the recently held assembly elections in Northeast India
#5448, 13 March 2018
Subtle Shifts in Saudi Foreign Policy: Domestic and International Dimensions

Pieter-Jan Dockx examines the domestic and international significance of the reorientation in Saudi Arabia's foreign policy pivot
#5447, 12 March 2018
East Asia Compass
South Korea's ‘Moonshine’ and a Trump-Kim Summit

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra reflects on the possibility of dialogue with North Korea and the kind of diplomacy it would require
#5446, 12 March 2018
The Strategist
Quad: The Making of a Robust Entente?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar argues that only a system based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations can confront Chinese ambitions in the Indo-Pacific
#5445, 9 March 2018
2018 US Nuclear Posture Review: Intent and Implications
Shivani Singh argues that the new NPR carries the potential of further weakening the same global security environment that the document claims to be responding to
#5444, 9 March 2018
Can Australian Democracy Dull Chinese Sharp Power?
Rachael Strogoff looks at Beijing’s attempts to monopolise its narrative abroad and the reactions this has provoked
#5443, 8 March 2018
Regulating India's Cattle Industry: A Socio-Economic Assessment
Ayan Tewari contends that if ideology-driven policy is inevitable, it is crucial to think of mitigating the negative effects during the formulation stage
#5442, 8 March 2018
Women Cyber Warriors and the Indian Military
Dr Vijay Sakhuja takes a look back at the role of women professionals at the forefront of innovation in cyber security
#5441, 5 March 2018
Nuke Street
Winter Olympics in the Nuclear Shadow

Amb (Retd) Sheel Kant Sharma considers scenarios that might break the stalemate on negotiations with North Korea
#5440, 28 February 2018
Musical Chairs in China’s Parliament
Prof Srikanth Kondapalli says that the proposed constitutional changes will increase the chasm between political factions domestically, and amplify China’s frictions abroad
#5439, 27 February 2018
Reorienting Saudi Foreign Policy: From Islam to the Arab Identity

Pieter-Jan Dockx traces the emerging trend in which Saudi Arabia's new de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman is reorienting the pivot of the Kingdom's foreign policy from Islam to the Arab identity
#5438, 27 February 2018
Maritime Matters
The Debut of Counter-Drone Technologies

Dr Vijay Sakhuja considers why counter-droning is likely to emerge as an important tool of tactical warfare
#5437, 19 February 2018
Belt and Road and US-China Relations in 2018
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy suggests that BRI, through CPEC, could be poised to become a key determinant of the bilateral dynamic in South and Central Asia
#5436, 19 February 2018
Fragility of the Process: Myanmar’s Long Road to Peace
Angshuman Choudhury analyses recent developments and identifies fundamental challenges plaguing Myanmar's peace process 
#5435, 19 February 2018
Goldfein's Visit and IAF-USAF Affiliation
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon comments on the opportunities for India's strategic enhancement
#5434, 16 February 2018
Budget 2018-19: Beginning the 2019 Election Campaign
Prerana Priyadarshi considers the reasons that make this a populist budget and the pitfalls contained therein
#5433, 15 February 2018
Maritime Matters
South China Sea: Unmanned Vessels and Future Operations

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that new technology demonstrations by China and the US signal the unfolding of a new naval competition between them
#5432, 13 February 2018
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lanka: The New Regime and the Revolution

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera draws comparisons between developments in the country since 2015 and the French Revolution
#5431, 13 February 2018
Pakistan Senate Elections: New Alliances in the Offing?
Sarral Sharma assesses the potential strategies of major political parties in Pakistan in the run up to the upcoming Senate elections
#5430, 12 February 2018
East Asia Compass
Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula: US Policy and China's Role

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that China cannot be brought on board unless its motivations to participate are addressed by the US
#5429, 7 February 2018
Sushma Swaraj in Nepal: Reinvigorating Bilateral Relations?
Dr Pramod Jaiswal analyses Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj's recent visit to Nepal and sheds light on responses to the visit in Nepal
#5428, 2 February 2018
Women, Peace, and Security Series
Women in Indian Politics

Report of the discussion on ‘Women in Indian Politics’ held on 24 January 2017
#5427, 25 January 2018
IPCS Discussion
China-India Rivalry in the Globalisation Era

Report of the discussion on ‘China-India Rivalry in the Globalisation Era’ held on 20 January 2017
#5426, 23 January 2018
Swarm Drones: Could they Shape the Future of Naval Warfare?
Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that next-generation hybrid drone-missile unmanned systems may characterise the future naval realm
#5425, 23 January 2018
Whither Tunisia?
Amb (Retd) KP Fabian reviews Tunisia's political journey since the exit of former President Ben Ali and assesses the current state of affairs in the country
#5424, 22 January 2018
Special Commentary
President Trump's Year in Office: A Foreign Policy Review

Dr Vivek Mishra identifies the developments that have thus far defined the Trump administration's foreign policy behaviour
#5423, 22 January 2018
A Perspective from Tehran
Iran Protests: Drivers and Consequences

Majid Izadpanahi analyses what motivated the protests and the possibility of their future recurrence
#5422, 22 January 2018
Nuke Street
A Global Nuclear Order in Crisis

Amb (Retd) Sheel Kant Sharma considers the reasons for the severe damage caused to the tentative global rules for managing the nuclear age and avoidance of nuclear war
#5421, 19 January 2018
The Yuan: China’s New Strategic Tool in Pakistan
Air Cmde (Retd) Prashant Dikshit argues that China is steadily employing the Yuan as a strategic tool in Pakistan and makes projections regarding potential implications
#5420, 12 January 2018
Can India Complement and Gain from China’s Belt And Road Initiative?
Sreejith S Nair assesses the opportunities and challenges posed by the Chinese initiative
#5419, 11 January 2018
Ushering Normalcy in Kashmir
Ayan Tewari highlights the need for addressing the socio-psychological needs of the youth to reduce future disruptions in the valley. 
#5418, 9 January 2018
A Human Security Approach to Nuclear Disarmament
Shivani Singh considers the importance of human security norms in the disarmament discourse
#5417, 8 January 2018
Maritime Matters
Maritime Digital Trends in 2018

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that the ongoing digital transformation is highly disruptive and will dominate the maritime industry for many decades into the future
#5416, 5 January 2018
Indian Foreign Policy and the Hafiz Saeed Problem
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra weighs in on the implications of Walid Abu Ali's presence at a Hafiz Saeed rally in Pakistan
#5415, 2 January 2018
East Asia Compass
'Comfort Women' and the Japan-South Korea Relationship

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra comments on the diplomatic blunder in making a multifaceted bilateral relationship hostage to a handful of fractious issues
#5414, 2 January 2018
Doklam and the India-US Strategic Relationship
Pieter Jan-Dockx considers the arguments that seek to explain the US' failure to explicitly support India during the military standoff
#5413, 1 January 2018
The Strategist
No Responsible Steward of Nuclear Weapons, This

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar on the repercussions of the logic that drives Pakistan's nuclear policy
#5412, 29 December 2017
Maritime Matters
India and Blue Economy in the Bay of Bengal

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues for the pooling of national resources to augment regional cooperation among the littorals
#5411, 27 December 2017
Election Year in Pakistan: Key Dynamics and Prospects
Rana Banerji identifies key election-related factors that will have a bearing on domestic politics in Pakistan in 2018
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

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

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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