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#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
#5267, 13 April 2017
Why India’s Economic Reforms are Climate Unfriendly
Niharika Tagotra explores how India's Budget 2017 and the Goods and Services Tax could impact the country domestically as well as New Delhi's international obligations
#5266, 12 April 2017
J&K Focus
Evolving External Influence in Jammu and Kashmir (Part I)

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain identifies recent developments that might have a bearing on the situation in J&K in the coming months
#5265, 11 April 2017
Trump's Strike Against Syria: International Implications
Amb (Retd) KP Fabian assesses the potential implications of US President Donald Trump's missile strike on Syria's Shayrat air base
#5264, 10 April 2017
IPCS Discussion
India’s Nuclear Strategy

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 31 March 2017
#5263, 10 April 2017
India's Nuclear Doctrine and Strategy
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra weighs in on the recent debate on the possible evolution of Indian nuclear strategy
#5262, 10 April 2017
Operation Twilight: A Turning Point in Bangladesh
Angshuman Choudhury traces the evolving nature, capabilities and tactics employed by terrorist outfits in Bangladesh and the security forces' responses to them
#5261, 10 April 2017
IPCS Discussion
Diplomacy and the Politics of Language

Derek Verbakel reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 31 March 2017
#5260, 4 April 2017
East Asia Compass
Park Geun-hye's Impeachment and South Korean Foreign Policy

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra looks at the implications for East Asian regional politics
#5259, 4 April 2017
Forecast 2017: Nepal
Dr Pramod Jaiswal assesses how Nepal fared in 2016 and identifies the challenges the country will have to overcome in 2017
#5258, 3 April 2017
Sino-Indian Strategic Dialogue: Differences in Strategic Thinking

Siwei Liu analyses the recently concluded Sino-Indian strategic dialogue and says an open and creative attitude would be a way forward

#5257, 29 March 2017
India-Bangladesh: What to Expect During Prime Minister Hasina's Visit?
Dr Amit Ranjan assesses the New Delhi-Dhaka relationship in the context of Bangladesh's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina's, upcoming visit to India
#5256, 28 March 2017
The Strategist
The CPEC: Corridor to Chinese Coffers

Vice Admiral (retd) Vijay Shankar explores whether the economic benefits from the CPEC are destined for China and whether it is another lease-for-debt deal
#5255, 28 March 2017
Manipur: Uncertainty Remains Despite End to the Economic Blockade
Dr Nehginpao Kipgen says that the manner in which the UNC demands are handled and addressed will largely determine the fate of the BJP government in Manipur
#5254, 22 March 2017
IPCS Discussion
2017 Indian Assembly Elections: How Did the States Vote?

Angshuman Choudhury reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 21 March 2017
#5253, 22 March 2017
2017 Indian Assembly Elections
Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand: A Clear Mandate

Prerana Priyadarshi and Sarral Sharma analyse the outcome of the Legislative Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand
#5252, 22 March 2017
2017 Indian Assembly Elections
Punjab: Congress and Strong Regional Leaders

Niharika Tagotra considers how state elections work differently than national elections, using Punjab as an example

#5251, 22 March 2017
2017 Indian Assembly Elections
Manipur: A Turning Point

Angshuman Choudhury analyses the outcome of the Legislative assembly elections in Manipur
#5250, 21 March 2017
Dateline Colombo
Re-building Sri Lanka: An Island at a Crossroads

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera writes that there are three potential options Sri Lanka could consider in order to bring credibility and results to the reconciliation process
#5249, 21 March 2017
Afghanistan and the Attempted Exhumation of the QCG
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy says that the US seeks to revive the relevance of the QCG with an objective to remain in the 'lead' on the Afghan issue
#5248, 20 March 2017
Regional Economy
Pakistan’s Economy: Significance of MSCI Elevation and FTSE Inclusion

Prof Amita Batra says that the turnaround is promising given the simultaneity of positive developments
#5247, 20 March 2017
Strategic Space
Nuclear Ban Treaty Conference and Universal Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Manpreet Sethi looks at the limitations of the proposed conference
#5246, 20 March 2017
Eagle Eye
Forecast 2017: India-US Strategic Partnership

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra traces the trajectory of the India-US strategic partnership and identifies opportunities and challenges
#5245, 18 March 2017
Manohar Parrikar as Defence Minister: A Positive Record
Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal says Manohar Parrikar’s achievements as India’s Defence Minister far outweigh the disappointments
#5244, 17 March 2017
2017 Indian Assembly Elections
Goa: Staging Post of the Resourceful

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray analyses the outcome of the Legislative Assembly Elections in Goa
#5243, 16 March 2017
Nepal: Local Body Elections Amid Uncertainty
Pramod Jaiswal assesses the build up to and the prospects of Nepal's upcoming local body elections
#5242, 6 March 2017
East Asia Compass
US Tactical Nukes in the Korean Peninsula?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that the recent deliberations over redeployment of the US tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula seem to be an act of over-doing
#5241, 6 March 2017
J&K Focus
J&K: A Strategy is What May Still Be Elusive

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain writes that it would be imperative for India to identify key goals and develop an overarching detailed and comprehensive strategy vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir
#5240, 28 February 2017
The ‘Two-State Solution’ in Israel-Palestine: An Accelerated Demise?
Derek Verbakel explores possible trajectories the Israel-Palestine issue will take with Donald Trump as the US president
#5239, 24 February 2017
J&K: Need for an Urgent Review
Dr Ashok Bhan argues that the political leadership at the Centre and in the State urgently need to take appropriate initiatives to in order to prevent recurrence and escalation of the violence and protests of 2016
#5238, 20 February 2017
Inadequate Budgetary Allotment and India's Defence Preparedness
Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal recommends the establishment of a roll-on, non-lapsable defence modernisation fund as national security imperative
  
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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