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Articles are short 800-850-word commentaries that provide a more analytical view of issues currently in the news.
#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
#5237, 18 February 2017
Forecast 2017: Sri Lanka
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera assesses how Sri Lanka fared in 2016 and makes recommendations for 2017
#5236, 15 February 2017
Spotlight West Asia
India-UAE: An Emerging Special Relationship

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta assesses the trajectory of India-UAE relations and makes recommendations towards taking the bilateral further
#5235, 15 February 2017
The Strategist
Forecast 2017: Carnage Ahead?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar illustrates why the pulling away from multilateral alliances and the potential for new strategic orientation would appear to be the new norm
#5234, 13 February 2017
The Future of US-Taiwan Relations Under China's Shadow
Namrata Hasija argues that the US-Taiwan relationship under Trump remains uncertain in terms of upgradation but certain in terms of continuation.
#5233, 9 February 2017
US Exit from the TPP: Opportunities and Alternatives for Japan
Chandrali Sarkar argues that the US' exit from the TPP does not necessarily mean trouble for Japan and that Tokyo has other alternatives it can tap to its benefit
#5232, 6 February 2017
East Asia Compass
Forecast 2017: East Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra identifies phenomena that will become more pronounced in East Asia in 2017
#5231, 3 February 2017
Where is Egypt Headed?
Amb (Retd) KP Fabian traces the trajectory of Egypt's political history and asesses the current state-of-affairs
#5230, 1 February 2017
South Korea: Two Moons and the Future of a Nation
Dr Rahul Raj provides a preliminary assessment on the two potential presidential candidates in the upcoming presidential election in South Korea
#5229, 1 February 2017
IPCS Special Commentary
CPEC: 'Third Party' Dilemma and Cracks in the Corridor

Amit Kumar argues that optimism regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor might be waning, with apprehensions increasingly being voiced in China
#5228, 31 January 2017
India: Acting East after the End of the TPP
Roshan Iyer analyses the status of the RCEP and argues that India's attractive market can be an asset only if it strategically leverages it to its benefit
#5227, 31 January 2017
Red Affairs
Forecast 2017: LWE Still Holding On

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray notes that although LWE may be ebbing, its survival will be ensured by the state's own follies
#5226, 29 January 2017
IPCS Discussion
'Faith, Unity, Discipline: The ISI of Pakistan'

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 January 2017
#5225, 27 January 2017
Strategic Space
Forecast 2017: Unclear Nuclear Pathways

Dr Manpreet Sethi examines the global nuclear issues that are likely to grab President Trump's attention this year
#5224, 19 January 2017
Spotlight West Asia
West Asia Six Years After the ‘Arab Spring’: Prognosis for 2017

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta assesses the political and security related developments of the past six years, and identifies the trajectories for 2017
#5223, 18 January 2017
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump's Counter-Terrorism Policy

Angshuman Choudhury & Husanjot Chahal look at why a major tactical shift in US' CT policy, either at home or overseas, cannot be rationally anticipated
#5222, 12 January 2017
India: Crises in Command?
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon assesses the appointment of India's new army chief and makes recommendations for the process of reforms to the personnel policies of the Indian armed forces 
#5221, 10 January 2017
East Asia Compass
Japan-China Contestation in 2017

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra reviews the Tokyo-Beijing bilateral and identifies the potential trajectory the relationship in 2017
#5220, 9 January 2017
India and Vietnam: Strengthening Bilateral Relations
Amruta Karambelkar reflects on recent high-level visits to India to analyse the nature of bilateral ties
#5219, 6 January 2017
India-Pakistan
Line (Out) of Control?

Joy Mitra argues that risks to general stability in the region remain entrenched in the dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict and that it could lead to an uncontrollable conflict trajectory
#5218, 3 January 2017
Special Commentary
India’s Nuclear Energy Policy: Bottlenecks to Implementation

Niharika Tagotra argues that India's legislative-regulatory mechanism is inadequate for its ambitious nuclear energy programme
#5217, 3 January 2017
India, Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia: Reading Between the Lines
Sarral Sharma analyses the recent Heart of Asia conference and the implications for Pakistan 
#5216, 31 December 2016
Red Affairs
A Bridge Over River Gurupriya

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray considers the challenges in the long overdue implementation of a project in an LWE-affected area
#5215, 31 December 2016
The Strategist
Perils of Nuclear Paranoia

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar says that if armed hostilities, for the initiator, has little to do with both conventional and military, it raises the prospect that balance may be skewed against gravity
  
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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