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#5368, 25 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
The People Next Door: The Curious History of India's Relations With Pakistan

Report on 'The People Next Door: The Curious History of India's Relations With Pakistan', a book reading and discussion held on 14 September 2017
#5367, 21 September 2017
A Looming Nuclear Arms Race In East Asia?
Nopur Siingh analyses regional security dynamics in the context of North Korean proliferation
#5366, 21 September 2017
India-Japan Civil Nuclear Cooperation: Contextualising Abe's Visit
Shivani Singh considers the existing bottlenecks to the full implementation of the agreement in light of Abe's recent visit
#5365, 21 September 2017
Russia-Turkey: Implications of the New Arms Deal
Monish Gulati examines the potential geopolitical implications of the recent Russia-Turkey agreement involving the purchase of the S-400 Triumf air defence system 
#5364, 18 September 2017
Strategic Space
The Bomb Banned: By and For the NNWS, For Now

Dr Manpreet Sethi asks whether the Ban Treaty may be able to facilitate universal nuclear disarmament
#5363, 15 September 2017
In Context: NA-120 Lahore By-election
Sarral Sharma contexualises the circumstances and relevance of the potential outcomes of the upcoming by-election for Lahore's National Assembly constituency, (NA)-120
#5362, 15 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
Tibetan Caravans: Journeys from Leh to Lhasa

Report on 'Tibetan Caravans: Journeys from Leh to Lhasa', a book reading and discussion held on 30 August 2017
#5361, 15 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
Chinese Military Reform, 2013-2030

Report of the discussion on Chinese Military Reform, 2013-2030, held on 23 August 2017
#5360, 8 September 2017
Myanmar: Contextualising the Violence In Northern Rakhine
Angshuman Choudhury argues that the 25 August attacks are part of a conflict continuum in the region
#5359, 8 September 2017
IPCS Discussion
Dominant Narratives in Kashmir: Evolving Security Dynamics

Report on 'Dominant Narratives in Kashmir: Evolving Security Dynamics', a discussion held on 17 August 2017
#5358, 7 September 2017
Pakistan: Census Complexities
Rana Banerji analyses the implications of the country's sixth population census
#5357, 6 September 2017
East Asia Compass
North Korea: Testing the Limits of US-South Korea Relations

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the bilateral relationship in light of North Korea's latest nuclear test
#5356, 6 September 2017
China's Indian Ocean Strategy
Tapan Bharadwaj examines the motivations for China's enhanced presence in the region
#5355, 5 September 2017
Maritime Matters
Marine Mammal Stranding: Myth, Mystery and Facts

Dr Vijay Sakhuja analyses the phenomenon of increasing numbers and incidents of marine mammals getting stranded ashore or washing aground in India
#5354, 5 September 2017
Doklam Dispute: Part-II
Understanding the Tri-Junction Question

Amb (Retd) VP Haran sheds light on the history of the border in the context of the India-China military standoff in the second part of the series
#5353, 5 September 2017
Doklam Dispute: Part I
A Brief History

Amb (Retd) VP Haran, in the first of this two-part series, explores the historical context of the border dispute
#5352, 5 September 2017
New Indian Defence Minister: A List of Priorities
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon says that Nirmala Sitaraman has the opportunity to orchestrate a transformation in India’s defence capabilities
#5351, 31 August 2017
The Strategist
"The World is Not Peaceful"

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the dogmas, past and present, that guide Chinese strategic thinking
#5350, 31 August 2017
Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty: Addressing Normative Concerns
Shivani Singh considers the successes and failures of the recently adopted treaty
#5349, 29 August 2017
North Korea: Time to Focus on Minimisation, Not Denuclearisation
Rahul Raj argues that North Korea has reason to distrust the US and hold onto technology that levels the playing the field
#5348, 26 August 2017
IPCS Discussion
The Nuclear Future

Transcript of remarks made at the IPCS discussion, 'The Nuclear Future', on 8 August 2017
#5347, 26 August 2017
Fifty Years of ASEAN: Between Assertion and Reinvention
Angshuman Choudhury cautions that geopolitics and structural issues may restrain the organisation from realising its ambitious new agenda
#5346, 25 August 2017
Eagle Eye
Testing the Trump-Modi Partnership

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra analyses the challenges facing the India-US relationship
#5345, 24 August 2017
Nepal's Disaster Management Preparedness: Taking Stock
Avasna  Pandey looks at the obstacles in the way of effective disaster management in the country
#5344, 22 August 2017
China’s Nuclear Programme: Modernising or Multiplying?
Allyson Rimmer considers the evidence in support of the claims regarding China's nuclear weapons programme
#5343, 22 August 2017
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lanka: Leveraging the Politics of Geography

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera considers how the country can reap the political benefits of its geostrategic location
#5342, 22 August 2017
Strategic Space
Stabilising Deterrence: Doctrines Score Over Numbers

Dr Manpreet Sethi asks whether low numbers automatically help generate strategic stability
#5341, 22 August 2017
Trump's Afghanistan Strategy
Rana Banerji weighs in on Donald Trump's long-awaited pronouncement on his administration's  approach to Afghanistan
#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
  
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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