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#5197, 2 December 2016
IPCS Discussion
India-Australia and Roles in the Indo-Pacific

Roshan Iyer reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 15 November 2016
#5196, 30 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
Equality, Equity, Inclusion: Indian Laws & India’s Women

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 11 November 2016
#5195, 29 November 2016
Modi’s China Policy: Between Rhetoric and Reality
Niharika Tagotra assesses and identifies the key characteristics of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies vis-a-vis China
#5194, 29 November 2016
Pakistan's New Army Chief and the Indo-Pak Dialogue Process
Sarral Sharma writes about the appointment of Gen Qamar Bajwa as Pakistan's new army chief and its potential impact on the New Delhi-Islamabad dialogue process
#5193, 28 November 2016
J&K Focus
An Opportunity to Bring Heart Back to Kashmir

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain writes that an opportunity is emerging for New Delhi to bring normalcy back to Kashmir, and recommends ways to utilise it
#5192, 28 November 2016
The Strategist
The Catechism of a Minister

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the significance of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's remarks on India's no first use (NFU) policy
#5191, 27 November 2016
In Context: Pakistan's New Army Chief Gen Bajwa
Rana Banerji assesses the appointment of Gen Qamar Bajwa as Pakistan's next Army Chief and makes projections
#5190, 25 November 2016
Restraint to Retribution: Modi’s New Normal and Nawaz Sharif’s Challenge
Lt Gen (Retd) AS Lamba analyses Indian and Pakistani military and political responses to the escalating tensions between the two countries
#5189, 23 November 2016
Gen Raheel Sharif’s Superannuation: Evolving Scenarios
Portia B. Conrad analyses the potential scenarios that could unfold with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif's superannuation
#5188, 22 November 2016
Countering China: India's Uncertain Response
Harry Roberts analyses India's reaction to China's growing strategic clout in Asia
#5187, 22 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
A New Era for US Foreign Policy?

Dr Lars Brozus analyses the potential trajectory of US President-Elect Donald Trump' foreign policy and assesses it's potential impact on the EU
#5186, 22 November 2016
IPCS Special Commentary
India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Time for a Review?

Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal argues for the proposition, in light of the Indian defence minister's remarks on the NFU
#5185, 18 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and South Asia

Michael Krepon says that the trend lines toward India and Pakistan are too deeply grooved to change, but there could be differences in degree rather than kind
#5184, 16 November 2016
The Precarious Politics of Post-‘Liberation’ Mosul
Derek Verbakel argues that the region, and Mosul in particular, will be prone to further cycles of violence
#5183, 16 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
American Turbulence: Global Ramifications

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra assesses the potential trajectories US policies - domestic and foreign - would take during Donald Trump's tenure as the president
#5182, 15 November 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Battle for Mosul: Prospects for the Immediate Future

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta argues that Iraq’s misfortunes are unlikely to end with the defeat of the Islamic State
#5181, 15 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Trump's Trade Scenarios: Implications for India

Prof Amita Batra looks at the president-elect's economic policy declarations to gauge how they might affect India
#5180, 15 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and China: A Contest for Primacy

Prof Srikanth Kondapalli remarks on the president-elect's isolationist tendencies and why China might be concerned
#5179, 14 November 2016
IPCS Debate
Demonetisation: An Exercise in Instability

Roshan Iyer argues against the recent demonetisation of banknotes of INR 500 and INR 1,000 by the Indian government
#5178, 14 November 2016
Managing Differences is the Key to Sino-India Relations
Liu Siwei looks at the merits of a comprehensive approach towards maintaining friendly and positive Sino-Indian relations
#5177, 13 November 2016
IPCS Debate
Demonetisation: Potential Benefits for the Indian Economy

Prerana Priyadarshi argues in favour of the recent demonetisation of banknotes of INR 500 and INR 1,000 by the Indian government
#5175, 11 November 2016
Theresa May in India: Out of Touch with Reality
Harry Roberts argues that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent India visit demonstrates was more about Britain than India

#5174, 10 November 2016
Climate Change: India's Severe Domestic Equity Gaps
Niharika Tagotra explains how India's domestic policies contradict the stance it adopts during international climate change negotiations
#5173, 10 November 2016
Dateline Colombo
Securing Sri Lanka's National Interests

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera considers recent developments to comment on measures the Sri Lankan government must undertake for country's forward movement
#5172, 9 November 2016
Iskander-M in Kaliningrad: The Changing Equations of Deterrence
Adarsh Vijay throws light on whether the placement of the Iskander Missile System is defensive or offensive posturing by Russia and the resultant uncertainty it brings to the region
#5171, 8 November 2016
East Asia Compass
PM Modi’s Visit to Japan: Prospects and Prudence

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines India’s growing proximity to Japan in light of Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, while recommending a simultaneous need to exercise caution
#5170, 8 November 2016
A Patchy Road to Peace: The Panglong Experiment in Myanmar
Angshuman Choudhury analyses the proceedings and likely prospects of recently held 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference
#5169, 7 November 2016
IPCS US Election Special
The Iran Deal Under a Trump Presidency

Kimberley Anne Nazareth considers the implications for the JCPOA under Donald Trump as president
#5168, 7 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
Between Brexit and an Assertive Russia: Role for Poland

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 October 2016
#5167, 4 November 2016
IPCS US Election Special
The Iran Deal Under a Clinton Presidency

Vivek Mishra says that US' complicated relationship with Iran is likely to continue in the event of a likely Clinton win, albeit in a different manner
#5166, 4 November 2016
IPCS US Election Special
Trump's Nuclear Policy: Global Implications

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra weighs in on possible scenarios under Donald Trump as president
#5165, 2 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
"Our Bilateral Relations"

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 24 October 2016
#5164, 2 November 2016
Kashmir Focus
After the Surgical Strikes

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain assesses the security situation in J&K and identifies ways forward for India
#5163, 2 November 2016
IPCS US Election Special
Hillary's Nuclear Policy: A Time of Change, Dithering, or Sameness?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar comments on why history may remember Clinton only as the president who stayed the course laid by her predecessor
#5162, 2 November 2016
IPCS US Election Special
Presidential Elections and US Nuclear Policy: Clinton Vs Trump

Dr Manpreet Sethi considers why neither of the two candidates has particularly impressed nor emerged as a discerning student of nuclear issues
#5161, 1 November 2016
Russia-Japan: Determinants of the Territorial Settlement
Dr Shamshad A Khan analyses the possibility of a resolution of the long-standing Russo-Japanese territorial disputes 
#5160, 26 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI Afghanistan: Limited Scope for Use

Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy examines if the FSI can and does adequately account for the role of transnational forces in shaping the situation in Afghanistan
#5159, 21 October 2016
After the Collapsed US-Russia Agreement, Advantage Assad
Derek Verbakel analyses the breakdown of the recent ceasefire in Syria and the potential outcomes of the same
#5158, 21 October 2016
The Strategist
The Misshapen Pivot

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar comments on the absence of a direct challenge to China’s provocative moves on the East and South China Seas 
#5157, 21 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and Nepal

Dr Pramod Jaiswal analyses the 2016 Fragile States Index report on Nepal
  
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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