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#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
#5214, 31 December 2016
IPCS Discussion
IPCS-Stimson Center Roundtable on South Asia

Angshuman Choudhury and Roshan Iyer report on the proceedings of the discussion held on 08 December 2016
#5213, 31 December 2016
J&K Focus
The Ominous Calm is both Good and Bad for J&K

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain analyses the calm in Kashmir and makes recommendations for the Army and the civilian administration towards bringing stability to the state
#5212, 31 December 2016
US Policy Orientation
Trump and “America First”: The End of the Asia-Pacific Pivot?

Akanksha Narain considers the impact of the president-elect’s foreign policy outlook towards Southeast Asia
#5211, 27 December 2016
Indonesia: Secularism and Domestic Politics
Amb Navrekha Sharma says that recent developments in the country foretell a grim future for its image as a modern, secular and pluralist democracy
#5210, 26 December 2016
Russia’s Search for New Ground in Pakistan
Adarsh Vijay analyses Russia's possible motivations for its increasing engagement with Pakistan
#5209, 26 December 2016
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lankan Foreign Policy: Diaspora and Lobbying

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues for a reorientation of the country's external relations in a multipolar world
#5208, 21 December 2016
Strategic Space
Limits of Practising Nuclear Brinksmanship

Dr Manpreet Sethi says that brinksmanship strategies that appear to be working raise the salience of nuclear weapons and increase their attraction for proliferation
#5207, 19 December 2016
US Policy Orientation
Trump and West Asia: Reading the Tea Leaves

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta cautions that if Trump's campaign promises are carried out, it will further inflame and destabilise the region
#5206, 15 December 2016
US Policy Orientation
President Trump's Prospects for the Middle East

Derek Verbakel analyses the implications for the Middle East during the presidency of Donald Trump
#5205, 15 December 2016
Xi as "Core Leader": Re-emergence of Strongman Politics?
Tapan Bhardwaj examines Xi Jingping's power within the Communist Party and the implications of the same 
#5204, 14 December 2016
China's Belt and Road Initiative: Should India be Concerned?
Dr Anand Kumar discusses how the OBOR Initiative in Pakistan and Bangladesh can be advantageous for India
#5203, 12 December 2016
Annihilation of the Marginalised: The New Normal in Myanmar
Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray looks at why asking whether the wretched luck of the Rohingya will ever change is no longer a relevant question
#5202, 12 December 2016
Eagle Eye
Paradigm Shift or Business As Usual: Trump’s China Policy

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra looks at what explains Beijing’s modest response to Trump’s phone conversation with the Taiwanese president
#5201, 12 December 2016
IPCS Discussion
Women & Public Policy Journal [Vol. 2] Launch: 'Afghan Economy in the Decade of Transformation (2015-2024)'

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 26 November 2016
#5200, 8 December 2016
Muse Rebel Attacks
Dangers of Myanmar's Two-Faced Peace Process

Angshuman Choudhury analyses the recent violence in Muse and possible implications for peace talks in Myanmar
#5199, 5 December 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and East Asia

Dr Sandip Mishra examines the details of Trump’s contradictory campaign promises vis-à-vis the East Asian region
#5198, 5 December 2016
Red Affairs
Rise of the Vainglorious Policeman

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray says that the anti-LWE COIN architecture in states like Chhattisgarh can be compared to Hitler's Germany
#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
  
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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