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Articles are short 800-850-word commentaries that provide a more analytical view of issues currently in the news.
#5156, 21 October 2016
The Myanmar Border Attacks: Whodunit?
Angshuman Choudhury weighs in on the recent attack on several police outposts in Rakhine State
#5155, 20 October 2016
Social Component of Counterterrorism: The Need of the Hour
Prof N Manoharan and Anumeha Singh argue the need for active participation of citizens towards preventing and/or reacting to terrorist attacks and make recommendations
#5154, 19 October 2016
Red Affairs
End Game: Fractured and Scarred Tribal Communities

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray reviews the progress of the State's efforts to rid the menace of Left Wing Extremism and analyses the side effects of the same
#5153, 13 October 2016
Spotlight West Asia
The Battle for Aleppo and the Imminent Regional Shifts

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta explains the significance of Aleppo for Syrian President Bashar al Assad and identifies potential outcomes of the ongoing war in Syria
#5152, 13 October 2016
Dateline Colombo
Understanding our “Blindspot” to Make Peacebuilding Comprehensive

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues how our "blindspots" can affect peace-building between communities and nations
#5151, 10 October 2016
Evaluating Sri Lanka’s Regional Priorities
Husanjot Chahal looks at the regional dynamics of inter-state relations in light of PM Ranil Wikremesinghe's recent visit to India
#5150, 10 October 2016
Eagle Eye
Critical Challenges to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra considers the politico-security environment in which the bilateral relationship is coming to fruition
#5149, 10 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and South Asia

Monish Gulati analyses the parameters used for evaluating the fragility of states
#5148, 6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Bangladesh: A Conflict Shatter Zone

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman draws on examples from Bangladesh to throw light on how the FSI does not account for inter-relations between indicators
#5147, 6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI’s Broader Conclusions: Methodology, Empirical Trends and Current Realities

Dr TCA Raghavan gives an Indian perspective on FSI 2016’s representation of broad trends between 2007-2016
#5146, 4 October 2016
East Asia Compass
Future of the TPP and the US' Pivot to Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra assesses how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will play out in Asia-Pacific given the current domestic political atmosphere in the US

#5145, 4 October 2016
Mining in Afghanistan: Scale Down to Reap More
Roshan Iyer recommends a solution to address the roadblocks Afghanistan faces in its attempts to turn its mining industry a game changer for its economy
#5144, 4 October 2016
Contextualising Iran: The Nixon and Obama Doctrines
Kimberley Anne Nazareth looks at the convergences and divergences in the two presidential doctrines
#5143, 4 October 2016
The Myth of 'Homegrown Terror'-III
Mapping the Dhaka Gulshan Attack: Who was Tamim Chowdhary?

Angshuman Choudhury profiles Tamim Chowdhary's role in and impact on terror networks and activities in Bangladesh
#5142, 4 October 2016
In Context: Recent Amendments to India's Tax Treaties
Prerana Priyadarshi analyses the motivations for and the benefits of the recent amendments to India's tax treaties with various countries 
#5141, 30 September 2016
India-Pakistan: Whither Surgical Strike?
Muhammad Faisal comments on the possibility, feasibility and potential implications of the recently announced 'surgical strike' by India
#5140, 30 September 2016
India’s ‘Surgical Strike’ Across the LoC: A Preliminary Assessment
Angshuman Choudhury comments on the feasibility of a cross-LoC counter-insurgency operation for the Indian armed forces
#5139, 27 September 2016
India-Pakistan
Withdrawing the MFN Status to Pakistan: Legality and Implications

Amb (Retd) VP Haran argues that India would be on firm legal ground if it chooses to withdraw the MFN status granted to Pakistan
#5138, 27 September 2016
Book Review: Pulls and Pressures in India and Pakistan
Sadia Tasleem reviews George Perkovich and Toby Dalton’s latest book, Not War, Not Peace? Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross-Border Terrorism’
#5137, 23 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Sri Lanka: Fault-lines in the Transitional Justice Process

Aaranya Rajasingam reviews Sri Lanka's report card in the 2016 Fragile States Index and identifies pressing issues the country currently faces
#5136, 23 September 2016
J&K Focus
From South Kashmir to Uri: The Strategic Connect

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain analyses the link between increasing unrest in Kashmir and the security challenges along India's western border
#5135, 23 September 2016
Encirclement of the Arctic Circle: The Russian Military Buildup
Adarsh Vijay assesses Russia’s growing ambitions in the Arctic Circle and how these will play out in the current geopolitical scenario 
#5134, 23 September 2016
Strategic Space
Preparing for Radiological Emergencies and Terrorism

Dr Manpreet Sethi discusses emergency preparedness in case of radiological emergencies in the post Uri scenario
#5133, 21 September 2016
The Strategist
The Blind Men of Hindostan

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in several crises that define these times and the political domain’s inability to deal with them
#5132, 19 September 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Will the US-Russia Deal on Syria Hold?

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta analyses the prospects of the latest deal between Washington and Moscow on resolving the crisis in Syria
#5131, 19 September 2016
Regional Economy
G20 Summit 2016: A Lost Opportunity?

Prof Amita Batra looks at the raison d'être for the G20, how the recently concluded meeting differed from it and how it can revert to fulfilling its original mandate. 

#5130, 19 September 2016
Red Affairs
The Dream that the State Sells

Dr. Bibhu Prasad Routray elaborates on those elements of state policy that contribute to the continuing unrest in regions currently affected by Left Wing Extremism
#5129, 16 September 2016
Comparing the French and Indian Nuclear Doctrines
Marie Pavageau analyses the similarities and divergences between the French and Indian nuclear doctrines
#5128, 15 September 2016
China Overtaking India in Maldives
Anjelina Patrick examines the repercussions of increased Chinese investment in Maldives for the Indian geo-political balance

#5127, 14 September 2016
West Asia
The EU-Jordan Experiment: Towards Easing the Refugee Issue

Roshan Iyer analyses the recently concluded EU-Jordan free trade deal that attempts to address the unemployment issue among Syrian refugees in Jordan
#5126, 14 September 2016
Dateline Colombo
Oceans of (Dis)trust

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera contextualises Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Colombo in light of the Sri Lankan government’s promises at the UNHRC session in Geneva, September 2016
#5125, 12 September 2016
Eagle Eye
India and the US: Inching Towards an Informal Alliance

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra considers the nature of the India-US strategic partnership
#5124, 12 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and Myanmar: More Clarity Required

Amb Preet Malik reviews Myanmar's report card in the 2016 Fragile States Index
#5123, 10 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
China and the FSI: Decennary Trends, 2007-2016

Chao Xie gives a Chinese perspective on whether the FSI can and does give an adequate representation of broad trends between 2007-2016 related to China and India

#5122, 9 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Measuring Fragility: A Case Study of Pakistan

Sadia Tasleem in her review of Pakistan's scorecard on the Fragile States Index inquires about the definition of 'fragile' and the rationale of deeming a country fragile
#5121, 9 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Fragility in Pakistan

Rana Banerji reviews the Fragile States Index's assessment of Pakistan for 2016 and says the parameters are more or less justified 
#5120, 9 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Introduction: Assessing the Index

Derek Verbakel and Marie Pavageau weigh in on the conceptual challenges that emerge in the US Fund for Peace's FSI 2016
#5119, 5 September 2016
East Asia Compass
Russia’s Overtures in East Asia


Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines the thawing of relations with Russia and Japan, South Korea and Australia at the Eastern Economic Forum, just prior to the G20 Summit 
#5118, 5 September 2016
IPCS Discussion
Regional Power Play and Rise of Radicalism in Afghanistan

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 20 August 2016
#5117, 5 September 2016
IPCS Discussion
Afghanistan-Pakistan-India: A Paradigm Shift

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 11 August 2016

  
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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