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#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

#5116, 1 September 2016
India-Myanmar: Time to Rev up Bilateral Ties
Amb (Retd) Ashok Sajjanhar analyses Myanmar's President U Htin Kyaw's India visit and reflects on how New Delhi and Naypyidaw can take their relations forward
#5115, 29 August 2016
China-India: Beijing's Intransigence over the South China Sea
Air Commodore (Retd) Prashant Dikshit reflects on China's posturing towards India following the ruling on the Manila-Beijing conflict regarding the South China Sea
#5114, 29 August 2016
Iraq's Hashd Militias: Ineluctable Politics on the Road to Mosul
Derek Verbakel analyses the potential implications of Office Order 91, which was recently announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
#5113, 24 August 2016
Special Commentary
India-Syria Linkages: Yesterday and Today

Ambassador (Retd) VP Haran writes about the oft forgotten historical linkages between India and Syria
#5112, 23 August 2016
China's Second Forum on the Development of Tibet: Propaganda or Development?
Tenzin Lhadon examines the key talking points of the Second Forum on the Development of Tibet held in Lhasa in July 2016

#5111, 22 August 2016
J&K Focus
J&K: Communication Strategy is Key but First, Stabilise the Streets

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain assesses India's policy options in Kashmir Valley and makes recommendations
#5110, 18 August 2016
The GST Bill: Benefits, Shortcomings, and Ways Forward
Prerana Priyadarshi elaborates on how the GST is an important reform and what its implementation means for India
#5109, 17 August 2016
Red Affairs
Development and Maoists

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray asks whether the CPI-Maoist is genuinely interested in bringing development to Indiá's tribal population
#5108, 17 August 2016
IPCS Discussion
Security of Bangladesh in the South Asian Context

H.E. Moudud Ahmed's remarks during the proceedings of the discussion held on 26 July, 2016
#5107, 17 August 2016
Looking East
Rogue NDFB Pushed to the Wall?

Wasbir Hussain weighs in on the recent attack in Assam allegedly by the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland
#5106, 16 August 2016
Strategic Space
Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross–Border Terrorism: With a Little Help from Friends

Dr Manpreet Sethi reviews and draws from the recently released book - Not War, Not Peace? - by George Perkovich and Toby Dalton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
#5105, 16 August 2016
Regional Economy
GST: Facilitating India’s Domestic, Regional and Global Integration

Prof Amita Batra explains how the recently passed GST Bill, once implemented, could be useful for India both domestically and internationally
#5104, 16 August 2016
The Strategist
Rewarding Thugs

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar comments on the failing nature of the global policy to tacitly accept Pakistan’s behaviour
#5103, 16 August 2016
Post Coup Turkey: Implications for Judicial Independence
Samanvya Hooda analyses Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's actions and the motivations for those, following the July 2016 coup attempt
#5102, 16 August 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Russia: The New and Unexpected Power Broker in West Asia

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta considers how Russia will now play the pivotal role in how the strategic landscape of West Asia will be determined
#5101, 12 August 2016
IPCS Discussion
Engaging the World: Reforming India's Public Institutions

Derek Verbakel reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 21 July 2016
#5100, 12 August 2016
India-China
Wang Yi in India: Context and Significance

Dr Manish Dabhade contextualises Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to India
#5099, 12 August 2016
Talking Turkey: The Attempted “Coup” and Its Aftermath
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon examines the repercussions of the attempted coup in Turkey
#5098, 10 August 2016
Jammu & Kashmir: Political Solution Required
Intekhab Khan argues that Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani's encounter was a tactical win but its handling has caused a political loss
#5097, 9 August 2016
Dateline Colombo
Death and Democracy

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues against a one-size-fits-all approach to tackling geopolitical challenges 
#5096, 8 August 2016
Eagle Eye
Need the World Worry over Trump's Foreign Policy?

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra analyses US presidential nominee Donald Trump's statements and strategies
#5095, 4 August 2016
The Myth of ‘Homegrown Terror’- II
The Islamic State in Bangladesh

Angshuman Choudhary, in the second part of his two part series, proposes two models of IS penetration in Bangladesh 
#5094, 4 August 2016
Brexit: Quo Vadis the European Deterrent?
Marie Pavageau considers how Brexit will lead to a split in Europe's foreign policy orientation
  
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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