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#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
#5093, 2 August 2016
THAAD and South Korea-China-US Dynamics
Professor Rahul Raj assesses South Korea's dilemma over the deployment of THAAD and its relationship with China and the US

#5092, 2 August 2016
East Asia Compass
China’s Game on North Korea

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra comments on China's calibration of its relationship with North Korea and its implications for the region
#5091, 2 August 2016
India’s ‘Soft’ Counter-Terrorism: Lessons from Singapore
Husanjot Chahal discusses how India can combat terror better by following Singapore's soft strategy approach
#5090, 1 August 2016
The Next Terror Attack in India: Discerning the Trends
Dr N Manoharan and Prachita Singh argue that without a comprehensive national security strategy, policy formulation and implementation will remain inadequate 
#5089, 1 August 2016
Maritime Matters
Towards a North Arabian Maritime Partnership

Dr Vijay Sakhuja identifies potential areas of cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and the Pakistani Maritime Security Agency
#5088, 27 July 2016
Super Majority in Japan: Implications for the Constitution
Dr Shamshad A Khan asks whether Japan’s ruling coalition ‘super majority’ could change the anti-war clause of its Constitution
#5087, 19 July 2016
The Myth of Home-Grown Terror-I
Mapping out the Dhaka Gulshan Attack

Angshuman Choudhury, in this two-part series, argues that recent events in Bangladesh call for a reclassification of the types of terrorism
#5086, 20 July 2016
Red Affairs
Maoists Vs Former Maoists: A Peep into Jharkhand's Counter-LWE Policy

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray considers the policy of pitting factions of the CPI-Maoist against the parent outfit
#5085, 19 July 2016
The Strategist
South China Sea: Chinas Double Speak and Verdict at The Hague

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the tribunal’s verdict on the legality of China’s claim to the waters within the “nine-dash line”
#5084, 18 July 2016
Rising Radicalism in Bangladesh
Assessing Bangladeshs Ground Reality

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman traces the historical roots of political violence in Bangladesh and its normalisation in the current narrative.
#5083, 18 July 2016
Strategic Space
JCPOAs First Anniversary: Significance and Future Challenges

Dr Manpreet Sethi comments on the implementation of the Iran deal a year after it was reached between Iran and the P5 + 1
#5082, 13 July 2016
Regional Economy
Brexit Consequences: Complexities and Uncertainties

Prof Amita Batra tries to throw light on the possible outcomes of Brexit on the global economy
#5081, 13 July 2016
Eagle Eye
US: Losing Respect Abroad

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra considers the US’ declining power and influence in the face of an assertive Russia and a rising China

#5080, 12 July 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Countering IS: Should India be More Assertively Involved in West Asia?

Amb (Retd) Ranjit Gupta weighs in on India’s non-partisan attitude in combating terror in a region of vital importance to it

#5079, 11 July 2016
Rising Radicalism in Bangladesh
Terror Attacks in Dhaka: The Way Ahead for India

Dr Souvik Chatterji makes observations on cross-border terrorism on the India-Bangladesh border and proposes steps to tackle the problem

#5078, 11 July 2016
J&K Focus
Burhan Wani and a State on Tenterhooks

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain reflects on developments in the Valley and the emerging challenges for the security forces
#5077, 11 July 2016
Looking East
Jihadis from Bangladesh: Eyeing Trans-Border Playing Fields?

Wasbir Hussain considers the possibility of radicalism making its way to Assam via the India-Bangladesh border
  
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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