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#5076, 11 July 2016
Dateline Colombo
The Island and the Mainland: Impact of Fisheries on Indo-Lanka Relations

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera comments on the way forward in the resolution of the bilateral dispute
#5075, 8 July 2016
Does India Need an Internal Security Strategy?

Dr N Manoharan & Asmita Michael identify five essential components of such a strategy


#5074, 8 July 2016
Prisons in India: Defending the Rights of Death Row Prisoners

Saumitra Mohan, in this two-part series, draws from an NLU report to highlight the deficiencies in the administration of capital punishment in the country

#5073, 8 July 2016
Rising Radicalism in Bangladesh
What is the Domestic Significance of the Holey Bakery Terror Attack?

Ibtisam Ahmad says the national identity now seems more welcoming of the current reactionary pan-Islamism that has emanated from West Asia in the wake of the ‘War on Terror’

#5072, 4 July 2016
East Asia Compass
Six-Party Talks 2.0: Not for Denuclearisation but for Peace

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra recommends a new strategy to bring North Korea to the negotiating table

#5071, 28 June 2016
Prisons in India: Better Custodial Care Needed for the Marginalised
Dr Saumitra Mohan weighs in on the 'Death Penalty India Report', which was recently released by the National Law University, Delhi
#5070, 28 June 2016
Dateline Islamabad
Gendering Strategic Discourses: Women as Opinion-Makers

Prof Salma Malik writes about the role of women and the importance of including gender as a component in strategic policymaking
#5069, 28 June 2016
Rightsizing the Armed Forces: Problems and Prospects
Dr Bhartendu Kumar Singh discusses manpower reductions in the Indian military modernisation discourse.

#5068, 24 June 2016
Dhaka Discourse
India-Bangladesh Post Assembly Elections in West Bengal and Assam

Prof Delwar Hossain analyses the potential trajectory of the New Delhi-Dhaka bilateral
#5067, 23 June 2016
Obama's Syria Policy: The Dynamics of Engagement
Priyama Chakravarty argues that US President Barack Obama's Syria policy has been realistically cautious and the least worst of a whole range of bad options
#5066, 22 June 2016
The Strategist
There is a New Symphony at Play

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar looks at Modi’s US visit in light of the need to to balance out China’s objectives of hegemonic control through strategic security partnerships
#5065, 21 June 2016
Complementing the Foreign Policy Establishment
The Rise of Think-Tanks in India

Dr D Suba Chandran weighs in on the role such institutions can play in contributing to and achieving India’s foreign policy objectives

#5064, 20 June 2016
Red Affairs
The Re-cleansing of Nallamala

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray argues that the recent claim of the re-cleansing of Nallamala would at best be a temporary setback for the left wing extremist group, CPI-Maoist
#5063, 20 June 2016
Bangladesh War Crime Executions: Reconciliation or Revenge?
Summaiya Khan weighs in on Bangladesh's war crime executions
#5062, 16 June 2016
Assessing NSS Outcomes: CPPNM Amendment Ratification
Hina Pandey presents her analysis of the opportunities and challenges in global nuclear security in the post CPPNM/A ratification scenario
#5061, 13 June 2016
Eagle Eye
Implications of Modiís US Visit

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra analyses the Indo-US bilateral in the context of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the US
#5060, 13 June 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Iran, India and Chabahar: Recalling the Broader Context

Amb Ranjit Gupta analyses Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Iran visit in broader context of the New Delhi-Tehran bilateral
#5059, 13 June 2016
Looking East
Migration Issue in Assam: Going Beyond The Rhetoric

Wasbir Hussain analyses the various aspects of migration the new chief minister of Assam will have to deal with
#5058, 13 June 2016
Dateline Colombo
New Delhi-Tamil Nadu Relations and Indiaís Sri Lanka Policy

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera analyses the current and future trajectory India-Sri Lanka bilateral in the wake of the re-election of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha
#5057, 13 June 2016
Regional Economy
Changing Regional Contours and Imperatives for India

Prof Amita Batra on why it is imperative for India to shed its defensive stance in preferential trade agreements and prepare for changes in the global trade regime
#5056, 9 June 2016
NSS in Retrospect: Why not Iran and North Korea?
Kimberley Anne Nazareth considers the absence of Iran and North Korea from the NSS 2016
#5055, 6 June 2016
East Asia Compass
Deadlock at Shangri-La: Is There a Way Forward?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra analyses the proceedings of the recently concluded 15th Shangri-La Dialogue and its potential implications for the Asian security architecture 
#5054, 7 June 2016
Chabahar and India: Securing Regional Interests
Anu Abraham explores what the Chabahar deal means for India, the New Delhi-Tehran bilateral, and the region
#5053, 3 June 2016
India and the NSG: Are the Outliers Justified in their Opposition?
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra assesses the validity of the arguments offered in support of India’s exclusion from the NSG


#5052, 2 June 2016
Strategic Space
Entry into the NSG: Getting Past the Doorman

Dr Manpreet Sethi examines why China seeks to keep India out of the NSG and the latter’s next steps
#5051, 2 June 2016
Education Reform in India: Emerging Trends
Sarral Sharma weighs in on the 'Indianisation' of education policy in India
#5050, 2 June 2016
Iranís Economic Renaissance: Will the IRGC Profit?
Samanvya Hooda analyses what is in store for the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the wake of economic reform and lifting of sanctions
#5049, 31 May 2016
Election Analysis
India: Four States, Five Trends

Dr D Suba Chandran identifies four trends that became noticeable in the course of the legislative assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal
#5048, 31 May 2016
7th Congress of the Workersí Party of Korea: Outcomes and Implications
Shreya Singh identifies those aspects of the WPK Congress that merit a closer reading
#5047, 31 May 2016
Contextualising KP Oliís India and China Visits

Dr Pramod Jaiswal compares Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli's visits to India and China
#5046, 31 May 2016
India vs Pakistan: Why canít we just be friends?
Book Review: "Much Ado About Nothing"

Rana Banerji reviews Husain Haqqani's 'India vs Pakistan: Why can’t we just be friends?'
#5045, 30 May 2016
The Strategist
Barbarism and the Smell of Cordite

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar weighs in on the absence of ‘feelings’ that has pushed morality out of the frame and ushered a dystopian vision of warfare
#5044, 30 May 2016
Chinese Military Modernisation: Takeaways from the Pentagon Report
Dr Bhartendu Kumar Singh analyses the Pentagon report on China's military and security developments.
#5043, 30 May 2016
India-Taiwan Relations: What is the Way Forward?
Sumit Kumar Jha provides an overview of India-Taiwan relations and assesses the possible avenues of collaboration between the two.
#5042, 30 May 2016
J&K Focus
Governance & Strategic Communication: Keys to Stabilising J&K

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain identifies key areas that will require the J&K government's attention in order to ensure stability in the state
#5041, 27 May 2016
Nuke Street
Why China is Using NPT to Block India's Entry into the NSG

Amb (Retd) Sheel Kant Sharma considers China's insistence on the NPT as the criterion for India's membership of the NSG
#5040, 27 May 2016
Obama in Vietnam: Only Permanent Interests
Amruta Karambelkar analyses Obama’s recent visit to the country and what it means for bilateral relations
#5039, 26 May 2016
IPCS Discussion
India-Pakistan Under Prime Ministers Gujral-Sharif: A Retrospective

Samanvya Hooda reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 May 2016
#5038, 26 May 2016
Brass Tacks of the Emerging Afghan Taliban
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy contextualises the emerging dynamics within the Afghan Taliban structure and identifies potential implications
#5037, 25 May 2016
Modi in Iran: A Successful Visit

Ambassador KP Fabian assesses Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Iran and identifies its successes as well as issues that need addressing
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

Prof Shankari Sundararaman
Chairperson, Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

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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