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#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
#5036, 24 May 2016
Of Ranks and Scores in Nuclear Security: 18 Years of South Asian Nuclearisation
Dr Rabia Akhtar considers why South Asian nuclear-armed states must be distinguished from the de jure NWS on nuclear security matters
#5035, 23 May 2016
China: How is Nuclear Security Understood?
Chao Xie presents a reading of how the issue is interpreted in China and its implications for national security
#5034, 20 May 2016
Election Analysis
Verdict 2016: Assam

Wasbir Hussain explains the factors that led to the BJP's victory in the state that has helped the party get a pan-India footprint
#5033, 20 May 2016
Election Analysis
Verdict 2016: Tamil Nadu

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra says that the 2016 state assembly election should be seen as a cusp for far reaching changes in the next decade or so
#5032, 20 May 2016
Election Analysis
Verdict 2016: Kerala

Manu S Pillai weighs in on the arrival of the BJP, which rules in Delhi and now in eight states, in Kerala's political arena
#5031, 20 May 2016
Election Analysis
Verdict 2016: West Bengal

Mayuri Mukherjee comments on the scale and scope of TMC’s win, given the palpable public disillusionment with the government in these past five years
#5030, 18 May 2016
Russia-Japan: Onset of a Thaw?
Monish Gulati analyses the motivations and potential outcomes of the recent developments in the Moscow-Tokyo bilateral
#5029, 16 May 2016
Strategic Space
Same Age, Different Behaviour: Nuclear India and Nuclear Pakistan

Dr Manpreet Sethi asks if Pakistan is ready to vote for a different future for itself as both India and Pakistan complete 18 years as nuclear-armed states
#5028, 13 May 2016
Dateline Colombo
Remembering Tagore in Turbulent Times

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera reflects on Tagore’s wisdom to highlight the socio-political challenges in Sri Lanka today
#5027, 13 May 2016
WTO Verdict: A Roadblock to Indiaís National Solar Mission?
Ateetmani Brar asks whether the recent WTO ruling against India's Domestic Content Requirements is a setback for the country's NSM
#5026, 10 May 2016
Spotlight West Asia
West Asia, US, and Obamaís Statesman-like Legacy

Amb Ranjit Gupta assesses President Obama’s successes and failures in the region
#5025, 10 May 2016
East Asia Compass
North Koreaís 7th Party Congress: Context and Content

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers Kim Jong-un’s reasons for holding the Party Congress now, after 36 years
#5024, 6 May 2016
IPCS Discussion
Who Sets the Table: Negotiated Sovereignty and the Indo-Naga Relationship

Angshuman Choudhury reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 2 May 2016
#5023, 3 May 2016
IPCS Discussion
A Changing Myanmar: Challenges, Opportunities & Future Perspectives

Kimberley Nazareth reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 1 March 2016
#5022, 27 April 2016
Iran, US and the JCPOA: Fidelity to the Cause
Ruhee Neog looks at what has been achieved, and what issues are likely to be encountered through the course of the year
#5021, 27 April 2016
Acting East: Securing the India-Myanmar Border
Angshuman Choudhury asks whether a long-term relationship with Southeast Asia can be sustained without a politically and militarily secure Northeast
#5020, 27 April 2016
Toying with Chinaís Demons: The Dos and the Doníts
Bhavna Singh looks at why India appears to have played the Uyghur card quite prematurely and to its disadvantage
#5019, 14 April 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Modi in Saudi Arabia: Consolidating Ties in West Asia

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta contextualises the significance of visit and outcomes of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's April 2016 visit to Saudi Arabia
#5018, 14 April 2016
Looking East
A Vote For A New Assam?

Wasbir Hussain comments on the campaigns for the state assembly polls and its future political direction
#5017, 11 April 2016
India's Air Power Crisis

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra reviews a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report authored by Dr Ashley J Tellis on the problems facing the IAF

#5016, 11 April 2016
Chinaís Nepal Game: Oliís Visit and Thereafter

Dr Bhartendu Kumar Singh looks at why strategic, and not economic considerations, propel China's Nepal policy

#5015, 11 April 2016
Ashton Carterís India Visit: What is the Agenda?
Vivek Mishra presents his assessment of the likely deliverables of this bilateral interaction
#5014, 11 April 2016
Lahore Attack: An Expansion of the TTP's Target Profile?
Riffath Khaji analyses the Lahore attack and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan's strategy that has evolved over the recent years.
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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