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Articles are short 800-850-word commentaries that provide a more analytical view of issues currently in the news.
#5013, 7 April 2016
Role of Airpower and Enhanced Jointry in the Indian Defence Forces
Gp Capt (Retd) Murli Menon draws from Parrikar's recent announcement of governmental clearance for the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff
#5012, 7 April 2016
Dateline Colombo
Politics of Promise: Between Sirisena and Rajapaksa

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera considers internal political tussles between Sirisena and Rajapaksa, and its implications for Sri Lankan politics
#5011, 5 April 2016
Pakistan and the Nuclear Security Summit Process
Muhammad Faisal weighs in on Pakistan’s contribution towards the enhancement of nuclear security
#5010, 5 April 2016
Forecast 2016: Higher Risks Likely to Shape Global Responses
Cdr (Dr) Kapil Narula draws from The Global Risks Report 2016 to demonstrate that political risks that amplify societal risks will define the new year
#5009, 4 April 2016
East Asia Compass
Japan’s New Security Laws: Context and Implications

Prof Sandip Kumar Mishra contextualises the domestic, regional and larger global aspects of Japan's recently implemented security laws
#5008, 30 March 2016
China-Iran: Common Grounds for Cooperation
Tapan Bharadwaj considers the prospects and circumstances for a mutually beneficial bilateral relationship
#5007, 28 March 2016
India: Defence Budget in an Age of Scarcity
Dr Bhartendu Kumar Singh considers why the defence budget is a reasonably fair deal in the current fiscal environment
#5006, 23 March 2016
Ansar ul-Tawhid: Evolution and Operational Dynamics
Husanjot Chahal traces the origins of the Ansar-ut Tawhid, and analyses its intentions and capabilities to become the Islamic State's facilitator, in India
#5005, 22 March 2016
LWE and the Role of Economic Development and Key Industries
Jed Lea-Henry analyses why despite the correct identification of the core of the LWE problem, the counter measures have not yielded proportional results
#5004, 22 March 2016
NSS 2016: Implications of Russia's Absence
Urmi Tat looks at the US-Russia fallout in the context of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit
#5003, 21 March 2016
Big Picture
Forecast 2016: Cardinal Transitions

Prof Varun Sahni outlines key transitions currently underway or expected in 2016 in countries of significance to India
#5002, 21 March 2016
Strategic Space
Nuclear Security Summit Process: Progress and Prognosis

Dr Manpreet Sethi reflects on the past and future of global nuclear security in light of the upcoming NSS
#5001, 18 March 2016
Forecast 2016: Opportunities and Challenges for Southeast Asia
Amb (Retd) Preet Malik examines the shape that the regional economic and political landscape could take in the new year
#5000, 18 March 2016
The Strategist
To Steer the Stream of Time: The Crisis of Verge Powers

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar identifies four tectonic shifts in the transformatory dynamic of global politics

#4999, 15 March 2016
East Asia Compass
What is the Efficacy of Sanctions on North Korea?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the impact of the instrument in bringing about changes in the regime's provocative behaviour
#4998, 15 March 2016
2016 EU-India Summit: Platform for Change?
Mirjan Schulz looks at the opportunities and challenges in the bilateral relationship in light of the upcoming Summit
#4997, 14 March 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Current Syrian Peace Processes Sterile: A New Approach Needed

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta explains why a fundamentally different approach to peace is needed in Syria
#4996, 8 March 2016
Dateline Colombo
Conflict to Co-existence: Debating Heritage and Homogenisation

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera looks at current domestic social and political concerns within Sri Lanka
#4995, 4 March 2016
Pakistan: Kamal’s Dramatic Return and the Fate of MQM-A
Rana Banerji analyses the recent exit of the former Karachi mayor from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Altaf) party
#4994, 4 March 2016
Tibetan Parliamentary Elections in Exile: Glitches and Prospects
Apa Lhamo takes stock of the parliamentary elections of the Tibetan government-in-exile, scheduled to conclude on 20 March
#4993, 25 February 2016
Forecast 2016: Afghanistan
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy identifies key areas that will define the shape that the country takes in the new year
#4992, 22 February 2016
Strategic Space
Pak's Nuclear 'Normality' through External Deals: Chasing a Chimera

Dr Manpreet Sethi says that Pakistan's own re-definition of national interest, rather than external inducement, is  essential for its nuclear posture to change
#4991, 19 February 2016
India-Nepal
Significance of Prime Minister KP Oli's New Delhi Visit

Dr Pramod Jaiswal contextualises the reasons and potential outcomes on the Nepalese Prime Minister's six-day visit to India
#4990, 21 February 2016
Examining Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test
Kimberley Anne Nazareth analyses the motivations and potential implications of Iran's recent ballistic missile test
#4989, 17 February 2016
The Maldives-EU
Should Europe Impose Sanctions on the Maldives?

Richard Howitt assesses the state-of-affairs of democratic practises and human rights in the Maldives and makes suggestions for the EU
#4988, 17 February 2016
Red Affairs
Forecast 2016: Shrinking Space for Left-wing Extremism

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray makes projections on the Left-wing Extremism issue in India, for 2016
#4987, 10 February 2016
Forecast 2016: China’s Rectifications and ‘New Normals’
Bhim Bahadur Subba makes projections for China's domestic social, political and economic trajectories under President Xi Jinping
#4986, 9 February 2016
Forecast 2016: Monumental Challenges for Taiwan’s New President
Dr You-te Howard Liao identifies the 1992 Consensus as the basis for the obstacles that the leader is likely to face in the new year
#4985, 8 February 2016
Forecast 2016: Jammu and Kashmir Politics and Security
Dr Ashok Bhan assesses the political and security scenario in Jammu & Kashmir, for 2016
#4984, 8 February 2016
Spotlight West Asia
Forecast 2016: West Asia

Ambassador Ranjit Gupta identifies key issues to watch out for and address, in West Asia, in 2016
#4983, 6 February 2016
Afghan Peace Process: Headed Down a Blind Alley?
Monish Gulati analyses the challenges to the Afghan peace process
#4982, 4 February 2016
Dateline Islamabad
Forecast 2016: Pakistan

Salma Malik sets the potential agenda for, and asks pertinent questions on Pakistan's trajectory in 2016
#4981, 3 February 2016
Politics of Caste in India: Challenges and Opportunities
Ashok Bharti argues that meaningful overcoming of social barriers of discrimination, is is indispensable to substantially actualise the success story it is writing
#4980, 1 February 2016
India and the IS: Lessons from Telangana’s LWE Experience
Husanjot Chahal analyses the application of lessons from Telangana's LWE experience in countering the IS threat in India
#4979, 1 February 2016
East Asia Compass
‘Brilliant’ Comrade: The Design in North Korean Madness

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that North Korea's actions are not as arbitrary or plain reckless as it may appear to be, and explains why
#4978, 31 January 2016
Dateline Colombo
Forecast 2016: A Roadmap for Sri Lanka

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera outlines Sri Lanka's achievements in 2015 and makes recommendations for 2016
#4977, 31 January 2016
India-Bangladesh Economic Ties: A Positive Beginning
Dr Saumitra Mohan analyses the developments in New Delhi-Dhaka trade relations and argues for sustained engagement and cooperation
#4976, 29 January 2016
Nuke Street
Forecast 2016: Fruits of Diplomacy

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma explains the level of efforts undertaken to achieve the Iran nuclear deal and makes projections
#4975, 29 January 2016
COP21: China's Dual Identity
Tenzin Lhadon analyses China's attempts to identify itself as both a developed as well as a developing country
#4974, 28 January 2016
Weak Renminbi: Implications for India
Tapan Bharadwaj analyses the recent 'revaluation' of the RMB and makes recommendations for India
  
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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