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#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.
#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
Japanís 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
  
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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