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#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
India-Nepal
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
India-Iran
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
  
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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