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IPCS Special Commentary
The Failed State Index and South Asia: Revisiting the White Man’s Burden

Salma Malik decodes the FSI vis-a-vis the IPCS Review of the same

IPCS Discussion
Bhutan Elections 2013

Roomana Hukil reports on the discussion on the Bhutan elections

A Model of Friendship?

Kunkhen Dorji examines the role of China in India-Bhutan relations

Bhutan and China: Two Friendly Dragons?
Kunkhen Dorji on the future course of Bhutanese foreign policy vis-a-vis India and China

Bhutan: Democratically Challenged?
Marian Gallenkamp addresses the objections and criticism against Bhutanese democracy

Bhutan: Is Democracy a Reality?
Kunkhen Dorji studies why the country is under scrutiny over its conception of democracy

Bhutan Elections 2013: A Difficult Road Ahead?
Kunkhen Dorji analyses whether the process is genuine and if it will be able to provide a platform for multiple stakeholders

Special Commentary: India and Bhutan
Dil Bahadur Rahut & Medha Bisht discuss the transforming bilateral relationship between India and Bhutan in light of the Bhutanese King's visit to India

One Year after the Polls – The State of Bhutanese Democracy
Marian Gallenkamp outlines some of the achievements and challenges of the world’s youngest democracy 

India and the Predicament of Bhutanese Refugees
Medha Bisht examines what remains a sensitive issue in India-Bhutan relations

Nepal, India and Bhutan agree on new transboundary landscape for Hindu Kush
Republica, 17 April 2014
KATHMANDU, April 17 : Nepal, India and Bhutan have formally reached an agreement to include a new cross-boundary landscape covering parts of eastern Nepal, Sikkim and the northern parts of West Bengal in India as Kangchenjunga landscape in the Hindu...

Asia should look within itself: Forum
Chinadaily, 13 April 2014
Asia's distinctive cultural resources can propel the development of the continent's businesses, and the region's cultural diversity can provide new ideas and opportunities for Asian economic integration.

Ministry of External Affairs appoints envoys to Bhutan and Brazil
Daily News & Analysis, 3 April 2014
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has appointed Gautam Bambawale as India's next ambassador to Bhutan.Bambawale, a member of the 1984 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), is currently serving as joint secretary in the ministry. The MEA...

China expert to be next Bhutan envoy
Times of India, 15 March 2014
NEW DELHI: Bhutan has always been India's most important neighbour. But for the first time, India will be sending a China expert as the next ambassador to Thimphu. Gautam Bambawale, joint secretary East Asia and currently South Block's best known...

BIMSTEC leaders vow to jointly combat terrorism
Hindu, 4 March 2014
Leaders from the seven-nation BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) on Tuesday vowed to jointly combat the growing threat of terrorism, transnational crimes and drug trafficking and agreed to intensify...

Thailand continues cooperation with Bhutan at BIMSTEC Meeting.
Thai News, 4 March 2014
BANGKOK, 4 March 2014 (NNT) – Thailand has expressed readiness to continue cooperation in human resource development with Bhutan, and has asked Bhutan to consider allowing Thai tourists to get a visa on arrival at Bhutan Immigrant Checkpoints ,...

Bhutan to start three more major hydro power projects
Economic Times, 5 February 2014
SILIGURI: Concerned over its own progress towards targeted goal in hydropower sector, Himalayan country Bhutan is putting serious effort to start 3 new hydroprojects by next one year. All these projects are under Bhutan's plan to achieve its goal...

Stronger Indo-Bhutan air link: Bhutan's national airline Drukair to connect Mumbai with Thimphu
Economic Times, 3 February 2014
SILIGURI: Indo-Bhutan air link is getting stronger with the plan of Bhutan's national airline Drukair to connect Indian city Mumbai with Thimphu. The connectivity with India's financial capital and gateway to outer world is expected to widen the...

'Bhutan King's visit consolidates ties with India'
Business Standard, 24 January 2014
Recent visit of Bhutanese king to India will further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries, Speaker of Bhutan's Parliament said today. Addressing the Parliament, Speaker Jigme Zangpo expressed his gratitude to the king Jigme...

KUNA chief meets Bhutan, Cuba envoys
Kuna, 20 January 2014
KUWAIT, Jan 19 (KUNA) -- Director General and Chairman of Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah received separately on Sunday Bhutan's Ambassador to Kuwait Dasho Tashi Phuntsog and Cuban Ambassador to Kuwait Andres...

Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Bhutan
Medha Bisht
Issue Brief 248
Bhutan Elections 2013: Triumph of Democracy
Marian Gallenkamp
Special Report 144
China and its Peripheries: Limited Objectives in Bhutan
Tilak Jha
Issue Brief 233
Building Bridges: A Regional Dialogue
Panchali Saikia , Pradeepa Viswanathan and Ruhee Neog
Conference Report 42
Energy and Environmental Security: A Regional Dialogue (Final Report)
Conference Report 36
Security Net: Nuclear Risk Reduction in Southern Asia
Lydia Walker & Annie Siris Coombs
Special Report 101
Between China, India and the Refugees: Understanding Bhutan’s National Security Scenario
Marian Gallenkamp
Issue Brief 154
Democracy in Bhutan: An Analysis of Constitutional Change in a Buddhist Monarchy
Marian Gallenkamp
Research Paper 24
Failure or Functional Anarchy?: Understanding Weak/Failing States in South Asia
D Suba Chandran
Issue Brief 100
Bhutan’s “Operation All Clear”: Implications for insurgency and security cooperation
Dipankar Banerjee & Bidhan S Laishram
Issue Brief 18
Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2012: Uneasy Stasis and Fragile Peace
D. Suba Chandran and P.R. Chari
New Delhi: Routledge India

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