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#5407, 11 December 2017
Nepal Elections: Reading the Results
Dr Pramod Jaiswal assesses the results of Nepal's recently held provincial and federal elections and the potential near and long-term implications for Nepal and India 
#5400, 28 November 2017
COP-23 Climate Negotiations: Politics Over Just Commitments
Garima Maheshwari analyses the unfolding developments at COP-23 and their implications for global climate change related policymaking
#5399, 28 November 2017
The Strategist
“Taking Centre Stage in the World”

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar looks at why restoring the lost grandeur of the Silk Route has many challenges that may not be overcome
#5398, 27 November 2017
The R4+S Approach for Afghanistan
Rajat Ahlawat analyses the US' R4+S strategy for Afghanistan and argues that this strategy is largely old wine in a new bottle and that it will be marred by several complexities 
#5395, 21 November 2017
Why are Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives Bound to Fail?
Shivani Singh identifies three challenges that stand in the way of disarmament efforts
#5391, 14 November 2017
Dateline Colombo
The Geopolitics of Floating Bases and the New World Order

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera weighs in on China's strategic vision that combines economic might with geopolitical prowess
#5389, 7 November 2017
East Asia Compass
Trump's Visit to East Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra looks at why the trip might be unprecedented, but the outcomes are most likely not going to be so
#5388, 6 November 2017
China's Signaling Under President Xi Jinping
Air Commodore Prashant Dikshit VM (G) traces the pattern in China's signaling to the world under the leadership of President Xi Jingping and makes projections
#5387, 6 November 2017
India-China Border Agreements: Political Negotiation Needed
Dr Amit Ranjan provides an overview of the colonial history of border agreements between India and China 
#5385, 30 October 2017
Regional Economy
19th Party Congress: Understanding the Economics in Xi’s Speech

Prof Amita Batra analyses China’s growth and reform in light of the purported consolidation of its economic might
#5382, 24 October 2017
Strategic Space
Meaningful Disarmament, Not Unnecessary Distractions

Dr Manpreet Sethi considers the importance of countries that are serious about nuclear disarmament mobilising global support for achievable targets

#5378, 9 October 2017
East Asia Compass
Shinzo Abe’s North Korea Strategy

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra comments on the ways in which Abe is using the threat to advance his narrow domestic and foreign policy goals
#5376, 4 October 2017
The Strategist
The Curious Case of USS McCain

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar considers the vulnerabilities of computerised warship systems to cyber-attacks
#5373, 30 September 2017
An Interview with Dr Siegfried Hecker
North Korea’s Nuclear Behaviour and US Diplomacy

Modified version of an earlier interview conducted by Elisabeth Eaves for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, with additional questions from Ruhee Neog for IPCS
#5370, 28 September 2017
Regional Economy
India's Trade Options

Prof Amita Batra identifies actionable recommendations that would be in India’s best interest
#5369, 26 September 2017
Special Commentary
Weapons in Space: Conventional War in the Cosmos?

Allyson Rimmer examines why omitting a clause that bans all weapons from entering outer space is an oversight that presents significant dangers
Commentary: Not a "Chinese Century," but a less Westernized world
People's Daily, 1 January 2015
BEIJING, Jan. 1 -- As the world marches into 2015, the international landscape augurs just another year of what history wonks refer to as Pax Americana. A "Chinese Century" foreseen by Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and many others has...

China standardizes procurement for more transparency
People's Daily, 1 January 2015
BEIJING, Dec. 31 -- The State Council, China's cabinet, announced on Wednesday new regulations under the Government Procurement Law to induce transparency and promote fair competition. The regulations were reviewed and passed at an executive...

China will be more proactive in reinforcing ties with neighbors: diplomat
People's Daily, 1 January 2015
BEIJING, Dec. 31 -- China will be even more proactive in pursuing a friendly and good-neighborly policy toward its neighboring countries in the new year, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao said here Wednesday. Liu said in an interview...

President Xi stresses more reform, rule of law in New Year address
People's Daily, 1 January 2015
BEIJING, Dec. 31- Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the need to continue efforts to advance reform and rule of law in 2015 in his New Year speech on Wednesday, comparing them to "a bird's two wings". The president told domestic...

Why does Japan harp on about China's military exercises?
China Daily, 31 December 2014
The Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been carrying out a large-scale military exercise in the sea area of the Western Pacific since December 4. Japan has dispatched its naval vessels to track, scout and molest the Chinese...

Commentary: China's economic growth far from losing momentum
People's Daily, 31 December 2014
BEIJING, Dec. 31 -- China's recent economic data signaling slower growth have led some observers to warn of possible distress after more than three decades of breathtaking, double-digit growth. There are many signs of fatigue, they say, pointing...

Human rights no excuse to pressure DPRK
China Daily, 31 December 2014
Despite opposition from China and Russia, the 15-member United Nations Security Council has for the first time cleared a discussion on the human rights record of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Although a binding resolution is unlikely...

More and less at year-end
China Daily, 31 December 2014
There are a thousand ways to do good things. And there are always difficult choices to be made when conflicting needs are involved. Several cities in the country have installed quota control mechanisms to limit automobile ownership...

The recovery of the US economy is a challenge for emerging economies
People's Daily, 30 December 2014
It is reported that US GDP in the third quarter rose by an annualized rate of 5%, the fastest rate of growth recorded since 2011. The rebound is above expectations - a 5% increase is historically unusual, especially for an economy as big as the US.

Commentary: Future Iran nuclear talks need to be based on compromise, trust
People's Daily, 30 December 2014
CAIRO, Dec. 30 -- For decades, Iran's controversial nuclear program has gotten on the nerves of the Western capitals. The latest seven-month talks extension between Tehran and the world powers have once again reminded the international community how...

Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
Indian and Chinese Energy Policies: Addressing Energy Needs and Climate Change
Special Report 188
IPCS Forecast 2016
Special Report 182
China in Afghanistan: Balancing Power Projection and Minimal Intervention
Hugo Chn
Special Report 179
Contemporary Taiwan: Domestic Politics, External Relations and India’s Interests
Ranjit Gupta
Issue Brief 260
China’s Dams & Regional Security Implications
Dhanasree Jayaram
Issue Brief 259
Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
Special Report 178
IPCS Forecasts: The Indian Ocean in 2015
Vijay Sakhuja
Special Report 167
The Indo-Pacific  & the Indo-US Relations: Geopolitics of Cooperation
Shreya Upadhyay
Issue Brief 256
Caught in the India-China Rivalry: Policy Options for Nepal
Pramod Jaiswal
Issue Brief 249
China, Indian Ocean & the Nuclear Deterrence: The Destabilizing Effect
Sahil Mathur
Issue Brief 245
The Maritime Great Game: India, China, US & the Indian Ocean
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 150
China and the ADIZ
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 148
Inside China: Third Party Plenum, November 2013
Jayadeva Ranade
Issue Brief 243
The Russian Pivot to Asia Pacific
Baladas Ghoshal
Issue Brief 242
India & China: Looking Beyond Border Incursions & Li Keqiang's Visit
Jayadeva Ranade
Issue Brief 241
China and its Peripheries: Limited Objectives in Bhutan
Tilak Jha
Issue Brief 233
China and its Peripheries: Securing Nepal in South Asia
Jigme Yeshe Lama
Issue Brief 232
China and its Peripheries: Contentious Relations with North Korea
Ranjit Kumar Dhawan
Issue Brief 231
Military Confidence-Building and India-China Relations
Fighting Distrust

Dipankar Banerjee and Jabin T Jacob (Eds.)
New Delhi: Pentagon Press, India
Book reviews
Vice Admiral (retd) Vijay Shankar reviews
A Grope for Strategic Direction

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