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#5335, 7 August 2017
The Strategist
A Pug, a Terrier and the Doklam Stand Off

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar assesses the standoff at Doklam and says any conflict will be waged on terms advantageous to India 
#5331, 19 July 2017
Strategic Space
Chinese Responsibility on DPRK: No ‘Theory’, Immutable Reality

Dr Manpreet Sethi evaluates the dimensions and potential implications of China's dismissal of its responsibility in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis as mere theory
#5328, 17 July 2017
IPCS Discussion
India-China-Nepal Trilateralism

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 06 June, 2017
#5326, 14 July 2017
Global Warming-Induced Migration: An International Convention Needed
John Schabedoth analyses the implications of global warming-induced migration for international relations and argues that a binding international convention will be needed
#5323, 11 July 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Angshuman Choudhury assesses the trajectory of India-Myanmar relations since 2014 and argues that there has been substantial forward movement in several sectors
#5319, 5 July 2017
China's Grand strategy
China’s Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea

Tapan Bharadwaj reviews the maritime component of China's grand strategy in the Indo-Pacific, and argues that its strategy in the SCS has begun delivering results for Beijing
#5307, 23 June 2017
Seizing ‘The Belt and Road’ Opportunity: Challenges for Nepal
Pramod Jaiswal argues that the Nepal can benefit from the BRI only if it creates a favourable environment by addressing the genuine concerns of both its neighbours
#5301, 19 June 2017
Three Years of the Modi Government
India-China Relations: A Mixed Bag

Amb (Retd) TCA Rangachari assesses how India-China relations have developed over the past three years and identifies key trends
#5284, 15 May 2017
Dateline Colombo
Steering Co-operation Across Oceans

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera analyses Sri Lanka's role in the world, in the backdrop of the One Belt One Road conference in China
#5279, 1 May 2017
East Asia Compass
Trump’s North Korea Policy: Regional Implications

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra considers regional perspectives on the US administration’s approach towards North Korea
#5278, 1 May 2017
The Strategist
The Value of a Declared No First Use Nuclear Policy

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar provides a global overview of nuclear doctrinal committments
#5277, 27 April 2017
China-Philippines Ties: Lessons for India and Japan
Tapan Bharadwaj considers the opportunities for India and Japan to re-engage with Southeast Asia
#5273, 19 April 2017
Strategic Space
US-North Korea Military Swashbuckling and China's Role

Dr Manpreet Sethi cautions against the risks of the evolving scenario, not least from inadvertent escalation as a result of incidents or accidents
#5269, 13 April 2017
Asia-Pacific: Is Middle Power Multilateralism Possible?
Chandrali Sarkar assesses the plausibility of a middle power coalition between India, Japan and Australia as a counter to a rising China
#5266, 12 April 2017
J&K Focus
Evolving External Influence in Jammu and Kashmir (Part I)

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain identifies recent developments that might have a bearing on the situation in J&K in the coming months
#5261, 10 April 2017
IPCS Discussion
Diplomacy and the Politics of Language

Derek Verbakel reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 31 March 2017
  
News
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
books
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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