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#5219, 6 January 2017
India-Pakistan
Line (Out) of Control?

Joy Mitra argues that risks to general stability in the region remain entrenched in the dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict and that it could lead to an uncontrollable conflict trajectory
#5218, 3 January 2017
Special Commentary
India’s Nuclear Energy Policy: Bottlenecks to Implementation

Niharika Tagotra argues that India's legislative-regulatory mechanism is inadequate for its ambitious nuclear energy programme
#5209, 26 December 2016
Dateline Colombo
Sri Lankan Foreign Policy: Diaspora and Lobbying

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues for a reorientation of the country's external relations in a multipolar world
#5208, 21 December 2016
Strategic Space
Limits of Practising Nuclear Brinksmanship

Dr Manpreet Sethi says that brinksmanship strategies that appear to be working raise the salience of nuclear weapons and increase their attraction for proliferation
#5204, 14 December 2016
China's Belt and Road Initiative: Should India be Concerned?
Dr Anand Kumar discusses how the OBOR Initiative in Pakistan and Bangladesh can be advantageous for India
#5173, 10 November 2016
Dateline Colombo
Securing Sri Lanka's National Interests

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera considers recent developments to comment on measures the Sri Lankan government must undertake for country's forward movement
#5168, 7 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
Between Brexit and an Assertive Russia: Role for Poland

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 October 2016
#5157, 21 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and Nepal

Dr Pramod Jaiswal analyses the 2016 Fragile States Index report on Nepal
#5152, 13 October 2016
Dateline Colombo
Understanding our “Blindspot” to Make Peacebuilding Comprehensive

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera argues how our "blindspots" can affect peace-building between communities and nations
#5151, 10 October 2016
Evaluating Sri Lanka’s Regional Priorities
Husanjot Chahal looks at the regional dynamics of inter-state relations in light of PM Ranil Wikremesinghe's recent visit to India
#5150, 10 October 2016
Eagle Eye
Critical Challenges to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra considers the politico-security environment in which the bilateral relationship is coming to fruition
#5149, 10 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and South Asia

Monish Gulati analyses the parameters used for evaluating the fragility of states
#5148, 6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Bangladesh: A Conflict Shatter Zone

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman draws on examples from Bangladesh to throw light on how the FSI does not account for inter-relations between indicators
#5147, 6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI’s Broader Conclusions: Methodology, Empirical Trends and Current Realities

Dr TCA Raghavan gives an Indian perspective on FSI 2016’s representation of broad trends between 2007-2016
#5143, 4 October 2016
The Myth of 'Homegrown Terror'-III
Mapping the Dhaka Gulshan Attack: Who was Tamim Chowdhary?

Angshuman Choudhury profiles Tamim Chowdhary's role in and impact on terror networks and activities in Bangladesh
#5137, 23 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Sri Lanka: Fault-lines in the Transitional Justice Process

Aaranya Rajasingam reviews Sri Lanka's report card in the 2016 Fragile States Index and identifies pressing issues the country currently faces
  
News
Peshawar school massacre: Pakistan's watershed Taliban moment?
BBC News, 19 December 2014
For a nation that has lost more than 70,000 people in 13 years to terror attacks, it is not easy to talk of watersheds.

Yes, Pakistanis are united against terrorism. But not on terrorists
The Guardian, 19 December 2014
Militants who target India will always be good taliban. So an alleged architect of the Mumbai attack can be released two days after Peshawar.

Peshawar attack: the danger of desensitisation
ABC News, 18 December 2014
If Pakistan is to change after this week's school attack that killed 132 children, it must not allow this tragedy to join others as part of the national desensitised psyche, writes Samina Yasmeen.

[Editorial] The school killings in Pakistan
The Guardian, 17 December 2014
A massacre of the innocents which shows Islamist extremism at its most callous. But Pakistan’s own policies are also to blame.

How the Taliban groom child suicide bombers
BBC News, 15 December 2014
On a cold winter's day, a stream of relatives, neighbours and well-wishers come to see 10-year-old Naqibullah at his uncle's mud house in Pakistan's Balochistan province. They are happy to see him alive.

[Editorial] Inequality and growth
The Korea Times, 12 December 2014
Arguments that income inequality has an impact on economic growth have been accepted only vaguely because of a lack of rich empirical studies. But the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently concluded through research that...

Russias ambassador to India: the quotable Alexander Kadakin
Reuters, 10 December 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin is coming to India this week to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to discuss ways to improve relations.

The brave women fighting for Afghanistan's future
BBC News, 8 December 2014
Taller than her classmates, when she waves a small Afghan flag, it flutters above a sea of white headscarves in the courtyard of the Zarghuna Girls' School in Kabul.

Afghanistan: Can pomegranates power the economy?
BBC News, 5 December 2014
As delegates gather in London for a conference on Afghanistan, the prospects for reducing the reliance on foreign aid are increasingly focused on two sectors of the economy: agriculture and hydrocarbons.

Afghanistans challenges ahead
The Independent, 4 December 2014
Let it not be said that the West’s intervention in Afghanistan, at a cost of $1trn (£639bn) and the loss of 453 British lives, has achieved nothing: today, after nationwide elections and the first ever democratic handover of power, the country...

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Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
Fragile States Index 2016: A Review
Special Report 184
IPCS Forecast 2016
Special Report 182
State Support to Insurgents in Other States:Resolution or Worsening of Conflict?
Harish Venugopalan
Issue Brief 261
Roots of the Syrian Crisis
VP Haran
Special Report 181
Modi in Lahore: Indian and Pakistani Reflections
Special Report 180
Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
Special Report 178
IPCS Forecasts: Bangladesh in 2015
Delwar Hossain
Special Report 177
IPCS Forecasts: Nepal in 2015
Pramod Jaiswal
Special Report 169
An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Bangladesh
Sanjay Bhardwaj
Issue Brief 251
BIMSTEC: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
IPCS Interview
Special Report 163
Afghanistan Elections 2014: Positive Vote, Future of Taliban & the Challenges Ahead
D Suba Chandran
Special Report 161
An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Maldives
N Manoharan
Issue Brief 250
Caught in the India-China Rivalry: Policy Options for Nepal
Pramod Jaiswal
Issue Brief 249
An Agenda for the New Government: Policy Options for India in Bhutan
Medha Bisht
Issue Brief 248
Afghanistan 2014: BSA, Internal Security, Taliban & Indian Strategy
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 149
Peace Audit Nepal
Special Report 146
The Failed States Index (FSI) Report: A Critique
IPCS Debate
Special Report 145
Bhutan Elections 2013: Triumph of Democracy
Marian Gallenkamp
Special Report 144
books
Armed Conflict, Peace Audit and Early Warning 2014: Stability and Instability in South Asia
D Suba Chandran & P R Chari (eds.)
SAGE, New Delhi
Book reviews
Sohan Prasad Sha reviews
Globalisation and Identity Politics: Contesting Ideas
 
 

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