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IPCS Annual Report 2017



2017 was another good year for IPCS. We initiated new projects, welcomed new colleagues, and produced significant policy literature. We maintained our established priorities on security and foreign policy analysis while stretching more fully into new areas of inquiry including water and renewable energy, and reinvigorated our focus on economics. Much of this innovative thinking was reflected in our publications. There was a comprehensive assessment of the Narendra Modi government's three years in office, presenting an interdisciplinary report card of the government.

Similarly there were several long form publications, two of which, for government, focused on renewable energy and on ideating solutions to overcome the unique challenges of the Indian energy sector. In addition, our faculty produced over 100 topical commentaries published in-house, and over 400 commentaries in the national and international press.

Our efforts at primary research involved several interactions both in India and abroad, and notable guests at IPCS included presidents and prime ministers. Most importantly, since IPCS believes in human capital, in 2017, we were happy to welcome new colleagues who will assist us in our unceasing primary goal - that of capacity building the evolving generation of policy experts.

 In all, a fulfilling year that sets us up to scale greater heights in 2018.

 Ambassador (Retd) Salman Haidar

Patron, IPCS, and Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India

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The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security including nuclear issues, disarmament, non-proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, counter terrorism , strategies security sector reforms, and armed conflict and peace processes in the region.

For those in South Asia and elsewhere, the IPCS website provides a comprehensive analysis of the happenings within India with a special focus on Jammu and Kashmir and Naxalite Violence. Our research promotes greater understanding of India's foreign policy especially India-China relations, India's relations with SAARC countries and South East Asia.

Through close interaction with leading strategic thinkers, former members of the Indian Administrative Service, the Foreign Service and the three wings of the Armed Forces - the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, - the academic community as well as the media, the IPCS has contributed considerably to the strategic discourse in India.

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