• Pakistan Senate Elections: New Alliances in the Offing?
    Sarral Sharma    ·   13 Feb, 2018    ·    #5431    ·    Commentary    
    Elections for 52 of 104 seats in Pakistan's Senate (Upper House) will take place on 3 March. There were apprehensions that certain 'powers' would either try to delay or stop the polls. Prevailing political uncertainty following the r...
  • East Asia Compass
    Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula: US Policy and China's Role

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   12 Feb, 2018    ·    #5430    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    In almost every commentary on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, China's role is acknowledged as crucial. If China - North Korea's main ally - decides to put ‘maximum pressure’ on the country by implementing UN...
  • Sushma Swaraj in Nepal: Reinvigorating Bilateral Relations?
    Pramod Jaiswal    ·   07 Feb, 2018    ·    #5429    ·    Commentary    
    On 2 February 2018, India's Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, made a surprise visit to Nepal at a time when the Left Alliance in Nepal is set to form a new government under KP Sharma Oli's leadership. What does the visit mean?...
  • Women, Peace, and Security Series
    Women in Indian Politics

    Report    ·   02 Feb, 2018    ·    #5428    ·    Commentary    
    Opening Remarks by the Chair Lalitha Kumaramangalam Member, Governing Council, IPCS, & former Chairperson, National Commission for Women (NCW) India has a three-step political system: the grassroots, governed by the panchayats; the ...
  • IPCS Discussion
    China-India Rivalry in the Globalisation Era

    Report    ·   25 Jan, 2018    ·    #5427    ·    Commentary    
    Opening Remarks by the Chair Amb (Retd) Salman Haidar Patron, IPCS,& Former Foreign Secretary of India In the past, the China-India relationship has been characterised by partnership rather than rivalry. Today, however, both countries...
  • Swarm Drones: Could they Shape the Future of Naval Warfare?
    Vijay Sakhuja    ·   23 Jan, 2018    ·    #5426    ·    Commentary    
    Drones operating in swarms are the new threat to militaries. In a recent case, Russian radars stationed around Latakia, Syria detected a swarm of 10 fixed-wing drones strapped with small rockets descend over the Hmeimim air base. Concurrently, ...
  • Whither Tunisia?
    KP Fabian    ·   23 Jan, 2018    ·    #5425    ·    Commentary    
    When Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali - who had been Tunisia's president for 23 years - fell from power in January 2011, it appeared that Tunisia would embark on a journey towards democracy for the first time since its independence from France in 195...
  • Special Commentary
    President Trump's Year in Office: A Foreign Policy Review

    Vivek Mishra    ·   22 Jan, 2018    ·    #5424    ·    Commentary    
    The ‘many firsts’ that President Donald Trump's year-old tenure has chalked up offer an overwhelming indication of his administration’s desire to differentiate itself from and efface the previous administration’s poli...
  • A Perspective from Tehran
    Iran Protests: Drivers and Consequences

    Majid Izadpanahi    ·   22 Jan, 2018    ·    #5423    ·    Commentary    
    While much of the world was busy celebrating the new year, Iran was enveloped in protests. Spread across 70 cities, these protests began in the Shiite holy city of Mashhad in reaction to endemic inflation that has plagued the Iranian economy. T...
  • Nuke Street
    A Global Nuclear Order in Crisis

    Sheel kant Sharma    ·   22 Jan, 2018    ·    #5422    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    The year 2017 saw the iconic clock of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists slide to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. It is set closer than ever to the brink except in 1952 when US-Soviet hydrogen bomb tests within six months of each other had push...