Alternative Development and Manipur's 'War on Drugs': Need for a Broader Framework
Anjali Gupta · 31 Jan, 2019 · #5552 · Commentary
In Manipur, the cultivation of illicit crops such as cannabis and opium
has remained a major source of income, especially for low-income agrarian groups.
After announcing a ‘War on Drugs’, incumbent Chief Minister, N Biren Singh, propo...
Iraq: Why the ‘Intra-Shia Civil War’ Narrative is Flawed
Pieter-jan Dockx · 31 Jan, 2019 · #5551 · Commentary
Since the parliamentary
election in May 2018, deep divisions among Iraq’s various Shia factions have
come to the surface. This has led numerous analysts to deduct or predict the beginning
of a new intra-Shia civil war in the country. The narr...
The Abnormal Normal: Time Stands Still at Two Minutes to Midnight
Manpreet Sethi · 30 Jan, 2019 · #5550 · Commentary · Column
The Doomsday Clock, maintained
by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947, has come to symbolise a
graphic description of the global security situation at any given time. Every
year, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin, comp...
State vs. Students: Why Marxism Troubles Xi Jinping
Palden Sonam · 29 Jan, 2019 · #5549 · Commentary
theory, Marxism has for long been the ideological foundation of the Communist
Party of China’s (CPC) regime. In practice, however, while Marxism is employed
as an instrument of Party rule, its principles are not. Under China’s President
Can the EU Secure its Strategic Interests through the JCPOA?
Manuel Herrera · 21 Jan, 2019 · #5548 · Commentary
The EU’s strategic interests with regard to Iran and the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) rest on four main pillars: maintaining
stability in the Persian Gulf which is vital for global oil supply and prices;
resolving conflicts in t...
India & Southeast Asia
India-Indonesia: A Natural Partnership for the Indo-Pacific
Ashutosh Nagda · 16 Jan, 2019 · #5547 · Commentary
During his May 2018 visit to India, Indonesia’s Co-ordinating
Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan, laid emphasis on a closer
cooperation between India and Indonesia, suggesting it to be “important for
balance of power in the regi...
Pakistan's India Policy
Discussion Report · 15 Jan, 2019 · #5546 · Commentary
On 21 December
2018, IPCS hosted Dr Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President of the Asia Centre
at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) for
a round-table discussion on Pakistan's India Policy.
explored Pakistan’s foreign po...
East Asia Compass
Trump and the China-North Korea Equation
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 15 Jan, 2019 · #5545 · Commentary · Column
US President Donald Trump is
going to have a second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in mid-February
2019. The core objective of this meeting is North Korea's denuclearisation, which
has remained elusive. Even though it is well-esta...
Iraq After the Islamic State: A New Beginning?
Discussion Report · 15 Jan, 2019 · #5544 · Commentary
On 26 November 2018, IPCS hosted Hayder al-Khoei, Research Director, Centre for Shia
Studies, London, for a discussion, titled 'Iraq After the Islamic State: A
New Beginning?'. This report provides an overview of the observations
Countering Left Wing Extremism: Need to Look Beyond Numbers
Rajat Kumar Kujur · 10 Jan, 2019 · #5543 · Commentary
It has been over 50 years, and the Maoist movement in
India is still not showing signs of withdrawing or weakening. Undeniably, at
present, the movement is hard pressed by new challenges and it no longer
inspires the buoyant optimism it did dur...