Two Decades After Shakti: India's Nuclear Policy
Sheel kant Sharma · 16 May, 2018 · #5471 · Commentary
India’s nuclear weapon tests in May 1998 had more to do with its external security environment and the global strategic situation rather than domestic compulsions. Over the past two decades, the global environment and world order have changed co...
Sino-Indian Atmospherics and the Wuhan Summit
Siwei Liu · 16 May, 2018 · #5470 · Commentary
The Xi-Modi summit in Wuhan in the end of April has drawn much attention in the international community with some claiming it may prove a turning point in Sino-Indian relations. Its significance however lies in transforming the overly emotional at...
Half Lion: How PV Narsimha Rao Transformed India
Discussion Report · 16 May, 2018 · #5469 · Commentary
The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) hosted Dr Vinay Sitapati, Assistant Professor, Ashoka University, for a discussion on his book, Half Lion: How PV Narasimha Rao Transformed India. It was chaired by Ambassador (Retd) Salman Haidar...
Counter-LWE Security Operations: Season of Success?
Bibhu Prasad Routray · 15 May, 2018 · #5468 · Commentary · Column
On the surface, the months of April and May 2018 appear to have brought about a season of ‘success’ for Indian security forces. Pursuing a hardline approach, the security forces, across Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Jharkhand, have be...
National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Politics of Immigration in Assam
Discussion Report · 14 May, 2018 · #5467 · Commentary
The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) hosted Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), and former Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair and professor, Centre for North East Studies, Jamia Milia Islamia, for a discussi...
Demonetization and the Black Economy
Discussion Report · 12 May, 2018 · #5466 · Commentary
The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) hosted Prof Arun Kumar, Malcolm Adiseshiah Chair Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), for a discussion on his recently released book, Demonetization and the Black Economy. It was c...
East Asia Compass
Summit Season: From Inter-Korea to Trump-Kim
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 12 May, 2018 · #5465 · Commentary · Column
The news of an inter-Korea summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un earlier this year understandably invited a lot of international attention. Pictures of Kim Jong-un holding hands with Moon Jae-in, smiling and crossing the border together, port...
Islamic State Partnerships in West Asia: First Ba’athists, Then Kurds
Pieter-jan Dockx · 11 May, 2018 · #5464 · Commentary
With its attack on Shia militias, the Islamic State (IS) has recently regained prominence in northern Iraq. However, the brief period between the declared victory over IS and its current re-emergence -roughly December 2017-February 2018 - saw the ...
China: Naval Drill and Regime Legitimacy
Palden Sonam · 11 May, 2018 · #5463 · Commentary
President Xi Jinping reviewed the largest naval exercise in China’s history in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) on 12 April, barely two days after the USS Theodore Roosevelt sailed through the same troubled sea as in what the US called n...
The Regression of Nuclear Policy
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 03 May, 2018 · #5462 · Commentary · Column
Contemporary trends positing the reversibility of a nuclear exchange presupposes that the antagonists are able to understand mutual aims, objectives and have unimpeachable knowledge of boundaries within which the conflict is to be played out. In t...