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  • Nuke Affairs
    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...
  • Book Discussion
    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...
  • Red Affairs
    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...
  • Book Discussion
    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...
  • Book Discussion
    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 Strategist
    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...
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