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#4634, 1 September 2014
East Asia Compass
Modi's Visit to Japan: Gauging Inter-State Relations in Asia

Prof Sandip Kumar Mishra considers the bilateral dos and don’ts in the India’s relationship with Japan
#4629, 27 August 2014
Indian Ocean Region
The Need for India-Australia Maritime Cooperation

Teshu Singh writes why the onus of building greater cooperation between India and Australia in the Indian Ocean Region, is on New Delhi
#4628, 27 August 2014
India’s Northeast and the Look East Policy: Challenging Established Notions
Ruhee Neog reviews Subir Bhaumik's June 2014 paper, titled 'Look East through Northeast: Challenges and Prospects for India'
#4630, 27 August 2014
India and Bangladesh: The Northeast Thrust
Wasbir Hussain draws from recent official Indian visits to Bangladesh
#4626, 27 August 2014
India and the Charm Offensive in Nepal: Modi’s Magic
Subin Nepal weighs in on the success of Narendra Modi’s visit to Nepal
#4625, 27 August 2014
Islamic State and South Asia: How Real is the Threat?
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy looks at why the IS’s threat is very real, if not immediate
#4624, 26 August 2014
Sushma Swaraj's Visit
India in Myanmar: Strengthening the Economic Commons

Aparupa Bhattacherjee writes about India's increasing thrust towards engaging with Myanmar on the economic front
#4622, 26 August 2014
Travails of Post Conflict Societies
Cost of Peace

D Suba Chandran writes why no cost is too high to wage peace
#4623, 26 August 2014
Indian Army & Operational Preparedness: Agenda for the New Chief
Brig (Retd) Gurmeet Kanwal says that General Dalbir Suhag’s highest priority must be to address the ‘critical hollowness’ in the army’s operational preparedness
#4621, 21 August 2014
Nuke Street
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Musings on the Bomb

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma argues that nuclear weapons have created powerful illusions of permanent presence and need
#4619, 20 August 2014
Assessing US-India Relations: A Perspective from China
Bo Zhen weighs in on the dual character of the bilateral relationship
#4613, 19 August 2014
China’s Meddling in the Brahmaputra: India’s Options
Prof Abanti Bhattacharya recommends the creation of a common front with a built-in enforcement capacity to address water disputes with China
#4612, 19 August 2014
Indian Ocean: Multilateralism Takes Root
Dr Vijay Sakhuja looks at how institutions such as the IORA could play an important role to ‘manage competition’ and address ‘insecurities’
#4608, 18 August 2014
Red Affairs
Anti-Naxal Operations: Seeking Refuge in Symbolism

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray highlights the current state of affairs resulting from the policy stagnation that marks the anti-Naxal initiative
#4607, 18 August 2014
Strategic Space
A Strategic Review for India

Dr Manpreet Sethi recommends a White Paper-style document to highlight specific nuclear issues

#4606, 18 August 2014
South Asian Dialectic
Modi’s Tryst with Abe

Prof PR Chari considers the prerequisites for improved bilateral relations
INSIGHT: Japan, India joining hands to counter China’s ‘String of Pearls’
The Asahi Shimbun, 1 September 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a centuries-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto known for its five-storied pagoda and its tranquillity. 

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit
The Asahi Shimbun, 1 September 2014
Japan and India agreed on Sept. 1 to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy.

India nears $2.5bn deal for Boeing military helicopters
Times of India, 30 August 2014
NEW DELHI: India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, an defence ministry official said on Saturday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington. The new nationalist-led...

Tony Abbott's visit to India a chance to build closer ties after years of friction
The Age, 29 August 2014
It doesn't seem so long ago when India's detonation of five nuclear devices so enraged then foreign minister Alexander Downer that three Indian army officers studying in Australia were hauled from their classrooms and booted out of the country.

India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip
The Asahi Shimbun, 28 August 2014
India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.

India looking forward to Xi's visit
Chinadaily, 28 August 2014
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday held telephone talks with his Indian Counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Chinese President Xi Jinping's upcoming visit to India.

India to Deploy MiG 29K Naval Combat Aircrafts in Vishakhapatnam
New Indian Express, 27 August 2014
NEW DELHI: India is planning to deploy the MiG-29K naval combat aircraft in Vishakhapatnam to strengthen the security of the country's eastern coast. The MiG 29Ks are being deployed in INS Degha near Vishakhapatnam and would be also stationed on...

India imposes partial ban on fresh arms contracts with Finmeccanica but allows ongoing ones
Times of India, 26 August 2014
NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday officially notified a partial ban on Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica, whose UK-based subsidiary AgustaWestland is enmeshed in the infamous VVIP helicopter kickbacks case, under which ongoing arms contracts will continue...

Meeting Kashmiri leaders: 'Pakistan engages with all stakeholders'
The Dawn, 20 August 2014
NEW DELHI: Pakistan remains hopeful of strengthening ties with India despite an angry New Delhi last week cancelling scheduled talks between the nuclear-armed rival neighbours, Pakistan's high commissioner said Wednesday.

China, India ties shift to high gear
Chinadaily, 6 August 2014
The engine driving Sino-India ties has been turbo-charged recently and the neighbors, once wary of even talking to each other, are now discussing multibillion-dollar deals, working together for Asian prosperity and transforming their relationship, India's...

Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
Patterns of Naxal Recruitment
Uddipan Mukherjee
Issue Brief 253
Peace Audit Northeast: Implications of Ethnic Reorganization
HN Das
Special Report 159
Peace Audit Northeast: A Roadmap to Restore Normalcy
SP Kar
Special Report 158
Peace Audit Northeast: The Naxal Spread and its Local Linkages
Wasbir Hussain
Special Report 157
Peace Audit Northeast: The Road to Peace in Manipur
Chitra Ahanthem
Special Report 156
Federalism and Foreign Policy: Dynamics of Centre-State Dissensions in India
IPCS Debate
Special Report 151
Contemporary Ladakh: Culture, Commodification and Tourism
Tashi Lundup
Issue Brief 238
Contemporary Ladakh: A Subtle Yet Strong Patriarchy
Chimat Ladol
Issue Brief 237
Contemporary Ladakh: Evolving Indigenous & Quality Education
Samina Rehman
Issue Brief 236
Contemporary Ladakh: Identifying the “Other” in Buddhist-Muslim Transformative Relations
Sumera Shafi
Issue Brief 235
Contemporary Ladakh: Communal Divide in Kargil & Leh
Fayaz Hussain
Issue Brief 234
Destruction of the First Temple: Securing the Idea of Indian Nation
Vice Admiral (retd) Vijay Shankar
Issue Brief 229
Contemporary Naxal Movement in India: New Trends, State Responses and Recommendations
Rajat Kumar Kujur
Research Paper 27
Second National Dialogue on the Naxal Problem: Mapping the Motivations and Local Support
Conference Report 43
Building Bridges: A Regional Dialogue
Panchali Saikia , Pradeepa Viswanathan and Ruhee Neog
Conference Report 42
Australia and India in the Asian Century
Address by H.E. Peter Varghese AO
Special Report 127
India and the Rafale: Anatomy of a Bad Deal
Abhijit Iyer‐Mitra
Special Report 126
Nathu La: A Trip Report
Namrata Hasija
Special Report 116
Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2008: Growing Violence
D Suba Chandran and PR Chari (eds.)
New Delhi: Routledge, 2008
Book reviews
Sohan Prasad Sha reviews
Globalisation and Identity Politics: Contesting Ideas

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