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#4921, 12 October 2015
The Strategist
What is Strategic Stability?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar considers the definition of the term in the South Asian context
#4912, 15 September 2015
The Strategist
Jihadi Aggression and Nuclear Deterrence

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar examines the link between sub-conventional warfare and nuclear war fighting
#4907, 28 August 2015
National Security Advisor Talks
India-Pakistan: Contextualising the Cancelled Talks Debacle

Raphaela Kormoll explores the implications of the cancelled talks between Indian and Pakistani NSAs on the Composite Dialogue Process

#4899, 14 July 2015
The Strategist
The Blight of Ambiguity

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar looks at why sub-continental nuclear stability will remain hostage to the Pakistani army’s revisionist and ambiguous nuclear policies
#4885, 8 June 2015
What’s Brewing between Afghanistan and Pakistan?
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy looks at why fissures between the two countries run too deep to be resolved with mere one-sided optimism
#4884, 3 June 2015
Af-Pak: Why China is Playing Mediator
Fanny Ragot explores China's motivations for actively involving itself in the Af-Pak security situation and its implications for India
#4867, 1 May 2015
Has Peshawar Changed Pakistan’s Approach to Tackle Terrorism?

Rana Banerji weighs in on the nature of the new ‘civil-military’ hybrid that appears to be emerging in the country
#4863, 16 April 2015
What’s on Pakistan-based Militants’ Minds?
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy analyses why the terrorists' targeting of minorities have increased in Pakistan
#4862, 13 April 2015
China and the Indian Ocean Region
The Geopolitics of Chinese Investments in Sri Lanka

Teshu Singh analyses the geopolitical implications of China's inroads in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region
#4861, 13 April 2015
The Strategist
Why ‘Global Zero’ is Less of an Illusion

Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar elaborates on the state-of-affairs of the Global Zero intiative
#4855, 4 April 2015
Pakistan: MQM Under Siege
Rana Banerji explains the current state of affairs of Pakistan's Muttahida Quami Movement and the army's operations against it
#4849, 9 March 2015
The Strategist
State of Play: Non-Proliferation, Fissile Material Cut-Offs and Nuclear Transparency

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar appraises the three pillars of global nuclear stability
#4847, 4 March 2015
Islamic State in Af-Pak: The ‘Wilayat Khurasan’ Conundrum
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy looks at how factionalism within militant groups is being harnessed by the various regional stakeholders
#4837, 18 February 2015
Dateline Islamabad
Pakistan's Hurt Locker: What Next?

Prof Salma Malik lists and explains the immediate security priorities the government of Pakistan must address
#4836, 18 February 2015
South Asian Dialectic
Resuming the Indo-Pak Dialogue: Evolving a New Focus

Prof PR Chari says that reopening the dialogue process could offer Pakistan both a challenge and an opportunity to redeem its present international image
#4830, 11 February 2015
IPCS Discussion
Pakistan in 2015: Review of IPCS Forecast

Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy reports on the proceedings of the discussion
[Editorial] Death in the name of Allah is inexplicable to decent men everywhere
Washington Times, 19 December 2014
Human decency died in Pakistan. Islamic extremists wielding weapons of mass hatred had forfeited any shred of respect from decent men and women everywhere, but the massacre of children in Peshawar sets them apart from the merely evil. They are monsters,...

[Editorial] Peshawar school attack: Arcs of extremism
The Independent, 19 December 2014
If escalating violence is the consequence of the massacre, then the Pakistani government will have failed

Peshawar school massacre: Pakistan's watershed Taliban moment?
BBC News, 19 December 2014
For a nation that has lost more than 70,000 people in 13 years to terror attacks, it is not easy to talk of watersheds.

Yes, Pakistanis are united against terrorism. But not on terrorists
The Guardian, 19 December 2014
Militants who target India will always be good taliban. So an alleged architect of the Mumbai attack can be released two days after Peshawar.

Peshawar attack: the danger of desensitisation
ABC News, 18 December 2014
If Pakistan is to change after this week's school attack that killed 132 children, it must not allow this tragedy to join others as part of the national desensitised psyche, writes Samina Yasmeen.

[Editorial] The school killings in Pakistan
The Guardian, 17 December 2014
A massacre of the innocents which shows Islamist extremism at its most callous. But Pakistan’s own policies are also to blame.

How the Taliban groom child suicide bombers
BBC News, 15 December 2014
On a cold winter's day, a stream of relatives, neighbours and well-wishers come to see 10-year-old Naqibullah at his uncle's mud house in Pakistan's Balochistan province. They are happy to see him alive.

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai 'hopes to be Pakistan PM'
BBC News, 10 December 2014
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has told the BBC ahead of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday that she hopes to pursue a career in politics.

Pakistan under pressure to save trade agenda at South Asia summit
Reuters, 27 November 2014
South Asian leaders will pile pressure on Pakistan on Thursday to salvage a summit in Nepal by agreeing to electricity sharing and the free movement of vehicles across borders, measures aimed at boosting trade among nearly a quarter of the world's...

Pakistan air strikes target Haqqani insurgents
The Guardian, 26 November 2014
An insurgent group known for its deadly attacks on US forces in Afghanistan has been targeted by Pakistani military aircraft in what is believed to be the first such strike on a group long accused of enjoying the secret backing of Pakistan’s army.

Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
China in Afghanistan: Balancing Power Projection and Minimal Intervention
Hugo Chéné
Special Report 179
Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
Special Report 178
IPCS Forecasts: Pakistan's Militant Groups in 2015
D Suba Chandran
Special Report 174
IPCS Forecasts: Pakistan in 2015
Salma Malik
Special Report 171
IPCS Forecasts: Pakistan in 2015
Sushant Sareen
Special Report 170
Talks with the Taliban: End Game for the Military, Political Parties and the TTP in Pakistan
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 160
Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Prescriptions and Perspectives
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 154
The Failed States Index (FSI) Report: A Critique
IPCS Debate
Special Report 145
Pakistan’s Internal Security Challenges: Will The Military Cope?
Gurmeet Kanwal
Issue Brief 230
Analyzing Failure: Pakistan and the Failed States Index
Lidia Leoni
Special Report 137
Building Bridges: A Regional Dialogue
Panchali Saikia , Pradeepa Viswanathan and Ruhee Neog
Conference Report 42
Iran and the Nuclear Conundrum: A War in Waiting?
J Jeganaathan
Issue Brief 195
Afghanistan & the International Community: Limitations of Engagement
Aryaman Bhatnagar
Issue Brief 194
Iran, International Community & Nuclear Weapons: The Multiple Narratives
Abhijit Iyer Mitra , Ruhee Neog and Tanvi Kulkarni
Issue Brief 193
The Crisis State: Pakistan’s Security Dilemma
D Suba Chandran
Issue Brief 192
Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran: Radical Islam, Nuclear Weapons and Regional Security
Rana Banerji
Issue Brief 191
The 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit: A Critique
Tanvi Kulkarni
Special Report 115
Deadly Embrace: Recent Books on Pakistan
Special Report 112
Pakistan: A Hyper-national Security State
Rana Banerji
'The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World', by T.V. Paul, Random House, India, 2014
Book reviews
Gp Capt (Retd) Ajey Lele reviews
Drone Operations and Legality

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