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#5140, 30 September 2016
India’s ‘Surgical Strike’ Across the LoC: A Preliminary Assessment
Angshuman Choudhury comments on the feasibility of a cross-LoC counter-insurgency operation for the Indian armed forces
#5139, 27 September 2016
India-Pakistan
Withdrawing the MFN Status to Pakistan: Legality and Implications

Amb (Retd) VP Haran argues that India would be on firm legal ground if it chooses to withdraw the MFN status granted to Pakistan
#5138, 27 September 2016
Book Review: Pulls and Pressures in India and Pakistan
Sadia Tasleem reviews George Perkovich and Toby Dalton’s latest book, Not War, Not Peace? Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross-Border Terrorism’
#5136, 23 September 2016
J&K Focus
From South Kashmir to Uri: The Strategic Connect

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain analyses the link between increasing unrest in Kashmir and the security challenges along India's western border
#5122, 9 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Measuring Fragility: A Case Study of Pakistan

Sadia Tasleem in her review of Pakistan's scorecard on the Fragile States Index inquires about the definition of 'fragile' and the rationale of deeming a country fragile
#5121, 9 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
Fragility in Pakistan

Rana Banerji reviews the Fragile States Index's assessment of Pakistan for 2016 and says the parameters are more or less justified 
#5117, 5 September 2016
IPCS Discussion
Afghanistan-Pakistan-India: A Paradigm Shift

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 11 August 2016

#5106, 16 August 2016
Strategic Space
Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross–Border Terrorism: With a Little Help from Friends

Dr Manpreet Sethi reviews and draws from the recently released book - Not War, Not Peace? - by George Perkovich and Toby Dalton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
#5104, 16 August 2016
The Strategist
Rewarding Thugs

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar comments on the failing nature of the global policy to tacitly accept Pakistan’s behaviour
#5089, 1 August 2016
Maritime Matters
Towards a North Arabian Maritime Partnership

Dr Vijay Sakhuja identifies potential areas of cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and the Pakistani Maritime Security Agency
#5070, 28 June 2016
Dateline Islamabad
Gendering Strategic Discourses: Women as Opinion-Makers

Prof Salma Malik writes about the role of women and the importance of including gender as a component in strategic policymaking
#5062, 16 June 2016
Assessing NSS Outcomes: CPPNM Amendment Ratification
Hina Pandey presents her analysis of the opportunities and challenges in global nuclear security in the post CPPNM/A ratification scenario
#5046, 31 May 2016
India vs Pakistan: Why cant we just be friends?
Book Review: "Much Ado About Nothing"

Rana Banerji reviews Husain Haqqani's 'India vs Pakistan: Why can’t we just be friends?'
#5041, 27 May 2016
Nuke Street
Why China is Using NPT to Block India's Entry into the NSG

Amb (Retd) Sheel Kant Sharma considers China's insistence on the NPT as the criterion for India's membership of the NSG
#5039, 26 May 2016
IPCS Discussion
India-Pakistan Under Prime Ministers Gujral-Sharif: A Retrospective

Samanvya Hooda reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 May 2016
#5038, 26 May 2016
Brass Tacks of the Emerging Afghan Taliban
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy contextualises the emerging dynamics within the Afghan Taliban structure and identifies potential implications
  
News
[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
IPCS Forecast 2016
Special Report 182
State Support to Insurgents in Other States:Resolution or Worsening of Conflict?
Harish Venugopalan
Issue Brief 261
Roots of the Syrian Crisis
VP Haran
Special Report 181
Modi in Lahore: Indian and Pakistani Reflections
Special Report 180
China in Afghanistan: Balancing Power Projection and Minimal Intervention
Hugo Chn
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
Pakistans 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
books
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
Rana Banerji reviews
Much Ado About Nothing
 
 

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