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IPCS Discussion
Pakistan Army: Composition, Character and Compulsions

Iran-Pakistan: Time for Realpolitik over Riyal Politics
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy recommends a balancing act in Pakistan’s relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia

Oman's Duqm Port and US Exit from Afghanistan
Dr Vijay Sakhuja weighs in on the relevance of the port to the US

Dateline Islamabad
Elections in India and Afghanistan: Perspective from Pakistan

Salma Malik presents a Pakistani perspective on the presidential elections in Afghanistan and the upcoming general elections in India

IPCS Discussion
Talks with the Taliban: Endgame for the Military, Political Parties and the TTP in Pakistan

Political space of religious parties
Importance of Jamat-e-Islami

D Suba Chandran explains the significance of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in a turbulent country like Pakistan

Talks with the Taliban: Endgame for the TTP
D Suba Chandran analyses why the real trouble for Pakistan will have its source in the Punjabi heartland, and not the FATA

Talks with the Taliban: Endgame for the Military
Rana Banerji writes about Pakistan's dilemma of pursuing/not pursuing the peace talks with the Taliban

Talks with the Taliban: Endgame for the Political Parties
Sushant Sareen analyses the stances of various political parties vis-a-vis the talks with the Taliban in Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto, Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti…
And Now, They are Coming for Us

D Suba Chandran writes about the attack on Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi and explains why our silence is what emboldens the terrorists

PML-N double standards: a short but high-profile tale
Daily Times, 20 April 2014
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain would not be issued a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) unless he applies again by appearing in the High Commission of Pakistan in London. 

Road accident kills 41 in Sukkur
Dawn, 20 April 2014
At least 41 people were killed and several others were injured Sunday morning in a bus-trailer collision on the National Highway in Sindh's Sukkur district, DawnNews reported.

Gas balloons explode burning more than 40 people in Lahore
Dawn, 20 April 2014
Gas balloons released during Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's inauguration of an overhead bridge near Walton Road exploded after landing in the area near Kamaha road on Sunday, resulting in burn injuries to at least 42 people nearby, DawnNews...

Whole nation stands behind army: Nawaz
Daily Times, 20 April 2014
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that the whole nation was standing united behind its armed forces and the state, despite financial problems, was providing the defence forces with all the possible resources to make the country’s defence...

High-powered Pakistan defense delegation to visit Sri Lanka
Colombo Page, 20 April 2014
Apr 20, Colombo: A 21-member delegation of the National Defence University (NDU) of Pakistan, will be arriving in Sri Lanka Monday, April 21 on a weeklong visit, the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo said in a statement.The high level delegation...

Mushararf on way to Karachi
Daily Times, 19 April 2014
Former president Pervez Musharraf has left his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad for Karachi, a private TV channel reported on Saturday.

Nation standing firm beside armed forces: PM
Dawn, 19 April 2014
Addressing the passing out parade of the 129th Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Long Course on Saturday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the nation was standing firm beside the armed forces, DawnNews reported.

Journalist Hamid Mir injured in gun attack in Karachi
Dawn, 19 April 2014
Unknown gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir in Karachi on Saturday, injuring the senior reporter and television anchorperson.

SC dismisses PTI’s plea against NAB chief’s appointment
The News International, 19 April 2014
The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), challenging the appointment of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry as Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

‘Modi contacts Geelani on Kashmir’
Daily Times, 18 April 2014
All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC-G) Chairman Ali Shah Geelani has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party sent emissaries of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in March this year to seek his commitment on the Kashmir issue, an Indian newspaper...

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Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
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
Conflict Resolution in Afghanistan: India as Catalyst
Ali Ahmed
Special Report 111
China-Pakistan Nuclear Alliance:An Analysis
Siddharth Ramana
Special Report 109
Defining India’s Security: Looking Beyond Limited War and Cold Start Strategies
PR Chari
Issue Brief 169
After Osama: Pakistan’s Relations with the US, China & India
Samarjit Ghosh , Aditi Malhotra , and Rohit Singh
Special Report 104
Afghanistan: Canada-India Policy Dialogue
Conference Report 33
Energy & Environmental Security: A Cooperative Approach in South Asia
D Suba Chandran and J Jeganaathan (Eds.)
New Delhi: IPCS, 2011
Book reviews
Yogesh Joshi reviews
On Nuclearization in South Asia: Two Interpretations

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