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#5196, 30 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
Equality, Equity, Inclusion: Indian Laws & India’s Women

Niharika Tagotra reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 11 November 2016
#5194, 29 November 2016
Pakistan's New Army Chief and the Indo-Pak Dialogue Process
Sarral Sharma writes about the appointment of Gen Qamar Bajwa as Pakistan's new army chief and its potential impact on the New Delhi-Islamabad dialogue process
#5191, 27 November 2016
In Context: Pakistan's New Army Chief Gen Bajwa
Rana Banerji assesses the appointment of Gen Qamar Bajwa as Pakistan's next Army Chief and makes projections
#5190, 25 November 2016
Restraint to Retribution: Modi’s New Normal and Nawaz Sharif’s Challenge
Lt Gen (Retd) AS Lamba analyses Indian and Pakistani military and political responses to the escalating tensions between the two countries
#5189, 23 November 2016
Gen Raheel Sharif’s Superannuation: Evolving Scenarios
Portia B. Conrad analyses the potential scenarios that could unfold with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif's superannuation
#5185, 18 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and South Asia

Michael Krepon says that the trend lines toward India and Pakistan are too deeply grooved to change, but there could be differences in degree rather than kind
#5165, 2 November 2016
IPCS Discussion
"Our Bilateral Relations"

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 24 October 2016
#5164, 2 November 2016
Kashmir Focus
After the Surgical Strikes

Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain assesses the security situation in J&K and identifies ways forward for India
#5151, 10 October 2016
Evaluating Sri Lanka’s Regional Priorities
Husanjot Chahal looks at the regional dynamics of inter-state relations in light of PM Ranil Wikremesinghe's recent visit to India
#5149, 10 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI and South Asia

Monish Gulati analyses the parameters used for evaluating the fragility of states
#5147, 6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI’s Broader Conclusions: Methodology, Empirical Trends and Current Realities

Dr TCA Raghavan gives an Indian perspective on FSI 2016’s representation of broad trends between 2007-2016
#5141, 30 September 2016
India-Pakistan: Whither Surgical Strike?
Muhammad Faisal comments on the possibility, feasibility and potential implications of the recently announced 'surgical strike' by India
#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
  
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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