ISSUE BRIEF

Peacekeeping Partnerships: Cooperation or Conflict

May 24, 2010

This paper seeks to understand the nature of cooperation between the UN and other IGOs in ongoing conflicts. It will examine the security framework in which these multilateral arrangements were created, the gaps they were trying to cover, and the problems and areas of opportunities.

Humanitarian Diplomacy & Failed States: Case Study of the WFP Operations in Somalia

May 07, 2010

Most aid groups have pulled out of Somalia because of the continuing dangers. Yet, the World Food Program (WFP) continues to operate in the region, and has been doing so for the past two decades.

Anti-Naxal Operations: Employment of Armed Forces

May 04, 2010

Whereas employing Armed Forces may appear to be an attractive idea to control the naxal menace, the adverse effects of their long term commitment, particularly of the Army, need to be understood.

The ICC's Role in Sudan: Peace versus Justice

April 28, 2010

In order for ICC jurisdiction to truly have a sway it needs to be credible as a deterrence mechanism, and it should keep track of the political strategies used by various actors to resist a tribunal.

Likely Impact of Current Developments on the Pakistani State and its Army

April 19, 2010

India has very little leverages in shaping a peaceful, stable and friendly Pakistan but its own progress can make Pakistani society, fearful of being left behind, force a change in the state’s policy orientation.

The Civil Nuclear Liability Bill

April 15, 2010

The basic principles of the Bill are as per international norms and seem adequate and it should be enacted at the earliest.

Bhutan in 2009: A Retrospective View

April 06, 2010

The formal coronation of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk as the fifth King of Bhutan in November 2008 concluded the first wave of democratization in Bhutan.

A Year of Multi-Party Democracy in Maldives

April 06, 2010

The Maldives is well on the road towards a genuine democracy and the years to come will show how it manages modernisation, liberal democracy and Islam all together.

An Assessment of Insurgencies in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland in 2009

April 05, 2010

The North East of India has been plagued by insurgencies since independence in 1947. Most violent amongst the armed movements had been the Naga National Council in the 1950s and today the NSCN (IM).

The Dragon’s Shield: Intricacies of China’s BMD Capability

February 25, 2010

China undertook a BMD test on January 11, 2010, which it claimed was an exoatmospheric interception. Though Beijing was known to be developing missile defence systems for long, there were very few indicators on how far it has gone in terms of technological prowess.

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