Astana Talks: A Prelude to Peace in Syria

The tangible results of the Astana process lie in the reduction in violence and functioning of de-escalation zones.

November 27, 2017

India’s Membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: An Appraisal

This Backgrounder evaluates the possible advantages and challenges stemming from India’s membership in SCO.

August 29, 2017

FATA’s Merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The idea of abolishing FATA as a distinct administrative entity and merging it with KP led to a country-wide debate, with some commentators pointing to the futility of the merger and others advocating its early implementation in the interest of peace and stability in the region.

August 29, 2017

Quantum Computing and its Impact on Cryptography

Advances in technology has brought into focus the need to have double assurance on data security, especially with the world moving from classical to Quantum Computing, which latter has the power to unlock the toughest of cyber-locks.

July 19, 2017

The Petya Cyber-Attack

Most attacks prior to Petya were carried out by criminals for financial gain, but some characteristics of the Petya malware have led to doubts as to whether the culprits are state actors.

July 13, 2017

Outer Space Treaty: 50 years later

There is a need to rework the Outer Space Treaty and contemporize it to deal more directly with issues of the current era.

January 27, 2017

China’s First Cyber Security Law

China has justified the passage of the new law as an ‘objective need’ for national security considering its large cyber infrastructure and its vulnerabilities.

December 23, 2016

ICANN57: A Backgrounder

This backgrounder examines the current structure of ICANN, the intricacies of the IANA transition, and the way it will impact the architecture of cyberspace in the future.

November 04, 2016

Political Transition, Tatmadaw and Challenges for Myanmar’s Democracy

This backgrounder offers an overview of the two most challenging concerns for Myanmar’s democracy – ethnic unrest and economic hardships – and how the new government is planning to address these issues in particular and also more generally the influence of the Tatmadaw in politics.

July 26, 2016

South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations

This backgrounder explores three issues: the strategic significance of the South Pacific for India, the advantages that India enjoys over China in the region, and the status of India’s relationship with Papua New Guinea in the light of the recent visit by President Mukherjee.

May 10, 2016