Renewed American Engagement with Nepal’s Maoists

America’s removal of Nepal’s ruling Maoist party from the list of global terrorist groups not only recognises the party’s transformation from a “violent” political outfit to a political party committed to democratic norms, but also signals renewed US interest in Nepal.

November 27, 2012

Political Stalemate and Transitional Justice in Post-conflict Nepal

Failure to provide justice will significantly undermine the capacity of the state to uphold the rule of law and undermine the foundations of the new institutions that are being instituted.

November 21, 2012

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and Civil Nuclear Liability

The Right of Recourse embedded in the Indian nuclear liability law has ensured that more than four years after the NSG granted exemption to enable nuclear commerce with India, India has not been able to finalise a single contract with any of the countries with which it has signed nuclear cooperation agreements for any nuclear facility.

November 09, 2012

The Likely Composition of the Central Military Commission of the 18th Party Congress of China

There are major changes in the CMC, with eight out of 12 members likely to bow out of office. The cascading effect on the change of guard in the General Departments and the operational units will keep the PLA unsettled for some time

October 31, 2012

Arab Spring: Aspirations Met Or Dreams Unfulfilled?

As we move into the second winter of the Arab Spring, this Issue Brief attempts to take stock of the progress of the Arab Spring and examine whether the aspirations of people have been met or have they been handed a raw deal.

October 26, 2012

Corruption in Administration: Evaluating the Kautilyan Antecedents

The significance of Arthasastra for the issue of corruption in contemporary times lies in Kautilya’s realisation that corruption in government is inevitable but can be combated through a set of strict measures

October 12, 2012

Indian Army: Internal Challenges In Capability Building And Retention

The Army, being the largest service and fielding the largest array of equipment, needs to improve its own processes by carrying out an internal analysis and taking effective steps to speed up the procurement process.

October 11, 2012

India’s Disarmament Myths and Political Realities*

There is a need to debate both the necessity and desirability of nuclear disarmament without being burdened by India’s idealistic aspirations and unfounded assumptions about the heft that this premature superpower carries in international politics.

October 10, 2012

What the Chinese White Paper Says on Diao Yu Dao? An Opportunity to Revisit the Issue

This Issue Brief presents the historical and legal debate surrounding the dispute and in the process underscores the inconsistencies and weaknesses in the Chinese claims.

October 10, 2012

The Iranian Nuclear Imbroglio and the NAM Summit

Though the NAM Summit was an important occasion for Iran to showcase its diplomatic acceptability, its impact on the future contours of the Iranian nuclear imbroglio will likely be minimal.

September 19, 2012