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INTRODUCTION: ASSESSING THE INDEX
By Derek Verbakel and Marie Pavageau Research staff, IPCS
In 2016, India is likely to hit a sweet spot and come to be seen – despite a host of domestic debilities and external vulnerabilities – as an island of growth and stability. This year, several countries whose internal dynamics are acutely relevant to India will undergo internal transitions of one sort or another.
The latest in a string of strikes against
embassies and consulates across the world was the explosion of a car bomb
outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad on 1 June 2008. In the period since
the 9/11 attacks, especially since America's invasion of Afghanistan,
there has been a spurt in the number of such assaults, including against
Why are they being attacked? Is there an underlying trend ? Will they decline, or are they likely to continue? Is there a way out?
Over a hundred nations gathered in Dublin on 19 May for final negotiations on an international treaty to ban the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of cluster munitions. The treaty will also provide for the destruction of stockpiles and the rehabilitation of survivors and their families.