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01 Jan 2017 description

INTRODUCTION: ASSESSING THE INDEX

By Derek Verbakel and Marie Pavageau Research staff, IPCS

05 May 2016 description

BIG PICTURE

CARDINAL TRANSITIONS

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.

01 Jun 2008 description

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 UN offices.

Why are they being attacked? Is there an underlying trend ? Will they decline, or are they likely to continue? Is there a way out?

29 May 2008 description

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.