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Who will succeed Raheel Sharif as the next chief of Pak Army?

The Pioneer, February 13, 2016

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Lt General Raheel SharifThe Pakistan Army has overarching influence on politics, economy, foreign and defence policy of the country. This has resulted in the coinage of the often-repeated aphorism, “most countries have armies, but the Pakistan Army has a country.” The chief of the Pakistan Army is the most powerful person in the country. Thus, the question of who will succeed General Raheel Sharif as the sixteenth chief of the Pakistan Army is a weighty one with repercussions for the region’s future.

Till recently, it was expected that General Raheel Sharif, like his predecessors General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and General Pervez Musharraf, would receive an extension. This sentiment had been strengthened by General Musharraf’s statement in September 2015 calling for extension of General Sharif’s tenure. On January 25, 2016 General Sharif put the speculation regarding his tenure to rest and revealed his plan to retire when his three-year term ends in November 2016. With the possibility of an extension out of the way, it is opportune to look at who could become the next chief of the Pakistan Army.

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Interview: Planned North Korean Satellite Launch

Busan FM Radio, February 5, 2016

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

BusanFMDr. Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, ISSSP, NIAS was interviewed by Busan FM, South Korea for their live morning show “Morning Wave In Busan” on February 5, 2016. The interview dwelt on the planned North Korea’s missile and launch vehicle capabilities and on the planned  launch of an Earth Observation (EO) satellite and its implications for DPRK’s long-range missile capabilities.

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North Korea’s Nuclear Test: Why India Should be Worried

The Deccan Herald, February 5, 2016

Arun Vishwanathan and S. Chandrashekar, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru

DHNorth Korea is great at making news. Given that it is the only country to test nuclear weapons in this century, it does not have to try too hard. Just as the world was getting over the euphoria of ringing in the New Year, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on January 6, 2016. It is crucial that the international community moves beyond its usual round of statements criticising the North Korea nuclear test and takes hard measures, beginning with strong economic sanctions, which could make Pyongyang come to the negotiating table. New Delhi needs to monitor the development closely for links between North Korea and Pakistan given that the relationship could adversely affect India’s security.

The authors are faculty members in ISSSP, NIAS, Bengaluru

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Maharashtra Times – Aftermath of North Korea’s Nuclear Test

Maharashtra Times, January 17, 2016

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Maharastra TimesDr. Arun Vishwanathan wrote an op-ed article in Maharashtra Times on the recent (Jan 6, 2016) North Korean nuclear test. The article analysed the whether the North Korean claim that they had tested a thermonuclear weapon was plausible. It also discussed North Korean and Pakistani nuclear and missile linkages and its implications for India. 

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Rising Powers Respond to North Korean Hydrogen Bomb Test

Rising Powers Initiative, George Washington University, January 14, 2016

Rising Powers InitiativeThe Rising Powers Initiative at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University (GWU) quotes the recent ISSSP, NIAS Report by Arun Vishwanathan, S. Chandrashekar, LV Krishnan and Lalitha Sundaresan analysing the North Korean 2016 nuclear test. The GWU  Policy alert is a round up of how South Korea, China, Japan, India, Russia and Brazil responded to the North Korean nuclear test. The article mentions the link between the Pakistani and North Korean missile and nuclear programme that the ISSSP report had raised and how these developments are a concern for India. 

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The Logic of North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

Council on Foreign Relations, January 12, 2016

CFRThe Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) quotes the recent ISSSP Report by Arun Vishwanathan, S. Chandrashekar, LV Krishnan and Lalitha Sundaresan analysing the North Korean 2016 nuclear test. The CFR article is an interview of Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Amy Nelson. The article mentions the link between the Pakistani and North Korean missile and nuclear programme that the ISSSP Report had raised. It also states the conclusion that the DPRK test in all likelihood might have been a fission and not a fusion device.

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No radiation from N. Korea’s test yet detected in China, ROK

NK News, January 13, 2016

NKNewsThe recent ISSSP Report by Arun Vishwanathan, S. Chandrashekar, LV Krishnan and Lalitha Sundaresan analysing the North Korean 2016 nuclear test was quoted by NK News in a story entitled “No radiation from N. Korea’s test yet detected in China, ROK.” The story analysed whether radionuclide monitoring will be able to confirm or deny whether North Korea tested a thermonuclear device on January 6, 2016.

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Success of Modi’s trip hinges on what follows

The Strait Times, March 16, 2015

M. Mayilvaganan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

strait timesDr. M. Mayilvaganan was quoted in Nirmala Ganapathy’s article in The Strait Times titled “Success of Modi’s trip hinges on what follows”. The tour to three Indian Ocean nations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has provided India with an opportunity to obtain rights to develop two strategically located islands and even launch a radar system. This is viewed as the first step towards taking back strategic space ceded to China in recent years. Nevertheless, analysts maintain how far India follows up on its promises remains to be seen.

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Modi visits Jaffna, urges more power for Tamils

Asia News Network, March 15, 2015

M. Mayilvaganan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Dr. M. Mayilvaganan was quoted in annNirmala Ganapathy’s article in Asia News Network titled “Modi visits Jaffna, urges more power for Tamils”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has urged the Sri Lankan Government to give greater autonomy to ethnic minority Tamils during his recent visit to the island state. PM Modi even made a highly symbolic visit to the Tamil heartland of Jaffna and was the first Indian Prime Minister to do so. However, skepticism remains among experts if the Sri Lankan Government will do anything significant for the Tamils in the present time. 

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Will the China factor overshadow India’s Sri Lanka reset?

The Hindu Business Line, March 11, 2014

M. Mayilvaganan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Business LineDr. M. Mayilvaganan was quoted in Stanly Johny’s article in The Business Line titled “Will the China factor overshadow India’s Sri Lanka reset?”  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take up the issue of growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka when he meets the island nation’s leadership later this week in Colombo, even as experts remain cautious about giving overemphasis on the China factor in India’s engagement with its Indian Ocean neighbour. 

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