RCSS E-Multilogue

Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), since its inception as an independent think tank, has sought to encourage research, dialogue and deliberation on a broad range of conventional and non-conventional sources of conflict. Over the years it has endeavored to bring together scholars, academics, practitioners and civil society, in the context of addressing a wide range of issues prevailing in the international system and providing them with sustainable solutions.

To this end, RCSS is pleased to launch the RCSS E-Multilogue.

Audience & Aims

This multilogue aims to engage with a wide cross section of individuals, in order to discuss and share thoughts, opinions and knowledge on contemporary international events and issues. Furthermore, it provides the perfect platform for undergraduates, scholars, practitioners and all interested groups to convene and remain abreast of the most current and trending topics in South Asia and beyond.

The moderated blog specifically aims to create multiple conversations and discussions on a series of topics which can be approached by different lenses, perspectives and stakeholders. This multilogue also hopes to connect young students and practitioners with senior scholars and academics, with the broader purpose of stimulating critical discussion, creating interaction, building networks, and contributing towards the wider expansion of knowledge in the field of international relations.

Please send any queries and/or articles (600-800 words) that you may have to: rcss@rcss.org


Every Month, RCSS will announce a theme in order to prompt discussion on a selected contemporary issue of regional and/or international significance.

All interested parties are invited to comment on the ‘theme’ and post their own thoughts and views on the specific topic, or write articles related to the broader identified forum theme, as a separate topic. Upon moderation, these replies/ new topics, related to the theme, will be published on the site.

Students, scholars, and practitioners are invited to respond to the think piece, comments, or articles for the duration of the week. All participants must include their names and affiliations. Anonymous posting will not be approved.
In parallel to the discussions, opinion polls would be conducted on critical questions related to the identified topic, as well as provide an opportunity for participants to determine topics for the upcoming weeks.

Comments should not exceed 200 words, and articles should not exceed 500 on the given topic area. Articles should be original pieces of work. Plagiarized, and/or materials that have already been published elsewhere will not be accepted.

Please note the blog aspires to publish only constructive analysis and criticism, excluding insult and hate speech, in order to maintain a level of academic vigor and positive engagement of the site.

Theme for February 2020: “Politics of Cross-Border Transit of Viruses”


Redefining National Security with Chinese Characteristics

This paper examines the Chinese Non-traditional security policy and its influences in South Asia. Non-traditional security (NTS) threats have become common issues in almost all parts of the world; both domestically and internationally, that originates from various...

Combating Violent Extremism and Terrorism in South Asia

  South Asia is a region which is important for its various resources. This includes both natural resources and human resource, which collectively contribute positively to human and environmental security if they are managed appropriately. Though human resources...

A Year in Review: Sri Lanka 09/01/17-23/01/17

Sri Lanka, though a small island state, lies at the tip of the South Asian subcontinent and at the center of the Indian Ocean. In a vastly interconnected world, the sweeping effects of globalisation; China’s economic downturn; growing discontent and de-stabilisation...

The Problem with Minority Rights 21/11/2016-05/12/2016

“Minority rights” is an idea that is today omnipresent in the liberal discourse on South Asia. The existence of specific rights protecting ethnic or religious minority communities and granting them some degree of autonomy as against majority rule has come to be...

The Unconventional Classroom 04/07/16 – 18/07/16

Rows of benches tightly packed, facing a blackboard, where the teacher lectures and the students quietly and rather passively listen to the teacher – such is the face of the conventional classroom. Of course, there are bellwether indications of shifts away from...

Gender in South Asia 20/06/16 – 04/07/16

I could squander my meager word quota on a miserable litany of evils but I will not. Let me instead list a few regional positives and identify a few points of joint action on issues that fall within the very broad rubric, “Gender in South Asia.” “Gender in South Asia”...

Hillary’s Future in South Asia 06/06/16 – 20/06/16

Hillary Clinton, throughout her political career, has tended toward more aggressive stances on foreign policy issues. Contrary to many of her democrat counterparts, she voted for the AUMF against Iraq in 2002, pushed for US involvement in Libya against el-Qaddafi’s...