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More modestly, with Kabul
The visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi this week offers an opportunity to PM Modi to recalibrate India's Afghan policy towards greater realism and more modest goals. Modi must reassure Ghani that Delhi is in a "standby" mode, ready to extend, whatever support Kabul wants and feels comfortable with.
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Analysis
 
The upgrading of India's forces is still a long way off
27 April 2015
Manoj joshi
Speaking recently in New Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the Government was committed to modernise the armed forces, but "that there is a need to exercise financial prudence and optimise all available resources".
 
TNA joins Colombo to pour cold water on Tamil Nadu fishers' proposals
24 April 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy
The Tamil National Alliance, heading an elected Government in Sri Lanka's Northern Province, have shocked well-wishers in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, with its tough stand on the fishers' issue between Colombo and Chennai.
 
Making agriculture attractive, a major challenge for Modi Govt
24 April 2015
Jayshree Sengupta
The Modi government is encouraging less dependence on agriculture and the creation of smart cities. To make agriculture more remunerative and attractive, especially for the youth, a lot has to be done - farm credit, access to farm machinery and use of IT.
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Report
 
Cyfy 2014 Report
24 April 2015
The India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance was held from October 15-17, 2014, emerging in its second year as India's biggest international cyber policy platform. The Cyfy 2014 Report includes a full round-up and analysis of the sessions and speeches and presentations which took place over the three days of the conference.
 
Sharp rise in number of terror attacks since 2010
23 April 2015
Dr. Gary LaFree of the University of Maryland says in his studies of the data gathered by his department, he has noticed that in recent years, terrorist attacks have become deadlier with advances in technological knowhow. However, attacks using high technology, radiological, chemical and biological attacks.
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Occasional Paper
 
Nuclear Developments in Iran: Comprehending the Indian View
21 April 2015
Arka Biswas
Issue No. 63
This paper examines Indian policies and decisions on Iran's nuclear programme and reveals a number of critical factors which have influenced New Delhi on this matter in varying degrees.
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Global Policy - ORF SERIES
 
Eradicating TB in India
March 2015
Edited by Harsh Sethi
This special issue marks the occasion of World TB Day 2015. It is also the first release of the Global Policy-ORF series on key debates occurring In India that influence the progression of global governance discussions.
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ORF Special Report
 
South Asia annual review 2015
27 March 2015

Political transitions and a looming threat of terrorism dominated much of South Asia in 2014. ORF's annual South Asia Review provides insights into the developments n each country in the region.
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Africa Monitor
 
Africa votes in two new members of FIFA executive
18 April 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 37
Tarek Bouchamaoui of Tunisia and Constant Omari Selemani of the Democratic Republic of Congo were voted in as new members of FIFA's all-powerful executive committee to represent Africa.
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China Weekly Report
 
China defines overall national security outlook in draft law
20 April 2015
Vol V, Issue 15
China's top legislature was once again presented with a draft law on the overall national security strategy, which highlighted political and public security. On April 20, the national security law was tabled for its second reading during the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Bangladesh: Testing time still ahead
17 April 2015
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
Vol VIII, Issue 16
Last week Bangladesh celebrated the Bengali New Year, the biggest festival of the country with much fanfare. Celebration of Bengali New Year has special significance for the country as it marks the values for which Bangladesh fought for -- its culture and the liberal values.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Local Pollution and the Politics of Outrage (part II)
14 April 2015
Vol XI, Issue 44
Drawing on the hypothesis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), last week's column ended with a rather sceptical observation that the problem of local pollution in Delhi.
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Space Alert
 
The UAE Takes a Bold Step into the Final Policy Frontier
April 2015
Vol III, Issue 2
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) may be positioning itself to become a leader for outer space activities in the Gulf Region. Recently, Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, EIAST, held the inaugural meeting of the UAE Space Agency Working Group on Space Policy and Law,
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Think...Before Connecting Things to the Internet
9 April, 2015
Vol III, Issue 4
What is common to switching on a water pump in the field via cellphone, monitoring people's movement through a city-wide surveillance system and wearing a fitness band to monitor your wellness regimen?
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West Asia Monitor
 
Israel Swerves Right
7 April 2015
Vol I, Issue VIII
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu created history, defying pre-poll predictions, by leading his right-wing Likud Party to victory in the recently concluded national elections in Israel. The stunning result gave Netanyahu's Likud party 30 seats in the 120 seat Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Joint Patrols in the South China Sea
06 April 2015
Vol IV, Issue 4
Vice Admiral Robert Thomas of the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet (responsible for US missions and presence in the Indo-Pacific) has urged ASEAN nations to come together on a joint patrol exercise to check unilateral actions in the South China Sea.
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Annual Report
 
Annual Report 2014



Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an endeavour to aid and influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India. The expectations of the global community from India are immense as the country is poised to play a leading role in the knowledge age. The Foundation believes that in the next 15 years, India will be one of the great economic powers in the world and contribute to a significant transformation in the quality of life of humanity.
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Local Pollution and the Politics of Outrage (part II)
14 April 2015
Lydia Powell & Akhilesh Sati

Drawing on the hypothesis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), last week's column ended with a rather sceptical observation that the problem of local pollution in Delhi.

 
The German Energiewende turns around Industry's Business Models (Part IIIa)
03 April 2015
Thomas Elmar Schuppe

The ongoing Energiewende in Germany ("energy turnaround") is not only turning around the basic structure of the energy market and prices - particularly in the power generation sector.

 
Key Requirement for Setting up Coal Washeries on Coal Company's Land in India
14 April 2015
Ashish Gupta,

 
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International
Pakistan in the eye of the storm
15 April 2015
Manoj Joshi

The 12-point resolution approved by Pakistan's Parliament said that Islamabad must maintain "neutrality" in the Yemen conflict.

 
Canada cousins
14 April 2015
C Raja Mohan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada this week should help rejuvenate an important relationship that has long been neglected in New Delhi.

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National
Small steps for big change
16 April 2015
Shruti Gupta

While the launch of the MUDRA Bank is a laudable effort on the part of the government, there still persists ambiguity in the nature of the Bank's undertakings.

 
Land policy vital for Modi's manufacturing dream
13 April 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani

The land amendment bill, brought in by the Modi government, represents a crucial plank of his government's economic agenda to turbocharge Indian growth.

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China
Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study
10 April 2015
Sriparna Pathak Raimedhi

The story of the Maotai town in the Guizhou province in South China is an interesting case study of developmental economics

 
Yemen evacuation
09 April 2015
C. Raja Mohan

While India continues to evacuate its citizens from Yemen, China was quick to complete its operation last week. China had barely 600 people in Yemen to rescue.

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Security & Intelligence
A time to lead
16 April 2015
Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Mitra

India must accept its own exceptionalism. It must thereafter understand how to establish it. India is in a position to shape cyberspace debates,

 
Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?
15 April 2015
Pushan Das

Why is the Navy procuring three different helicopters to fulfil three ends of the same capability spectrum? The Navy would be better off with a single platform to leverage engine.

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