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Tremendous potential for
 cooperation between India
 and Europe
"Europe, Germany and India are first-choice partners, face the same risks and take on responsibility" says Ursula von der Leyen, Defence Minister Germany while delivering a Special Address at an event organised by the Observer Research Foundation on 27 May 2015.
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Analysis
 
India needs long term solution in procuring defence systems
29 May 2015
Pushan Das
Security expert Ashley Tellis recommends upgrading India's aircraft carrier with US systems to counter the Chinese in the Indian Ocean. But does India face a credible enough Chinese threat and does it really need new systems?
 
Paving the path for Rule of law in China - reform or empty rhetoric
28 May 2015
Mahalakshmi Ganapathy
The survival of the Communist Party and its legitimacy depends on how seriously they understand the ground voices and act accordingly. The urgency to bring comprehensive judicial reforms may be a survival strategy.
 
The Modi govt's real test is yet to come
27 May 2015
Manoj Joshi
The real test for any government is elections - both state and central. The Narendra Modi government faces one later this year when elections will take place to the Bihar.
 
Well run, Modi!
27 May 2015
Sanjeev Ahluwalia
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has run the first leg of the marathon with exceptional skill. But the next 16 km till 2017 is what will make or break his chances for re-election in 2019.
 
Energy Reforms: An Uneven Road
27 May 2015
Sunjoy Joshi
The Modi government's biggest challenge is battling a legacy of distrust. The dominant political discourse in India remains deeply suspicious of market liberalization.
 
The State of the Economy
27 May 2015
Jayshree Sengupta
Prime Minister Modi's moves on the social sector insurance policy for the poor stand out as an outstanding achievement. But in all other sectors much needs to be done and assessments on the government's performance are divided.
 
Heroes Humiliated in the name of Security
27 May 2015
Deepak Sinha
In Delhi, the Army still honours its martyrs in the airport parking lot as, ostensibly due to security concerns, it doesn't have access to the reception area built last year.
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Report
 
Post-Genocide Rwanda's dramatic transition
22 May 2015
As Rwanda commemorates 1994 genocide, now it has become a global example of successful post-conflict reconstruction. A talk at ORF by Rwandan High Commissioner Ernest Rwamucyo focussed on post-genocide Rwanda's unique story where ownership and innovative "home-grown solutions" helped re-construct the nation.
 
Challenges of Nuclear Deterrence in a Multipolar Nuclear Architecture
22 May 2015
The India-France nuclear dialogue, organised by Observer Research Foundation on April 1, discussed, debated and exchanged ideas on some of the mutual challenges faced by both countries. Both the countries share concern on issues ranging from Chinese-Pakistani nuclear cooperation, nuclear proliferation in Iran and possibilities of an arms race in the West Asia.
 
Muscle-power giving way to money-power in elections: Expert
22 May 2015
The process of reforms in the electoral system to ensure electoral integrity has began, but much remains to be achieved. Ultimately, electoral integrity could be restored only by the will of the people and it is in people's power to do so.
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Occasional Paper
 
The Dance of the Elephant and the Dragon: The Promise and Perils of Sino-Indian Relations
18 May 2015
Himanil Raina
Issue No. 65
Why is it that despite sharing significant commonalities, India and China remain trapped in a relationship that projects them as inevitable rivals? This paper examines the promise of these bilateral relations and attempts to sound the death knell to the old narrative.
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Issue Brief
 
Atithi Devo Bhava?
22 May 2015
Natasha Agarwal and Magnus Lodefalk
Issue. 91
This issue brief analyses recent reforms of the Indian tourist visa process, addresses shortcomings and suggests ways in which to make the e-tourist visa effectively benefit the Indian economy.
 
Swine Flu: Challenges and Impact on the Indian Economy
11 May 2015
Richa Sekhani
Issue. 90
Swine flu has seen a worrisome spread in India recently, and there are fears of another resurgence in the coming months. This issue brief explores the economic impact of swine flu and the challenges India faces in fighting the disease.
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ORF Special Report
 
Iran Nuclear Deal: Implications of the Framework Agreement
08 May 2015
Kanchi Gupta & Arka Biswas
The US may leverage the Palestinian issue with Israel, in light of France's move to introduce a UNSC resolution on Palestinian statehood. It is likely that President Obama will block this resolution in exchange for Israeli support for the nuclear deal with Iran.
 
Air Power Special Compilation
07 May 2015
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, Angad Singh
Issue No. 9
•  Roadblocks to Air Revolution in Indian War-   Fighting
•  The Opportunities of Gallium Nitride
Doctrinal and war-fighting changes elude the IAF as it grapples to adopt technological upgrades in its fourth generation fighter force.
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Global Policy - ORF SERIES
 
India's Urbanisation Experiences
May 2015
Rumi Aijaz
The second issue of GP-ORF series deals with the key urban challenges facing India - by 2030, India will be 40% urban - and directions the country could take to absorb and manage this future growth. [Based on a series of workshops conducted by ORF, supported by GIZ, during 2013-14.]
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Africa Monitor
 
On Africa Day, UN chief spotlights continent's achievements, reflects on challenges of 2015
29 May 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 40
Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent's achievements and to reflect on its challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week,
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Maldives: Stake-holders must go beyond checkmate and stalemate on Yameen's initiative
22 May 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy
Vol VIII, Issue 21
After seemingly winning the earlier rounds in the ongoing political tug-of-war since the New Year commenced, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen seems to have got his political detractors on the wrong foot again,
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China Weekly Report
 
Xi urges solidarity for national rejuvenation
25 May 2015
Vol V, Issue 20
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged authorities to pool strength for the realization of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation. Xi made the remarks at a three-day meeting of the united front work, which closed on May 20 in Beijing.
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West Asia Monitor
 
But What's the Alternative? In negotiations with Iran, it means doing a better job
11 May 2015
Vol I, Issue IX
Probably the most common response to the criticism that has been leveled at the P5+1-Iran negotiations over the past year is: "but what's the alternative?"
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
A Time to Lead
8 May, 2015
Vol III, Issue 5
Today [April 16], Den Hague will be at the centre of the cyber world as over 100 delegations assemble for the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) hosted by the Dutch government. India?s participation at such forums must factor in two important realities of the digital space.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
China Maritime Tensions dominates ASEAN Summit
05 May 2015
Vol IV, Issue 5
In the March issue, this column stated that "Chinese occupation and creation of islands in the South China Sea is going to be an issue not just with the other disputing nations in the region but with extra regional actors such as the US... [and] The issue will only add more complexities in an already tensed area."
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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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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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Panel Discussion
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"Bridging Digital Faultines: Technological Sovereignty and the Open Internet"
Monday, 1 June 2015
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Talk on

"PM Modi's visit and bilateral relations with South Korea"
by HE Kim Kyungsoo (CG, Republic of Korea, Chennai)
Saturday, 30 May 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
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Discussion on the Release of the Report
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"India-Bangladesh Connectivity: Possibilities and Challenges"
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
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Venue: ORF-Kolkata, Conference Hall

 


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Roundtable Discussion
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"India and Bangladesh Relations: Land Boundary and Beyond"
Friday, 5 June 2015
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Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference
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"Japan's Foreign Policy - Strategy and Practicë"
by Mr Akitaka Saiki
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
(2:30 PM To 4:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Roundtable Discussion
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"Critical Information Infrastructure Protection"
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
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Conference
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"CYFY 2015"
14-16 October 2015
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Venue: New Delhi

 


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ORF-ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hamburg)
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"5th Asian Forum on Global Governance"
25 October to 3 November 2014
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Carbon Emissions: Peaking Prematurely in China and India (Part I)
19 May 2015
Lydia Powell and Akhilesh Sati

The report by working group III of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) released last year contained a chapter on energy systems.

 
UNFCCC Principles Non-Negotiable: India and China
19 May 2015

India and China issued a joint statement on climate change on 15 May on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to China.

 
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International
PM Modi's foreign policy
15 May 2015
Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Modi's strategy to navigate the impossible trinity of US, China and Europe-Russia is clear. Engage with the US,

 
PM Modi in Mongolia
12 May 2015
C. Raja Mohan

Why has Modi chosen to be India's first prime minister to visit Mongolia? Mongolia is indeed a very sensitive neighbour of China,

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National
India-Iran and the Easing of Sanctions
14 May 2015
Kanchi Gupta

India's deepening engagement with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as Israel could also moderate New Delhi's.

 
Make China India's natural ally for development
13 May 2015
Ranjit Goswami

The key challenge PM Modi would face in China is to completely debunk the hypothesis, which some people suspect,

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China
Beyond the boundary
11 May 2015
C Raja Mohan

Chinese leaders, ever so adept at power politics, do not find it difficult to understand where Modi is coming from.

 
Chinese keep a keen eye on Modi's visit
11 May 2015
Manoj Joshi

In Beijing, the overwhelming question a visitor faces is: What will be the outcome of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

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Economy
Back to the labyrinth
12 May 2015
Sunjoy Joshi

It is time to pause to remind Prime Minister Modi of his campaign promise "minimum government, maximum governance".

 
The Modi govt's economic story
12 May 2015
Manoj Joshi

Modi himself is on record saying that it would take him 5-7 years to fulfil his agenda. That is a reasonable amount of time.

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