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Libya: A failed State
Since the overthrow of the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been plagued by violence and instability. Internecine fighting for power seems be the new norm in Libya, and the country has gradually slipped into a quagmire of civil war.
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Analysis
 
Modi must moderate the Sangh
18 December 2014
Manoj Joshi
Narendra Modi came to power with an unexceptional agenda: push economic growth; transform the infrastructure; bring about a social transformation. But this agenda appears to be in danger of being drowned out by a cacophony of voices from Hindutva organisations.
•  The insane logic of violence
 
Beijing's Afghan role
17 December 2014
C Raja Mohan
China has good relations with most of Afghanistan's neighbours, including Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. But it is Beijing's emerging partnership with the Pakistan army in Afghanistan that is the most interesting new element in the region.
 
Decoding India's stand on international sanctions
17 December 2014
Rishika Chauhan
The Modi government's policy of engagement, rather than isolation of sanctioned countries, is very much in line with its predecessor, United Progressive Alliance, led by Manmohan Singh. However, like Singh, Modi too has refrained from speaking on the issue of sanctions.
 
Reimagining Indian economic planning: Planning Commission 2.0
16 December 2014
Samir Saran
The Narendra Modi government is going to close down the Planning Commission as it existed. But, any new organization of Indian economic leadership must learn from the failures and successes of the erstwhile Planning Commission, continuing its best aspects while reforming all that is irrelevant.
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Report
 
Emerging challenges in an urbanising India: Governance, security and climate change
15 December 2014
As part of a three-year research project undertaken by ORF and PRIO to study and analyse urban governance, urban security and environment related trends and concerns in selected regions of India, an international conference was organised on "Emerging Challenges in an Urbanising India: Governance, Security and Climate Change".
 
India should take on more responsibilities in Indo-Pacific
08 December 2014
It is clear that countries in the region would like to see India play a greater security role in the Indo-Pacific - that is India should be more proactive, rather than reactive. India should take advantage of the opportunities, and take on responsibilities.
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Issue Brief
 
Reimagining Multistakeholderism: Challenges for Internet Governance
05 December 2014
Samir Saran and William Poff-Webster
Issue No. 84
Concerns remain in the developing world that about whether the ICANN/IANA transition will create a truly plural process. This issue brief discusses three challenges 'multistakeholderism' must address from the perspective of the developing world: access, equity and sovereignty.
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Occasional Paper
 
The Success of China's Aerospace Industry: Lessons for India
19 November 2014
Vishal Nigam
Issue No. 55
This Occasional Paper assesses China's vibrant and high-technology aviation sector that is thriving as a mainstay strategic industry by embracing knowledge-intensive activity, innovation and skills. It also provides prescriptions for India's grounded aerospace industry.
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ORF Seminar Series
 
Rivers of Conflict or Rivers of Peace: Water Sharing between India and China
15 November 2014
Pranab Kumar Ray
Prof. Pranab Kumar Ray (Director, Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Research, Kolkata) scrutinises the need for water sharing between India and China, dispels misconceptions and provides a framework for an Integrated Basin Water Management system.
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China Weekly Report
 
Sri Lanka emphasises good relations with China, India
15 December 2014
Vol IV, Issue 40
Sri Lanka said on December 14 that it has good ties with both China and India as both countries have played a key role in the economic development of the island nation.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Six months of Modi Government
12 December 2014
Satish Misra
Vol VII, Issue 50
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leading a majority government after a gap of 25 years, took charge of the country on May 26 this year at an impressive swearing-in ceremony.
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan |Sri Lanka
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Africa Monitor
 
Made-in-India EVMs to power Arica's first e-vote
08 December 2014
Vol. IV Issue. 28
Namibia will vote in Africa's first electronic ballot on Friday, a general election that will usher in a new president and quotas to put more women in government. Opposition parties had launched an 11th-hour challenge to the use of the Indian-made e-voting machines, claiming the lack of a paper trail could open the door to vote rigging.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Market Net Neutrality: A Better Way Forward
08 December, 2014
Vol II, Issue 12
Proponents of net neutrality in the United States received a boost this month when President Obama made a statement in support of classifying the internet as a public utility.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
China's New Foreign Policy Outlook
08 December 2014
Vol III, Issue 12
President Xi Jinping's recent speech on China's foreign policy has caught the international community's attention for more than one reason. The meeting (Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs), held for the second time in eight years, is a rare occasion in China outlining its foreign policy for the world.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Solar or Grid: To Choice is 'Yours'!
5 December 2014
Vol XI, Issue 25
Solar roof top power is propagated as energy for the poor people. In this light it is interesting to analyse the case of two hypothetical persons from the Below Poverty line category and see who will be in a better position,
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West Asia Monitor
 
Conflict in Syria and the possibility of peace
01 December 2014
Vol I, Issue IV
THE United Nations Security Council (UNSC) achieved the almost impossible recently by adopting a unanimous resolution on providing access to humanitarian aid to Syria, breaking a deadlock that pitted Russia and China against the Western powers.
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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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"Mekong Ganga Dialogue"
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
(5:00 PM To 08:00 PM)
Venue: Hotel Oberoi, New delhi
Wednesday , 17 December 2014
(09:30 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall
Thursday, 18 December 2014
(09:30 AM To 11:30 AM)
Venue: ORF Kolkatta

 


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Conference on

"China's Go West Policy and the Interplay of Major Powers in Central Asia".
Thursday, 18 December 2014
(9:30 AM To 2:30 PM)
Venue: ORF Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference on

"India and Korea: New Prospects for Bilateral Cooperation".
Thursday, 18 December 2014
(6:30 PM To 8:00 PM)
Venue: The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

 


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Roundtable Discussion on

"The Evolving Regional Security Architecture in the Indo Pacific"
Saturday, 20 December 2014
(10:00 AM To 1:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Talk on

"WTO, India and Agriculture Subsidies"
by Mr A V Ganesan, IAS (retd), ex-Commerce Secretary, GoI
Saturday, 20 December 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai, Conference Hall

 


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Meeting with

"Indian Climate Change Experts on Lima Climate Meeting and India"
Monday, 22 December 2014
(3:00 PM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Talk on

"Andaman and Nicobar Islands: India's Untapped Strategic Assets"
by Dr. Sanat Kaul
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Report Release
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'The Nuclear Security in India'
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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ORF-CIS Conference
on

"Security, Governments and Data: Technology and Policy"
Thursday, 8 January 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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13th Petro India Conference

"Future of Energy: Will Availability Meet Demand?"
16 January 2015
(8:30 AM To 5:30 PM)
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi

 


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Conference on

"Blurred Faces and Frontlines of Conflict - Challenges to Humanitarian Action"
16 January 2015
(11:30 AM To 1:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Roundtable meeting
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"Increasing Coal Production to 1 Billion Tonnes by 2020: Policy Pathways"
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
(10:00 AM To 3:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference
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"The Indian Economy at a Crossroads"
Thursday, 22 January 2015
(6:30 PM To 9:00 PM)
Venue: The Oberoi, New Delhi

 


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Roundtable Discussion
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"Security, Governments and Data: Technology and Policy"
Thursday, 22 January 2015
(2:00 PM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference

"India-China Media Exchange"
30-31 January 2015
(9:30 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Roundtable Discussion

"Political Turmoil in West Asia: Perspectives from India and Russia"
2-3 March 2015
(10:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference
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"CYFY 2015"
14-16 October 2015
(10:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: New Delhi

 




  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
Energy/Coal/Power
 
The German Energiewende turns around Market Structures and Prices (part I)
09 December 2014
Thomas Elmar Schuppe,

The ongoing Energiewende in Germany ("energy turnaround") is not only turning around the structure of the energy market and prices - particularly in the power generation sector but also requires considerable transformation of the utilities' business models.

 
When Elections Start Pushing Electrons
09 December 2014
Lydia Powell,

The propaganda material of the BJP available on its web site says that it is time to have all of India lit up like Gujarat.

 
Solar or Grid Power?
09 December 2014
Ashish Gupta,

It has been observed that the States which are less electrified are mostly the backward States.

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International
War against ISIS: The picture is gloomy
17 November 2014
Ravi Joshi

In the war against ISIS, the picture is gloomy. The ISIS is unlikely to be pushed back as long as the Coalition's War against it remains only aerial.

 
Modi's Canberra visit: Continuing the momentum
15 November 2014
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Prime Minister Modi's visit to Australia, taking place nearly 30 years after the last Indian Prime Ministerial visit (Rajiv Gandhi in 1986), comes at a critical time for both countries - when strategic equations are being redrawn, creating new Asian security dynamics.

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National
Redefining multi-stakeholderism for internet
15 November 2014
R. Swaminathan

Democratic multi-stakeholderism has the potential to mitigate the genuine concerns of sovereign nations in terms of protection of their cyber resources and infrastructure - not only from anonymous hackers and non-state actors,

 
Nehru's realism
14 November 2014
C. Raja Mohan

As India's most influential voice on foreign affairs in the run-up to Independence and its chief diplomat for the first 17 years of the republic, Nehru said and did things that can't be stuffed into one box labelled "Nehruvian".

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China
Chinese perceptions of Modi's foreign policy
14 November 2014
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Tibet and the Dalai Lama's status continue to worry the Chinese. India's stated policy that Tibet is part of China notwithstanding, Chinese feel that India has a hidden agenda.

 
Japan walks the extra mile
11 November 2014
Manoj Joshi

The four-point agreement that was worked out by State Councillor Yang Jichei and Japanese National Security Adviser Shotaro Yachi to enable the meeting between President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan indicates that Tokyo has walked the extra mile to assuage the Chinese.

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Security
Like a Lady Macbeth
13 November 2014
Vikram Sood

Throughout the 1990s, the Anglo-US duo remained obsessed with India's nuclear plans and virtually refused any discussions on Pakistani assistance to terrorism in India.

 
India's strategic Vietnam defence relations
13 November 2014
P.K. Ghosh

Vietnam has its own difficult history with China. It is not surprising, then, that this emerging country is often seen as a linchpin in India's counter-encirclement and "Look East" policies.

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