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Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: A Reality Check
International Affairs | Great Power Dynamics | Defence and Security | Nuclear Security Aug 23, 2023

Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: A Reality Check

Nuclear development in Iran has been an issue of great concern, not only to its neighbours in West Asia, but also for the global powers, in the interests of regional and global stability. At present, efforts are being made to find a solution to the ...

Is the Indian Housing Finance Industry Keeping Pace with Changing Demographics?
Indian Economy | Development | Economics and Finance | Sustainable Development Aug 23, 2023

Is the Indian Housing Finance Industry Keeping Pace with Changing Demographics?

Besides a life insurance policy, a piece of land or a house is the first large investment that every Indian makes--sometimes, nowadays, as early as at 25 years of age. Against the backdrop of this changing psyche of the Indian consumer, this Issue Brief analyses ...

US Policies Towards Africa: In Search of a New Paradigm
International Affairs | US Foreign Policy | Economics and Finance | Economic Diplomacy | International Trade and Investment Aug 23, 2023

US Policies Towards Africa: In Search of a New Paradigm

There seems to be a revival of American interest in Africa. What are the reasons for this? What are the past and current US policies towards the region? Are these interests and policies different from those it had during the Cold War? How do Africans ...

The UN and Cyberspace Governance
International Affairs | Media and Internet | Cyber Security Aug 23, 2023

The UN and Cyberspace Governance

Even though governments have attempted to address issue related to cyber governance by creating national-level mechanisms, the very transnational nature of cyberspace has forced the international community to debate and form norms or rules that should promote good behaviour in cyberspace. ...

Corporate Funding of Elections: The Strengths and Flaws
Domestic Politics and Governance | National Politics | Law and Justice Aug 23, 2023

Corporate Funding of Elections: The Strengths and Flaws

This Issue Brief seeks to outline the history of corporate funding in India, legislation governing corporate funding, institutional innovations in corporate funding like electoral trusts, and international experiences and their relevance in the Indian context. Given the increasing clamour for transparent and accountable corporate funding ...

Future of Natural Gas in India: Paving the Way to Benefit from Upside Risks of LNG Supply
Indian Economy | Economics and Finance | Energy | Energy Security Aug 23, 2023

Future of Natural Gas in India: Paving the Way to Benefit from Upside Risks of LNG Supply

This Issue Brief seeks to provide inputs for further discussion to gain from potential windfall opportunities that might arise for India's natural gas industry as well as lay the requisite foundation for a future plan. ...

Myanmar and the Geopolitics of the Bay of Bengal
International Affairs | Neighbourhood | Defence and Security | Economics and Finance | Maritime Security | Indian Defence | China Military Aug 23, 2023

Myanmar and the Geopolitics of the Bay of Bengal

The opening up of Myanmar has added a new strategic value to the Bay of Bengal. Isolated for decades, Myanmar is actively engaging the world's major players in redefining its geopolitical identity today. This has further encouraged naval exchanges, exploration of energy resources and development ...

The Global Financial System: A post-GFC Report Card
International Affairs | Economics and Finance | Multilateralism Aug 23, 2023

The Global Financial System: A post-GFC Report Card

The International Financial Architecture has come under much scrutiny following the 2008 global financial crisis. There have been demands for major reforms to the IFA; but despite the steps taken so far, much more needs to be done to ensure global financial stability. ...

Geneva II: Breakthrough or Stalemate?
International Affairs | Great Power Dynamics | US Foreign Policy Aug 23, 2023

Geneva II: Breakthrough or Stalemate?

With the stage set for the Geneva II conference on Syria, positions have been drawn, bargaining will be tough and the outcome could go either way. ...

Silent Game: China’s Engagement in Afghanistan
International Affairs | Neighbourhood | China Foreign Policy Aug 23, 2023

Silent Game: China’s Engagement in Afghanistan

China's engagement with Afghanistan has become crucial as the US gradually pulls out its troops from the country. It has increased its investment in infrastructure projects in Afghanistan to US$1 billion from negligible amounts within a period of one year. Though it is still to ...