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China uses academia to assert South China Sea claims
International Affairs Jul 05, 2024

China uses academia to assert South China Sea claims

To reinforce public opinion and influence perception in favour of what China believes are the country’s “correct” maritime limits, Beijing has been using its academics to bolster and legitimise its SCS claims. ...

India-Uzbekistan trade poised for continued growth
International Affairs Jul 05, 2024

India-Uzbekistan trade poised for continued growth

While bilateral trade and ties between India and Uzbekistan hold immense promise, the lack of direct connectivity has hampered its potential. ...

The Mattei Plan: Rome’s foray into development diplomacy
International Affairs Jul 04, 2024

The Mattei Plan: Rome’s foray into development diplomacy

PM Meloni’s Mattei Plan for Africa aims to diversify Italy’s energy supply, enhance trade for securing critical raw minerals, and boost economic growth in the EU’s southern neighbourhood ...

Seeking support from Asia: Putin’s visit to Vietnam
International Affairs Jul 03, 2024

Seeking support from Asia: Putin’s visit to Vietnam

Putin’s recent visit to Vietnam is driven by his intention to establish closer ties with the ASEAN member states, especially amidst West-imposed sanctions. ...

A potential Hezbollah-Israel war: Rationale and implications
International Affairs Jul 03, 2024

A potential Hezbollah-Israel war: Rationale and implications

The Israel-Palestinian war and its spillover effects have now begun to turn towards Hezbollah and Lebanon with the latent potential to encompass wider regions of the world. ...

Pathogen peril: Non-state access to bioweapons
Defence and Security Jul 02, 2024

Pathogen peril: Non-state access to bioweapons

Advancements in biotechnology and accessible dual-use technologies have raised concerns about non-state actors gaining unregulated access to biological weapons. ...

An evolving IOR and dilemmas in Sri Lanka’s security calculus
International Affairs | Maritime Security Jul 02, 2024

An evolving IOR and dilemmas in Sri Lanka’s security calculus

While Sri Lanka is pushing for domestic reforms and defence capacities to counter the emerging threats in the IOR, its strategic location subjects it to the competitive power politics of the region. ...

Macron’s risky gamble
International Affairs Jul 01, 2024

Macron’s risky gamble

As French voters head to the polls to choose between the far-right’s Eurosceptic nationalist agenda or Macron’s staunchly pro-European ambitions, France stands at an existential crossroads ...

Navigating the terror threat: Russia and India in Afghanistan
International Affairs | Terrorism Jun 29, 2024

Navigating the terror threat: Russia and India in Afghanistan

Taliban’s reluctance or inability to deal with Afghan-based terror outfits for public posturing has now led to closer India-Russia cooperation on counterterrorism. ...

Tibet in focus: Congressional Dharamshala visit signals new pressure points
International Affairs Jun 29, 2024

Tibet in focus: Congressional Dharamshala visit signals new pressure points

Washington's recent visit to Dharamshala is motivated by its commitment to democratic values and support for freedom, as well as China's increasing hostility towards Taiwan. ...

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Arya Roy Bardhan

Arya Roy Bardhan

Arya Roy Bardhan is a Research Assistant at the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy, Observer Research Foundation. His research interests lie in the fields of macroeconomics, international trade, and econometrics, with an inclination towards policy impact assessment. ...

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Nilanjan Ghosh

Dr Nilanjan Ghosh is a Director at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in India, where he leads the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED) and ORF’s Kolkata Centre. His current roles also include Member of the Global Future Council on ...

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