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Will Japan do without nuclear power?
Apr 25, 2012

Will Japan do without nuclear power?

In Japan, obtaining the consent of the people to run a nuclear power plant has now become very difficult. Prior to the Fukushima tragedy, local people's consent meant agreement of the towns and the prefecture where the plants were located.

Will Japan's domestic factor impede nuclear cooperation with India?
May 11, 2012

Will Japan's domestic factor impede nuclear cooperation with India?

While India-Japan relations have strengthened and trade volume has jumped over by 38% from the previous year, in the civil nuclear cooperation, Japan observers see a rather serious barrier in the strong anti-reactor backlash at home, keeping it away from striking an acceptable solution.

Will Japanese PM find a solution to the nuclear deadlock?
Dec 26, 2011

Will Japanese PM find a solution to the nuclear deadlock?

Whether Japan and India could find an acceptable compromise formula for civilian nuclear agreement that would address their respective concerns will be the main subject of discussion at the India-Japan Annual Summit in New Delhi on December 27-29.

Will Khaleda Zia's India visit lead to improved ties?
Oct 27, 2012

Will Khaleda Zia's India visit lead to improved ties?

The visit of Begum Khaleda Zia to New Delhi, her first visit as the Opposition leader, suggests a change in the thinking of her party, BNP. And it is likely to turn into a major breakthrough in the India-Bangladesh relations, marking a new beginning in the relations.

Will Kyrgyzstan be able to sustain  democracy?
Oct 30, 2010

Will Kyrgyzstan be able to sustain democracy?

Kyrgyzstan held its first parliamentary election on October 10, making it the first country in the region to opt for a parliamentary democracy. However, leaders of the other Central Asian Republics remain apprehensive of the path chosen by Kyrgyzstan.

Will Masuzoe's victory help PM Abe in nuclear policy?
Feb 26, 2014

Will Masuzoe's victory help PM Abe in nuclear policy?

While Shinzo Abe might be thinking that LDP supported independent Yoichi Masuzoe?s win in Tokyo gubernatorial poll will help him carry forward his pro-nuclear energy plans, defeated candidates Hosokawa and Koizumi are determined to intensify their campaign for a nuclear free Japan.

Will Modi  look at Russia with new eyes?
May 28, 2014

Will Modi look at Russia with new eyes?

Narendra Modi's warm response to Putin's congratulatory message, in contrast to a business-like acknowledgement of Obama, has a well-thought out back story and may prove all those predicting a business-as-usual foreign policy regime wrong.

Will Musharraf Last Long Enough to Talk Peace?
Jun 20, 2003

Will Musharraf Last Long Enough to Talk Peace?

On Monday night, a television anchor asked Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit about her views on India's decision to run the Lahore bus again. She said: "I hope it doesn't fall by the wayside as the previous one.'' If she clearly sounded sceptical, there are reasons. The last time buses began to cross the Wagah border

Will Obama Fall Between Stools?
Jun 27, 2011

Will Obama Fall Between Stools?

US President Barack Obama is trying to reconcile the irreconcilables - the requirements of his domestic audience and the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. It will take a while before we know whether he has fallen between stools.

Will Okinawa poll shock impact Abe's national politics and US relations?
Nov 20, 2014

Will Okinawa poll shock impact Abe's national politics and US relations?

The consequences of the Okinawa gubernatorial elections, where Prime Minister Abe's party candidate was defeated convincingly, mainly on the issue of relocation of US bases, will resonate on the US-Japan security alliance as well as Abe's ruling LDP party.

Will Panchsheel be key to India-China relations?
Jan 28, 2015

Will Panchsheel be key to India-China relations?

In a first of the kind, Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata organised an inter-university debate competition on 'Panchsheel and its Relevance' on January 17 to commemorate completion of 60 years of signing the agreement.

Will Rouhani be able to break the nuclear deadlock?
Jul 05, 2013

Will Rouhani be able to break the nuclear deadlock?

Though Dr. Hassan Rouhani is labelled as a 'pragmatist', 'moderate', or even a 'reformist' by analysts, all these terms have very restrictive meanings in the Iranian context.

Will Rouhani be able to change the game?
Jun 19, 2013

Will Rouhani be able to change the game?

The challenge for Iran's President-elect Dr. Hassan Rouhani lies in not only appeasing the highest echelons of country's clergy, but also securing results for an economy that is on the brink of collapse.

Will SC verdicts produce desired results?
Jul 12, 2013

Will SC verdicts produce desired results?

Though two rulings in as many days, the Supreme Court has set the tone on checking criminality in politics. Yet, issues remain in the implementation and enforcement, if the court verdict has to produce the desired results and meet with discerning goals.

Will Sharif Govt be a winner?
May 14, 2013

Will Sharif Govt be a winner?

Whether or not Nawaz Sharif's new innings will be a winner for India-Pakistan ties is an important question, but more significant is: Will his new stint at the top post be a winner for Pakistan? A Pakistan that finds its feet, and embarks on the road to comprehensive progress and democracy, will be good for itself and for the region as a whole.

Will Singur verdict brighten the prospect of Land Bill?
Jul 13, 2012

Will Singur verdict brighten the prospect of Land Bill?

While Mamata Banerjee tries to avoid being branded as an anti-industry and inflexible politician, her best ally could be the pending central land acquisition bill, which thanks largely to Mamata Banerjee, is in comatose since 2007.

Will Sri Lankan Diaspora help revive pan-Tamil politics in India?
Dec 24, 2010

Will Sri Lankan Diaspora help revive pan-Tamil politics in India?

It definitely was not in the scheme, but the 'Oxford Union episode' involving Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa may have emboldened the demoralised nation's pan-Tamil Diaspora across the West, with its fallout expected to be felt in neighbouring India as well.

Will the 'Libyan Mission' dethrone Gaddafi?
Apr 04, 2011

Will the 'Libyan Mission' dethrone Gaddafi?

Libya's future looks uncertain. The no-fly zone may not be enough to unseat Gaddafi. If Gaddafi survives and maintains his hold over Tripolitania, the world may have to contend with his wrath and a potential rogue state, uncomfortably close to Europe.

Will the aircraft carriers be the game changers?
Dec 02, 2013

Will the aircraft carriers be the game changers?

New aircraft carrier Vikramaditya will undoubtedly have a major role to play as force multipliers and strategic game changers in the region, but as a ship without even the basic defences against air borne threats, it will be extremely vulnerable, obviating its usage to its potential to the maximum.

Will the Chinese anti-corruption campaign succeed?
Jul 08, 2015

Will the Chinese anti-corruption campaign succeed?

For over a year, China is running a huge anti-corruption campaign. More than 1,82,000 officials have been punished, including high ranking military officials, four national leaders and senior executives of state companies. However, this type of arbitrary and high-handed posture could backfire and become a catalyst for political crisis if it continues in the present way.

Will the dead be cremated as part of Europe's austerity?
Apr 27, 2012

Will the dead be cremated as part of Europe's austerity?

In Prague, the expensiveness of the custom of burial has become an issue. And this issue is of relevance to most urban societies including ours as pressure on urban land will result in pressure on graveyards.

Will the Delhi India-Japan Summit bring about a breakthrough?
Dec 10, 2015

Will the Delhi India-Japan Summit bring about a breakthrough?

The 9th India-Japan bilateral is taking place in New Delhi this week-end. PM Abe is reaching Delhi on December 11. Two of the main issues that need to be resolved to take the partnership to new heights are the civil nuclear agreement and the supply of Japan's indigenously made US2 amphibious aircraft to India. Will Abe and Modi be able to achieve this?

Will the General retreat?
Jun 23, 2006

Will the General retreat?

With Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif making common cause in opposing Pervez Musharraf, democracy is back in reckoning in Pakistan. Will democracy return to Pakistan? This is the question which is being raised both within Pakistan and outside, especially after two former Prime Ministers, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, decided to bury their hatchets, sit across a table in a London hotel and agree on a Charter of Democracy last month.

Will the Govt be able to reign in price hike?
Jun 20, 2014

Will the Govt be able to reign in price hike?

The rise in the price of food grains may be cushioned by the enormous stocks held by the government's FCI godowns. But higher vegetable, fruits, eggs, fish and meat prices will contribute to food inflation as they have done in the past.

Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics' poll test?
Dec 12, 2014

Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics' poll test?

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has a fairly heavy political agenda before him. The foremost is his firm resolve to introduce constitutional reforms. If he wins the December 14 elections, Abe would have bright chances to win another term as the LDP president in September next year and stay at the helm for three more years.

Will the new check-post at Attari enthuse India-Pakistan trade?
Apr 18, 2012

Will the new check-post at Attari enthuse India-Pakistan trade?

While the establishment of new Integrated Check Post at Attari is a welcome move, there are certain issues which have dampened the spirits of Punjab's traders. The Pakistan government has still not allowed trade of items freely from the Attari-Wagah land route despite it being the cheapest and shortest trade route.

Will the US take Iran's extended hand?
Sep 26, 2013

Will the US take Iran's extended hand?

The US may have lost interest in Iraq, but in Syria if it truly desires a diplomatic solution, then Iran has to be brought on board. This is what even the French are telling them. But will the US take the extended hand.

Will US, China be able to manage tensions?
Nov 01, 2013

Will US, China be able to manage tensions?

The question is whether the governments of the US and China can find a way to manage their differences in a way that does not ignite tensions. No one knows the answer to this. However, managing these tensions will require a lot of diplomatic effort and energy.

Will western intervention for Africa's minerals also check-mate China?
Jan 28, 2013

Will western intervention for Africa's minerals also check-mate China?

The arrival of the French in Mali could well be the beginning of link ups across the oil and mineral rich regions stretching from Sudan across Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Western Sahara.

Win In Libya And Lose The Arab Spring
Sep 14, 2011

Win In Libya And Lose The Arab Spring

It is a pity the Spring ushered in by Arab youth has been willfully wasted by the West. Indeed, the shaken monarchies and the remaining dictatorships have rallied around the US and Europe to protect themselves.

Winds of change in Africa: Unprecedented opportunities for India
Jan 10, 2011

Winds of change in Africa: Unprecedented opportunities for India

The decade that began on January 1 will be Africa's decade. Unprecedented opportunities are opening up for India-Africa cooperation in Africa's rise in several areas, notably higher education, industrialisation and agriculture.

Winds of change sweeping Muslim minds
Nov 19, 2011

Winds of change sweeping Muslim minds

A popular conclusion drawn by many in the Pakistan media is that Imran Khan has arrived. His Lahore meeting, which was a great success, should alarm the other political players of Pakistan.

Winning back the 'aam' investor
Feb 16, 2013

Winning back the 'aam' investor

In the Union Budget, the Finance Minister needs to restore the confidence of the middle class investor who now have little faith in anything other than gold and real estate as the means of preserving and growing her savings.

Winning Cambodia
Apr 05, 2012

Winning Cambodia

Diplomacy is almost always about timing. Chinese President Hu Jintao offered a lesson in the virtues of diplomatic timing by showing up in Cambodia over the weekend.

Winning the aerospace tech battle
Aug 29, 2011

Winning the aerospace tech battle

India had recently decided to partner Russia in a joint project known as Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). A project like this is a rarity, like Brahmos, that India can ill afford to lose. Prudence would demand employment of a realist strategy of engagement by India in convincing the Russians to expand the scope of involvement.

Witch hunting for WMDs in Iraq
Nov 11, 2003

Witch hunting for WMDs in Iraq

Bush Blair duo is finding it extremely difficult to justify the invasion of Iraq to the world in general and to their local constituency in particular. The United States military has been unable to locate WMDs in Iraq in spite its best efforts. This has led the entire world to believe that the war was an unjust war.

With China, keep it real
May 20, 2013

With China, keep it real

Chinese leaders are steeped in the realist tradition and appreciate the logic of power politics. Premier Li Keqiang might respond more positively to a frank discourse from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh than Delhi's self-deceptions that have so misled India's Chinese interlocutors.

With fall of rupee, wooing foreign investors won't be easy
Jun 24, 2013

With fall of rupee, wooing foreign investors won't be easy

We should be prepared for a lower rupee unless the RBI steps in and boosts the rupee by releasing a huge amount of dollars. In this situation, wooing back the FIIs would not be easy. Proping up exports will also not be easy. It would be very difficult for the rupee to regain its former value unless commodity prices decline.

With Russian buildup in Syria, is Turkey a bigger loser?
Oct 01, 2015

With Russian buildup in Syria, is Turkey a bigger loser?

Much of this month has witnessed a slow but steady build-up of Russian troops in Syria. The Russian move is of huge significance - militarily as well geopolitically - not by what it brings to the table, but by what it prevents the other protagonists from doing in that tragic conflict.