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India, Kenya and the Afro-Asian Century
Jan 26, 2022

India, Kenya and the Afro-Asian Century

While the promise of the “Afro-Asian century” is real, it will be tempered by two factors: economic and population growth

India-Maldives relations: Solih’s recent visit to India
Aug 05, 2022

India-Maldives relations: Solih’s recent visit to India

Solih’s visit underscored the strengthening of the economic and security ties in the backdrop of the Opposition’s ‘India Out’ campaign.

India-Nepal relations soar high
Jun 07, 2023

India-Nepal relations soar high

Prachanda’s visit highlights the two countries willingness to move beyond contentious issues and focus on mutually beneficial aspects

India: Hope for economic turnaround
Sep 16, 2014

India: Hope for economic turnaround

India may exceed the growth forecasts of the IMF and the World Bank but the task ahead is not easy, especially with 10 million jobs to be created, so much cleaning up to be done and so many disasters to be tackled.

India’s G-20 Presidency Is a Golden Opportunity
Nov 26, 2022

India’s G-20 Presidency Is a Golden Opportunity

New Delhi has the chance to shape the global agenda and advocate for its vision of multilateralism.

India’s G20 Presidency can work to resolve the global debt crisis
Dec 06, 2022

India’s G20 Presidency can work to resolve the global debt crisis

As global borrowing increases across the world, India can make a huge long-term difference in the resolution of the global debt crisis as it takes ove

India’s ‘Amrit Kaal’: Budget 2022’s vision for Sustainable Development
Feb 02, 2022

India’s ‘Amrit Kaal’: Budget 2022’s vision for Sustainable Development

As the Union Budget charts the pathway to development for the next 25 years, faltering consumption demand is still a concern

Insurrection in the ‘other’ Kashmir
May 16, 2024

Insurrection in the ‘other’ Kashmir

Although the current uprising PoJK is predominantly centred around economic issues, there is a deeper underpinning of issues of political economy and

Iran’s grim fight against coronavirus
Apr 20, 2020

Iran’s grim fight against coronavirus

Heightened rhetoric about a Western plot, quack remedies and blind faith added to the problem in a nation where senior clerics and politicians have died in the pandemic

Is Pakistan an unviable state? A numerical investigation
Jun 21, 2019

Is Pakistan an unviable state? A numerical investigation

For now, Pakistan is banking upon its time tested modus operandi of tiding over the immediate crisis by giving in to whatever is demanded of it, and t

Is Sri Lanka transitioning from an economic crisis to recovery?
May 19, 2023

Is Sri Lanka transitioning from an economic crisis to recovery?

Sri Lanka is emerging from its crippling economic crisis through stabilisation efforts of the Wickremasinghe government and Indian aid

It is G20’s imperative to act as a leader in regulating crypto-assets
Oct 30, 2021

It is G20’s imperative to act as a leader in regulating crypto-assets

Multilateral groupings such as the G20 should aim to regulate the cryptocurrency space as it will be the defining asset of the future internet economy

Lebanon to end subsidies and introduce cash cards
Sep 16, 2021

Lebanon to end subsidies and introduce cash cards

The crisis in Lebanon has reached a point of desperation evident by the move to remove subsidies for most of the poor

Lebanon’s economy is in free fall 
May 26, 2020

Lebanon’s economy is in free fall 

While the coronavirus lockdown has certainly exacerbated the economic collapse and the protests that engulfed the country in October caused panic —

Leveraging BRICS in times of economic uncertainty
Mar 04, 2023

Leveraging BRICS in times of economic uncertainty

Increased investment and support across BRICS can be an incisive way to leverage the BRICS and serve as a counterpoint to Bretton Woods orthodoxy

Limitations to India’s Sri Lanka Outreach
Aug 31, 2022

Limitations to India’s Sri Lanka Outreach

Amidst the war of words between China and India and the ongoing economic crisis, Sri Lanka may be forced to make tough choices.

Maldives: Closing in on an economic crisis
Sep 20, 2022

Maldives: Closing in on an economic crisis

The Maldives is said to be in a brittle economic state, slowly inching closer to what Sri Lanka and Pakistan are experiencing.

Meeting the fiscal deficit target somehow
Aug 28, 2019

Meeting the fiscal deficit target somehow

By transferring Rs 1.76 lakh crore from the RBI’s surplus funds, the government is determined to meet its fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent of the GDP because doing that seems to be its top priority, rather than spending more on infrastructure, welfare programmes and centrally sponsored development schemes.

Minding the balance of payment gaps in Sri Lanka
Aug 22, 2022

Minding the balance of payment gaps in Sri Lanka

Immediate measures need to be taken to ensure that the economic impact of the pandemic, the domestic political turmoil, or the Ukraine–Russia confli

Multi-front battle on sales reforms
Jan 28, 2011

Multi-front battle on sales reforms

As the Pakistani People's Party (PPP) Government struggles to get the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) passed into legislation, an international team of IMF experts are scheduled to meet with political parties this week to be the mediators for a much-needed consensus.

Pakistan economy on ‘stand-by’ for now
Jul 01, 2023

Pakistan economy on ‘stand-by’ for now

The Stand-By Agreement from the IMF staves off the possibility of Pakistan defaulting on its debt, but only temporarily, not indefinitely.

Pakistan punched by India's Article 370 move
Aug 09, 2019

Pakistan punched by India's Article 370 move

Pakistan's rational options now are severely limited. However, expecting the rational from Pakistan might be expecting too much. Here's what India needs to be prepared for.

Pakistan: Aftermath of a destabilising verdict
Jul 23, 2022

Pakistan: Aftermath of a destabilising verdict

Pakistan further descends into chaos as the recent bye-elections send shockwaves throughout the political and economic domains.

Pakistan: Budgeting for a bankrupt economy, broken polity
Jun 08, 2023

Pakistan: Budgeting for a bankrupt economy, broken polity

The budget will be passed under what are probably the most difficult and trying circumstances in Pakistan's history

Pakistan: From Annus Horribilis into Annus Miserabilis – I
Jan 05, 2023

Pakistan: From Annus Horribilis into Annus Miserabilis – I

The first in a two part series on the problems that are plaguing Pakistan into the new year

Pakistan’s economic challenges amidst political drama
Feb 10, 2024

Pakistan’s economic challenges amidst political drama

No matter the winner, Pakistan’s economy will make it difficult for the incoming government to meet election promises

Pakistan’s euphoria from Trump’s talks with Imran Khan may not last
Jul 31, 2019

Pakistan’s euphoria from Trump’s talks with Imran Khan may not last

Can Pakistan help the US tame the Taliban so that Trump can withdraw US forces from Afghanistan? That’s the price the US demands in exchange for aid for Pakistan’s floundering economy, but success is far from assured

Pakistan’s rupee volatility: A bumpy ride to the bottom
Jun 27, 2023

Pakistan’s rupee volatility: A bumpy ride to the bottom

Pakistan should be cautious of the excessive IMF lending as the large capital inflows can undermine the BoP viability in the long run

Pakistan’s troubles are an opportunity to make it a normal country
Feb 06, 2023

Pakistan’s troubles are an opportunity to make it a normal country

Avoiding a debt default is virtually impossible, but this crisis can be an opportunity for Pakistan to redeem itself

Politics of a bailout: Lessons for Pakistan from the Sri Lankan crisis
Jun 09, 2023

Politics of a bailout: Lessons for Pakistan from the Sri Lankan crisis

Pakistan can draw crucial lessons from Sri Lanka’s success as the former continues to negotiate for a US$ 1.1-billion tranche from the IMF to stabil

Power crisis in Bangladesh: An overview of its economic and strategic implications
Nov 18, 2022

Power crisis in Bangladesh: An overview of its economic and strategic implications

Bangladesh must invest to enhance its energy security as the current crisis can have economic implications

Prevailing protests: Economic crisis in Ecuador
Jul 12, 2022

Prevailing protests: Economic crisis in Ecuador

Country-wide protests over fuel and food prices have broken out in Ecuador as it descends into an economic crisis.

Reforming the Russian economy: COVID-19 crisis and beyond
Jun 01, 2020

Reforming the Russian economy: COVID-19 crisis and beyond

The impact of the recession on Russia at this particular moment in geopolitical history will impact its foreign policy trajectory in very specific way

Rekindling old ties: Sisi’s visit to India
Jan 12, 2023

Rekindling old ties: Sisi’s visit to India

The upcoming visit by President al-Sisi provides an opportunity to boost relations between India and Egypt

Responses to the Sri Lankan crisis: Reflections of the new world order and the Indo-Pacific
May 10, 2022

Responses to the Sri Lankan crisis: Reflections of the new world order and the Indo-Pacific

The varied responses to the Sri Lankan crisis from India, China, and the West best reflect their respective Indo-Pacific strategy

Restructuring Sri Lanka’s debt talks
Oct 19, 2022

Restructuring Sri Lanka’s debt talks

There is no doubt that International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans often come with a set of conditionalities that most countries find unfavourable to implement. With its ongoing economic crisis and complex multilateral debt negotiations between creditor nations, Sri Lanka is no exception.

Reversing Sri Lanka’s misplaced priorities and economic misery
Aug 17, 2022

Reversing Sri Lanka’s misplaced priorities and economic misery

Amidst the ongoing Sri Lankan economic crisis, the need of the hour for the present government is to plan and take steps for reform.

Rewards for Pakistan, punishment for Afghans
Jul 10, 2019

Rewards for Pakistan, punishment for Afghans

While the old thinking on Pakistan is back in the US, the Afghan government is being seen as a hindrance in US' South Asia policy.

Sans a supportive fiscal policy, monetary policy will struggle to manage inflation
Apr 11, 2023

Sans a supportive fiscal policy, monetary policy will struggle to manage inflation

Wrestling inflation below 4 percent is a fit metric for both responsive monetary policy and responsible fiscal policy

Setting a robust G20 agenda
Jan 24, 2023

Setting a robust G20 agenda

By developing agendas, action-oriented plans, and decisions through collaborative efforts, India could lead the G20 agenda in a unique way

Should India continue its assistance to Sri Lanka as China makes its way to Hambantota?
Aug 23, 2022

Should India continue its assistance to Sri Lanka as China makes its way to Hambantota?

China has used Colombo’s compulsion to deliver a strong message to India and the world—regardless of its assistance, Beijing still holds significa

Significance of Chinese investments in Pakistan
Sep 04, 2010

Significance of Chinese investments in Pakistan

China has considerably increased its investments in Pakistan. Given Pakistan's fragile IMF dependent economy, the idea of an economic rationale behind the substantial Chinese investments seems far-fetched.

South Asian nations get back to reality
Mar 17, 2023

South Asian nations get back to reality

The crises in Sri Lanka and Pakistan are raising questions about the relevance and the costs of their reliance on the alternative financial system provided by China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Sri Lanka: Between economic recovery and relapse
Mar 27, 2023

Sri Lanka: Between economic recovery and relapse

As Sri Lanka enters the crucial phase of debt restructuring, it will have to balance its domestic and external pressures