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Indonesia’s Triumphs and Limitations as It Stakes Claim to Leadership in Southeast Asia
Mar 14, 2023

Indonesia’s Triumphs and Limitations as It Stakes Claim to Leadership in Southeast Asia

Since the creation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1967, Indonesia has endeavoured to play a leading role in shaping Southeast Asia’s regional security architecture; this continues to be true amidst the more recent shifts taking place in the global geopolitical landscape. Accordingly, the nature of Jakarta’s contributions towards Southeast Asian security reflects the dynamics of its national foreign policy dec

Indus: Connecting the drops
Jun 26, 2012

Indus: Connecting the drops

Given the dependence of Indus River on glacial melt, extensive joint studies on the complex and unique Himalayan systems must be conducted and data must be shared openly, suggested an international conference in Kathmandu organised by ORF, Stimson Center, USA, and Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan.

Inflation soars, nation on the brink
Aug 09, 2010

Inflation soars, nation on the brink

The UPA government's economic policy is insensitive to the woes of the common man whose share of heady GDP growth is only high prices and misery. The fires of rage now sweeping India was only to be expected.

Infrastructure, institutions and industrialisation: The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and regional development in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
Aug 21, 2023

Infrastructure, institutions and industrialisation: The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and regional development in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh

The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is one of several infrastructure megaprojects underway in India, intended to boost industrial modernisation and generate manufacturing employment for India’s young, largely unskilled workforce. Field research in DMIC investment sites in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh shows that its implementation is highly uneven across States and regions. The research, along with the literature, suggests that regional ind

Institutionalising Net Zero
Nov 12, 2021

Institutionalising Net Zero

Now that India has committed to achieve net zero targets by 2070, we have ample time to institutionalise the green policy pathways using a top-down ap

Integrating paratransit to address India’s urban transport concerns
Mar 28, 2024

Integrating paratransit to address India’s urban transport concerns

Paratransit services have addressed the deficiency in suitable transportation within urban cities, yet policies to regulate this service are still lac

Inter-linking of rivers: Making the Supreme Court order work
Feb 29, 2012

Inter-linking of rivers: Making the Supreme Court order work

In a reforms-minded India, where subsidies have become a 'bad word' for some policy-planners, questions will be asked on making a massive project on inter-linking of rivers to pay for itself, post facto.

Interaction on the North-East' the Problems and the Options
Nov 18, 2004

Interaction on the North-East' the Problems and the Options

India's North-East remains a challenge for the policy makers. Keeping together this diverse region, which is home to more than 250 tribes, speaking more than 190 languages and dialects, and addressing the long drawn conflicts to preserve ethnic identities and over land and other resources is an arduous task. Recent months have witnessed a lot of debate on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) introduced by the Central Government to counter

International cooperation for assistive technology in conflict zones
Jun 18, 2024

International cooperation for assistive technology in conflict zones

International cooperation is critical for developing an overarching policy to ensure equitable access to assistive technology, especially in fragile a

International Women’s Day: How India can invest in her women, accelerate everyone’s progress
Mar 12, 2024

International Women’s Day: How India can invest in her women, accelerate everyone’s progress

‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’ is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. This is a clarion call with particular resonance for India given the barriers to women’s economic participation. Imagine the extraordinary economic tailwinds that can be generated for India if these barriers are dismantled and women have access to capital and technology and supportive public policy frameworks

Introduction The framers of the Constitution of India, which came into force in 1950, put faith in the State to provide  ...
Aug 16, 2023

Introduction The framers of the Constitution of India, which came into force in 1950, put faith in the State to provide free and compulsory education for all children up to 14 years of age. Article 45

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in India is enshrined in the Constitution and mandated under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009. Yet, its implementation remains tentative for many reasons, primary of which is the absence of a clear government guideline regarding which Ministry is tasked with policymaking and implementation. This brief attempts to offer an answer for the government. It examines

Invest, Indebt, Incapacitate: Is China Replicating Its ‘Xinjiang Model’ In BRI Countries?
Aug 21, 2020

Invest, Indebt, Incapacitate: Is China Replicating Its ‘Xinjiang Model’ In BRI Countries?

China has been aggressively promoting its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) through massive investments in participating countries, as a means to further its strategic, economic and political goals. Such a strategy bears striking similarities to its policies in the Xinjiang province. This paper attempts a comparative study between Xinjiang and BRI countries in South and Central Asia to highlight the issues these states will likely face in the coming

Investing in Adolescent Health: Harnessing India’s Demographic Dividend
Jul 29, 2020

Investing in Adolescent Health: Harnessing India’s Demographic Dividend

Adolescents comprise a significant proportion of India’s population. Despite improvements in various outcomes, this demographic continues to face serious challenges to their health and well-being, including high levels of teenage pregnancies, low rates of antenatal care checkups for adolescent pregnancies, and lack of safe menstrual practices among adolescent girls. Investing in adolescent health should therefore be a policy priority. This repo

Investing in adolescent health: Harnessing the demographic dividend
Jan 07, 2020

Investing in adolescent health: Harnessing the demographic dividend

The issues with adolescent health are not limited to just the structure of the policy — it extends to the structure of institutions as well.

IPEF and India’s digital trade dilemma
Sep 05, 2022

IPEF and India’s digital trade dilemma

The digital sphere is a great enabler of trade. To maintain the momentum that India has on Mode 1 service supply, a stable regulatory framework is cru

IPEF: करारापेक्षा धोरणात व्यापार करावा
Apr 19, 2023

IPEF: करारापेक्षा धोरणात व्यापार करावा

बिडेन आणि आयपीईएफ आर्थिक पारदर्शकतेवर प्रकाश टाकत असल्याने, वॉशिंग्टनला ट्रेडिंग ब्लॉक न बनवता इंडो-पॅसिफिक ट्रेड ब्लॉक तयार करण्याचा एक मार्ग म्हणून पाहिले जात आहे.

Iranian missile strikes: Tehran places its geopolitical playing cards upfront
Jan 18, 2024

Iranian missile strikes: Tehran places its geopolitical playing cards upfront

There is no doubt that Iranian security policy is now bent on laying out on the table and publicising its entire gamut of strategic and tactical playing cards for all to see

Iran’s BRICS membership: “Hello to the new world”?
Oct 03, 2023

Iran’s BRICS membership: “Hello to the new world”?

Iran views its BRICS membership as a foreign policy success, however, whether this move will translate into long-term benefits remains to be seen

Iraq's deepening crisis and India's interests
Jun 19, 2014

Iraq's deepening crisis and India's interests

India's interests in Iraq and the region should be seen in the larger context of the seven million Indians working in West Asia, of which nearly 18,000 are in Iraq. Safety and security of this population should dominate the Indian policy.

Irresolute on the world stage
Sep 23, 2013

Irresolute on the world stage

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip to America will show if there is any political energy left in the UPA government for purposeful international engagement. If the answer is in the negative, the rest of the world will simply wait for stronger leadership to re-emerge in Delhi. India might pay a price for the wasted moments, but the ruling party may not much care, having grown rather comfortable with a do-nothing foreign policy.

Is China losing its trusted partners in Southeast Asia?: The Philippines’ story
Nov 10, 2021

Is China losing its trusted partners in Southeast Asia?: The Philippines’ story

The rising Chinese bellicosity in the South China Sea and the lack of Chinese investments has made the Philippines rethink its China policy

Is Commodities Transaction Tax removal in the offing?
Feb 12, 2015

Is Commodities Transaction Tax removal in the offing?

Policy reforms in the field of taxation in the commodity futures market is of critical significance as various taxes and levies are a significant component in the overall cost of transaction.

Is Hong Kong China’s Crypto Sandbox?
Apr 21, 2023

Is Hong Kong China’s Crypto Sandbox?

China's digital assets experiment in Hong Kong is an area of interest for the world as it can aid in crafting better policy

Is it the dawn of an electronic age in India?
Jan 03, 2014

Is it the dawn of an electronic age in India?

The National Electronics Policy of 2012 has the potential to change the way India produces and procures chips and gadgets. However, the key, as always, lies in implementing it.

IS Khorasan, the US–Taliban Deal, and the Future of South Asian Security
Dec 15, 2020

IS Khorasan, the US–Taliban Deal, and the Future of South Asian Security

The Taliban today undoubtedly has a stronger hold over how the US militarily plans to withdraw from the conflict in Afghanistan. This raises questions about the continuing challenges to security in South Asia—in particular, the influence of IS Khorasan (IS-K), the group’s Afghanistan avatar, and its rise both as an ISIS-aligned entity and a big-tent brand for various jihadist groups in the country. As the ‘Khorasan’ project of ISIS gets m

Is now a good time for India to recalibrate ties with Türkiye?
Jul 12, 2022

Is now a good time for India to recalibrate ties with Türkiye?

With Türkiye adopting a more pragmatic approach to its foreign policy, can India and Türkiye hope to repair frayed ties?

Is the Indian Housing Finance Industry Keeping Pace with Changing Demographics?
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 the Indian demographics and how, correspondingly, the housing finance sector has evolved.

Is The Indian Hydro Power Development In Deep Waters?
Nov 21, 2011

Is The Indian Hydro Power Development In Deep Waters?

If hydro power potential of 150,000 MW is to be realised by the end of 2030 as assumed in the Integrated Energy Policy 2006, the government must ensure that policies address the crucial stumbling block of regulatory, social and environmental instability.

Is the US retreating from Asia, giving way to China?
Dec 07, 2017

Is the US retreating from Asia, giving way to China?

Trump’s “toned down” stance on the South China Sea issue, his emphasis on “America first” policy and his soft attitude towards China have made many Japanese leaders suspect that the US is retreating from Asia.

Is there room at the dragon's table?
Jun 16, 2014

Is there room at the dragon's table?

While the world is hopeful of a firm foreign policy in the Modi era, the Chinese dilemma lurks in a big way. Modi should devise ways of taking China in its stride on a workable, if not friendly, basis to make the best of the Look East Policy and to put itself on a sound footing for the Asian century.

ISIS's Caliphate declaration: Regional reaction
Aug 16, 2014

ISIS's Caliphate declaration: Regional reaction

Although Nouri al-Maliki's government might be able retake the towns overrun by the IS and the tribes with the help of Iran, United States and Russia, it might not be able to bring peace and stability to the country until an exclusive and effective policy is introduced.

Israel-Hamas War: A challenge for the ‘new’ Middle East
Oct 11, 2023

Israel-Hamas War: A challenge for the ‘new’ Middle East

The recent shift by the Middle East prioritising geoeconomics over the Palestinian issue could suffer a setback. The crisis ignited by Hamas highlights that the gap between top-heavy policy decisions and groundswell public opinions, movements, and crisis points need to be addressed by regional powers to ensure long-term sustainability of economic cooperation programmes

It’s time for Africa
May 05, 2023

It’s time for Africa

India’s G20 presidency provides it a chance to reboot its ties with African nations

Jaishankar’s Moscow visit: जयशंकर की रूस यात्रा पर क्‍यों है US की नज़र, क्‍या जंग रोकने की होगी पहल!
Jul 19, 2023

Jaishankar’s Moscow visit: जयशंकर की रूस यात्रा पर क्‍यों है US की नज़र, क्‍या जंग रोकने की होगी पहल!

S Jaishankar visit to Moscow ऐसे में सवाल उठता है कि क्‍या वाकई भारतीय विदेश मंत्री की इस यात्रा में जंग खत्‍म करने की पहल हो सकती है. अमेरिका व पश्चिमी देश भारत से इस तरह की उम्‍मीद क्‍यों कर �

Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh elections: Diverging perceptions of India and the US
Oct 04, 2023

Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh elections: Diverging perceptions of India and the US

The return of Jamaat-e-Islami to Bangladesh’s political scene can be seen as a result of the US’s effort to steer democracy but it is likely to af

Jammu & Kashmir: An election of insecurities
Nov 23, 2020

Jammu & Kashmir: An election of insecurities

The upbeat mood that is usually witnessed during the election process is missing on the ground.

Jan Vishwas Bill provides a framework for future reforms
Aug 10, 2023

Jan Vishwas Bill provides a framework for future reforms

The Jan Vishwas Bill is a transformative vision sitting atop the tip of a tyrannous compliances iceberg

Japan and ASEAN: Changing Security Dynamics
Jul 23, 2023

Japan and ASEAN: Changing Security Dynamics

Southeast Asia has been one of the key components of Japan's foreign policy in the post-Cold War period. It is one region where Japan's diplomacy has accomplished considerable success in coming to terms with the challenges posed by the legacies of the Second World War. Successive Japanese governments since 1952 have always maintained that the stability and security of ASEAN countries are closely tied to Japan's security and prosperity.

Japanese expert says India's cooperation with Russia, China is revisionist orientation
Aug 20, 2015

Japanese expert says India's cooperation with Russia, China is revisionist orientation

From the beginning of the 21st century, India's foreign policy got a strategic orientation. Until then, it lacked coherence due to the absence of an overall plan or document stating the foreign policy objectives, says Professor Takenori Horimoto of The Open University of Japan.

Japan’s Role in the Cambodian Peace Settlement
Jul 22, 2023

Japan’s Role in the Cambodian Peace Settlement

A detailed study of Japan's role in the peace settlement of the Cambodian issue is important as it was one of the earliest political efforts made by Tokyo in a region which had been known for its antipathy to Japan due to the strong historical memories of the Second World War. Southeast Asia posed one of the most serious challenges to Japan's post-war diplomacy which had to wrestle not only with the bitter legacies of the war, but also with the r

Joe Biden is behind the curve on China’s expansionism
Dec 17, 2020

Joe Biden is behind the curve on China’s expansionism

As the Biden administration would take time to settle down, the first half of 2021 will be crucial for Beijing to lay down new terms of engagement. It is shaping the battleground before Biden can come up with his own strategic response.

Jurisdiction on the internet: How to move beyond the legal arms race
Oct 14, 2016

Jurisdiction on the internet: How to move beyond the legal arms race

Jurisdiction of Internet governance directly impacts other policy challenges such as developing global digital economies, providing legal aide, among

Kartarpur corridor, talks with Taliban, Norwegian ex-PM in Kashmir
Nov 29, 2018

Kartarpur corridor, talks with Taliban, Norwegian ex-PM in Kashmir

The BJP has made a mess of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s policy on Pakistan.

Kashmir After Article 370: India’s Diplomatic Challenge
Jul 16, 2020

Kashmir After Article 370: India’s Diplomatic Challenge

The abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019 provoked intense diplomatic response from the international community. For the most part, India received widespread support for its decision. At the same time, however, there have been criticisms of the restrictions imposed in the region on communication and civil liberties. China and Pakistan, in particular, reacted with hostility and attempted to

Kashmir and the wages of hubris
Jun 20, 2018

Kashmir and the wages of hubris

The government is burying its head in the sand when it comes to the Kashmir problem, repeating exactly what it did 30 years ago.

Kashmir as cause
Nov 24, 2018

Kashmir as cause

From Kargil to 26/11 and to the recent attacks on military camps, we see a dynamic shift. Kashmir will be used as a cause and an excuse when it suits