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How the COVID-19 pandemic exposes the frailty of social protection in the US
May 24, 2023

How the COVID-19 pandemic exposes the frailty of social protection in the US

As the COVID-19 infection rate continues to increase in the United States (US), this brief examines the country’s social protection system and compares it to those of other rich OECD countries. It argues that implementing basic social protection measures in a time of crisis such as this, may be costly both in resources and time. While addressing immediate needs imposed by the public health emergency is priority, in the long term, institutionali

How the surge in COVID-19 cases is providing opportunities to Indian ed-tech
Apr 24, 2020

How the surge in COVID-19 cases is providing opportunities to Indian ed-tech

India’s ed-tech ecosystem can reap several benefits by utilising the data opportunity to re-engineer their value proposition, strategise partnership

How to lift the lockdown when lockdown is the only COVID-19 vaccine available
Apr 28, 2020

How to lift the lockdown when lockdown is the only COVID-19 vaccine available

India still has about one week left before deciding the fate of its nationwide lockdown. Therefore, if there are lessons to be learnt from the countri

How US sanctions are fatal to Iran’s COVID19 fight
Apr 09, 2020

How US sanctions are fatal to Iran’s COVID19 fight

More than the inaction of the Iranian government, questions have been raised regarding the role of US sanctions in crippling Iran’s economy, infrast

Impact of COVID-19 on military preparedness
Apr 14, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on military preparedness

Militaries must focus on their primary task of protecting our national interests, and no biological incident can hinder it from carrying out its assig

Impact of COVID-19 on rural lives and livelihoods in India
Apr 20, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on rural lives and livelihoods in India

One can foresee many challenges as farmers and farm labourers set out to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on India’s federalism
Nov 27, 2021

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on India’s federalism

The pandemic proved that the Centre and states have different roles but need to work closely during a crisis, instead of adopting a centralised approa

In the Shadow of COVID19: Reimagining BIMSTEC’s Health Futures
May 24, 2023

In the Shadow of COVID19: Reimagining BIMSTEC’s Health Futures

BIMSTEC member states have issued, on occasion, joint statements recognising the importance of holistic public healthcare and the need for alliances. Yet, intra-BIMSTEC collaborations so far have been limited, mostly focused on traditional medicine. Amidst COVID-19, the region’s states have an opportunity to take their health-sector partnerships to a “new normal”.  Given the highly endemic nature of communicable diseases and the porous bor

India and Africa: Charting a Post-COVID19 Future
Jun 25, 2020

India and Africa: Charting a Post-COVID19 Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of healthcare systems and strained economies across the globe. India and countries in Africa have emerged as hotspots due to the dual burden of large populations and weak health infrastructure. This lack of infrastructure, coupled with decreasing investments in healthcare over the years, has left their societies and governments underprepared and potentially overwhelmed by COVID-19. As developing reg

India and the elderly: Assessing the impact of COVID-19 and thinking forward
Dec 09, 2021

India and the elderly: Assessing the impact of COVID-19 and thinking forward

With new variants surfacing, India should take in account its elderly population and undertake suitable policy changes to ensure their survival

India in the Indo-Pacific: China, COVID-19, and the reconfigured regional order
Nov 03, 2021

India in the Indo-Pacific: China, COVID-19, and the reconfigured regional order

As the Indo-Pacific construct gains momentum, India is augmenting its role in the region in the post-COVID period through enhanced interaction with ne

India, Covid-19 and the Global Health Agenda
Jan 26, 2022

India, Covid-19 and the Global Health Agenda

India’s global ambitions come with global health duties both amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath

India-Africa relations: Partnership, COVID-19 setback and the way forward
Apr 26, 2021

India-Africa relations: Partnership, COVID-19 setback and the way forward

The values that steer India’s development cooperation — demand driven, conditionality free and based on the principle of partnership among equals

India-Russia defence ties amid COVID-19
May 07, 2020

India-Russia defence ties amid COVID-19

Despite the kind words, emergency cooperation, and the defence relationship, there are longer term difficulties in the India-Russia relationship that are unlikely to be easy to resolve.

India: Assessing the political messaging in view of COVID19
Apr 09, 2020

India: Assessing the political messaging in view of COVID19

The outbreak of a gargantuan health crisis in the form of COVID19 seems to have interrupted the monotony of dysfunctional and polarised politics, albeit in a limited way.

India: Challenges in conducting elections during Covid-19
Oct 14, 2020

India: Challenges in conducting elections during Covid-19

Elections in a demographically large democracy like India demands vibrant — at times chaotic — political interaction, and mass mobilisation on a l

Indian diplomacy in the age of COVID-19
May 02, 2020

Indian diplomacy in the age of COVID-19

New Delhi has been quietly focused on tackling the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, trying to help others within its own limitations and bu

Indian federalism and health systems’ resilience amid COVID-19
Aug 05, 2022

Indian federalism and health systems’ resilience amid COVID-19

Although Centre-state cooperation is crucial for Indian federalism, the competition amongst them cannot be discounted

Indian generics emerge as a life-saver in COVID-hit China
Dec 21, 2022

Indian generics emerge as a life-saver in COVID-hit China

With the rise in COVID cases in China, the popularity of anti-COVID drugs from India seems to have also ratcheted up

India’s containment plan for COVID19: How not to call a spade a spade
Apr 07, 2020

India’s containment plan for COVID19: How not to call a spade a spade

India’s preparations as well as inventory, in contrast to the vast needs that we will face in the coming days from what country examples indicate, l

India’s economy is ailing from more than COVID19
Jun 30, 2020

India’s economy is ailing from more than COVID19

The virus is only going to make a growth slowdown caused by declining investment even worse.

India’s security choices during the COVID-19 pandemic
Sep 02, 2021

India’s security choices during the COVID-19 pandemic

While the virus is threatening to rise again in a ‘third wave,’ China has literally dug in at high altitudes in its quest to secure real estate an

India’s social welfare deficits make it vulnerable in the fight against COVID-19
Mar 26, 2020

India’s social welfare deficits make it vulnerable in the fight against COVID-19

India could have much done better to have not been in this position of high risk. Deficits in India’s social welfare are old and basic problems and

Influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on electricity access  
Jan 04, 2022

Influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on electricity access  

To meet the SDG target of universal access to electricity and regain the lost momentum, off-grid solutions must be embraced in the short term    

Islamophobia and the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK
May 29, 2020

Islamophobia and the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK

Although anti-Muslim prejudice is already a huge problem in the UK — the fact that even a pandemic will not stop people from spreading bigotry and s