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Right time for India-Pakistan compromise: Moeed Yusuf
Aug 08, 2014

Right time for India-Pakistan compromise: Moeed Yusuf

Pakistan is now more focussed on its internal issues and this gives India more space to reach a compromise with its neighbour. Pakistan is also no longer in the same competitive position as it was in the 1990, says Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Head of the South Asia Studies Programme at the United States Institute of Peace.

Right to information and privacy 'two sides of the same coin'
Sep 26, 2013

Right to information and privacy 'two sides of the same coin'

India does not have a privacy law in place right now, although what should be in the law has attracted considerable debate. Therefore, the contours of privacy in the RTI gambit have resulted from various decisions and court orders given over the years.

Rio+20 final document at best a compromise
Jun 28, 2012

Rio+20 final document at best a compromise

The Rio+20 agreed text of the document can best be called a compromise in the backdrop of the global economic slowdown and the Eurozone crisis which prevented many European leaders to participate in the summit.

Rise of China has upped significance of Myanmar
Feb 21, 2015

Rise of China has upped significance of Myanmar

With the rise of China as an economic and military superpower, the significance of Myanmar in the geo-politics of the region has assumed new dimensions. India therefore cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the country where till recently Chinese influence was allowed to grow unchallenged.

Rise of China: Asian and European perspective
Nov 23, 2006

Rise of China: Asian and European perspective

The Observer Research Foundation and the ROSA Luxemburg Foundation, Germany organized a two day International Conference in Delhi on Nov 23-24, 2006. The Conference was on Rise of China: Asian and European Perspective.

Rise of new powers in Asia challenging for US, allies
Sep 18, 2014

Rise of new powers in Asia challenging for US, allies

The rise of new powers in Asia and the changing power distribution in the region is equally challenging for both the United States and its allies in the Asia Pacific region, according to Mr. Abraham M. Denmark, Vice President for Political and Security Affairs at The National Bureau of Asian Research.

Rise of the common man: The changing dynamics of Indian politics
Dec 30, 2013

Rise of the common man: The changing dynamics of Indian politics

It is now clear that Aam Aadmi Party will be the major contender in the Lok Sabha elections in the first quarter of 2014 and would give all other veteran parties like the Congress and the BJP a real challenge. The AAP could even halt the march of Narendra Modi towards Delhi.

Rise of the Eurosceptics could hurt Indian interests
Jun 21, 2014

Rise of the Eurosceptics could hurt Indian interests

The recent European Parliamentary election shows the rise of the extreme right wing parties. This is something that would hurt Indians living in Europe and UK. Some of these parties are strongly nationalist and anti immigration (racists), free trade and outsourcing.

Rise of the minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia trilateral
Sep 18, 2020

Rise of the minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia trilateral

The India-France-Australia trilateral is only the latest of the many minilaterals that are taking shape in the Indo-Pacific region.

Rising  India  Must  Tap  Full  Potential  Of  Ties  With  France
Dec 03, 2010

Rising India Must Tap Full Potential Of Ties With France

President Sarkozy's impending visit to India (December 4-6) should be seen in the larger perspective of India's rise and the external environment that has facilitated this.

Rising India 2021: A Note from a Tropical BRICS Member
Jan 26, 2022

Rising India 2021: A Note from a Tropical BRICS Member

In the post-COVID-19 world, relevant middle powers like India with fine negotiating skills and a co-operative attitude will stand out

Rising meat consumption, climate change and pandemics: Untangling the multilevel connections
Jun 23, 2020

Rising meat consumption, climate change and pandemics: Untangling the multilevel connections

One of the less debated causes of growing greenhouse gases is the increasing global meat consumption.

Rising Ukraine IDPs: Need for urgent international help
Dec 29, 2014

Rising Ukraine IDPs: Need for urgent international help

While the world remains engrossed in the debates triggered by Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine and the countersanctions, a serious humanitarian crisis is building up in Ukraine which needs international attention and help.

Risks of putting all eggs in China basket
Apr 30, 2020

Risks of putting all eggs in China basket

The weaknesses in its economy and choppy geopolitical waters should give pause to those hoping for a China-led global revival

Road emission control: Electrifying personal mobility in India
Oct 09, 2021

Road emission control: Electrifying personal mobility in India

India aims to decarbonise its road by pushing for EVs, but would decarbonisation of road transport through electrification without decarbonisation of

Robust India-Japan ties vital in Asian security architecture: Japanese scholar
Nov 19, 2015

Robust India-Japan ties vital in Asian security architecture: Japanese scholar

Reiterating that China should not be contained, Mr. Yukio Okamoto, adviser to former prime ministers, has underlined the need to foster cooperation between Japan and India, including in their efforts to be represented in the United Nation Security Council, with or without the veto powers.

Rocky road for Iran-India pipeline: Mani Shankar Aiyar
Mar 16, 2005

Rocky road for Iran-India pipeline: Mani Shankar Aiyar

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mani Shankar Aiyar underlined the need to make the Iran-India pipeline through Pakistan a reality as early as possible to enhance India¿s energy security. He was speaking at the release function of an Observer Research Foundation book ¿India¿s Energy Security Prospects--which deals with the issue of India¿s energy security and the prospects for cooperation with its extended neighbourhood

Rohingyas Adrift in the Bay of Bengal: The region needs to response
May 21, 2015

Rohingyas Adrift in the Bay of Bengal: The region needs to response

The region need to response to the unfolding migrant crisis in the Andaman Sea. India and the Indian Navy must move quickly with other regional players to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis in the Bay of Bengal.

Rolling the Dice: India and China in 2025
Jan 14, 2011

Rolling the Dice: India and China in 2025

A roundtable at the ORF Campus at New Delhi held on 14 January made an attempt to look at the future of India and China in 2025. The session was chaired by Ambassador MK Rasgotra, President, ORF and moderated by Jim Yardley, New Delhi Bureau Chief of the New York Times.

Rolling up the welcome mat for Chinese investors
May 13, 2020

Rolling up the welcome mat for Chinese investors

Governments are right to worry about outsiders snapping up struggling companies amid the pandemic.

Roots of Extremism in Bangladesh
Jan 18, 2005

Roots of Extremism in Bangladesh

In many ways, Bangladesh seems an excellent place for al-Qaeda to find sanctuary in the decisive years ahead. It is an impoverished Islamic nation, politically weak and backward in its economic development. Its ports have been active hubs for transnational crime, including weapons running.

Rouhani and the Arab Gulf: Towards reconciliation?
Aug 09, 2013

Rouhani and the Arab Gulf: Towards reconciliation?

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's emphasis on political moderation and ending Iran's isolation is drawing attention to the potential reconciliation between Tehran and some of its Arab Gulf neighbours. He has also raised hopes for a productive engagement between Tehran and the West.

Roundtable on Fragmentation in a Democracy: Role of Social Movements &  Media
Oct 16, 2013

Roundtable on Fragmentation in a Democracy: Role of Social Movements & Media

Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin organised a conference on "Fragmentation in a Democracy: The Role of Social Movements and the Media". Here is a report.

Row over the sacking of Grameen Bank chief
Mar 25, 2011

Row over the sacking of Grameen Bank chief

The removal of Prof. Muhammad Yunus from the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh has left a dent on the image of the Awami League Government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, both at home and overseas.

Royal coup and its implications
Feb 05, 2005

Royal coup and its implications

FOR all those following the developments in Nepal, the King¿s coup, has not come as a surprise. Notable, however, is the sweep and sting of the King¿s action.

Running Faster to Maintain Status Quo?
Oct 06, 2004

Running Faster to Maintain Status Quo?

By all accounts, the meeting between Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf and the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New York appears to have gone off quite well.

Running out of control
Jun 17, 2014

Running out of control

Instead of shutting down its jihadi factories ten years ago, Pakistan's leaders nurtured them selectively and today, their proteges have come to haunt them. They can still be shut down, but will need an honest Pakistani appreciation of its predicament.

Running to stand still: Healthcare in India in 2021
Jan 04, 2021

Running to stand still: Healthcare in India in 2021

India will need to invest in a resilient information infrastructure, and 2021 would hopefully see relevant and scientific information being a catalyst

Russia - the Bric that came apart
Feb 04, 2015

Russia - the Bric that came apart

Russia's troubles are unlikely to vanish soon. With the Central Bank forecasting a 4.5 per cent drop in GDP in 2015, a downgrade is a certainty. The budget deficit, forecast to be larger than 0.6 per cent of GDP in 2015, will prove to be another cause of misery.

Russia and Pakistan: Getting Closer
May 17, 2011

Russia and Pakistan: Getting Closer

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's official visit (May 11) to Russia is interesting especially as it occurred within a fortnight of the US raid in Abbottabad, killing Osama bin Laden.

Russia and the Iran nuclear deal
Jul 15, 2015

Russia and the Iran nuclear deal

What is interesting for Russia is how greater cooperation with Iran will affect its ties with other Middle Eastern nations, such as both Saudi Arabia and Israel, which has been a vocal opponent of a nuclear deal with Iran. Israel however does not occupy a special position in Russia's foreign relations as it does for the United States.

Russia hugs China
Oct 17, 2014

Russia hugs China

As Russia embraces China to relieve the pressures from the West, India's room for geopolitical manoeuvre in Asia and beyond is bound to shrink. Earlier, though both India and Russia had begun to normalise bilateral relations with China in the 1980s, they remained wary about Beijing.

Russia in the post-coronavirus world: New ideas for foreign policy
May 20, 2020

Russia in the post-coronavirus world: New ideas for foreign policy

There is a danger that by focusing entirely on the pandemic Russia and the international community might get distracted from addressing fundamental pr

Russia is back
Sep 24, 2013

Russia is back

The war in Syria, the alleged use of chemical weapons by its President, Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally, has turned out to be a perfect opportunity for Putin to reassert the role of Russia, 21 years after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Russia not happy with India's efforts to diversify nuclear partners
Dec 21, 2012

Russia not happy with India's efforts to diversify nuclear partners

Despite efforts, Indo-Russian nuclear engagement has been limited, mainly because of two factors. One, there is an unstable status of legal framework for the transfer of nuclear technology and second, India's efforts to diversify nuclear partners have been a little upsetting for Russia.

Russia's ISIL challenge in the North Caucasus
Jul 09, 2015

Russia's ISIL challenge in the North Caucasus

Russia has been dealing with extremism within its borders for several years. So it is not exactly unprepared for whatever threat ISIL currently poses. However, there is a degree of complacency that has set in.

Russia-Pak relations: Beyond Putin's cancelled trip to Islamabad
Oct 03, 2012

Russia-Pak relations: Beyond Putin's cancelled trip to Islamabad

While Russia is aware of Islamabad's role in fomenting international terrorism, it realises that any successful resolution of the problems associated with Afghanistan must involve Pakistan. A cancelled presidential visit cannot change the relevance of this, or of Russia's goal, in enhancing ties with Pakistan.

Russia-Turkey deal and geo-politics of gas
Dec 30, 2014

Russia-Turkey deal and geo-politics of gas

At a time when it is facing Western sanctions and a proxy war on oil prices, Russia sprang a huge surprise early this month by signing a gas deal with Turkey. The deal will enable Russia to pump natural gas into a Turkish hub, near the Turkey-Greece border and from there into the southern EU market.

Russia-US deal puts Syrian rebels back to "minus one"
Sep 21, 2013

Russia-US deal puts Syrian rebels back to "minus one"

The Syrian rebels are not back to square one, but to minus one. They have been outsmarted by the Assad regime, just as the Russians outsmarted the Americans.

Russia-Vietnam cooperation in the Asia Pacific
Aug 02, 2013

Russia-Vietnam cooperation in the Asia Pacific

While Russia has been very careful of not antagonising China, which has emerged as Moscow's second largest trading partner in the Asia-Pacific, Beijing is uncomfortable by the nature of Moscow's involvement in Hanoi.

Russian Boost To Kyoto Protocol
Jun 07, 2004

Russian Boost To Kyoto Protocol

Humanity depends heavily on the various benefits that nature provides us. It's impossible to truly estimate its value. However, economists and environmental scientists have estimated in dollars what it would cost us to accomplish the services nature provides. Using multiple databases, they estimate that nature provides $33 trillion dollars worth of services every year¿that's nearly twice the annual Gross National Product (GNP) of all the countri

Russian Far East & opportunities for India
Jan 31, 2014

Russian Far East & opportunities for India

If the Indian government appropriately leverages Russia's goodwill, Russian Far East could turn out to be a growth area for Indian business. Innovatively implemented, India's ties with the Russian Far East could help cement Indo-Russian relations as well as bolster its ties with Central Asia and East Asia.

Russian pipeline
Jul 16, 2014

Russian pipeline

Given its vast coastline, Delhi should devote its attention for now to importing hydrocarbons by sea, investing in equity oil in Russia and other energy-rich countries, and concluding swap arrangements rather than grandiose transregional pipelines.