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Assessing Maldives' shifting trade dynamics
Nov 22, 2023

Assessing Maldives' shifting trade dynamics

Although the FTA fosters further economic collaboration between Maldives and China, it can lead to unmanageable debt levels for the former

Atmanirbhar package a feeble fiscal straw to sinking economy
May 29, 2020

Atmanirbhar package a feeble fiscal straw to sinking economy

India is staring at its fourth recession since Independence, first since liberalisation was initiated, and in all likelihood — the worst till date.

AU's push for global financial reforms is a must for SDG revival
Jun 05, 2024

AU's push for global financial reforms is a must for SDG revival

Massive resources are needed to realign Africa's SDGs, and the current global financial order is proving to be inadequate. The AU must boost efforts a

Battle of development narratives: EU-Africa relations in the multipolar world
May 19, 2021

Battle of development narratives: EU-Africa relations in the multipolar world

While once hegemonic, the Western model of development cannot claim to be morally superior in today’s multipolar world.

BNPL: क़र्ज़ का लुभावना मकड़जाल: नियामकों के लिए भी एक पहेली
May 17, 2022

BNPL: क़र्ज़ का लुभावना मकड़जाल: नियामकों के लिए भी एक पहेली

बीएनपीएल के बढ़ते उपयोग के संदर्भ में आरबीआई को इस बात के

BRICS and Eurozone Crisis
Nov 09, 2011

BRICS and Eurozone Crisis

It is apparent that panaceas such as debt write-downs only offer short term relief to the debt ridden Eurozone as long as structural imbalances persist. European leaders need to look for a multipronged approach to deal with the problems.

BRICS pushes the IMF to reform
Jul 20, 2012

BRICS pushes the IMF to reform

The recent G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, featured a pivotal change in the geopolitics of international finance. Emerging economies contributed billions to an emergency IMF (International Monetary Fund) fund designed to provide additional support to the Eurozone nations in case the debt crisis worsens.

Budget 2024: Sri Lanka’s road to economic recovery?
Jan 17, 2024

Budget 2024: Sri Lanka’s road to economic recovery?

Sri Lanka’s Budget 2024 has ambitious proposals that could push the country forward, however, it continues to stare at a long road to economic recov

By the global ball and value chain
Jun 05, 2020

By the global ball and value chain

While MNCs are choosing well-established regional supply chain in East and Southeast Asia for now, India must look to the future.

Can the dollar hedge itself against upcoming global financial hegemonies?
Jun 21, 2023

Can the dollar hedge itself against upcoming global financial hegemonies?

The need for a more multipolar global currency system is being raised amidst the rise of newer currencies and growing criticism of the US dollar

Celebrating Africa Day 2024: Why it matters
May 31, 2024

Celebrating Africa Day 2024: Why it matters

As Africa asserts its position in the international world order, it needs strong, determined efforts to make it a 21st-century global power

Chasing the elusive accession: Western Balkan’s quest for EU membership
Jan 07, 2023

Chasing the elusive accession: Western Balkan’s quest for EU membership

The conflict in Ukraine and the Chinese footprint in the region may have created the push towards EU enlargement, but does it have the capacity?

China and Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport: Reading between the lines
Dec 09, 2021

China and Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport: Reading between the lines

The alleged seizure of the Ugandan airport by China has set in motion yet another “debt-trap” debate.

China Can No Longer Take Sri Lanka for Granted
Oct 17, 2023

China Can No Longer Take Sri Lanka for Granted

Since the early 2000s, China's debt profile in Sri Lanka has increased rapidly, with estimates indicating that over 20% of the overall debt stock is owed to China. Beijing's lending has been opaque on high-interest loans and has often contributed to several white elephant projects. Much of this lending comes from Chinese policy banks, such as China Exim Bank and China Development Bank that is entrusted to further Beijing's economic and commercial

China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement: Analysing domestic economic parameters
Mar 18, 2024

China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement: Analysing domestic economic parameters

With a large decline in import duty collection and imposition of high levels of debt due to the China-Maldives FTA, Maldives will find itself in a pre

China’s Belt and Road Initiative at a crucial juncture
Aug 25, 2023

China’s Belt and Road Initiative at a crucial juncture

With US-China rivalry and concerns over the long-term viability of the BRI growing, the third Belt and Road Forum will have much to manoeuvre should i

China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Energy Sector: Progress, Direction, and Trends
Dec 05, 2023

China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Energy Sector: Progress, Direction, and Trends

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is central to the country’s ambitious policy reorientation. The energy sector accounts for nearly 40 percent of all investments under the BRI, with significant geostrategic and geoeconomic implications. In recent years, China has adopted a “greening the BRI” strategy, emphasising green energy projects. This brief analyses China’s BRI investments in the energy sector to establish the potential trend

China’s belt and road initiative: Implications in Africa
May 10, 2023

China’s belt and road initiative: Implications in Africa

Over the last two decades, China has established a significant economic presence in most African countries. Its lucrative economic investment package, flexible political approach, and focused big-ticket development projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) provide an ostensibly massive opportunity to African countries. However, the unilateral nature of the initiative, the lack of transparency and accountability to African countries, and t

China’s BRI continues to remain popular amongst Africans despite intense backlash
Oct 09, 2021

China’s BRI continues to remain popular amongst Africans despite intense backlash

There is a growing acknowledgment that the China-funded projects are not economically viable in the long term but African nations still view China in

China’s changing geoeconomic in an unstable Sri Lanka
Dec 08, 2022

China’s changing geoeconomic in an unstable Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is pushed to the brink as the Chinese delay debt restructuring

China’s political influence activities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sep 14, 2022

China’s political influence activities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Following the ‘Vaccine Apartheid’ and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the CCP has only tightened its grip on the African continent.

China’s Response to ‘De-risking’ Strategy of the West
Nov 07, 2023

China’s Response to ‘De-risking’ Strategy of the West

The annual parliamentary sittings of China’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference—usually held at the same time—are important political events, with speeches of leaders at the meetings reflecting the country’s policy trajectory. During the last sessions of both in March 2023, President Xi Jinping noted that western countries led by the United States (US) are seeking to “contain and en

China’s sustained influence in the Maldives
Jun 30, 2023

China’s sustained influence in the Maldives

Given the existing momentum of Beijing's commercial interactions with the Maldives, China might not have to wait for a more favourable shift in the Ma

China’s Xinjiang Policy and the Silence of Islamic States
Aug 24, 2021

China’s Xinjiang Policy and the Silence of Islamic States

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has detained an estimated one million Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps in the Xinjiang province for forced re-education and political indoctrination. While the West has deplored China’s actions, the major Muslim countries have defended and even welcomed the policy. China has exploited its economic and diplomatic clout and the growing indebtedness of the Muslim world to subdued any criticism of its actions

Chinese BRI investments: A cornerstone of the expanding China-Bangladesh ties
Aug 10, 2023

Chinese BRI investments: A cornerstone of the expanding China-Bangladesh ties

Although Bangladesh has been able to seek favourable terms from China, will it manage to leverage economic aid while not allowing China strategic inro

Chinese discourse on the Sri Lankan crisis
Jul 27, 2022

Chinese discourse on the Sri Lankan crisis

A negative sentiment prevails in China about the Sri Lankan crisis as they claim Sri Lanka is exploiting its position and employing the “victim rhet

Chinese discourse on US economic hegemony
Apr 20, 2023

Chinese discourse on US economic hegemony

As speculation over the demise of the dollar grows, it suits China to fan the flames and pitch Yuan as an alternative

Chinese spy station in Cuba looms over Sino-US thaw
Jun 17, 2023

Chinese spy station in Cuba looms over Sino-US thaw

Beijing hopes expansion in the American backyard will make dominoes fall

Climate change and the Maldivian economy: Will it capsize or sail through?
May 05, 2023

Climate change and the Maldivian economy: Will it capsize or sail through?

A close study of how climate change influences the Maldivian economy will help analyse its adaptation needs and identify future opportunities

Colombo’s turnaround
Jul 25, 2023

Colombo’s turnaround

Renewed proximity with India can help Sri Lanka reduce its dependence on foreign reserves, while giving Delhi the leverage to push for benefits

Combining the Best of North-South and South-South Development Cooperation: The Case for Triangular Partnerships
Mar 30, 2023

Combining the Best of North-South and South-South Development Cooperation: The Case for Triangular Partnerships

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed most economies into recession and heightened inequalities within and across countries. Mitigating current challenges requires greater solidarity, innovative thinking, and more effective international development cooperation. This paper makes a case for triangular cooperation as an instrument of development cooperation in current times. It outlines its advantages, examines the challenges involved in such partnerships,

CPEC: Here comes the pushback
Oct 03, 2018

CPEC: Here comes the pushback

It was New Delhi which first pointed out the drawbacks of the Chinese model.

Crises abound in China ahead of Party Congress
Sep 09, 2022

Crises abound in China ahead of Party Congress

China is facing crises on multiple fronts. However, when it comes to the upcoming Party Congress, the show must go on.

Decoding China’s response to the Sri Lankan crisis
Aug 03, 2022

Decoding China’s response to the Sri Lankan crisis

Despite the high stakes, China’s passivity to the economic crisis in Sri Lanka is related to the limitations of its elite capturing and extensive le

Economic crisis on the rise in Nepal
May 18, 2023

Economic crisis on the rise in Nepal

If the current economic crisis in Nepal continues, it could lead to a Sri Lanka-like crisis

Ending Africa's Chronic Food Insecurity: What the G20 Can Do
Aug 16, 2023

Ending Africa's Chronic Food Insecurity: What the G20 Can Do

After improving between 2000 and 2013, hunger levels have significantly worsened in Africa in the years since. While global food insecurity is currently at an all-time high, Africa's record in addressing undernutrition was not impressive even in the pre-pandemic era when growth rates were higher. There are several challenges to food security in Africa, including short-term external shocks such as the pandemic and the Ukraine-Russia war, and long-

Energy News Monitor | Volume XIII; Issue 21
Nov 05, 2016

Energy News Monitor | Volume XIII; Issue 21

A staggering $20 billion worth of debt split roughly equally between operational and under-construction power projects reportedly at risk and other roundups

Extortionate costs and the role of international sporting bodies
Apr 19, 2021

Extortionate costs and the role of international sporting bodies

The burden of the stratospheric costs that international sporting events entail unavoidably falls on the taxpayers in host cities.

Financing for Agenda 2030: Deepening India-EU Development Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific
Feb 12, 2024

Financing for Agenda 2030: Deepening India-EU Development Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

As the world confronts multiple challenges which are intricately connected, our path for development stands at a crucial juncture. In the context of the embroiling polycrisis, progress on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) has been steady but fragile with major and persistent challenges. Financing for Agenda 2030 has emerged as a major bottleneck with several developing economies, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), low-income

Forgotten promises: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
Jun 15, 2023

Forgotten promises: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Pakistan's involvement in CPEC has led to impractical projects heavily reliant on foreign loans, worsening the country's economic difficulties

From War Zone to China’s Poster Child, to Economic Despair: Angola’s 40-Year Journey
Jan 28, 2021

From War Zone to China’s Poster Child, to Economic Despair: Angola’s 40-Year Journey

Angola is rich in natural wealth, with massive petroleum and diamond deposits across its territory. Most of its people, however, continue to live in poverty. Since its independence in 1975, Angola has had a tumultuous journey: from being a war zone, to becoming a poster child for Chinese engagement in the continent, and since 2015, declining to its current state where the challenges are so massive—negative growth rates, high external debt, risi

G20 : भारत जागतिक कर्ज निवारणासाठी प्रयत्नशील
Dec 08, 2022

G20 : भारत जागतिक कर्ज निवारणासाठी प्रयत्नशील

जगभरात जागतिक कर्ज वाढत असताना, G20 अध्यक्षपदाची सूत्रे हाती घेतल्यानंतर भारत जागतिक कर्ज संकटाच्या निराकरणात महत्वाची भूमिका बजावू शकतो.

G20 @ 2023: India’s commitment to sustainable development
Sep 08, 2023

G20 @ 2023: India’s commitment to sustainable development

India’s presidency of the G20 is an opportunity to promote the Global South's development narratives and leverage its status as the world's fastest-

G20 का ऋण अदायगी स्थगन कार्यक्रम: ऐतिहासिक पड़ताल!
Jul 04, 2022

G20 का ऋण अदायगी स्थगन कार्यक्रम: ऐतिहासिक पड़ताल!

हाल के समय में वैश्विक कर्ज़ों के स्तरों में उछाल के चलते

G20 का ऋण अदायगी स्थगन कार्यक्रम: ऐतिहासिक पड़ताल!
Jul 04, 2022

G20 का ऋण अदायगी स्थगन कार्यक्रम: ऐतिहासिक पड़ताल!

हाल के समय में वैश्विक कर्ज़ों के स्तरों में उछाल के चलते