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Rating Modi's foreign policy
Sep 14, 2016

Rating Modi's foreign policy

PM Modi's queue for a reality check to balance diplomacy, with domestic interests, for keeping the economic interests higher.

Realism in the study of International Relations in India
Aug 21, 2023

Realism in the study of International Relations in India

Attempts to arrive at a non-Western understanding of International Relations have often been made to counter the “hegemonising” influence of realism in the Indian milieu. This brief examines realist scholarship in India in recent years to understand what variants of realism have been given prominence. It also notes the absence of scholarship of the neoclassical realist variant and how this gap leads critics to arrive at an incomplete understa

Realism, not rhetoric, should prevail at Dubai COP28
Nov 30, 2023

Realism, not rhetoric, should prevail at Dubai COP28

If the Kyoto Principles of “common but differentiated responsibility” are to be implemented, COP28 in Dubai must support the right of economies to

Rebooting Germany’s foreign policy towards China
Mar 25, 2022

Rebooting Germany’s foreign policy towards China

After Germany’s geopolitical awakening to the threat posed by Russia, would it also reconsider its foreign policy on China?

Recapturing growth: What government should do
Sep 25, 2017

Recapturing growth: What government should do

Growth was bound to suffer because India depends significantly on private entrepreneurship and capital.

Reconciliatory dragon: Easing tech crackdown for strategic reasons
Jul 11, 2022

Reconciliatory dragon: Easing tech crackdown for strategic reasons

PRC regulators have eased their crackdown as companies are open to advancing PRC objectives abroad.

Reconciling privacy and surveillance in democracies
Oct 06, 2020

Reconciling privacy and surveillance in democracies

The respect of civil rights and liberties is the backbone of democracies. To undermine these fundamental rights is to undermine democracy — abroad,

Reconnecting Punjab: Shahbaz Sharif's mixed signals
Dec 16, 2013

Reconnecting Punjab: Shahbaz Sharif's mixed signals

Delhi is aware that the Pak army continues to wield a veto over cooperation with India and the room for manoeuvre is limited for the civilian leaders. Yet India must encourage the leaders of the Punjab to intensify their engagement. Delhi must also strive to improve coordination and consultation with the state leadership in Punjab.

Red star over Nepal
Jan 03, 2023

Red star over Nepal

The Dahal administration has a myriad of challenges as Nepal is on the cusp of yet another political 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

Regional Integration in Africa:A Study on the East African community
Nov 08, 2013

Regional Integration in Africa:A Study on the East African community

This paper analyses the initiatives for regional integration in East Africa and the challenges that are being faced in this regard. The paper also examines the development initiatives taken by India in the region. Following the European withdrawal, statesmen ushering in independent Africa were faced with the dire prospect of addressing the many problems their colonial overlords had left upon them. Independent Africa was left in abject poverty

Reorienting India’s global value chains post COVID-19
Apr 27, 2021

Reorienting India’s global value chains post COVID-19

With growing digitalisation and amid the ongoing pandemic, India needs to reorient its trade policy with emphasis on developing its own GVCs and upgra

Repairing the complex India-Nepal relationship
Apr 07, 2022

Repairing the complex India-Nepal relationship

There needs to be quiet dialogue to resolve their many differences, with New Delhi needing to be sensitive and generous

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

Restoration of the Atlantic Alliance between the UK and US
Oct 05, 2021

Restoration of the Atlantic Alliance between the UK and US

After a tumultuous start with the new Biden administration over the Afghanistan crisis, the UK is back on track as it renews its alliance with the US

Rethinking China’s non-market economy status beyond 2016
Jul 24, 2023

Rethinking China’s non-market economy status beyond 2016

The effect of the 15th anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the expiry of several provisions of its WTO Accession Protocol was the object of heated debate between major trading partners in 2016. Yet the question of China’s graduation to the market-economy status, and its implications on the anti-dumping investigations in the importing countries, remains. This paper explores the divergent legal interpretat

Return of allianzpolitik
Jul 24, 2023

Return of allianzpolitik

European bloc politics could well extend to the Indo-Pacific this time, with China in view

Revolt of the free-riding Netizens
Apr 21, 2015

Revolt of the free-riding Netizens

The mantra of Net Neutrality would require the user to pay for new capacity since telcos then become mere managers of "dumb pipes" conveying data as it comes and recovering costs from users. No one, least of all Netizens, can stomach an increase in Net usage charges.

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.

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

Rupee at risk: Woes of a falling rupee
Aug 22, 2022

Rupee at risk: Woes of a falling rupee

As the rupee loses its value against the dollar, what are the implications for the Indian economy?

Russia and the Future of the Arctic
Oct 28, 2021

Russia and the Future of the Arctic

Russia—the state with the longest Arctic coastline—is embarking on an ambitious plan to benefit from the vast natural resources of the region, while undertaking a military modernisation effort that had been stalled after the end of the Cold War. As one of the strongest players in the high north, Russia will be key in determining the future of the region, which is facing challenges brought about by global warming. This paper examines Russia’

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 is re-emerging in South Asia
Feb 23, 2024

Russia is re-emerging in South Asia

Desperate to get around international isolation and seeking to co-opt new ‘friendly states’, Moscow seems ready to make allowance for the region�

Russia Ukraine Tension: कीव में बर्फबारी, बिजली संकट से बढ़ी चिंता!
Jul 28, 2023

Russia Ukraine Tension: कीव में बर्फबारी, बिजली संकट से बढ़ी चिंता!

यूक्रेन जंग के बीच कीव में भारी बर्फबारी ने लोगों की चिंता बढ़ा दी है. कीव में भारी बर्फबारी के बीच यहां लोगों को भारी बिजली संकट का सामना करना पड़ रहा है. क्‍या इस बर्फबारी क�

Russia Ukraine War: रूस के ख़िलाफ़ यूक्रेन की क़ानूनी लड़ाई!
Jul 26, 2023

Russia Ukraine War: रूस के ख़िलाफ़ यूक्रेन की क़ानूनी लड़ाई!

रूस के दावों की वैधानिकता को कमज़ोर करने के लिए यूक्रेन ब�

Russia-Belarus relations: The future of the union state
Apr 28, 2020

Russia-Belarus relations: The future of the union state

Will Belarus join Russia in a unified state — or will it maintain the status quo and mend relations with the West?

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-Ukraine War: रूस और यूक्रेन के बीच जारी युद्ध को रोकने की कोशिशें कहां हो रही हैं?
Jul 26, 2023

Russia-Ukraine War: रूस और यूक्रेन के बीच जारी युद्ध को रोकने की कोशिशें कहां हो रही हैं?

रूस और यूक्रेन के बीच जारीwar को समाप्त करने और शांति स्थाप�

Russia-Ukraine War: रूस-यूक्रेन युद्ध में ‘कूटनीति’ की कमी!
Jul 18, 2023

Russia-Ukraine War: रूस-यूक्रेन युद्ध में ‘कूटनीति’ की कमी!

क्या कूटनीति ही एकमात्र वास्तविक विकल्प है जो संघर्ष का �

Russia’s Demographic trajectory: dimensions and implications
Jul 24, 2023

Russia’s Demographic trajectory: dimensions and implications

Demographic trends in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 have largely been unfavourable. Deaths exceeded births for the first time in 1992, and a period of negative growth followed which continued unabated until 2012 when marginal growth was achieved for the first time in two decades. This paper studies the demographic patterns in Russia since 1991, which are unique for several reasons. While population decline is common amo

Russia’s hybrid warfare strategy: From Crimea to Ukraine
Mar 01, 2022

Russia’s hybrid warfare strategy: From Crimea to Ukraine

Russia has perfected its use of hybrid warfare by developing new techniques against its adversaries over the years.

Russia’s Pivot to Asia policy in the wake of western sanctions
Mar 22, 2022

Russia’s Pivot to Asia policy in the wake of western sanctions

In the face of sanctions imposed by the West, Russia and Belarus look towards developing and maintaining economic and geopolitical partnerships with c

Russia’s Relations in Southeast Asia since 2014: Continuity and Change
Aug 20, 2020

Russia’s Relations in Southeast Asia since 2014: Continuity and Change

This paper outlines the development of Russia’s relations with the countries of Southeast Asia, focusing on the years after 2014. As relations with the West reached a new post-Cold War low, Moscow has intensified its efforts at building stronger ties with the East. The paper deals with the impact of these developments on the state of its political, economic and defense engagement in Southeast Asia, both bilaterally and multilaterally. It will s

Sci-Fi to reality: Brain-computer interfaces in medicine and beyond
Aug 18, 2023

Sci-Fi to reality: Brain-computer interfaces in medicine and beyond

While integrating brain chips with medicine to restore basic capabilities for those in need holds promise, the broader implications of merging technol

Science Fiction as the Blueprint: Informing Policy in the Age of AI and Emerging Tech
Jan 17, 2024

Science Fiction as the Blueprint: Informing Policy in the Age of AI and Emerging Tech

This issue brief examines the complex interplay between science fiction and technology development in the age of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and brain-computer interfaces. As the line between science and fiction continues to blur, this brief argues for strategically using science fiction narratives to inform and guide technology development and policymaking. Drawing upon historical precedents of scien

SCO is not an anti-Western club. India’s presence is a guarantee against it
May 02, 2024

SCO is not an anti-Western club. India’s presence is a guarantee against it

The SCO is critical for India to advance its priorities for peace and prosperity in its northern periphery and broader Eurasia.

SDGs साध्य करण्यासाठी विकसनशील देशांमधील सहकार्य आवश्यक
Jul 25, 2023

SDGs साध्य करण्यासाठी विकसनशील देशांमधील सहकार्य आवश्यक

पुढे जाऊन, SDGs साध्य करण्यासाठी विकसित आणि विकसनशील देशांमधील सहकार्य आवश्यक आहे.

Serving the purpose: Diplomacy versus war in latest US–Russia talks
Jan 18, 2022

Serving the purpose: Diplomacy versus war in latest US–Russia talks

Diverging takes on Ukraine and security measures in the region show that diplomacy is the best way forward for the two powers

Shadows of the past loom on 2017
Dec 26, 2016

Shadows of the past loom on 2017

Many of the phenomena go back to the financial crisis of 2008, the biggest shock to the global economic system since the 1929. Nine years after 1929, a nervous, pessimistic and Hobbesian world was plunged into war. 2017 is nine years after 2008.

Should death be our final stop?
Aug 04, 2014

Should death be our final stop?

The current debate around euthanasia and assisted death brings in spotlight what technological possibilities of the future may end up achieving for humanity.

Simpl: Platform for simplifying payments and credit wallet
Nov 03, 2020

Simpl: Platform for simplifying payments and credit wallet

India is ahead of the entire world when it comes to fintech. This is an unprecedented time, ripe for entrepreneurship.

Sino-Indian Asaphila Patrolling Face-off
Aug 12, 2003

Sino-Indian Asaphila Patrolling Face-off

The recent face-off between Indian and Chinese patrols in Asaphila area on June 26, 2003 evoked considerable media interest and political debate in the country. It overshadowed and almost neutralised the Prime Minister's visit to China, which took place after a decade long gap and, more significantly,

Small countries must together create structures that can defend against global powers
Aug 16, 2019

Small countries must together create structures that can defend against global powers

The talk by Boris Tadić focuses on African issues as they are becoming strategically important for the future of mankind and for the sustainability o

Some breathing space in Paris
May 09, 2017

Some breathing space in Paris

A strong European Union is in the interest of India, New Delhi can do its bit to support this process.

South Africa, the Indian Ocean and the IBSA-BRICS equation Reflections on Geopolitical and Strategic Dimension
Dec 25, 2011

South Africa, the Indian Ocean and the IBSA-BRICS equation Reflections on Geopolitical and Strategic Dimension

This Paper analyses South Africa's position as a member of both BRICS and IBSA, especially the broader strategic implications arising out of its membership of the two organisations.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 3
Jan 27, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 3

President Pervez Musharraf is doing what he likes to do best: promote himself. The week saw him on a whirl-wind tour of Europe--Belgium, France and Britain-addressing the media and others.