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South Asia South Asia Weekly 48
Dec 01, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 48

Even as the war between LTTE and the Sri Lankan army is taking a heavy humanitarian toll, European Union decided to retain its GSP+ trade preferences for Sri Lanka till the time it completes its humanitarian probe in the troubled region.

South Korea on a FTA spree
Aug 01, 2011

South Korea on a FTA spree

The recent South Korea-EU FTA (or the KOREU FTA) is more of a steal for the Koreans than the Europeans. While it will have a 0.08 per cent impact on the European economy, it will have a 0.84 per cent impact on the Korean economy.

Space code debate and the right to self defence under Article 51
Jul 31, 2013

Space code debate and the right to self defence under Article 51

As efforts to develop an ICoC accelerate, states need to come up with constructive ways of debating this issue. We cannot let this issue become a stumbling block that impedes progress on the code as a whole, particularly when the immediate impact of the offending language is arguably neutral.

Space Code of Conduct: An Australian perspective
Jul 24, 2012

Space Code of Conduct: An Australian perspective

Australia has announced that it supports the Space Code of Conduct initiative sponsored by the European Union. A question that might well be asked is why should Australia care about such matters?

Sri Lanka — A nation on 'denial mode'
Dec 13, 2017

Sri Lanka — A nation on 'denial mode'

The future beckons Sri Lanka, but only euphemistically.

Sri Lanka: Delayed damage-control on global front?
Jul 10, 2010

Sri Lanka: Delayed damage-control on global front?

By declaring fresh intentions to revive GSP-Plus talks with the European Union (EU), and ensuring the withdrawal of anti-UN fast by incumbent Minister Wimal Weerawansa, the Sri Lankan Government seems to be now engaged in damage control on the global diplomatic front, whose results are as yet unpredictable.

Staying afloat: Has India weathered the fall of the rupee?
Nov 24, 2022

Staying afloat: Has India weathered the fall of the rupee?

Is the depreciation of the Indian rupee a cause of concern?

Still awaiting achche din
May 06, 2015

Still awaiting achche din

A year is a lifetime in an intensely contested, democratic polity. This is why the government must squeeze out the "fat" in the system whilst planning for the future. Given the head winds building up, it is critical for the government's longevity to redeem its compact with voters by delivering real, near-term, fiscally neutral improvements in consumer welfare.

Stop the war in Ukraine
Mar 15, 2022

Stop the war in Ukraine

The priority of the international community should be to broker peace and end the Ukraine war before it takes a turn for the worse.

Strategic Clarity Via Ukraine
Mar 17, 2022

Strategic Clarity Via Ukraine

Strategic clarity is often a by-product of wars and as nations count their dead, they also recognise their true friends as well as the limits of their liberal illusions about managing relationships with adversaries who see violence as perfectly legitimate instrumentality in pursuit of power and ambition.

Strengthening climate diplomacy: An imperative for Indian climate in the new decade
Apr 26, 2021

Strengthening climate diplomacy: An imperative for Indian climate in the new decade

Championing a climate and development agenda in India’s bilateral, regional and multilateral collaborations can help boost trade, drive investments

Summitry as a Tool of Diplomacy: The Case of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
Jul 17, 2023

Summitry as a Tool of Diplomacy: The Case of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

As a tool of diplomacy, forum summits have allowed countries to interact, exchange views, and work together to cooperate on issues of mutual interest. This is true for the African continent, where there is a recent surge in high-level summits involving heads of state, ministers, and civil society organisations. These ‘Africa+1’ summits have provided countries in the continent with an institutional platform to engage with both traditional and

Sweden and a stronger NATO
Mar 08, 2024

Sweden and a stronger NATO

Although facing initial obstacles from Türkiye and Hungary, Sweden has ultimately secured NATO membership, marking a significant milestone for the No

Sweden’s NATO bid: Facing the Turkish wall
Mar 24, 2023

Sweden’s NATO bid: Facing the Turkish wall

Sweden’s NATO bid hangs in the air as Türkiye stalls the ratification of the accession bid

Sweden’s ‘Soft’ COVID19 Strategy: An Appraisal
Jul 20, 2020

Sweden’s ‘Soft’ COVID19 Strategy: An Appraisal

Many countries imposed stringent lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sweden, however, adopted a ‘soft’ approach of self-imposed social precautions without state regulation. This evoked extensive criticism within and outside the country, especially in view of its high death rates in comparison to its Nordic neighbours. The Swedish government, however, has been steadfast with its strategy. As countries emerge from lockdowns and begi

Tapping a disaster: Mitigating the strategic implications of Sri Lanka's economic crisis 
Sep 27, 2021

Tapping a disaster: Mitigating the strategic implications of Sri Lanka's economic crisis 

Sri Lanka’s current crisis is an opportunity for India to draw the island nation away from China

Technology as an enabler for transformation
Nov 02, 2020

Technology as an enabler for transformation

Our world will be different with more women in STEM. Diversity and inclusion are broad buckets, but we need to keep the discussion going. The more con

Technology for women in 2021: Perspectives from Kenya
Jan 08, 2021

Technology for women in 2021: Perspectives from Kenya

2020 has seen the rapid uptake of technology in both the formal and informal sectors with many formal employers adapting strategies that have allowed

Telangana Issue: A spell of President's Rule may be good
Jul 07, 2011

Telangana Issue: A spell of President's Rule may be good

By hijacking the Telangana movement, members of the Congress and other political parties in the region may have left lesser room for Left militants, who were reported to be driving the movement earlier, for manoeuvrability.

Tensions between US and Iran spell trouble for India
Nov 08, 2017

Tensions between US and Iran spell trouble for India

The new Iran strategy of the Trump Administration is aimed at “neutralising the government of Iran’s destabilising influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants.”

Territorial Disputes: Can Japan and Russia Reconcile?
Sep 14, 2023

Territorial Disputes: Can Japan and Russia Reconcile?

The Ukraine crisis may have effectively ended the rapprochement between the USand Russia, and in turn affecting relations such as those of Japan and Russia. Prior to this crisis,and the subsequent Western sanctions on Russia, Tokyo and Moscow had been reaching out toeach other, and hope flickered for a resolution to the territorial dispute over the NorthernTerritories or Southern Kurils. This paper argues that with nationalist governments in powe

Terrorists? yes, but Al Qaeda? no
Mar 07, 2005

Terrorists? yes, but Al Qaeda? no

That is the latest position of the Government of Begum Khaleda Zia, the Bangladesh Prime Minister, in the face of growing international pressure spearheaded by the member-countries of the European Union (EU) to act against terrorist groups operating from Bangladeshi territory.

Testing times in the Korean peninsula
Sep 08, 2017

Testing times in the Korean peninsula

The old objectives of 'denuclearisation' and 'reunification' have to be set aside. North Korea's nuclear capability will have to be accepted, at least for the foreseeable future.

Thailand’s persisting prime ministerial dilemma
Aug 16, 2023

Thailand’s persisting prime ministerial dilemma

Interventions by the military-royalists continue to impede Pita Limjaroenrat’s bid to become the next PM, thus posing serious challenges to Thailand

The 16+1 Initiative: Judged Too Quickly?
Oct 02, 2021

The 16+1 Initiative: Judged Too Quickly?

The 16+1 initiative is seen as a Chinese Trojan Horse waiting for entry into the European Union

The 17th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave: The prospects of India-Africa Growth Partnership
Jul 25, 2022

The 17th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave: The prospects of India-Africa Growth Partnership

The recently-held CII-EXIM Bank Conclave in India indicates the keenness to enhance the Indo-Africa ties via trade and entrepreneurial initiatives.

The accidental empire rises again
Apr 07, 2015

The accidental empire rises again

Berlin might not yet be ready to provide the kind of leadership that some expect, but the real "German question" seems to be whether Europe can really stomach German leadership. Given the uneasy reactions to Merkel's handling of the Eurozone crisis, the answer is clearly no.

The alphabet soup at Goa
Oct 13, 2016

The alphabet soup at Goa

This weekend at Goa Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his foreign policy team will undertake a significant manoeuvre with SAARC grouping gasping for breath

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Indian Territory, Regional Potential
Sep 27, 2021

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Indian Territory, Regional Potential

Often referred to as among the most strategically located island chains in the world, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are critical for India’s strategic interests. The islands comprise the sole archipelago in the Bay and they straddle important sea channels. As the long-standing protectionist regime in the islands morphs into a more flexible form of governance that will balance development with conservation, the stage appears set for India to c

The BRI at 10, some hits, many misses
Oct 19, 2023

The BRI at 10, some hits, many misses

Even though the tale of Chinese munificence is marred by unsavoury ground realities, all eyes will be on the future of the Belt and Road Initiative

The Budapest Convention and cyber cooperation
Mar 18, 2015

The Budapest Convention and cyber cooperation

There is no universally accepted international cyber treaty. However, the Council of Europe?s Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, which has been in force for a decade and has been ratified by 44 countries, is the closest.

The carbon emission hierarchy: Worthy and unworthy emissions
Mar 02, 2024

The carbon emission hierarchy: Worthy and unworthy emissions

If carbon emissions from research activities are excused, some inconvenient issues may arise

The case for green buildings in India
Nov 27, 2020

The case for green buildings in India

Green buildings can become a strong driver of economic growth and the prerogative to “build back better.”

The case for R&D in climate tech innovation
Nov 07, 2022

The case for R&D in climate tech innovation

A combined push from government, investors, corporations, and entrepreneurs will provide opportunity for R&D climate tech start-ups to scale up their

The Case for Waiving Intellectual Property Protection for Covid-19 Vaccines
Apr 06, 2021

The Case for Waiving Intellectual Property Protection for Covid-19 Vaccines

The arrival of vaccines against Covid-19 gives hope in ending the pandemic that has claimed close to 2.84 million lives so far. However, inoculating millions of people all over the world would require the massive production of vaccines, followed by their equitable distribution. An impediment to production and distribution of vaccines is the intellectual property (IP) rights that their developers enjoy. India and South Africa have together propo

The Central Asian countries’ response to anti-Russian sanctions
May 26, 2022

The Central Asian countries’ response to anti-Russian sanctions

How are the Central Asian countries affected by the West’s sanctions on Russia?

The Changing Contours of Bhutan’s Foreign Policy and the Implications for China and India
Jul 21, 2023

The Changing Contours of Bhutan’s Foreign Policy and the Implications for China and India

Bhutan has historically maintained a neutral relationship with China, to its north, and a more special relationship with India, whose states border its west, east, and south. Over the past two decades, however, many factors are forcing Bhutan to settle its longstanding territorial disputes with China and diversify its relations. These factors include its own changing economy and transition from an absolute monarchy to a democracy, a gener

The China challenge takes centre stage in Asian polls
Apr 25, 2019

The China challenge takes centre stage in Asian polls

China’s role in reshaping the political milieu in many countries is causing a sense of unease

The Chinese space programme marches ahead: Implications for India
Nov 27, 2020

The Chinese space programme marches ahead: Implications for India

A raging pandemic — which originated in China — has had very little adverse effect, allowing the Chinese to insulate their space programme from th

The Chinese vaccine diplomacy in Southeast Asia
Jun 29, 2022

The Chinese vaccine diplomacy in Southeast Asia

In China’s attempt to project its soft power, it engaged in vaccine diplomacy in Southeast Asia to counter the narrative of the virus’ origins and

The coming of strategic autonomy in the Gulf
Mar 29, 2022

The coming of strategic autonomy in the Gulf

With the US no longer playing the role of security guarantor to Gulf states, they are diversifying their foreign relations through partnerships involving China and Russia, thereby acquiring greater autonomy.

The Covid19 virus could impact the US alliance system
Apr 07, 2020

The Covid19 virus could impact the US alliance system

The big question, deepened by the Covid19 response, is whether NATO has the capacity and will to defend each and every one of its members.

The Delhi Blasts: What Next?
Nov 09, 2005

The Delhi Blasts: What Next?

The three synchronised Delhi blasts of October 29,2005, have proved¿¿if further proof was needed¿¿that the motivation and the morale of the pan-Islamic jihadi terrorists belonging to the International Islamic Front (IIF) formed by Osama bin Laden in 1998 continue to remain undamaged, despite the successes scored by our security agencies in neutralising many of their sleeper cells.

The Economic Rationale for India to Maintain Ties with Sanctions-Afflicted Russia
Dec 18, 2023

The Economic Rationale for India to Maintain Ties with Sanctions-Afflicted Russia

Russia is now the world’s most heavily sanctioned country, with unprecedented punitive action targeting its energy exports, central bank, and other sectors. Given Russia’s economic resilience amid such economic restrictions and India’s dependence on Russia for its defence and energy requirements, this issue brief highlights the economic rationale for New Delhi to maintain existing trade ties with Moscow despite continued geopolitical pressu

The emergent transatlantic consensus against China
Jun 20, 2020

The emergent transatlantic consensus against China

Chinese advocacy for economic interdependence, owing to its centrality in global supply chains, could be met with a renewed transatlantic consensus ce

The evolution of India’s West Asian policy
Oct 31, 2019

The evolution of India’s West Asian policy

In the past, India has managed a successful balancing act in a tripolar West Asia. Now, the restructuring of West Asia’s geopolitical landscape has