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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

The expanding universe of biosafety and space
Feb 26, 2024

The expanding universe of biosafety and space

The year 2023 has witnessed significant advancements in space exploration. With these remarkable achievements come evolving guidelines to safeguard Ea

The fall of communism in Nepal
Sep 12, 2021

The fall of communism in Nepal

How intra-party factionalism weakened the strongest government Nepal has seen in decades

The fall of Nagorno-Karabakh and its impact
Mar 29, 2024

The fall of Nagorno-Karabakh and its impact

The fall of Nagorno-Karabakh could lead to the rise of a new geopolitical order in the Caucasus and beyond

The female face of technology
Mar 08, 2020

The female face of technology

The most critical thing to do is to dream it and do it.

The female workforce in India: Emerging trends and insights
Mar 07, 2024

The female workforce in India: Emerging trends and insights

The female workforce in India is changing as younger women with higher levels of education enter the workforce

The first international AI treaty: Progress with caveats
May 22, 2024

The first international AI treaty: Progress with caveats

The Council of Europe adopted the first international legally binding treaty on AI. However, the regulatory approach and normative ambiguities leave k

The foreign policy dimension of the US presidential election
Sep 29, 2020

The foreign policy dimension of the US presidential election

Whoever wins the November election, the structural constraints that affect US foreign policy behaviour will remain. China will remain a key rival, rel

The foreign policy legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Aug 20, 2018

The foreign policy legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee emerges as a figure in the classical tradition of the 19th century European strategists like Metternich and Castlereagh—a realist committed to restraint and balance

The forgotten history of Indian international relations
Nov 16, 2017

The forgotten history of Indian international relations

What does it mean to speak of an ‘Indian’ approach to international affairs? Indian International Relations (IR) is commonly presented as merely a derivative of ‘western’ disciplinary traditions in Europe and North America. This obscures the vast body of work on political science and international thought that emerged from the beginning of the 20th century amongst South Asian intellectuals, scholars, and activists. This forgotten history

The G7 is one part of India’s pursuit of a multipolar world
Jul 01, 2022

The G7 is one part of India’s pursuit of a multipolar world

At a time when the world order is intensely polarised, India remains one of the few nations which can engage with both the G-7 and BRICS in a matter of days with élan.

The Global Gateway and BRI Forums: Few similarities, striking differences
Nov 14, 2023

The Global Gateway and BRI Forums: Few similarities, striking differences

While the BRI faces resistance from some countries, the GG forum has yet to establish itself. On balance, all these initiatives are bound to coexist i

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Germany’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 21, 2020

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Germany’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Germany’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has earned it almost all-round approval. This special report argues that there is indeed much that German policy has gotten right. But it is also important to keep an eye on the limitations and failings, for which Germany – and other countries that seek to emulate it – might end up paying a very dear price. In contrast, a timely correction of some aspects of German policy could help pre-empt bo

The impact of Sweden’s growing relationship with NATO
Aug 24, 2016

The impact of Sweden’s growing relationship with NATO

In the past few years, Sweden has been growing closer to NATO than ever, causing some to see Stockholm as very close to joining the Alliance.

The importance of PM's visit to Moscow
Oct 18, 2013

The importance of PM's visit to Moscow

While much of the Indo-Russian relationship appears to be already existing ties, especially in the military-technical cooperation and hydrocarbon industry, trade and economic relations are faced with myriad challenges. It is time to diversify the trade basket to include technology, pharmaceuticals, etc.

The India-Italy Connect in the Indo-Pacific
Feb 28, 2023

The India-Italy Connect in the Indo-Pacific

Underlying Rome’s rapprochement with the Indo-Pacific is its awareness of the region’s importance for its own economy. Italy, in turn, is a reliable partner for India.

The Indian pharma industry can do better than conspiracy theories and ad-hominem attacks
Jun 19, 2019

The Indian pharma industry can do better than conspiracy theories and ad-hominem attacks

In a country like India, where systems to study and document long term effects of poor quality medicines are sparse at best, addressing structural iss

The India–NATO Council and a Tri-Polar World
Jan 26, 2022

The India–NATO Council and a Tri-Polar World

India–West cohesion is vital for global democracy with the NATO–India Council filling a strategic gap

The India–US trade dispute and India’s evolving geopolitical role
Aug 01, 2019

The India–US trade dispute and India’s evolving geopolitical role

While the strategic partnership between the United States and India remains robust, some analysts see the relationship as becoming significantly strai

The Indo-Pacific region, maritime focus, and ocean governance
Jan 08, 2022

The Indo-Pacific region, maritime focus, and ocean governance

A new thrust towards ocean governance was witnessed over the past year, as the Indo-Pacific region emerged as a new theatre of power politics

The ineffectiveness of western aid to Ukraine
Jul 12, 2022

The ineffectiveness of western aid to Ukraine

As the humanitarian crisis worsens and the war in Ukraine prolongs, the credibility of western aid is increasingly being questioned.

The Iran nuclear deal: A thorn in Biden’s side
Jun 28, 2022

The Iran nuclear deal: A thorn in Biden’s side

A faltering Iran nuclear deal emboldens Biden’s woes in West Asia and the United States alike.

The Iran vote and after
Feb 17, 2006

The Iran vote and after

The excitement of the Board of Governor's meeting is over and the participants have not been slow to express their views at the outcome. The Iranians are defiant, the Americans triumphant, the Russians cautious, the Europeans smug, the Chinese inscrutable, the Arabs joyous at directing a new argument at Israel, the latter pleased over Iran's predicament yet angry over a dent in their nuclear ambiguity, and the Indians self-righteous.

The Key to Iraqi Peace: Zarqawi or Saddam?
May 26, 2005

The Key to Iraqi Peace: Zarqawi or Saddam?

There has been speculation galore regarding Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the Al Qaeda in Iraq, ever since the US Marines carried out a flushing-out operation to smoke out foreign terrorists allegedly operating from the Sunni stronghold of Qaim, which is located in a desert area where the Euphrates river crosses from Syria into Iraq.

The King and the Maoists
Feb 03, 2005

The King and the Maoists

The King strikes,' headlined the New Indian Express" of Chennai its story on the coup staged by King Gyanendra of Nepal after sacking his own hand-picked stooge Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on February 1, 2005.

The King of a Jungle
Feb 03, 2005

The King of a Jungle

King Gyanendra of Nepal has dismissed the Sher Bahadur Deuba government and taken power into his own hands. This was not an altogether unexpected development, however unwelcome it might be to the democratic forces in Nepal or to the well-wishers of Nepali people in the rest of the world. By whatever name one may call it, it was a royal coup.

The Long Shadow of NATO-Russia Contestation on India
Apr 07, 2023

The Long Shadow of NATO-Russia Contestation on India

There are fundamental structural changes shaping the security landscape in Europe and they are also casting their shadow on Indian foreign policy and national security.

The long shadow of Trumpism
Jan 21, 2021

The long shadow of Trumpism

Biden faces an uphill task in manoeuvring through the legacy of Trump

The Media's Hall of Fame.
Dec 04, 2010

The Media's Hall of Fame.

In earlier days, the journalist had to seek a professionally fruitful and ethical equation only with the governmental establishment. Today, the TV journalist /star is also entrepreneur, worried as much about news as about TRPs, Ads, Corporates, whose money is often keeping the channel buoyant.

The Message from NATO at Vilnius
Jul 21, 2023

The Message from NATO at Vilnius

How did Ukraine’s presence influence the Vilnius summit? Why did Turkey lift its opposition against Sweden?

The Middle Corridor and opportunities for India
Jan 15, 2024

The Middle Corridor and opportunities for India

The Middle Corridor is an essential route for Central Asian countries which are keen to expand their trade with Europe to reduce their reliance on Chi

The muted magic of ‘Mutti’ Merkel’s chancellorship
Sep 20, 2021

The muted magic of ‘Mutti’ Merkel’s chancellorship

A lookback at Angela Merkel’s 16-year leadership of Germany

The myth of ‘Pure Evil’: Using behavioural science to help understand and counter terrorism
May 11, 2023

The myth of ‘Pure Evil’: Using behavioural science to help understand and counter terrorism

Conventional theories have become insufficient in explaining the complexities of terrorist action. This brief offers an integrative approach that borrows from psychology, inter-group conflict theory and neuroscience to understand the mind of a terrorist and, by extension, inform counterterrorism strategies. It provides evidence against popular beliefs about terrorists as principally being religious extremists who lack a moral compass and belong t

The need to rethink skilling India
Dec 07, 2017

The need to rethink skilling India

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) must account for the possibility of interstate migration, rapid urbanisation and possible changes in the social fabric as populations react to new job opportunities.

The new US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Balancing continuity with new and evolving environment
Mar 15, 2022

The new US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Balancing continuity with new and evolving environment

The United States' Indo-Pacific strategy continues to focus on bolstering its security and counterbalancing China's influence in the Indo-Pacific regi

The overlooked heartland — Recognising the strategic relevance of Central Asia in the US-China rivalry
Dec 28, 2020

The overlooked heartland — Recognising the strategic relevance of Central Asia in the US-China rivalry

The US proclaims its main goal in the region is to expand security cooperation with Central Asian states and improve their ability to respond to the c

The pandemic is ‘the’ moment. Hack yourself
Oct 13, 2020

The pandemic is ‘the’ moment. Hack yourself

If we are empowered enough, we can see order in chaos and focus our efforts on social innovation to ‘make things happen’ — but above all, we lea

The place of Brazil at the vaccine line
Mar 11, 2021

The place of Brazil at the vaccine line

A deliberate strategy of not tackling the novel coronavirus from the start has left the pandemic out of control in Brazil.

The populists march on
Dec 19, 2019

The populists march on

The simple fact is that there are no easy answer for progressives, whether in Europe, Asia or America.

The pushback against China
Apr 24, 2021

The pushback against China

Now, the European Union has released its own Indo-Pacific strategy too

The Quad Gains Momentum as Strategic Realities Evolve
Sep 27, 2021

The Quad Gains Momentum as Strategic Realities Evolve

As new geopolitical and geo-economic realities emerge in the Indo-Pacific, India is now a critical node in the emerging network of variable geometries in the region. There are important opportunities in the evolving dynamic for New Delhi, as new alliances are crafted and new goals enunciated.

The quagmire of Rare Earth Elements: The strategic overtones and their critical importance
Jun 30, 2023

The quagmire of Rare Earth Elements: The strategic overtones and their critical importance

There is a need to acknowledge the REE sector as a ‘strategic sector’ with policy interventions to make it lucrative for entrepreneurs with adequa

The reopened Iraq debate
Feb 04, 2005

The reopened Iraq debate

Iraq is back in the headlines, loaded with euphoria. The electoral exercise has been undertaken; the results have yet to be announced. The running commentary on CNN on January 30 tended to suggest a near perfect exercise. No mention of course was made of the invasion, the occupation, the Iraqi dead, the reduction of Iraq to a stone-age condition, the falsehood of the pretext for war and the failure to find traces of weapons of mass destruction

The Return of Putin Russia’s Strongman Faces Major Challenges Ahead
Aug 23, 2023

The Return of Putin Russia’s Strongman Faces Major Challenges Ahead

As Vladimir Putin prepares to take over the reins of the Presidency in May, events unfolding in Russia would undoubtedly test his mettle.

The Return of the Taliban: ‘Foreign Fighters’ and Other Threats to India’s Security
Aug 11, 2023

The Return of the Taliban: ‘Foreign Fighters’ and Other Threats to India’s Security

Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August last year and since then, serious security concerns have arisen for India. There is the spectre of terrorist groups in neighbouring countries gaining strength; there is also the threat of Indians travelling to Afghanistan to either live as civilians desiring a home under “Islamic rule”, or else fight alongside terrorist groups. Indeed, other South Asian countries such as Bangladesh are reporting that