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The Russia-Pakistan Rapprochement: Should India Worry?
Sep 13, 2023

The Russia-Pakistan Rapprochement: Should India Worry?

Russia and Pakistan have never really had warm relations. Following Pakistan’s independence in 1947, then Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan was invited by both the Soviet Union and the US. He chose to visit the US, mainly because the US had 2 more capacity to help Pakistan economically.

The situation in Ukraine: a view from Moscow
Mar 02, 2022

The situation in Ukraine: a view from Moscow

From Kremlin’s perspective, as Europe is getting increasingly militarised, keeping Ukraine “neutral” is of strategic importance.

The Small Island Developing States in IOR: Challenges and opportunities
Dec 15, 2022

The Small Island Developing States in IOR: Challenges and opportunities

The SIDs need to ensure that they are not viewed as pawns in the geopolitical competition but as important stakeholders in the region.

The spirit of ‘compromis à la belge’
Jan 10, 2024

The spirit of ‘compromis à la belge’

As the country that hosts the EU institutions with Brussels known as the EU’s de facto capital, Belgium has been instrumental in the EU’s evolutio

The Taiwan Factor in the US’s Regional Posture
Dec 18, 2023

The Taiwan Factor in the US’s Regional Posture

The US has long grappled with the Taiwan issue. So far, its policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’ has deterred the use of force by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It is a moot question if this policy can be sustained to counter the PRC’s assertive military posture in the Taiwan Strait. The question before the US is whether it can deter an invasion and avoid a war with the PRC, simultaneously. The PRC is determined to seek reunification an

The Three Theatres of the Arab World
Apr 25, 2011

The Three Theatres of the Arab World

In the short term, it appears Libya will be divided between East and West. The world, including the Arab public and 20 million Muslims in Europe, will see the partitioning of the country for what it is: not to stop the "slaughter" of the innocents but for Libya's light crude for which European refineries are specially geared.

The Trans -Atlantic Defence Dilemma
Dec 11, 2003

The Trans -Atlantic Defence Dilemma

More than ever before, the United States needs the continued support of the European Union (EU) in defence and security matters, especially in the war against terrorism. A draft security strategy prepared in June 2003 by Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Security and Foreign Policy (CFSP) delineated the threats to security in Europe; international terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and failed states.

The U.S. Escalates Chips War With China
Apr 03, 2023

The U.S. Escalates Chips War With China

Global geopolitics is in a state of intense flux. China’s rise has led to greater competition in the international system, with the United States and the post-War global order coming under increasing challenge. China’s high economic growth rate in the past several decades has meant bigger military budgets. In turn, its military rise threatens security in the Indo-Pacific region where China seeks to dominate, from the Himalayas to South China

The U.S. search for a new role in West Asia
Jul 27, 2022

The U.S. search for a new role in West Asia

Realpolitik may have trumped the Biden administration’s rather vocal positions on principles in the region

The UK Shifts to the Indo-Pacific: An Opportunity for India-UK Ties
Feb 15, 2021

The UK Shifts to the Indo-Pacific: An Opportunity for India-UK Ties

When the United Kingdom (UK) releases the highly anticipated integrated review of its foreign, defence, security and development policy in March, it will mark the first formal iteration of the UK’s Indo-Pacific strategy. This brief explores the dynamics that are driving the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific. It identifies three key drivers that are prompting the shift: a reappraisal of China, the economic fallout of Brexit, and the UK’s close t

The Ukraine conundrum
Feb 10, 2022

The Ukraine conundrum

The ongoing tussle is germane to the geopolitical mapping of future Europe

The Ukraine Crisis and Latin America’s response
Mar 10, 2022

The Ukraine Crisis and Latin America’s response

Latin American countries remain divided over their stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine as Russia finds consonance with leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua,

The Ukraine crisis: Assessing the impact on Biden’s domestic politics
Mar 03, 2022

The Ukraine crisis: Assessing the impact on Biden’s domestic politics

The Ukraine crisis coupled with US’ domestic challenges is weighing down on the Biden administration

The Ukraine crisis: Its impact on India
Feb 22, 2022

The Ukraine crisis: Its impact on India

India has to tread a fine line in this imbroglio: Taking care of the welfare and evacuation of Indian students and the possibility of oil price hike

The Ukraine war and its bearing on China
Apr 16, 2022

The Ukraine war and its bearing on China

In the wake of the Ukrainian war, Europe is trying to end its dependency on both Russia and China

The Ukraine war weighs down on the Central Asian Republics
May 13, 2022

The Ukraine war weighs down on the Central Asian Republics

This crisis provides an opportunity for India to increase its engagement with a weakened central Asia

The Ukraine war: A longer dystopian future looms large
Jul 11, 2022

The Ukraine war: A longer dystopian future looms large

The world is in dire straits as it is not equipped to handle the mounting global challenges one after the other.

The Ukraine War: Shaping The Information Battlespace
May 10, 2023

The Ukraine War: Shaping The Information Battlespace

The claims and counterclaims are less about the two protagonists in this war than it is about moulding the world’s opinion.

The Ukraine war’s impact on Western arms production
Dec 27, 2022

The Ukraine war’s impact on Western arms production

With the NATO facing shortages in weapons and rapidly declining stockpiles, the protracted conflict has exposed the limits to the West’s arms produc

The Ukrainian crisis: How real is the Russian threat?
Feb 09, 2022

The Ukrainian crisis: How real is the Russian threat?

Russia, in its quest to expand its sphere of influence, will continue to put the West and Ukraine to the test

The US-Iran nuclear deal talks: No breakthrough in sight
Jul 14, 2022

The US-Iran nuclear deal talks: No breakthrough in sight

There is a need to ratchet up negotiations between the US and Iran to find common ground and successfully conclude the nuclear deal talks.

The year ends, but the chaos may just be beginning
Dec 31, 2014

The year ends, but the chaos may just be beginning

2014 by far has been the most chaotic year in international politics, since the end of the Cold War. The Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East threaten to upturn borders settled for close to a century. Europe is in the throes of an unexpected tussle with Moscow. In the South and East China seas, China's aggressiveness is too clear now to be ignored.

The Year That Exposed Chinese Vulnerabilities
Dec 15, 2023

The Year That Exposed Chinese Vulnerabilities

Xi seems to have overplayed his hand, leading to a significant realignment, resulting in a pushback at a time when his governance style has come under scrutiny

Theocracy and Polls: The Iran Way
Jun 23, 2021

Theocracy and Polls: The Iran Way

While the supreme leader is there for life (or till he chooses to retire), the president is limited to two four-year terms, defining where the balance of power rests between them

Threats in The Long Range
Jun 28, 2012

Threats in The Long Range

Tensions between the United States of America and Russia over the deployment of a ballistic missile defence system by the US in eastern Europe are sharpening. Japan is deploying such a system to ward off the North Korean missile threat.

Tipping point in West Asia
May 28, 2018

Tipping point in West Asia

So far, Iran’s response to U.S. provocation has been rhetorical but President Rouhani has little room for manoeuvre

To Price or not to Price? Making a Case for a Carbon Pricing Mechanism for India
Sep 26, 2022

To Price or not to Price? Making a Case for a Carbon Pricing Mechanism for India

The 2021 Conference of Parties 26 (COP26) propelled nations to ramp up their climate targets and the concomitant Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. However, the updated NDCs and the announced pledges for 2030 remain insufficient and poorly aligned with the targets of the Paris Agreement. The reduction in projected 2030 emissions is estimated to be 7.5 percent—far lower than the 30 percent requi

Together in an uncertain world
Dec 01, 2018

Together in an uncertain world

Where India’s relations with individual EU nations have progressed dramatically over the last few years and the EU’s focus on India has grown, it has become imperative for the two to give each other a serious look.

Too many reds have left the skies in the red
Dec 22, 2014

Too many reds have left the skies in the red

The turbulent history of the civil aviation sector and the threat of a bumpy future given its current situation are not good for the economy or the image of India as a rising economic power through private entrepreneurship.

Towards a ceasefire in Libya
Jun 08, 2020

Towards a ceasefire in Libya

European powers should seize this break to bring Libya’s almost decade-long tryst with unprecedented violence to an end.

Towards a Deliberative BIMSTEC
Aug 06, 2020

Towards a Deliberative BIMSTEC

The Bay of Bengal region links South Asia and Southeast Asia, with the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) serving as a platform of trans-border cooperation. The BIMSTEC’s prime assets are the historical and cultural links between the nations, and their spirit of community. However, the lack of both a robust decision-making mechanism and a set of common rules have slowed down the growth of th

Towards a holistic digital health ecosystem in India
May 24, 2023

Towards a holistic digital health ecosystem in India

In an effort to facilitate the digitisation of the country’s healthcare systems, India released a National Digital Health Blueprint in January 2020, which provides a detailed framework for a “Federated National Health Information System.” This brief makes a case for expanding the scope of the blueprint to include digital therapeutics, digital diagnostics, and telemedicine. It proposes a “National Digital Health Blueprint 2.0,” with dive

Transforming manufacturing dynamics: A look into India's PLI scheme
Apr 22, 2024

Transforming manufacturing dynamics: A look into India's PLI scheme

The successful implementation of the PLI scheme will be crucial in realising India's vision of becoming a leading manufacturing hub on the world stage

Trends in the Transatlantic Alliance
Oct 14, 2022

Trends in the Transatlantic Alliance

Although the transatlantic alliance has shown resilience so far, several emerging trends may impact relations in the coming months

TRIPS Agreement: बौद्धिक संपदा के अधिकारों पर समझौता यानी ‘एक क़दम आगे, तो दो क़दम पीछे’
Jul 31, 2023

TRIPS Agreement: बौद्धिक संपदा के अधिकारों पर समझौता यानी ‘एक क़दम आगे, तो दो क़दम पीछे’

बौद्धिक संपदा के अधिकारों (TRIPS) में रियायत के जिस कमज़ोर कि�

Troubled waters: FONOPS, UNCLOS, and global commons
Jun 30, 2022

Troubled waters: FONOPS, UNCLOS, and global commons

Is the United States using FONOPs to undermine the International Law of the Sea and are other powers such as China following suit?

Trump and the techie
Feb 01, 2017

Trump and the techie

Indian IT firms have long sustained their businesses by getting Indian techies to do what American citizens would charge a lot more for.

Trump re-certifies Iran’s nuclear compliance while India earns wrath of Tehran
Jul 26, 2017

Trump re-certifies Iran’s nuclear compliance while India earns wrath of Tehran

The problem that Trump administration faces is if the US unilaterally breaks away from JCPOA, its European partners are unlikely to stand by the US.

Trump’s Central Asia policy
Aug 04, 2020

Trump’s Central Asia policy

Does the US in general, and the Trump administration in particular, have a differing approach towards Central Asia developing their relations with Rus

Trust but verify: A narrative analysis of “trusted” tech supply chains
Apr 21, 2021

Trust but verify: A narrative analysis of “trusted” tech supply chains

The contours of global supply chains in the 2020s and beyond will be shaped by the evolving understandings of “trust.”

Turkey And Syria Press The Pause Button
Dec 17, 2011

Turkey And Syria Press The Pause Button

Just as Europe is beginning to look economically desperate, Turkey next door looks like the very picture of economic, political and strategic stability. The ultimate irony, ofcourse, is that after having prepared itself on every possible count for eligibility to enter Europe.

Turkey realigns its foreign relations
Aug 16, 2016

Turkey realigns its foreign relations

A month has elapsed since the aborted coup attempt in Turkey on the night of July 15.