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Engendering fintech lending to power women’s entrepreneurship
Jun 13, 2022

Engendering fintech lending to power women’s entrepreneurship

To boost women’s entrepreneurship in India, fintech lending should become more gender-inclusive.

Ethics of neurotechnology: The intersection of neuroscience and military applications
Sep 05, 2023

Ethics of neurotechnology: The intersection of neuroscience and military applications

Striking a balance between technological advancement and ethical considerations will be essential to safeguard human rights and global security

Evolving geopolitics in Eurasia: Implications for India
Jul 27, 2015

Evolving geopolitics in Eurasia: Implications for India

To improve India's role in Central Asia, its focus should recognize the diversity of relationships that are possible - economic, defence, and connectivity. Politically and historically, each of the five countries in the region is distinct.

Expanding pharmaceutical local production in Africa: An idea whose time has come?
Apr 10, 2019

Expanding pharmaceutical local production in Africa: An idea whose time has come?

There is a groundswell in Africa in support of local pharmaceutical production. Africa's dependency on the rest of the world for medicines may not las

Exploring net neutrality
Aug 12, 2014

Exploring net neutrality

With India seeking to connect the next billion, and becoming a key player in the global Internet debate, it is important to have clearly formed domestic policies. The combination of regulatory interest, corporate opposition and constitutional rights suggest that the time is right for a nuanced debate on net neutrality in India.

Feudal State still lords over in UP
Jun 06, 2014

Feudal State still lords over in UP

In Uttar Pradesh, the zamindari system may have been abolished more than six decades ago, but feudalism has stayed: The biggest feudal lord being the State itself which lords over cattle, women, the marginalised communities and minorities alike.

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

For a multipolar Eurasia, Russia must cooperate with India
Nov 12, 2018

For a multipolar Eurasia, Russia must cooperate with India

India will not politically prefer Russia to the US — rather it must learn to work with both. In the Indo-Pacific, India’s equities lie with Washin

For Europe, all publicity is not good publicity
Nov 15, 2022

For Europe, all publicity is not good publicity

The EU and its officials should not alienate the world at a time when it is in need of partners in the midst of the Ukraine crisis

France-Germany cooperation to mitigate EU challenges
Jul 02, 2020

France-Germany cooperation to mitigate EU challenges

Franco-German cooperation can mitigate the rise of the European Right, lead the EU’s post-COVID19 economic recovery, and strengthen the EU’s defen

From fringe to mainstream: The extreme rightwing in Europe
Jul 01, 2020

From fringe to mainstream: The extreme rightwing in Europe

This ideological confusion between violence and politics has become even more opaque with the growth of ideologically overlapping subcultures online.

From pragmatism to failed influence—Shifting Eastern Europe-China relations
Mar 27, 2023

From pragmatism to failed influence—Shifting Eastern Europe-China relations

Questions on values, interests, and security have started a rethink in their approach towards China

Future of Europe
Sep 30, 2017

Future of Europe

In the current phase of globalisation, where uncertainty and disruption have become the new norm, Europe is no exception.

Gas pricing to be determined by Govt: Petroleum Secy.
Sep 30, 2008

Gas pricing to be determined by Govt: Petroleum Secy.

Various issues and problems impacting the availability and accessibility of natural gas, the fuel of the future, came up for detailed discussions at the recent two-day 7th Petro India 2008, organised jointly by Observer Research Foundation and Indian Energy Forum in Delhi.

Gender neutral ways of ensuring universal electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jun 11, 2019

Gender neutral ways of ensuring universal electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa

Incorporating gender focus in electrification programmes is important as women and men have different energy needs.

Gender Parity in the Entrepreneurship Cycle in Kenya
Jun 06, 2022

Gender Parity in the Entrepreneurship Cycle in Kenya

Gender disparities in Kenya’s entrepreneurship cycle are a manifestation of both the historical marginalisation of women and the structural barriers limiting equal participation in the economy. Recent progress in the legal framework has been suboptimal in closing the gender gaps, as seen in the persistent inequalities in formal employment and the high concentration of unlicensed women-owned enterprises in the informal sector. The inequalities a

Geographical Indications amidst the EU–India FTA: An underexploited opportunity
Apr 19, 2024

Geographical Indications amidst the EU–India FTA: An underexploited opportunity

The EU-India FTA can open up the European market for India, but to use GIs effectively, much work needs to happen domestically

German defence policy after renewed war in Europe
Dec 08, 2022

German defence policy after renewed war in Europe

Germany’s NSS can help map its return to strategic action by redefining its foreign and security policy

Global Gateway: EU’s ‘infrastructure-for-energy security’ bet
Jan 09, 2024

Global Gateway: EU’s ‘infrastructure-for-energy security’ bet

The Global Gateway in Africa is another link in the chain of global connectivity initiatives the EU wishes to build, for energy value chains imperviou

Greek crisis a threat to EU sustainability, says expert
Aug 20, 2015

Greek crisis a threat to EU sustainability, says expert

In the face of the Greece crisis, the fundamental problem that needs to addressed is whether the European Union was sustainable, as very soon Spain would also be faced with a financial crisis similar to Greece. A total re-writing of the books and balance sheet of the European economy is required as it was done in 1945, according to Dr. S. Narayan.

Greek crisis: The geopolitical twist to Eurozone's troubles
Feb 23, 2015

Greek crisis: The geopolitical twist to Eurozone's troubles

Did Russia's quick response of offering the new Greek prime minister with financial aid to sail through the financial crisis help him bargain the new time line for debt rescheduling? Yes or not, the victory of the 'Left' PM in the Greek general elections has given a geo-political twist to Eurozone's troubles.

Green Transitions: Catalysing India–EU relations for a green future
Mar 02, 2021

Green Transitions: Catalysing India–EU relations for a green future

Ways to attain growth, create jobs, and meet developmental targets with minimal carbon emissions are priorities for both India and the EU.

Growth too weak in Europe: Pierre Sellal
Jun 28, 2012

Growth too weak in Europe: Pierre Sellal

Growth is too weak in Europe today to support the necessary fiscal consolidation of the Member States. And without growth, there will be no budgetary and fiscal consolidation, says Pierre Sellal underlining the need for a growth pact.

Guarantee Afghanistan's neutrality
Jan 22, 2010

Guarantee Afghanistan's neutrality

Discussions between the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) also saw a general agreement that the Taliban victory in Afghanistan will lead to a civil war with disastrous consequences for Pakistan

How India can maximise the potential from France’s EU Presidency
Feb 10, 2022

How India can maximise the potential from France’s EU Presidency

As France takes over the EU Presidency, both India and France can further enhance collaborations on multiple fronts

How the French Presidential elections can alter European politics
Apr 14, 2022

How the French Presidential elections can alter European politics

The outcome of the ongoing French presidential elections will determine whether France prioritises fulfilling its responsibility to the EU more so ove

How to Reset Relations Between Europe and the Global South
Jun 30, 2023

How to Reset Relations Between Europe and the Global South

It’s a fact that countries of the Global South, while not supportive of Russia’s war against Ukraine, also blame NATO and the West for its global impact. Europe needs to change its approach.

If the EU fails, we can say goodbye to the liberal order
Nov 17, 2020

If the EU fails, we can say goodbye to the liberal order

To what extent is Europe important for the future of the world order? Europeans feel like they count less and less on the world scene.

In a new world, why old Europe matters
Oct 29, 2020

In a new world, why old Europe matters

EU and UK are waking up to the Chinese threat, even as the convergence with India is growing

In Europe, the shifting sands of 2017
Apr 20, 2017

In Europe, the shifting sands of 2017

Elections across Europe will need to produce a new generation of leaders if its remapping is to be prevented.