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Indo-Pak relations and the Chinese model
Apr 10, 2012

Indo-Pak relations and the Chinese model

The pressures to change in Pakistan are real. It is not inconceivable that over a period of time, Islamabad will recognise that there are alternatives for Pakistan to exercise regional influence.

Institutionalisation of the Quad
Oct 15, 2020

Institutionalisation of the Quad

An Indo-Pacific security architecture would have to be evolved. This should ensure a free, open and rule-based Indo-Pacific confirming freedom of navi

Is there any link between demonetisation and J&K 'peace'?
Nov 21, 2016

Is there any link between demonetisation and J&K 'peace'?

The attacks in Jammu and Kashmir are so few that correlating them with demonetisation would be a tricky exercise.

Locating Quad in geopolitical history
Mar 18, 2021

Locating Quad in geopolitical history

Despite last year’s quadrilateral Malabar exercises and the recent announcement of new working groups, Quad cooperation on naval interoperability, critical technologies, and Covid-19 had been manifest previously.

Loopholes and lawfulness: De-escalating tensions in the South China Sea
Mar 04, 2022

Loopholes and lawfulness: De-escalating tensions in the South China Sea

Can the delineation between sovereignty and sovereign rights facilitate the adoption of measures to de-escalate tensions in the South China Sea?

Managing Expectations: Explainable A.I. and its Military Implications
Aug 16, 2023

Managing Expectations: Explainable A.I. and its Military Implications

The rapid uptake of artificial intelligence (AI) in the military in the past couple decades has been accompanied by a slow but gradual build-up in attempts to understand how these AI systems work to achieve better results in military operations. The idea behind what is called ‘eXplainable AI’ (XAI), and the technologies driving it, are a manifestation of this trend. The question, however, is if XAI in its current form is the solution

Maritime Diplomacy is Vital for the Quad’s Success
Sep 24, 2021

Maritime Diplomacy is Vital for the Quad’s Success

Growing maritime competition in the Indian ocean has compelled India to engage in maritime diplomacy with the Quad countries to upkeep its commitment

Media regulation: Is status quo the answer
Jan 14, 2013

Media regulation: Is status quo the answer

Participants at a seminar on "Media regulation: Is Status Quo the Option?" said India cannot afford to be an exception among democracies, with no regulation of cross-holdings in the media. Editorial independence is indispensable if the right to freedom of expression is to be effectively exercised.

Modi government must engage with the Gupkar Declaration
Sep 26, 2020

Modi government must engage with the Gupkar Declaration

If the Gupkar Declaration fails, it will be a collective failure of the mainstream in Jammu and Kashmir, and render any electoral exercise futile.

Modi Govt's black money amnesty scheme a failure
Oct 03, 2015

Modi Govt's black money amnesty scheme a failure

The flop black money amnesty scheme is a huge setback for a government which was committed to bringing back black money. What is worrisome is that other nations have succeeded while India has failed abysmally in this exercise.

Myanmar, the Flux within
Nov 22, 2010

Myanmar, the Flux within

Participants of an interaction on Myanmar felt that Myanmar should be allowed to exercise its will regarding its internal political and economic decisions, but there should be an attempt to check the irregularities in these areas so that her neighbours such as India and Bangladesh do not bear the brunt.

Nepal: Finding a way forward
Jan 25, 2016

Nepal: Finding a way forward

Nepal is no stranger to Constitution drafting, having gone through six such rounds since 1948, with the seventh culminating in September 2015. is recent exercise, however, was unique as it was conducted, for the rst time, without the oversight of the monarchy. Certain populations of Nepali society had specic stakes in a new Constitution. For many of Nepal's marginalised communities such as the Madhes is, for example, the new Constitution oe

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Need for effective implementation of urban development plans
Sep 24, 2013

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Need for effective implementation of urban development plans

Preparation of a town/city plan is a comprehensive exercise involving collection, tabulation and analysis of data on numerous urban development indicators. The enormous amount of time, labour and resources involved in this process usually go to waste as compliance to plan proposals is often quite minimal.

Perspectives on dealing with illegal immigration
Dec 27, 2019

Perspectives on dealing with illegal immigration

There can be no two views that the updating of the NRC is a legitimate exercise that every State undertakes to protect its sovereignty. However, the NRC can also not be used by any government as a tool for harassment.

Political reform in Qatar: Misplaced optimism?
Nov 10, 2021

Political reform in Qatar: Misplaced optimism?

Qatar has taken a step towards a more inclusive political system. Is this a revolutionary shift or more of an image building exercise?

Promoting a ‘GDP of the Poor’: The imperative of integrating ecosystems valuation in development policy
Mar 17, 2020

Promoting a ‘GDP of the Poor’: The imperative of integrating ecosystems valuation in development policy

This paper argues in favour of integrating valuation of ecosystem services in development policy planning in India. The paper presents three cases where monetary values of ecosystem services have been estimated to illustrate the significance of the exercise: the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) in Uttarakhand, the Kunigal Wetlands in Karnataka, and the Indian Sundarbans Delta (ISD) in West Bengal. The first two cases highlight the ecosystem-livelihoods

QUAD 3.0: A security-oriented reincarnation?
Jun 08, 2023

QUAD 3.0: A security-oriented reincarnation?

As the Indo-Pacific region becomes more contested, the QUAD will have to work together to expand its scope of diplomacy, influence, and security

Reclaiming the Indo-Pacific: A political-military strategy for Quad 2.0
Mar 27, 2018

Reclaiming the Indo-Pacific: A political-military strategy for Quad 2.0

After a decade, officials from India, Japan, Australia and the United States convened in Manila in November 2017 to renew their quadrilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. While the agenda of the quad is still unknown, this paper presents a political-military strategy for the grouping directed at shaping Chinese behaviour in the region. Viewing strategy through the ends-means-ways lens, the paper describes key objectives of dissuasion, deterre

Regulatory Sandboxes: Decoding India’s attempt to Regulate Fintech Disruption
May 24, 2023

Regulatory Sandboxes: Decoding India’s attempt to Regulate Fintech Disruption

In August 2019, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released its final guidelines for a regulatory sandbox for fintech firms.[1] Technology innovations are disrupting the traditional financial sector, and the RBI’s regulatory sandbox exercise is an attempt to be more agile and absorb some of this disruption. ‘Sandboxes’ give regulators a chance to work with fintech innovators, mitigate potential risks and develop evidence-based policy, while fi

SEBI के हालिया फैसले क्या कॉरपोरेट गवर्नेंस की लड़खड़ाती क़वायद की ओर इशारा करती है?
Mar 04, 2022

SEBI के हालिया फैसले क्या कॉरपोरेट गवर्नेंस की लड़खड़ाती क़वायद की ओर इशारा करती है?

चेयरपर्सन और MD की भूमिकाओं को अलग-अलग करने की ज़रूरतों को �

Solving the mystery of sudden deaths in young adults
Nov 07, 2023

Solving the mystery of sudden deaths in young adults

Studies indicate that the sudden deaths among young adults have little to do with the COVID-19 vaccination and a lot more to do with one’s lifestyle

South Asia Weekly 92
Oct 04, 2009

South Asia Weekly 92

Sri Lankan Navy and Indian Navy successfully conclude their joint naval exercises, which started on October 6 and continued till October 8, 2009. The naval training exercise, code-named CADEX 2009, took place on the western seas off Sri Lanka.

Thailand’s geopolitical dilemma: Aligning with China while honouring US ties
Sep 10, 2023

Thailand’s geopolitical dilemma: Aligning with China while honouring US ties

Navigating the delicate balance between its association with the US and China amidst their ongoing global geopolitical competition presents a signific

The ball is in China’s court
Nov 24, 2020

The ball is in China’s court

With its strong response across spheres, India has shown that it has options and a willingness to exercise them

The Hiroshima Quad Summit 2023: Building on the momentum
Jun 06, 2023

The Hiroshima Quad Summit 2023: Building on the momentum

Contrary to media narratives, the 2023 Summit has firmly anchored the Quad and made it abundantly clear that the grouping is here to stay

The push and pull in the India–Australia partnership
Feb 01, 2020

The push and pull in the India–Australia partnership

One of the problems with the India–Australia relationship is that both countries have a different set of concerns about China.

The Quad and the Indo-Pacific
Oct 07, 2020

The Quad and the Indo-Pacific

There is a certain duality about the Indo-Pacific. It is a region of economic opportunity, as well as one of problems.

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 Taiwanese Presidential elections could shape Asia’s future
Jan 11, 2024

The Taiwanese Presidential elections could shape Asia’s future

The world will be closely watching the Taiwan election as it will play a crucial role in shaping the power dynamics in Asia

The upgrading of India's forces is still a long way off
Apr 27, 2015

The upgrading of India's forces is still a long way off

Speaking recently in New Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the Government was committed to modernise the armed forces, but "that there is a need to exercise financial prudence and optimise all available resources".

Tiger triumph: US-India military relations get more complex
Nov 16, 2019

Tiger triumph: US-India military relations get more complex

A new exercise has reinforced the trend of deepening defense collaboration between the two sides.

Tracking SDG targets on health and nutrition: Challenges and opportunities for streamlining surveys
Jun 24, 2017

Tracking SDG targets on health and nutrition: Challenges and opportunities for streamlining surveys

The achievement of global sustainable development goals (SDGs) depends largely on India’s progress, given the country’s massive size and its moderate historical success in key health and nutrition outcomes over the last several years. This further increases the relevance and need for effective monitoring of India’s performance, through timely and disaggregated data, which ensures systematic assessments and course-correction. As India will b

Turmoil in Maldives and India's timid response
Mar 07, 2015

Turmoil in Maldives and India's timid response

After demonstrating a sharp sense of deeper engagement with the neighbours, from the day of the swearing in, it was widely expected that Modi would exercise a more muscular foreign policy. Surprisingly, our official response to events in Male has been timid and even that has been rebuffed by the Foreign Minister of Maldives.

Vital sea lanes of communications as a core interest for China: Inferences for India’s national security
Aug 18, 2020

Vital sea lanes of communications as a core interest for China: Inferences for India’s national security

China’s energy interests, constant pursuit for natural resources, expanding commercial interests combined with a quickly growing diaspora in the Ind

Vostok-22: Challenges of Diplomatic Promiscuity
Sep 04, 2022

Vostok-22: Challenges of Diplomatic Promiscuity

But New Delhi's decision to send a contingent of the Indian Army for the September 1-7 Vostok 2022 military drill in Russia's far east has raised eyebrows, particularly in the West that is trying to isolate Moscow after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is a major exercise involving more than 50,000 troops and 5,000 weapons units, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships, with the participation of troops from China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicar

What demonetisation says about and does for Modi
Nov 19, 2016

What demonetisation says about and does for Modi

For the Narendra Modi government, the demonetisation exercise is not a standalone that simply tackles existing black money.

What would a Biden win mean for global climate action?
Nov 07, 2020

What would a Biden win mean for global climate action?

To translate his plan into action, Biden will have to exercise his executive powers as President and depend heavily on federal agencies.

Why India should pivot the QUAD into the Indian Ocean through IORA
May 31, 2023

Why India should pivot the QUAD into the Indian Ocean through IORA

The Quad engaging with IORA will help India to bring the strategic convergences of the two groupings and China’s growing footprint in the region to

Yudh Abhyas: US’ high-altitude technologies and the Indian Army
Sep 03, 2022

Yudh Abhyas: US’ high-altitude technologies and the Indian Army

As the date for the Yudh Abhyas joint military exercise draws nearer, let's take a look at military technologies from the US that may benefit India.

आसियान (ASEAN) का एकजुटता का अभ्यास: क्या इससे चीन को कड़ा संदेश मिल रहा है?
Oct 26, 2023

आसियान (ASEAN) का एकजुटता का अभ्यास: क्या इससे चीन को कड़ा संदेश मिल रहा है?

लोगों की आम सोच के उलट, आसियान के साझा अभ्यास का मक़सद अपन�

आसियान (ASEAN) का एकजुटता का अभ्यास: क्या इससे चीन को कड़ा संदेश मिल रहा है?
Oct 26, 2023

आसियान (ASEAN) का एकजुटता का अभ्यास: क्या इससे चीन को कड़ा संदेश मिल रहा है?

लोगों की आम सोच के उलट, आसियान के साझा अभ्यास का मक़सद अपन�

क्या साझा युद्धाभ्यास से सुधरेंगे चीन और फिलीपींस के रिश्ते?
Sep 14, 2023

क्या साझा युद्धाभ्यास से सुधरेंगे चीन और फिलीपींस के रिश्ते?

अगर असम में जलवायु परिवर्तन से तबाही से निपटने के लिए रणन�

ताइवान स्ट्रेट में क्यों हो रहा है खतरनाक हथियारों का जमाव
Sep 09, 2022

ताइवान स्ट्रेट में क्यों हो रहा है खतरनाक हथियारों का जमाव

चीन और ताइवान के बीच ताइवान स्ट्रेट क्या फैक्टर है. ताइवान स्ट्रेट पर अमेरिका की क्या दिलचस्पी है. क्या तीसरे विश्व युद्ध की शुभारंभ ताइवान स्ट्रेट से हो सकता है. ताइवान पर �

ताइवान-चीन संघर्ष: सैन्य अभ्यास के बाद अपने ही गढ़ में अलग-थलग पड़ा चीन
Aug 09, 2022

ताइवान-चीन संघर्ष: सैन्य अभ्यास के बाद अपने ही गढ़ में अलग-थलग पड़ा चीन

अमेरिकी सीनेट की अध्‍यक्ष नैंसी पेलोसी की ताइवान यात्रा