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Russia’s Low-Risk, High-Reward Strategy for its Return to Africa
Oct 12, 2023

Russia’s Low-Risk, High-Reward Strategy for its Return to Africa

Africa has become essential to Russia’s geostrategic posture as Moscow seeks to overcome the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. However, in the face of isolation and a contracting economy, Russia has realised that cultivating an entry point in Africa through conventional means such as foreign direct investment (FDI), trade, development assistance, or cultural and educational exchanges may not be its best option. Instead, Mosc

Securing our future through NourishNet
Jun 07, 2024

Securing our future through NourishNet

By incorporating prevention, protection, participation, and policy, NourishNet tackles the interconnected challenges of food safety, security, and sus

Shoots of change: India’s agritech revolution
Jan 12, 2024

Shoots of change: India’s agritech revolution

Indian agritech is making impressive strides and expanding its global footprint, but it is still at a nascent stage and has penetrated only 1 percent

Short-sightedness in Colombo
Dec 18, 2021

Short-sightedness in Colombo

Expecting India to bail Sri Lanka out every time there is a crisis may work for some time, but it's a recipe for disaster.

Solar Energy in India: Contestation of Land Rights 
May 03, 2022

Solar Energy in India: Contestation of Land Rights 

Growth and development in renewable energy power generation call for acquiring more suitable land to install RE generating equipment/machinery, and th

South Asia Weekly Report 76
Jun 15, 2009

South Asia Weekly Report 76

Sri Lanka is seeking foreign aid for the resettlement of 280,000 predominantly Tamil refugees, officially known as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), languishing in camps without any access to basic amenities like food, clothing and sanitation.

Sri Lanka: Growing bilateral relations with India under President Wickremesinghe
Jul 27, 2022

Sri Lanka: Growing bilateral relations with India under President Wickremesinghe

With increasing assistance from India to abate the Sri Lankan crisis, the new presidency seems to be keen to enhance bilateral relations.

Sri Lanka: Why Tamil Nadu’s call to ‘retake’ Kachchativu is ill-timed, too
Jun 03, 2022

Sri Lanka: Why Tamil Nadu’s call to ‘retake’ Kachchativu is ill-timed, too

India may consider a joint-patrol mechanism, either bilateral or under the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC), as it would also help keep the fishers’

Sri Lankan crisis: From economic setback to political upheaval
May 26, 2022

Sri Lankan crisis: From economic setback to political upheaval

Is a possible refugee crisis emerging as the Sri Lankan economic crisis has increased the number of Tamils taking asylum in India?

Sri Lanka’s debt limbo
Feb 21, 2023

Sri Lanka’s debt limbo

The current crisis in Sri Lanka presents an opportunity for India to cement its position as Sri Lanka’s strategic all-weather ally and ameliorate it

Strengthening India’s partnership with the PICs by addressing climate-resilient agriculture
Feb 16, 2023

Strengthening India’s partnership with the PICs by addressing climate-resilient agriculture

New Delhi’s aim to become a global power in the future with a vision of multipolar world order will be possible by expanding its goodwill amongst th

Strengthening Indo-Israel Agritech cooperation
Jul 26, 2023

Strengthening Indo-Israel Agritech cooperation

Institutional collaborations and joint ventures between India and Israel can help address India’s water and food security challenges

Sudan: Women are not mere ‘victims’ of conflict
Jun 08, 2023

Sudan: Women are not mere ‘victims’ of conflict

Gender-based violence and curtailment of their rights have fuelled Sudanese women’s desire for resistance and change

Sustainable agriculture, climate change and nutrition: a complex challenge
Sep 06, 2023

Sustainable agriculture, climate change and nutrition: a complex challenge

Your reflection published by Observer Research Foundation brings a complex view between food security, climate change, sustainable agriculture and land use. Is there awareness of this inseparable relationship?

Sustainable consumption: A big gap between consumer attitude and intent?
Apr 02, 2021

Sustainable consumption: A big gap between consumer attitude and intent?

Improving the way food is produced — and also consumed — will go a long way towards addressing global warming.

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

The Crucial 60 Percent: Building the Commonwealth’s Youth Capital
Jul 17, 2023

The Crucial 60 Percent: Building the Commonwealth’s Youth Capital

Young people across the world today are facing multiple challenges: lost school years due to the pandemic-induced lockdowns, the looming climate crisis, increasingly dangerous virtual spaces, and food and energy security concerns triggered by the Ukraine-Russia conflict. This paper analyses the challenges facing the youths of the Commonwealth, where 60 percent of the combined population are under 30 years old, and explores the investments require

The deafening silence: Global inaction on the Afghanistan crisis
Mar 17, 2022

The deafening silence: Global inaction on the Afghanistan crisis

Despite six months of Taliban’s catastrophic rule, the international community continues to turn a Nelson’s eye.

The EU-India Relationship at 60: Where is it headed in 2023?
Mar 23, 2023

The EU-India Relationship at 60: Where is it headed in 2023?

India and the EU must work together to ensure that their partnership remains a positive force for stability and development in the Indo-Pacific region

The I2U2 Business Forum: West Asia’s institutional moment
Jul 12, 2023

The I2U2 Business Forum: West Asia’s institutional moment

By prioritising regional economic integration, the I2U2 Business Forum can serve as a strong foundation for a robust West Asian regional architecture

The Latin American conundrum and India’s play
Sep 17, 2016

The Latin American conundrum and India’s play

With India expanding its economic and strategic footprint, Venezuela might serve a possible route to earn substantial goodwill in the Latin American r

The practice of urban agriculture in Indian cities
Mar 22, 2022

The practice of urban agriculture in Indian cities

Despite the limitations posed by urban farming, promoting it as a critical urban function will prove to useful in the long run.

The RBI has passed the baton of economic growth to the government
Jul 14, 2023

The RBI has passed the baton of economic growth to the government

A normal monsoon and the consequently softer inflation in food prices could force RBI’s hand on both its policy stance as well as on the policy rate

The Role of Agriculture in Modern China
Jun 19, 2024

The Role of Agriculture in Modern China

China is often viewed through the lenses of commerce, geopolitics, and political economy. At the fringes of these lies Chinese agriculture—and its domestic and global impact. This brief analyses the evolution of Chinese agriculture, from the revolutionary Maoist period to the present. It describes the Chinese government’s strategy to ensure food self-sufficiency for an increasingly voracious consumer base. In particular, it examines the produ

The Sri Lanka economic crisis: India’s response
Jun 01, 2022

The Sri Lanka economic crisis: India’s response

It would be strategically and geopolitically prudent for India to extend assistance to Sri Lanka during such trying times.

The Sri Lankan crisis: The end of the autocratic regime
Jul 14, 2022

The Sri Lankan crisis: The end of the autocratic regime

Despite the desperate attempts made by President Gotabaya to retain power, the country managed to oust him and take nascent steps towards re-democrati

The Sri Lankan crisis:  A saga of cheques and balances
Apr 06, 2022

The Sri Lankan crisis:  A saga of cheques and balances

Balancing both India and China to extract economic benefits came at a high cost for Sri Lanka as this strategy only postponed the inevitable economic

The state of India's pulses sector
Dec 08, 2016

The state of India's pulses sector

Pulses are the cheapest source of protein for Indians – and thus a favoured food item nationwide. The Indian pulses sector, however, faces numerous challenges. Scrutiny of the sector increased sharply after price fluctuations in 2015-16 and the increase in import of pulses. Government interventions, as part of the anticipated supply response to the shortfall in availability of pulses, did not entirely mitigate the problem. The sector stands at

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 World in Disarray: Is This the End of Multilateralism for Trade?
Aug 14, 2023

The World in Disarray: Is This the End of Multilateralism for Trade?

Russia’s war on Ukraine, interrupted value chains, and increased regionalisation are putting pressures on the already-strained multilateral trading system. Though a strong World Trade Organization (WTO) is needed to navigate these challenges, the organisation risks becoming irrelevant if far-reaching reforms are not implemented as soon as possible. In the short- and medium-term, WTO members must agree on limiting export barriers, especi

The World Population Day 2022: A new development paradigm for a resilient future
Jul 11, 2022

The World Population Day 2022: A new development paradigm for a resilient future

A more holistic developmental paradigm that incorporates the SDG goals needs to be adopted for a resilient ad sustainable future.

Time for a new chapter in India-Africa relations
Feb 08, 2024

Time for a new chapter in India-Africa relations

To unlock the full potential of India-Africa relations, it is imperative to foster a mutually beneficial partnership through enhanced collaboration an

Time to Boost India-Bangladesh Trade and Economic Relations
Jul 28, 2023

Time to Boost India-Bangladesh Trade and Economic Relations

Among India's neighbours, Bangladesh occupies a special position not only because of India's role in its liberation but because geographically, too, it surrounds Bangladesh from three sides. The beginning of close economic relations between the two countries can be traced back to 1971. After its independence, Bangladesh's requirements of consumer goods, especially food, came from India. Over the years, the country has sought easier access to Indi

Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): Strategies, obstacles, and visions for a sustainable future
Feb 21, 2024

Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): Strategies, obstacles, and visions for a sustainable future

Climate-Smart Agriculture holds promise in building a robust agri-food system amidst the intensifying effects of climate change, however, there is a p

Turkmenistan’s presidential elections: No surprise in the offing
Mar 10, 2022

Turkmenistan’s presidential elections: No surprise in the offing

Will a new leadership bring about the much-required change in Turkmenistan as it battles a severe economic and food crisis?

Twin awakening
Feb 27, 2023

Twin awakening

Major powers compete among themselves in shoring up their global heft and capabilities, as developing world is struggling to cope with consequences

Ukraine-Russia conflict: Impact on South Asia
Feb 24, 2023

Ukraine-Russia conflict: Impact on South Asia

The Ukraine crisis has exacerbated the economic turmoil in the South Asian economies

Understanding Sudan’s civil war
May 24, 2023

Understanding Sudan’s civil war

To achieve any meaningful and lasting settlement to the conflict, the two warring generals need to agree on handing over power to civilians and integr

Understanding the confusion over the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine
Jun 29, 2020

Understanding the confusion over the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine

India can further consolidate its stature as the “pharmacy of the world,” despite the jury still being out on HCQ’s effectiveness.

Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Energy Poverty
Jun 08, 2021

Understanding the Gender Dimensions of Energy Poverty

Among the estimated 1.3 billion people across the world who have no access to electricity, 70 percent are women. This brief discusses the impact of energy poverty on India’s rural women. As women are primarily responsible for securing food and energy for their family, they are the ones who are worst affected by the lack of access to clean and modern energy. The brief calls for a more holistic approach in research and policymaking on energ