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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 takes the cakewalk
Jan 14, 2004

The King takes the cakewalk

King Gyanedra¿s decision to give audience to the various political parties in early January 2004 preferred the ray of hope that the continuing political deadlock in Nepal might end soon.

The learning epidemic: A case for focused protection in India
Aug 03, 2023

The learning epidemic: A case for focused protection in India

By implementing focused protection instead of lockdowns, learning epidemics as seen during the COVID-19 period could be avoided in the future

The Long(er) Ukraine War: Lessons for the Indo-Pacific
Aug 16, 2023

The Long(er) Ukraine War: Lessons for the Indo-Pacific

The Russia-Ukraine war has confounded observers, as much as it did the Russians themselves. Since erupting in late February, the war has not shown signs of abating any time soon. This brief argues that by its very nature, the war has lessons not just for the adversaries, but also the NATO alliance that is backing Ukraine, and even geographically distant China and India. For one, the war has both elements of the old eras—such as the mass

The menace of street dogs in Indian cities
Dec 23, 2022

The menace of street dogs in Indian cities

Caring for street dogs is misplaced kindness that comes at the cost of citizen safety

The military and the mullah: Priorities for the Imran Khan government
May 12, 2020

The military and the mullah: Priorities for the Imran Khan government

Is Pakistan simply incapable in securing terrorists or are they hand-in-glove with them?

The monsoon scare amidst COVID-19 in Rohingya camps
May 29, 2020

The monsoon scare amidst COVID-19 in Rohingya camps

Amphan has shattered shelters, blocked drains, damaged water points, latrines and bridges.

The Morbi mishap: Not the first, not the last
Nov 29, 2022

The Morbi mishap: Not the first, not the last

A shortage of staff and funds and an outdated municipal governance system weigh the ULBs down, disabling them from properly executing their duties

The next chapter in Internet governance
Mar 07, 2017

The next chapter in Internet governance

Once cradled by global ideals, the multistakeholder community that manages the global commons of cyberspace must now be nurtured by local realities.

The Next Normal: Building resilience in the post-COVID-19 workspace
Oct 20, 2020

The Next Normal: Building resilience in the post-COVID-19 workspace

The workplace of the future must acknowledge and embrace a more well-rounded conception of the home and work, including valuing the full range of expe

The Omicron Update: Assessing early indicators in India
Jan 11, 2022

The Omicron Update: Assessing early indicators in India

While lockdown might not be necessary in this third wave, ensuring compliance with COVID-appropriate behaviours is a must to prevent any untoward cons

The pandemic and its effect on children in the Seychelles
Sep 14, 2021

The pandemic and its effect on children in the Seychelles

The Seychelles has taken proactive legislative steps to ensure that the pandemic’s impact on children is reduced

The Pandemic at 24 Months: An Assessment
Aug 14, 2023

The Pandemic at 24 Months: An Assessment

Two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 14-24 million people have died worldwide due to the coronavirus or the chaos of lockdowns and other impacts. To a great extent, much of this current state of the world is due to human health being profoundly misunderstood and neglected in international relations and national politics. This brief discusses two principles that can help understand why this pandemic is not at an

The pandemic experience: Preventive and curative measures of India’s major ports
May 05, 2020

The pandemic experience: Preventive and curative measures of India’s major ports

For the first time, healthcare/social responsibility of ports have come into the limelight bearing implications not only for the port community but th

The paradox that Obama confronts
Apr 29, 2014

The paradox that Obama confronts

The big paradox that the US confronts is the need to confront China and Russia at the same time. Clearly, even the mighty US does not have the energy and resources to do that. Beijing is, of course, quite self-confident because it is locked into the western economies and is, in that sense, sanctions proof.

The Quad in the Indo-Pacific: Why ASEAN remains cautious
Aug 20, 2023

The Quad in the Indo-Pacific: Why ASEAN remains cautious

As India, Japan, Australia and the United States renew their quadrilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, there are suggestions to expand the ‘Quad’ into a ‘Quad-plus’ grouping to include the countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). This brief argues that the Quad will not have much to offer to ASEAN; it has, in fact, the potential to dilute ASEAN centrality which is the pillar of the regional bloc.  India, too

The relationship between public green spaces and population in a city
Jan 19, 2022

The relationship between public green spaces and population in a city

For better quality of life, city planners need to take into consideration the additional population that will flow in due to greater urbanisation whil

The return of history has begun to unravel the Davos Consensus
Jan 31, 2023

The return of history has begun to unravel the Davos Consensus

Geopolitics has split the world again and bloc-wise trade arrangements will have winners and losers

The Rising Fourth Wave: Feminist Activism on Digital Platforms in India
Jul 21, 2020

The Rising Fourth Wave: Feminist Activism on Digital Platforms in India

Feminist movements have historically lacked inclusivity, often growing within a limited Western upper-class psyche, based on their own challenges and needs. The digital revolution has paved the way for a new iteration of feminism. The digital space can bolster feminist activist movements by encouraging inclusion and improving accessibility in organising collective action. It also helps weave local stories with global narratives to highlight commo

The Role of Gender Equity in Reducing Malnutrition: The View from South Asia
Aug 16, 2023

The Role of Gender Equity in Reducing Malnutrition: The View from South Asia

This brief analyses the correlation between gender-based inequities and malnutrition. It highlights the case of South Asia, and uses as a backdrop the compounded challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors review existing literature on the subject and cull patterns, with the aim of outlining recommendations for countries in the region for bridging interrelated gaps in gender parity and nutrition.

The Role of Maternal Nutrition in Reducing Childhood Stunting
Jul 21, 2023

The Role of Maternal Nutrition in Reducing Childhood Stunting

Maternal nutrition impacts not only the woman’s health during pregnancy but also that of her newborn; the child’s health in their first 1,000 days of life, in turn, will influence outcomes during childhood. Indeed, maternal undernutrition is estimated to account for 20 percent of childhood stunting in India. It is therefore important to ensure that women enter pregnancy in good health, as measured for example in adequate height and we

The Role of the State in Facilitating an India-First Technological Imperative
Jul 21, 2023

The Role of the State in Facilitating an India-First Technological Imperative

The role of the state is paramount in incentivising and facilitating a continental-scale indigenous technology and intellectual property development ecosystem in India. The world's two largest economies, US and China, have amply demonstrated the payoffs of this approach through tangible socio-economic development. This paper documents successful strategies from both economies that India can emulate in its own context. It argues that multi

The Role of Women’s Nutrition Literacy in Food Security in South Asia
Aug 17, 2023

The Role of Women’s Nutrition Literacy in Food Security in South Asia

Gender inequality is a major cause and effect of hunger and poverty, with women and girls comprising 60 percent of the global hungry. Women face multiple challenges (such as limited access to education and employment opportunities) that curtail their economic autonomy and weaken their bargaining position within the family, consequently impacting household food security. The pandemic has worsened this situation. It is crucial to apply a ge

The Role of Women’s Nutrition Literacy in Food Security: The Case of Africa
Aug 16, 2023

The Role of Women’s Nutrition Literacy in Food Security: The Case of Africa

Women are vital to food security, especially in developing countries where food is more scarce to begin with. Women’s productive and reproductive roles put them at the centre of food security more than any other group. This is true in Africa where, both as farmers and as home managers, women determine the feeding habits, dietary patterns, and nutritional and food security status of their household. This brief argues that promoting femal

The Search for Sustainable Solutions to Debt Accumulation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jul 21, 2023

The Search for Sustainable Solutions to Debt Accumulation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Like in some other regions of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated external debt accumulation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This could have massive, adverse impacts on growth as governments prioritise debt servicing commitments over key development expenditures such as healthcare and education. For the countries in SSA with relatively lower GDP, this could mean getting caught in a vicious cycle of low output and mounting debt. A pa

The significance of the Bengal election for the key players
Feb 13, 2021

The significance of the Bengal election for the key players

The election would conclusively indicate if the state prefers to align with the old formations which are local, less resourceful and more on the centr

The STEAG: A new development in the army’s technological capabilities
Apr 30, 2024

The STEAG: A new development in the army’s technological capabilities

The STEAG is a step in the right direction to ensure effective communications and bridge the gaps in the Indian Army’s capabilities

The strategic importance of Gilgit Baltistan
Aug 24, 2016

The strategic importance of Gilgit Baltistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to Balochistan, POK and Gilgit in his Independence Day speech has caused a considerable flutter in Pakistan and India.

The unfinished business of decentralised urban governance in India
Feb 10, 2020

The unfinished business of decentralised urban governance in India

Until the early 1990s, India’s urban local bodies (ULBs) were under the complete control of the states, having little functional, financial and administrative autonomy. The 74th Amendment Act of 1992 sought to make ULBs self-governing institutions. Many salutary provisions were made in the Act and there have been certain positive outcomes since it came into effect in April 1993. However, many key issues have remained unresolved and at present,

The unintended consequences of conflict: Erosion of cultural heritage in the Kashmir Valley
Oct 09, 2019

The unintended consequences of conflict: Erosion of cultural heritage in the Kashmir Valley

The Centre must proceed with caution as ill–timed and hasty measures can damage the efforts of integration.

The US-China Tech Competition Takes Centre Stage
Aug 19, 2023

The US-China Tech Competition Takes Centre Stage

The US slipped from producing nearly 40% of the world's chips to just over 10% in the last three decades. By allocating $53 billion towards the enhancement of US semiconductor manufacturing, R&D and the augmentation of its skilled workforce in the domain, the Act sought to change China's comparative advantage

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 Xi Plan: The Political Factors Driving China’s COVID-19 Strategy
Dec 19, 2022

The Xi Plan: The Political Factors Driving China’s COVID-19 Strategy

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is seeking to promote a political model with centralisation and one-party rule at the core to achieve economic growth and stability. This brief assesses the extent to which the CCP’s policymaking mechanisms and internal politics have influenced China’s strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ‘Crore Commanders’ of Pakistan army
Aug 30, 2020

The ‘Crore Commanders’ of Pakistan army

While post-retirement employment is not illegal, there are serious questions of propriety and conflict of interest that crop up, especially when the g

The ‘QuadFather’: The Legacy of Shinzo Abe and the Quad
Aug 16, 2023

The ‘QuadFather’: The Legacy of Shinzo Abe and the Quad

Before the rise of Xi Jinping—before the Beijing Olympics and the South China Sea tensions and the China-India border crisis—the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had already sensed that a rising China would pose daunting challenges to its neighbours and the regional order. This brief argues that without Abe, there would likely have been no ‘Quad’ grouping joining Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. His re

Through the looking-glass: Towards a citizen-centric urban metaverse
Nov 14, 2023

Through the looking-glass: Towards a citizen-centric urban metaverse

In embracing the metaverse, data-driven smart cities can unlock transformative possibilities for urban life quality for building new planning models

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 define DeFi regulation in India
Apr 29, 2023

Time to define DeFi regulation in India

If India strikes the right balance between innovation and oversight leadership, India could help set a global template for DeFi regulation

Time to reassess what is good, what is bad, and what is ugly about India's tech regulations
Mar 14, 2022

Time to reassess what is good, what is bad, and what is ugly about India's tech regulations

Three sets of issues emerge here - understanding the nature of technology-linked risks, assessing the challenges to governance, and being imaginative in embracing new modes of regulation.

Towards an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management Along the Bengal Coast
Jul 08, 2021

Towards an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management Along the Bengal Coast

The management of fish stocks along the Bengal coast has traditionally relied on the formula of dictating where, when, and how much to catch of one particular kind of fish to mitigate the risk of stock depletion. This paper argues that this conventional approach is inadequate in dealing with the multitude of threats, both local and global, posed by anthropogenic interventions in the natural systems and processes. It builds a case for an Ecosystem