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The limits of informality
Oct 14, 2019

The limits of informality

There are clear limits to informal summitry, as India has found out since Wuhan. Despite all the rhetoric and symbolism on display at Mamallapuram, the substantive outcome remains clouded in mystery.

The muted magic of ‘Mutti’ Merkel’s chancellorship
Sep 20, 2021

The muted magic of ‘Mutti’ Merkel’s chancellorship

A lookback at Angela Merkel’s 16-year leadership of Germany

The NaMo wave yet to translate into effective governance
Jul 01, 2014

The NaMo wave yet to translate into effective governance

In government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to disrupt the lethargy of the Lutyens communication machinery by introducing some of his young campaign team into the mix. He needs to reinvent and revitalise #NaMo in his new role as PM.

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict: Impact on Southeast Asia
Mar 11, 2023

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict: Impact on Southeast Asia

The disruptions in the supply of key commodities have affected the geographically-distant economies of Southeast Asia

The outliers who won the PM's post
Apr 16, 2014

The outliers who won the PM's post

If Narendra Modi becomes prime minister, he will join a select band of predecessors who can be called "outliers" - a scientific term used to describe phenomena which are outside the normal experience.

The political context of Donald Trump’s India visit
Feb 11, 2020

The political context of Donald Trump’s India visit

Ahead of polls, he will seek to leverage the trip for political ends. India should stay focused on the wider agenda

The political pilgrim
Aug 02, 2014

The political pilgrim

Once Narendra Modi steps away from the minefield of Nepal's domestic discourse on the Hindu state, the Indian Prime Minister will find the shared Hindu and Buddhist heritage a solid foundation on which to build a new and lasting edifice of bilateral cooperation.

The priorities for Sheikh Hasina in Delhi
Oct 03, 2019

The priorities for Sheikh Hasina in Delhi

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day official visit to India, will be underscored by serious concerns which will challenge Delhi-Dhaka ties.

The problem with Teesta
Jun 18, 2014

The problem with Teesta

The Modi government needs to break from traditional, statist methods of conducting water diplomacy and distinguish itself by including the concerns of basin inhabitants on both sides to find a lasting solution to the Teesta issue.

The Quad Commits to Regulating Space
Oct 02, 2021

The Quad Commits to Regulating Space

Growing space security threats are proving to be a challenge for existing global governance measures, but consensus on new rules is proving difficult.

The resilience of India-US relations
Feb 26, 2020

The resilience of India-US relations

Differences remain, but the gains on the positives and negatives of the ledger can be built upon

The rising role of Buddhism in India’s soft power strategy
Aug 20, 2023

The rising role of Buddhism in India’s soft power strategy

The Modi-led government is placing a strong accent on the use of soft power in India’s foreign policy. One of the more novel manifestations of these initiatives has been engagement in Buddhist diplomacy. The Buddhist faith, due to its emphasis on peaceful co-existence and its wide pan-Asian presence, lends itself well to soft-power diplomacy. This brief will examine India’s attempts at leveraging its historical and present-day associations wi

The second chance
Oct 04, 2014

The second chance

Rekindling a romance is never easy. However, if the expansive agenda unveiled by Modi and Obama is matched by bureaucratic purposefulness in Delhi and Washington, India and America have a second chance at building a strategic partnership of considerable consequence.

The silent threat: Exploring the link between air pollution and diabetes
Nov 14, 2023

The silent threat: Exploring the link between air pollution and diabetes

Recent research has drawn attention to the potential link between air pollution and diabetes, indicating that environmental factors may play a crucial

The Sino-Indian tango: Choosing sides
Oct 23, 2019

The Sino-Indian tango: Choosing sides

India may well find itself being dragged into a confrontation that is not of its own making, especially if the Chinese perceive our closeness to the A

The Sri Lankan crisis: Domestic and regional implications
Apr 29, 2022

The Sri Lankan crisis: Domestic and regional implications

The deteriorating economic crisis in Sri Lanka has grown into a political movement against the government who secured a landslide victory in the 2020

The State of the Economy
May 27, 2015

The State of the Economy

Prime Minister Modi's moves on the social sector insurance policy for the poor stand out as an outstanding achievement. But in all other sectors much needs to be done and assessments on the government's performance are divided.

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 Technological Revolution and Its Impact on Gender Relations with a Special Focus on India and Africa
Sep 14, 2023

The Technological Revolution and Its Impact on Gender Relations with a Special Focus on India and Africa

The technology revolution of the 20th century minimised the importance of geographical, economic, social and political barriers and reduced transaction and information costs thus boosting productivity and growth, making governance more transparent and empowering the citizen. It propelled not only democracy, but also the market economy. Its impact on social relations, especially on gender relations, was significant, with the commodification of lab

The Trump challenge to India Iran ties
Jun 11, 2018

The Trump challenge to India Iran ties

The Narendra Modi government has shown signs that it doesn’t mean to let Trump’s stance on Iran derail the oil trade with it

The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test
Sep 30, 2021

The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test

Washington and New Delhi must overcome some key differences for the group to succeed.

The year of the 'chaiwallah'
Dec 31, 2014

The year of the 'chaiwallah'

Narendra Modi's dilemma is palpable. Emotionally and intellectually, he is very much part of the Sangh Parivar. But as the chief minister of Gujarat he has grown and outgrown the narrow confines of ideology and understands the virtues and compulsions of pragmatism.

Thinking Progress: Making ‘G20’ Fit for 2020s
Dec 02, 2022

Thinking Progress: Making ‘G20’ Fit for 2020s

The T20 engagement group of the G20 will address key areas of policy focus—from Digital Public Infrastructure and Macroeconomics to Climate Finance

Time for Delhi and Jakarta to get serious
Dec 12, 2016

Time for Delhi and Jakarta to get serious

Smaller states in the region are now looking to India to act as a balancer in view of China's growing influence and PM Modi must make the most of President Jokowi's arrival by getting serious

To be not talking to Pakistan is dumb
Oct 31, 2015

To be not talking to Pakistan is dumb

The Modi government appears to have abandoned the multi-pronged policy of its predecessor of simultaneously engaging Islamabad and dealing with cross-border terrorism. This government made a surprise beginning with the idea of promoting South Asian unity . But since then it has been fixated on countering terrorism at the cost of everything else, though Pakistani covert activity in India has seen a sharp decline since 2008.

Tokyo summit consolidates India-Japan partnership
Nov 01, 2018

Tokyo summit consolidates India-Japan partnership

At the bilateral level, both leaders have discussed a wide array of issues, including defence cooperation, connectivity programmes and Japan’s deepe

Towards greater synergy in space policy
Feb 18, 2015

Towards greater synergy in space policy

It appears that the Modi government is beginning to recognise the need for greater synchronisation between the different arms of the government and appreciate the need for better space utilisation in the realm of foreign policy and national security. This new approach needs to be strengthened and sustained for India to tap its full potential in outer space.

Translating aspirations into foreign policy a key challenge: Former FS
Aug 07, 2015

Translating aspirations into foreign policy a key challenge: Former FS

Discussing Dr. C Raja Mohan's book 'Modi's World: Expanding India's Sphere of Influence' in Kolkata, former Foreign Secretary K. Srinivasan said foreign policy has to be a combination of aspirations and capabilities. He said translating aspirations into policy would be a key challenge for the government.

Triple talaq and marital rape: Politics and patriarchy Trump gender justice
Aug 31, 2017

Triple talaq and marital rape: Politics and patriarchy Trump gender justice

Why is the Modi government not showing the same support for criminalising marital rape as it did with outlawing triple talaq. After all, gender violence is not religion, class or caste specific.

Trump win could be a game-changer for Asia
Oct 12, 2016

Trump win could be a game-changer for Asia

Obama has had to modify his China policy in response to a more aggressive China. But present challengers are set for big changes in America's Asia policy

Trump's stand on the Paris deal may help India
Jun 30, 2017

Trump's stand on the Paris deal may help India

Trump's belligerence towards the Paris accords may ironically become its undoing.

Trump’s most important G20 meeting is not with China
Jun 28, 2019

Trump’s most important G20 meeting is not with China

The Trump-Modi meeting should take on a more ambitious agenda focusing on four areas of importance.

Trump’s political arithmetic on Indian Americans may ease US-India trade tensions
Sep 18, 2019

Trump’s political arithmetic on Indian Americans may ease US-India trade tensions

As Trump gears up for re-election, his instruction to the Office of the US Trade Representative to draft text for a partial trade deal with India refl

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.

Ukraine Conflict: Putin’s desperation and cracks within Russia are beginning to show
Oct 12, 2022

Ukraine Conflict: Putin’s desperation and cracks within Russia are beginning to show

The tide of the war has turned against Moscow. But the Russian president and his close advisers do not acknowledge that reality and have resorted to nuclear sabre rattling

Union Budget has to deliver on reforms
Feb 05, 2015

Union Budget has to deliver on reforms

What the people want of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and indeed expect, is an economic revolution that will change their lives and those of their children. To this end, Modi's actions, so far, add up to several IOUs, and a number of promises in the form of temporary measures pushed through in the form of ordinances.

Unquiet borders on the Himalayas
Jul 08, 2020

Unquiet borders on the Himalayas

Peace and war are not the only options in any bilateral relationship. Numerous issues, more or less serious, emerge between two countries which demand

UP Assembly Polls: Dissecting the identity politics conundrum
Feb 07, 2022

UP Assembly Polls: Dissecting the identity politics conundrum

The upcoming elections in UP reinforces the centrality of identity politics as parties continue to employ community outreach strategies

US and India — Balancing the rebalance
Jun 19, 2017

US and India — Balancing the rebalance

Following the ascension of Trump, a swirling ocean of newsfeed has persistently threatened to overwhelm the US rebalance to Asia.

US trade ‘Realignment’: The impact of GSP withdrawal on India’s top exports to the United States
Feb 03, 2020

US trade ‘Realignment’: The impact of GSP withdrawal on India’s top exports to the United States

The benefits that India enjoyed for many years under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme of the United States was withdrawn, effective 5 June 2018. India was the largest beneficiary of the programme, of which it has been part since its inception in 1974. This paper evaluates the impact of the withdrawal on specific sectors of Indian exports. For comparison, the paper uses the Harmonized System Code (HS Code) Commodity Classifica