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1971: When Delhi and Moscow came together
Aug 16, 2021

1971: When Delhi and Moscow came together

The 1971 Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation was probably the most seminal foreign policy arrangement entered into by India in the 20th century. It had a profound effect on the politics and geography of South Asia, cementing what many thought was the pre-eminence of India in the region

2021 की अंतरराष्ट्रीय राजनीति: अफ़ग़ानिस्तान से अमेरिका तक
Dec 27, 2021

2021 की अंतरराष्ट्रीय राजनीति: अफ़ग़ानिस्तान से अमेरिका तक

सबसे बड़ा घटनाक्रम इस साल आतंकवाद और चरमपंथ को लेकर हुआ ह�

2024 कडून काय अपेक्षा करावी: भौगोलिक राजकारण
Dec 29, 2023

2024 कडून काय अपेक्षा करावी: भौगोलिक राजकारण

2024 हे वर्ष आव्हानात्मक असेल. इथे देशांमध्ये तणाव निर्माण �

5जी आणि जागतिक राजकारण
Jan 31, 2020

5जी आणि जागतिक राजकारण

‘5जी’ नेटवर्कमुळे केवळ आपल्या हातातील स्मार्टफोनचा वेग वाढणार नसून, ‘5जी’च्या प्रसारानंतरचे जग आजच्या जगापेक्षा वेगळे असेल.

A changing Gulf stream: Arab states and the Israel–Palestine conundrum
Jun 30, 2020

A changing Gulf stream: Arab states and the Israel–Palestine conundrum

The Indian stance on Palestine is a non-issue, specifically for Israel, which knows India’s views are mostly steeped in its own domestic politics.

A confident India is taking on the world
Jun 01, 2023

A confident India is taking on the world

New Delhi today is articulating a new voice on the global stage and is confidently able to steer through some of the evident contradictions in its approach.

A dramatic change in Iran
May 20, 2024

A dramatic change in Iran

The next 50 days, while Iran prepares to elect a new President after the untimely death of Ebrahim Raisi, will be critical for Iranian politics

A European-Central Asian strategy to counter Russia and China’s influence
Mar 15, 2024

A European-Central Asian strategy to counter Russia and China’s influence

By guaranteeing significant investments in new supply chains and tackling poverty in the Central Asian nations, the EU can forge a coherent and mutual

A fragmented picture of the new world order
Aug 16, 2018

A fragmented picture of the new world order

It’s too soon to say whether the Indo-Pacific will remain a lasting picture of 21st-century geopolitics.

A New Agenda, A New Forum?
Dec 15, 2003

A New Agenda, A New Forum?

The coincidence is striking. The US ¿ban¿ on ¿non-participants¿ in the ¿international coalition¿ to participate in $ 18-billions worth of ¿works contract¿ for Iraq¿s reconstruction, and also the follow-up talks on the deadlocked WTO negotiations at Cancun. Between them, the two may have begun designing a new course for politics and cooperation in the international arena, where economy now has a major say.

A new approach to global security: Munich Security Conference meets in New Delhi
Oct 20, 2015

A new approach to global security: Munich Security Conference meets in New Delhi

The Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting is beginning in New Delhi from Tuesday. Around 70 senior decision-makers from politics, business, media and civil society from India, as well as the Euro-Atlantic, Asian and the Middle East region will discuss key issues of international security policy.

A pause in the post-Soviet space
Oct 10, 2005

A pause in the post-Soviet space

It can happen in the hurly-burly of politics that a flood of images abruptly wells up to the naked eye and demands attention so that we do not miss out on an entire slice of politics breaking away to get transmuted as current history.

A world transformed
Dec 27, 2022

A world transformed

The Ukraine war will shape global politics for years to come

Addressing Dhaka
Jun 24, 2014

Addressing Dhaka

Bangladesh offers a rare strategic opportunity to transform the geopolitics of the subcontinent. A comprehensive partnership with Dhaka might be the key that will eventually open the door to a productive engagement with Pakistan.

Afghanistan: Neutrality dreams unrealistic
Jul 29, 2011

Afghanistan: Neutrality dreams unrealistic

Though there is a need for a neutral Afghanistan, the prevailing geopolitics of South Asia and the domestic politics of Afghanistan make the 'Congress of Vienna' model and a neutral Afghanistan too utopian a dream to be achieved anytime soon.

Afghanistan: No Sign of End to Instability
Jan 31, 2008

Afghanistan: No Sign of End to Instability

The situation in Afghanistan is grim. There is a tendency to confuse random acts of violence with the instability caused by the the Taliban or the neo-Taliban. An analysis of the violent incidents in Afghanistan in the past few years has revealed that more than two-thirds of the violence has been related to land, resources or power-politics, pointing towards unequal sharing of power at the sub-national level. A round-table discussion on Afghanis

Ahead of Secretary Carter's India visit, bipartisan support for expansion of defence cooperation
May 26, 2015

Ahead of Secretary Carter's India visit, bipartisan support for expansion of defence cooperation

India-US defence ties are driven not only by business and commercial interests, but by the logic of geopolitics. Sustained bipartisan support in favour of burgeoning India-US ties is necessary.

All roads connect Delhi and Brussels
Apr 24, 2022

All roads connect Delhi and Brussels

For both India and the EU, strong bilateral ties rooted in close cooperation on green transition, digital transformation, and maintenance of the geopo

America’s dueling narratives are its greatest political risk
Dec 22, 2020

America’s dueling narratives are its greatest political risk

The new reality of calling into question the victory of candidates one doesn’t agree with — in which both dueling Republican and Democratic narrat

An explanation for Russia's interest in Syria
Aug 09, 2012

An explanation for Russia's interest in Syria

While Kremlin may be playing to a Russian audience by blocking the West, broader interests, namely, geopolitics, multilateralism, regional stability, and doubts about the feasibility of UNSC resolutions drive its actions in Syria.

Armenia, India, and the possibility of an ‘Indo-European security supercomplex’
May 16, 2024

Armenia, India, and the possibility of an ‘Indo-European security supercomplex’

The emerging Indian-Armenian ties aim to forge geopolitical and geoeconomic pathways that align with their mutual interests and bolster strategic part

ASEAN’s evolving dilemma in the Indo-Pacific
Feb 22, 2024

ASEAN’s evolving dilemma in the Indo-Pacific

While ASEAN is an essential player in Indo-Pacific affairs, its influence over the emerging security shifts in the region is being questioned due to i

Asian Security: Need for a Collective Approach
Jun 23, 2006

Asian Security: Need for a Collective Approach

Asia has been the fountain of the greatest and some of the most ancient civilizations and religions of the world and possesses enormous human and natural resources. However, in modern history, the continent has seldom been at the centre-stage of world politics. Indeed, unlike Africans, for example, Asian citizens have never really had a feeling of oneness.

Asian-European Policy Dialogue 2013
Nov 26, 2013

Asian-European Policy Dialogue 2013

Observer Research Foundation and Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung recently organised the Asian-European Policy Dialogue 2013. The theme of the dialogue was local level politics, related policy areas and the role of the state.

Assessing the anti-India sentiment in South Asia (Part 1)
Jan 27, 2022

Assessing the anti-India sentiment in South Asia (Part 1)

In this two-part series, this brief focuses on how the history and identity formation of India and its internal and external interests promotes anti-I

Assessing the anti-India Sentiment in South Asia (Part 2)
Jan 27, 2022

Assessing the anti-India Sentiment in South Asia (Part 2)

This two-part article series aims to reason the factors that have initiated and promoted anti-Indian sentiments in the neighbourhood. This part will e

Australia–India scripting a ‘new chapter’ in bilateral relations
Mar 01, 2022

Australia–India scripting a ‘new chapter’ in bilateral relations

Given the changing geopolitics, both Canberra and New Delhi are keen to move beyond mere rhetoric and build a robust partnership

Bangladesh still struggling to establish fully functional democracy
Nov 12, 2014

Bangladesh still struggling to establish fully functional democracy

Bangladesh's journey of democracy did not have a healthy start and it is still struggling with establishing a fully functioning democracy as is seen by the presence of confrontational politics and the dysfunctional parliament, according to former Bangladesh Major General Muniruzzaman.

Bangladesh: Will the new cabinet overcome the political deadlock?
Nov 25, 2013

Bangladesh: Will the new cabinet overcome the political deadlock?

Politics in Bangladesh got a new twist this week following the formation of a new poll time government. The main purpose behind the formation of this government was to ease up the political crisis regarding the nature of government to supervise the general elections.

Beijing at sea
Apr 24, 2013

Beijing at sea

The Chinese navy is leading the dramatic shift in the political goals of China's armed forces. Besides territorial defence, the Chinese armed forces now also aim to protect Beijing's expanding interests beyond borders, influence regional security politics and contribute to international peace.

Beyond the boundary
May 11, 2015

Beyond the boundary

Chinese leaders, ever so adept at power politics, do not find it difficult to understand where Modi is coming from. If Modi has surprised the world with his enthusiasm for China, Beijing is also pulling out all the stops to woo the Indian PM.

Bhutan’s goal of a green city: Pathways for a syncretic Indo-Bhutan development
Jan 18, 2024

Bhutan’s goal of a green city: Pathways for a syncretic Indo-Bhutan development

Bhutan’s forthcoming urban expansion will be a great opportunity for Indian urban planners to closely observe an urbanism model rooted in the ethos

Biden overcomes a logjam
May 02, 2024

Biden overcomes a logjam

US Congress passes 4 crucial bills; govt keenly aware of geopolitics in Indo-Pacific.

BIMSTEC: Overcoming inertia to serve as a truly strategic platform
Sep 08, 2017

BIMSTEC: Overcoming inertia to serve as a truly strategic platform

Two decades since its inception, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has yet to truly succeed as an instrument of regional integration. The primary reason for the group’s slow progress is general inertia, or lack of interest amongst its members. There have also been more pressing national and regional issues that have overtaken the group’s development. This is set to change under the im

Bleeding heart liberals are social hypocrites
Jul 31, 2015

Bleeding heart liberals are social hypocrites

After Independence, none of the national parties - the Congress, the Janata Dal, leave alone the BJP - have ever had anyone other than a Hindu as their supreme political leader. The only recent exception is Sonia Gandhi of the Congress. But even her links into politics are exceptionally pucca, upper caste Hindu.

BRICS expansion is a desperate bid to maintain relevance
Sep 21, 2023

BRICS expansion is a desperate bid to maintain relevance

The BRICS expansion is a big win for China as it would be able to enhance its geopolitical influence by admitting Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Sa

BRICS pushes the IMF to reform
Jul 20, 2012

BRICS pushes the IMF to reform

The recent G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, featured a pivotal change in the geopolitics of international finance. Emerging economies contributed billions to an emergency IMF (International Monetary Fund) fund designed to provide additional support to the Eurozone nations in case the debt crisis worsens.

BRICS, globalisms, and the return of the state
Aug 31, 2016

BRICS, globalisms, and the return of the state

BRICS is a child of this era — when liberal democracies subverted multilateralism and the economic order was reduced to serving the interests of a f

Budget 2019: A trimurti of troikas
Feb 01, 2019

Budget 2019: A trimurti of troikas

It is a budget whose politics overrides its economics, whose economics plays with politics, and whose pitch is sharply focused on Elections 2019.

Budget 2019: A trimurti of troikas
Feb 01, 2019

Budget 2019: A trimurti of troikas

It is a budget whose politics overrides its economics, whose economics plays with politics, and whose pitch is sharply focused on Elections 2019.

Build on the constituency of peace and trust, say visiting Pak journalists
Jan 24, 2011

Build on the constituency of peace and trust, say visiting Pak journalists

Visiting Pakistani journalists informed a select gathering at Observer Research Foundation that the ongoing turmoil in their country was the result of a transition from military dictatorship to coalition politics in the democratic setup.

Building on friendships and solidarity: How the gender gap in voting was closed
Apr 20, 2024

Building on friendships and solidarity: How the gender gap in voting was closed

The trend of women's mass involvement in electoral politics in India indicates their readiness to narrow the significant gap in political participatio

Can a Pandemic Treaty located in an unreformed World Health Organisation be successful?
Aug 21, 2023

Can a Pandemic Treaty located in an unreformed World Health Organisation be successful?

Bringing structural reforms to WHO is a crucial step to ensure the success of the proposed Pandemic Treaty and the amendments to the International Hea