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Predictability & transparency in governance
Jan 28, 2015

Predictability & transparency in governance

As the curtains come down of one of the best Republic Day ceremonials in 65 years, focus shifts to the way forwards. Modi's promises of large scale reforms to make 'doing business' in India simple have been welcomed by Obama and the America Inc.

Presence of US troops in Afghanistan has only increased terrorism: Iran
Feb 01, 2013

Presence of US troops in Afghanistan has only increased terrorism: Iran

The presence of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan has been counter-productive and has only led to increase in terrorism, according to Dr. Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.

President Donald Trump and future of the Iran deal
Dec 07, 2016

President Donald Trump and future of the Iran deal

One of the foremost questions around Trump's victory has been in relation to the future of the Iran nuclear deal, one that the President-elect has cri

Preventing proliferation: Tracking Uranium on the blockchain
Aug 20, 2023

Preventing proliferation: Tracking Uranium on the blockchain

Advances in technology, the shifting sands of the global nuclear energy market, and the extant standards and practices surrounding the monitoring of radioactive materials raise important questions about the future of nuclear security. Technological advancements have enabled the retrieval of radioactive materials from unconventional sources and made fuel fabrication easier. The emergence of new players in the nuclear energy market also flags conce

Property tax reforms key for India’s post-Covid urban transformation
Sep 24, 2020

Property tax reforms key for India’s post-Covid urban transformation

The very nature of this tax needs to be assessed to understand either why it is not paid or why recovery is poor.

Prosperity through connectivity: ‘Positive transformation’ in India-Sri Lanka ties 
Aug 08, 2023

Prosperity through connectivity: ‘Positive transformation’ in India-Sri Lanka ties 

The recent visit by Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has opened new opportunities to further consolidate India-Sri Lanka ties

Protesting veterans overshadow NATO summit
May 25, 2012

Protesting veterans overshadow NATO summit

War on terror was the rationale for the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. What was the rationale for the destruction of Libya and now persistent destabilization of Syria?

Protests and politics in Iran
Oct 07, 2022

Protests and politics in Iran

It remains to be seen if mass-scale protests can bring any real reorientation in the political and ideological sphere of Iran

Proxy war between Iran and Israel heats up
Dec 07, 2020

Proxy war between Iran and Israel heats up

The attackers are yet to be identified. The Iranian dissident organisation Mujahedin-e-Khalq has cropped up as a possible perpetrator that mounted this assassination.

Public Credit Guarantee for Small Enterprises in India: An Explainer
Jun 10, 2021

Public Credit Guarantee for Small Enterprises in India: An Explainer

In many parts of the world, including India, Public Credit Guarantee Programmes (PCGP) improve access to credit for small enterprises that are unable to obtain assistance from mainstream financers. This brief discusses the relevance of PCGPs in India, their mechanisms, features, and efficiency. Although these programmes have improved access to credit for MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), there are concerns regarding their efficiency an

Re-negotiating the Iran nuclear deal and trajectory of security in West Asia
Dec 07, 2021

Re-negotiating the Iran nuclear deal and trajectory of security in West Asia

As the two key players have returned to the negotiating table, it seems that it has become even more difficult for them to see eye to eye

Re-visioning urban transport in a smart India
Sep 28, 2018

Re-visioning urban transport in a smart India

There is an urgent need for breaking the vicious cycle to improve the quality of life in Indian cities.

Reading tea leaves from China’s Two Sessions: Large monetary and fiscal stimulus and still no growth guarantee
May 30, 2020

Reading tea leaves from China’s Two Sessions: Large monetary and fiscal stimulus and still no growth guarantee

The most obvious solution is to ramp up China’s welfare state to support the workers who will be left out in the process. The rationale for this is

Reality check: Coal energy transition
Nov 28, 2023

Reality check: Coal energy transition

Running with what is available is better than waiting interminably for the best option Thus, starting off with blue hydrogen will be ideal to hasten I

Reassessing India’s forest conservation:  Navigating complexities for a just transition?
Apr 03, 2024

Reassessing India’s forest conservation: Navigating complexities for a just transition?

Recent amendments to the Forest Conservation Act seem to be contentious, casting a shadow over India’s just transition journey

Refuge in transition: Thailand's humanitarian challenges amid Myanmar crisis
Jan 05, 2024

Refuge in transition: Thailand's humanitarian challenges amid Myanmar crisis

Thailand would need to implement essential refugee policies that align with international standards to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis

Rekindle Indo-Iran ties
Jan 21, 2014

Rekindle Indo-Iran ties

India and Iran are, in their own way, natural allies, a fact underscored by the increasing anti-Shia nature of Pakistan. We need them more than they need us and so we must begin the process getting Teheran off its great sulk against us.

Resetting France-US partnership
Dec 16, 2022

Resetting France-US partnership

The recent visit by Macron to the US has provided an opportunity for both allies to enhance bilateral cooperation and bolster transatlantic relations.

Rethinking Regionalism: The idea of China-South Asia Trans-Himalayan regional cooperation
Dec 12, 2019

Rethinking Regionalism: The idea of China-South Asia Trans-Himalayan regional cooperation

Even as globalisation has succeeded in creating a closely connected world, its biggest failure may yet be that it could not produce a stable world. Today there is a widely held view that organising the world regionally may be complementary to globalisation, if not serve as a replacement altogether. Other analysts consider the relationship as more tangled, debating whether to view regionalism as a stepping stone to globalisation or as a stumbling

Returning to Abraham’s fold: Tolerance in the Gulf
Sep 02, 2020

Returning to Abraham’s fold: Tolerance in the Gulf

Tolerance, both as a term and as a concept, is a commodity that has made strong headway over the past few years in the Gulf — a region more than oft

Right to Information: Transparency, governance and democracy
Aug 06, 2019

Right to Information: Transparency, governance and democracy

In an age of extremism, terror, global information flows and communication manipulation, subversive international forces seek subtle ways to undermine

Rise of the minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia trilateral
Sep 18, 2020

Rise of the minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia trilateral

The India-France-Australia trilateral is only the latest of the many minilaterals that are taking shape in the Indo-Pacific region.

Rising  India  Must  Tap  Full  Potential  Of  Ties  With  France
Dec 03, 2010

Rising India Must Tap Full Potential Of Ties With France

President Sarkozy's impending visit to India (December 4-6) should be seen in the larger perspective of India's rise and the external environment that has facilitated this.

Rising concerns over political transitions in Myanmar and Thailand
Mar 17, 2021

Rising concerns over political transitions in Myanmar and Thailand

Not only is the military coup causing wariness over the future of democracy in Southeast Asia, but it also represents yet another challenge to existin