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Rocky road for Iran-India pipeline: Mani Shankar Aiyar
Mar 16, 2005

Rocky road for Iran-India pipeline: Mani Shankar Aiyar

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mani Shankar Aiyar underlined the need to make the Iran-India pipeline through Pakistan a reality as early as possible to enhance India¿s energy security. He was speaking at the release function of an Observer Research Foundation book ¿India¿s Energy Security Prospects--which deals with the issue of India¿s energy security and the prospects for cooperation with its extended neighbourhood

Russia and the Iran nuclear deal
Jul 15, 2015

Russia and the Iran nuclear deal

What is interesting for Russia is how greater cooperation with Iran will affect its ties with other Middle Eastern nations, such as both Saudi Arabia and Israel, which has been a vocal opponent of a nuclear deal with Iran. Israel however does not occupy a special position in Russia's foreign relations as it does for the United States.

Samir Saran

Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India’s premier think tank, headquartered in New Delhi with affiliates in North America and the Middle East. His research focuses on issues of global governance, climate and energy policy, technology policy, and India’s foreign policy.

Samir completed his doctoral studies at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK. He holds a Masters degree in Media Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

As ORF’s President and member of the Foundation’s Board, he provides strategic direction and leadership to the foundation’s multiple centres on fundraising, research projects, platform design and outreach initiatives including stakeholder engagement.

He curates the Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economics, and is the founder of CyFy, India’s annual conference on cybersecurity and internet governance. He spearheads the foundation’s efforts to foster new international partnerships and incubate young leaders networks and youth led conversations globally.

Samir is a member of the Global Risks Advisory Board and Chair of the Global Future Council on Geopolitics of the World Economic Forum. He has served as a Commissioner of The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. He is a member of the Board of Directors at ORF America. He is also a part of Board of Governors of East West Centre.

Samir has authored four books, edited important journals and publications and written several academic papers and book chapters. He is featured regularly in Indian and international print and broadcast media. His latest publications include The New World Disorder and The Indian Imperative with Shashi Tharoor and Pax Sinica: Implications for the Indian Dawn with Akhil Deo.

Sanctions only delay nuclear Iran
Mar 04, 2013

Sanctions only delay nuclear Iran

To understand the different aspects of the Iranian nuclear programme and its impact on the region, especially India, Observer Research Foundation, in collaboration with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), organised a workshop on March 4, 2013.

Saudi Arabia-Iran: Resilient animosity?
Jun 11, 2014

Saudi Arabia-Iran: Resilient animosity?

Even as the 'Arab Spring' confrontations develop a sectarian character, the Saudi-Iranian relationship cannot be perceived through the dichotomous lens of sectarianism or of pragmatism. The evolving relationship between the two states incorporates both elements

Saudi-Iranian rivalry mushrooms to threaten the middle east
Dec 06, 2017

Saudi-Iranian rivalry mushrooms to threaten the middle east

Fierce Iranian-Saudi rivalry ensures more conflict for the Middle East with the rest of the world left to choosing sides

SCO is not an anti-Western club. India’s presence is a guarantee against it
May 02, 2024

SCO is not an anti-Western club. India’s presence is a guarantee against it

The SCO is critical for India to advance its priorities for peace and prosperity in its northern periphery and broader Eurasia.

SDG rankings: Lessons for Indian higher education institutes
Apr 15, 2019

SDG rankings: Lessons for Indian higher education institutes

India needs to rethink and redesign its strategies in some of the major goals...precisely the ones it has fared poorly in the Times Higher Education r

Shaping a Just Transition to Clean Fuel-Based Energy Sources
May 10, 2023

Shaping a Just Transition to Clean Fuel-Based Energy Sources

The ongoing global energy crisis has highlighted countries’ vulnerabilities to energy shocks due to an overdependence on fossil fuels. Clean energy sources are an ideal option for states looking to hedge against the risks associated with fossil fuels. Moreover, recent technological advances and falling costs have placed renewables at the centre of the global energy landscape. Developing countries are now on the cusp of a histori

Sharing trans-boundary resources: Fluid lessons
Jul 18, 2012

Sharing trans-boundary resources: Fluid lessons

Powerful private interests will collude with the most powerful state to safeguard their mutual energy interest or the private sector may actually end up suggesting and implementing a joint framework agreement.

Sino-Indian transitions in the energy sector
Apr 20, 2020

Sino-Indian transitions in the energy sector

Where China and India indicate conspicuous commonalities, aim for similar objectives and reflect identical challenges — exploring Sino-Indian partne

Situating South Asia in the US response to transnational threats and Islamic militancy
Aug 26, 2015

Situating South Asia in the US response to transnational threats and Islamic militancy

The rise of Islamic State does pose a strategic threat to South Asia, although the influence might not be direct, according to Prof. Stephen Tankel of American University. He says since the decline of the Al Qaeda senior leadership in Pakistan, the IS has emerged a source of new leadership.

Slow steps to India-China border tranquillity
Mar 21, 2023

Slow steps to India-China border tranquillity

Meetings have been taking place, but if China seeks to use the lack of precision of the Line of Actual Control to keep India off balance, little will change

Software services industry in transition
Aug 03, 2023

Software services industry in transition

As AI gains prominence in the software services industry, how India's tech companies deal with this will determine employment generation in this secto

Solar solutions: Transforming rooftops into green energy hubs
Mar 30, 2024

Solar solutions: Transforming rooftops into green energy hubs

The groundbreaking PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana initiative which will expand India’s RTS capacity even further can help India achieve its net-zer

Sri Lanka terror strike: One year on, it’s time for regional resolve against transnational terror
Apr 21, 2020

Sri Lanka terror strike: One year on, it’s time for regional resolve against transnational terror

While Colombo and New Delhi may carry historic baggage with each other on various issues, fighting ISIS is something that barely interjects with those

Steady, but Evolving: An Overview of Russia’s Migrant Labour Market
Apr 29, 2024

Steady, but Evolving: An Overview of Russia’s Migrant Labour Market

Russia has long depended on migrant labour. However, the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine, and a devaluing Ruble have impacted migrants economically. These developments, coupled with institutional hurdles and rising xenophobia in Russia, have pushed migrant labourers to seek alternate employment destinations. Notably, workers from countries such as Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are swaying away from Russia, even as

Steps to restart public transit after lockdown ends
May 07, 2020

Steps to restart public transit after lockdown ends

It is necessary to detail the steps that our transit agencies can take in the face of the restart after 17 May.

Strange verdict that must be reversed
Dec 03, 2016

Strange verdict that must be reversed

The apex court’s national anthem order is expanding its role and deciding it is at once lawmaker, rule-enforcer, adjudicator, and now moral guardian.

Strategy and tactics in Israel-Iran escalatory ladder
Apr 19, 2024

Strategy and tactics in Israel-Iran escalatory ladder

From Iran's perspective, Israel breached a critical threshold by attacking its diplomatic mission, which Tehran deemed its sovereign territory

Strengthening the France-India Partnership
May 19, 2022

Strengthening the France-India Partnership

India and France, amid intensifying geopolitical trends in the Indo-Pacific region, are likely to build an even closer partnership.

Stronger India-Italy ties can transform Indo-Pacific
Mar 07, 2023

Stronger India-Italy ties can transform Indo-Pacific

At the heart of Italy’s Indo-Pacific vision lies the understanding of this region as the neighbourhood of its strategic Mediterranean Sea.

Structural transformation driving services-led employment generation in India
May 01, 2024

Structural transformation driving services-led employment generation in India

India needs to recalibrate its strategies and adopt a holistic approach that bridges the gap between traditional sectors like manufacturing and emergi

Summer power demand surge: Challenges for India’s energy transition
Dec 27, 2023

Summer power demand surge: Challenges for India’s energy transition

An increase in temperature not only increases electricity demand but also increases carbon emissions, posing a challenge to India’s energy transitio