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Sustainable urban transport—A case for bicycle-friendly cities
Aug 25, 2023

Sustainable urban transport—A case for bicycle-friendly cities

Integrating the use of bicycles and establishing a sound cycling infrastructure will help India in its quest to achieve sustainable development

Taken for granted, and for a ride
Mar 14, 2013

Taken for granted, and for a ride

It is time we realised that the battle over Italian Marines is lost. Now we need to introspect and realise that, what people say to our faces and think of us are two very different things. And we have no one but ourselves to blame for living in La La Land.

Tatmadaw’s outreach to armed organisations: Extending an olive branch?
Aug 16, 2022

Tatmadaw’s outreach to armed organisations: Extending an olive branch?

The lack of technical details and progress of the peace talks amid ongoing land and air incursions in the borderlands has drawn criticism that the neg

Technology and Climate Change: Innovation and Partnerships for Transformational Change
Sep 13, 2023

Technology and Climate Change: Innovation and Partnerships for Transformational Change

The world is facing a climate-change challenge that requires nothing short of atechnological revolution to address. Yet the current patterns of technology development anddiffusions are not transformative enough; nor are they happening at a pace, rapid enough.Actions at multiple levels engaging different actors are needed to reduce emissions whilemeeting the developmental needs of the global south. This paper summarises the mostinnovative ideas sh

Technology as an enabler for transformation
Nov 02, 2020

Technology as an enabler for transformation

Our world will be different with more women in STEM. Diversity and inclusion are broad buckets, but we need to keep the discussion going. The more con

Technology transfer, policy and climate change: Goal 2020 for India
Apr 20, 2010

Technology transfer, policy and climate change: Goal 2020 for India

In his opening remarks Mr. Sunjoy Joshi, ORF Distinguished Fellow, said that pace of adoption & innovation was critical for mainstreaming climate friendly technologies

Tensions between US and Iran spell trouble for India
Nov 08, 2017

Tensions between US and Iran spell trouble for India

The new Iran strategy of the Trump Administration is aimed at “neutralising the government of Iran’s destabilising influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants.”

Terrorism in Africa's Sahel: The role of France, Russia and the imperatives for India
Apr 04, 2023

Terrorism in Africa's Sahel: The role of France, Russia and the imperatives for India

The African Sahel region demands the attention of the global community on countering terrorism

Thailand votes towards a transformative agenda
May 16, 2023

Thailand votes towards a transformative agenda

While a new reformative government is set to take power in Thailand, the complexities of international relations and domestic aspirations will shape T

The 'Sheikh Chilli' economics of Imran Khan
Nov 02, 2018

The 'Sheikh Chilli' economics of Imran Khan

A near-bankrupt Pakistan has only two choices. It can go to the IMF and suffer reforms. Or it can carry on with its lies, vagaries and economic wet dreams

The 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests: reactions and responses from the Indo-Pacific
May 11, 2023

The 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests: reactions and responses from the Indo-Pacific

There is increasing recognition that, given India shares land borders with nuclear-armed countries like Pakistan and China, it was imperative for Indi

The Abrahamic Middle East — Will Israeli-Arab alignment on Iran create a new equilibrium for peace? 
Dec 28, 2020

The Abrahamic Middle East — Will Israeli-Arab alignment on Iran create a new equilibrium for peace? 

Despite the narrative of ‘peace’ around the Abraham Accords, it is not to be forgotten that the harbinger of this accord is ‘deterrence’ — b

The agony and irony of Imran Khan’s disqualification
Oct 22, 2022

The agony and irony of Imran Khan’s disqualification

Election Commission of Pakistan’s disqualification of highly popular former Prime Minister Imran Khan will have far-reaching consequences for the co

The Arab Gulf’s outreach to Iran amidst a flailing nuclear deal
Aug 24, 2022

The Arab Gulf’s outreach to Iran amidst a flailing nuclear deal

With the Arab Gulf states hoping to renew ties with Iran, a collective-diplomacy approach has now kicked in.

The bilateral transformation
Jan 02, 2019

The bilateral transformation

India and Bangladesh must seize the opportunity to further enhance connectivity and trade ties

The BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity: A Stocktaking
Jun 03, 2024

The BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity: A Stocktaking

Connectivity facilitates economic growth, social development, and people-to-people interactions. Recognising the imperative of connectivity in regional engagement, the Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in 1997 declared ‘transport and communication’ as one of its sectors of cooperation. In 2018, BIMSTEC drew up its Master Plan for Transport Connectivity, and subsequently updated the plan at the fifth BIM

The BRICS view on Iran: India's motivations
Apr 20, 2012

The BRICS view on Iran: India's motivations

The problem with imposing sanctions on a country which has the world's third largest proven reserves of oil and second largest conventional natural gas reserves is that the implications are felt globally. The price of oil is highly correlated throughout the world due to market arbitrage.

The challenge ahead for terror-hit France
Nov 02, 2020

The challenge ahead for terror-hit France

The challenge for France is not easy. The idea that education, hard work and following French laws and customs led to upward mobility has been challenged in recent years and Covid-19 has only highlighted it

The changing nature of work: Lessons from past transitions
Aug 30, 2018

The changing nature of work: Lessons from past transitions

Adam Smith was among the first to challenge mercantilism and the guild system by association. Smith believed that the wealth of nations depended on th

The Chattogram-Ranong connect: Establishing direct shipping in the Bay of Bengal
Jun 05, 2024

The Chattogram-Ranong connect: Establishing direct shipping in the Bay of Bengal

The Bay of Bengal presents an opportunity for Bangladesh and Thailand to enhance bilateral trade through their shared maritime space, making a Chattog

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in transition: Implications for Indian defence
Apr 21, 2018

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in transition: Implications for Indian defence

The challenge to Beijing is that it may be instigating an arms race where it does not seek one, especially with regard to India, which increasingly se

The constrained evolution of India’s nuclear doctrine since Pokhran II
May 11, 2023

The constrained evolution of India’s nuclear doctrine since Pokhran II

Regardless of the stasis in India’s OND, the technological changes in India’s delivery capabilities are outpacing doctrinal change

The Council of EU: France assumes Presidency under Macron
Jan 06, 2022

The Council of EU: France assumes Presidency under Macron

As France takes over the presidency, it aims to achieve an ambitious programme over the course of the next six months

The Digital Rupee: The next step in India’s digital transformation
Oct 31, 2022

The Digital Rupee: The next step in India’s digital transformation

As countries around the world explore design and implementation strategies for CBDCs, India can play a pivotal role in setting a global benchmark

The emergent transatlantic consensus against China
Jun 20, 2020

The emergent transatlantic consensus against China

Chinese advocacy for economic interdependence, owing to its centrality in global supply chains, could be met with a renewed transatlantic consensus ce

The Enduring Challenges to Democratic Transition in Myanmar
Aug 14, 2023

The Enduring Challenges to Democratic Transition in Myanmar

After days of disputing the 2020 election results and claiming widespread fraud in the polls that gave the National League for Democracy a second term, Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, staged a coup on 1 February 2021. The coup supposedly ended a decade of inadequate democratic reforms in Myanmar, which came after almost five decades of oppressive military rule. Ironically enough, the military regime itself had set the course of reforms post-2

The geopolitics of the green mobility transition
Apr 01, 2022

The geopolitics of the green mobility transition

Russia’s aggression in Ukraine might have unintended consequences for the green mobility transition.