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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.

The Grand Illusion
Jul 29, 2006

The Grand Illusion

Eminent Indian nuclear scientists have been expressing their concern about the contents and direction of the Indo-US nuclear deal signed last July. Strategic analysts, former diplomats, prominent politicians and knowledgeable commentators have repeatedly cautioned the government about the minefields ahead. Ought not the government pause and clear these doubts? There is little effort towards this end, and we all seem to be running blind.

The great Indian strangulation trick
Jul 20, 2011

The great Indian strangulation trick

In a stratagem that would make Sun Tzu proud, the government first velvet-gloved an iron fist and then clamped down hard on digital freedom and enterprise

The impact of public transport on traffic congestion in cities
Sep 26, 2023

The impact of public transport on traffic congestion in cities

Proper policy measures and improvement in the performance of public transport would help draw people away from private transportation and address traf

The India and France bonhomie has potential for expansion with the Gulf
Jan 23, 2021

The India and France bonhomie has potential for expansion with the Gulf

The India–France dynamic has moved forward at a rapid pace over the past few years, finding common goals on global issues — including the Indo-Pac

The India-China-Pakistan-US Quadrangle
Apr 12, 2005

The India-China-Pakistan-US Quadrangle

There has been considerable spin from Islamabad as well as New Delhi regarding the results of the visit of the Chinese Prime Minister, Mr.Wen Jiabao, to the two countries. The fact that the Chinese have carefully refrained from joining this race for spin and

The India-Japan-France trilateral cooperation to tackle the rising Chinese hegemony
Feb 12, 2021

The India-Japan-France trilateral cooperation to tackle the rising Chinese hegemony

India, France and Japan — despite different geographies — share similar interests in the Indo-Pacific.

The Iran deal: Will it have an impact on US elections?
Jul 31, 2015

The Iran deal: Will it have an impact on US elections?

As the US Congress scrutinises the Iran accord, partisanship on Capitol Hill might reach new heights and it will capture headlines. Whether Congress passes the Iran deal or not, it will loom large in the election debates because of its connection to American and Israeli national security, though it is unlikely to be a real game changer in the elections.

The Iran nuclear deal: A thorn in Biden’s side
Jun 28, 2022

The Iran nuclear deal: A thorn in Biden’s side

A faltering Iran nuclear deal emboldens Biden’s woes in West Asia and the United States alike.

The Iran vote and after
Feb 17, 2006

The Iran vote and after

The excitement of the Board of Governor's meeting is over and the participants have not been slow to express their views at the outcome. The Iranians are defiant, the Americans triumphant, the Russians cautious, the Europeans smug, the Chinese inscrutable, the Arabs joyous at directing a new argument at Israel, the latter pleased over Iran's predicament yet angry over a dent in their nuclear ambiguity, and the Indians self-righteous.

The just transition framework is unjust
May 01, 2023

The just transition framework is unjust

The current Just Energy Transition Partnerships framework does not work for India because it prioritises G7’s agenda and overlooks our specific energy transition needs and challenges

The Limits of Military Coercion in Halting Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Programme
Aug 06, 2021

The Limits of Military Coercion in Halting Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Programme

Israel believes that the use of force is essential to stopping Iran from making the nuclear bomb. A vocal section of the strategic affairs community in the United States agrees with the proposition. This brief argues that military means are unlikely to sabotage the nuclear weapons programme of an advanced-stage bomb-seeker like Iran. Moreover, use of force could be counterproductive as it can incentivise Iran’s pursuit of the bomb, and it may e

The many meanings of Pokhran II
May 10, 2023

The many meanings of Pokhran II

The Pokhran II nuclear tests saw India re-imagining itself in the emerging global strategic landscape and the domestic establishment of a new politica

The material needs of the green transition
May 29, 2021

The material needs of the green transition

As India’s industrial sector grows, creating a regular and stable supply of clean energy will be essential for meeting the country’s climate targe

The migrant labour crisis must push for structural reforms
Jul 01, 2020

The migrant labour crisis must push for structural reforms

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended several long-held paradigms.

The military and the mullah: Priorities for the Imran Khan government
May 12, 2020

The military and the mullah: Priorities for the Imran Khan government

Is Pakistan simply incapable in securing terrorists or are they hand-in-glove with them?

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 need of the hour: Gender-inclusive Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme
May 31, 2022

The need of the hour: Gender-inclusive Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme

With the onset of the pandemic, the urban informal workforce in India has been hit hard by the ongoing livelihood crisis, especially women. This call

The New Green Revolution: A Just Transition to Climate-Smart Crops
Jan 11, 2021

The New Green Revolution: A Just Transition to Climate-Smart Crops

The agriculture sector’s contribution to India’s GDP and employment makes it crucial to the country’s growth. At the same time, the sector’s massive greenhouse gas emissions pose a threat to India’s green transition. The ongoing farmers’ protests also highlight the need for a climate-smart agriculture strategy that will address fundamental issues like income support. This brief outlines a framework for India’s “new green revolutio

The New Suez Moment? India’s G20 and the Tectonic Transition
Sep 23, 2023

The New Suez Moment? India’s G20 and the Tectonic Transition

The world moulded by the Delhi Summit will be one of people-focused principles, and agile, trust-based partnerships

The Pacific frontier of France
Aug 04, 2023

The Pacific frontier of France

France hopes to broaden its area of influence in the Indo-Pacific by establishing close cooperation with the Pacific Island States

The paranoia over Ford Foundation
Apr 28, 2015

The paranoia over Ford Foundation

There is an irony in the government's crackdown on Ford Foundation that seems to have escaped most observers. In the 1960s, the principal critics of the Foundation were the Indian Left. Now, the government and critics of foundations and NGOs fail to realise one thing. Now we are a self-confident, resilient society with institutions that have gained considerable depth. We are also a transparent and open society.

The political transformation of India under the aegis of Narendra Modi
May 23, 2019

The political transformation of India under the aegis of Narendra Modi

The lesson of 2019: The Modi generation, which is and will be India’s most influential ever, will reshape this country

The potential for transformative India-Uzbekistan bilateral relations
Dec 14, 2020

The potential for transformative India-Uzbekistan bilateral relations

With common interests ranging from countering terrorism and Chinese hegemony to promoting trade, the India-Uzbekistan virtual bilateral summit is a mo

The quick transformation of Russia-North Korea ties
Mar 05, 2024

The quick transformation of Russia-North Korea ties

This is a partnership that has been forged amid common challenges and shared strategic objectives

The reshaping global order is Iranian economy's best chance in decades
Jul 28, 2023

The reshaping global order is Iranian economy's best chance in decades

Iran’s oil sales are at a five-year high as the US looks the other way despite sanctions. Iran is smartly undercutting Russia in selling cheaper oil and upset Saudi Arabia’s plan to profiteer from production cuts. The new world order being shaped amid the US-China battle for global supremacy equally belongs to countries charting independent paths

The SDG India Index — Can bold global ambition be translated into effective ground reality?
Jan 15, 2019

The SDG India Index — Can bold global ambition be translated into effective ground reality?

The Index is a good start, but future developments will need to be watched with a critical eye.

The sea leg of India’s nuclear triad post Pokhran II
May 11, 2023

The sea leg of India’s nuclear triad post Pokhran II

Pakistan and China’s nuclear capabilities along with the added challenges and risks of a complex and uncertain environment in the Indo-Pacific are v

The Search for Sustainable Solutions to Debt Accumulation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jul 21, 2023

The Search for Sustainable Solutions to Debt Accumulation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Like in some other regions of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated external debt accumulation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This could have massive, adverse impacts on growth as governments prioritise debt servicing commitments over key development expenditures such as healthcare and education. For the countries in SSA with relatively lower GDP, this could mean getting caught in a vicious cycle of low output and mounting debt. A pa

The shadow of Israel-Iran hostility amidst diplomatic détentes in West Asia
Jun 28, 2023

The shadow of Israel-Iran hostility amidst diplomatic détentes in West Asia

An unresolved and unaddressed Iran–Israel dynamic ultimately threatens any other regional normalisation

The story beyond uranium
Sep 05, 2014

The story beyond uranium

The real story for strong India-Australia relations lies beyond uranium. With one of the world's strongest mining sectors, Australia can help India exploit its own natural resources in an environmentally sustainable way and thereby address one of the major current constraints on India's economic growth.

The Taliban takeover: Afghanistan-Bangladesh relations during this period of transition
Sep 08, 2021

The Taliban takeover: Afghanistan-Bangladesh relations during this period of transition

Resurgence of terrorism and a further influx of refugees are areas of concern for Bangladesh after the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

The Three Farmers’ Bills: A wasted opportunity or a transformed reality?
Nov 25, 2020

The Three Farmers’ Bills: A wasted opportunity or a transformed reality?

The government cannot launch measures which tackle different dimensions of the agrarian crisis in isolation from each other.

The Trans -Atlantic Defence Dilemma
Dec 11, 2003

The Trans -Atlantic Defence Dilemma

More than ever before, the United States needs the continued support of the European Union (EU) in defence and security matters, especially in the war against terrorism. A draft security strategy prepared in June 2003 by Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Security and Foreign Policy (CFSP) delineated the threats to security in Europe; international terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and failed states.

The transcending arc of India-US relations since Pokhran II
May 09, 2023

The transcending arc of India-US relations since Pokhran II

India and the US have come a long way since the setback in their relations after the Pokhran II nuclear test

The transformation of Kigali into Africa’s cleanest city
Jul 27, 2022

The transformation of Kigali into Africa’s cleanest city

Due to various policy initiatives undertaken by the Rwandan government, Kigali has now emerged as the cleanest city in Africa.