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The tussle for the Iranian Presidency
May 13, 2005

The tussle for the Iranian Presidency

Iranians take their soccer seriously. Iran's victory over Bahrain last week in the World Cup qualifier resulted in an outburst of rejoicing rarely seen in Teheran. Men and women (some without head scarves) danced on the streets and tore up posters of candidates in the June 17 presidential elections. The police did not interfere. Credible foreign observers have not confirmed reports of police brutality carried by some opposition news channels in t

The tyranny of technology: Time to change old systems to align with new realities
Dec 10, 2015

The tyranny of technology: Time to change old systems to align with new realities

In order to achieve the SDGs, it is time to re-evaluate the global patents regime. India and other developing countries need to explore policies and practices for creating a culture and system that encourages innovation.

The tyranny of the written word
Nov 19, 2011

The tyranny of the written word

Digital technologies have the potential to annihilate the rich sources of oral history. It is time that we stopped looking at digital technology with rose-tinted glasses

The US-Iran nuclear deal talks: No breakthrough in sight
Jul 14, 2022

The US-Iran nuclear deal talks: No breakthrough in sight

There is a need to ratchet up negotiations between the US and Iran to find common ground and successfully conclude the nuclear deal talks.

The US-Iran Standoff and India
Feb 04, 2012

The US-Iran Standoff and India

While India would be hoping that the reported secret talks between the US and Iran succeeds, avoiding a conflict, New Delhi could take a leaf out of the Chinese and Japanese strategy of reducing its exposure to Iranian oil in return for a waiver from US sanctions.

The vital but delicate task of reviving the Iran deal
Mar 04, 2021

The vital but delicate task of reviving the Iran deal

Time is running out for the Joe Biden administration, but there is an opportunity for Brussels to take a lead role

The war beyond ISIS: How US and Iran tensions are flaring in Syria
Jun 22, 2017

The war beyond ISIS: How US and Iran tensions are flaring in Syria

ISIS provides a single common enemy where foreign interventionists in the conflict will increasingly find themselves elbowing for space.

The Women’s Movement in Iran
Oct 14, 2022

The Women’s Movement in Iran

The current regime views the hijab as a characteristic of the national identity of Iran. Will the current protests bring any change?

Theocracy and Polls: The Iran Way
Jun 23, 2021

Theocracy and Polls: The Iran Way

While the supreme leader is there for life (or till he chooses to retire), the president is limited to two four-year terms, defining where the balance of power rests between them

Threats in The Long Range
Jun 28, 2012

Threats in The Long Range

Tensions between the United States of America and Russia over the deployment of a ballistic missile defence system by the US in eastern Europe are sharpening. Japan is deploying such a system to ward off the North Korean missile threat.

Three propositions on transboundary water conflicts in light of the new emerging paradigms
Jul 14, 2020

Three propositions on transboundary water conflicts in light of the new emerging paradigms

Traditional thought processes of conflict resolution and governance are falling flat in the face of the newer water governance challenges.

Ties with Iran a sort of litmus test
May 25, 2018

Ties with Iran a sort of litmus test

While the Trump administration is in no mood to relent on its decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, for India, the challenge is to preserve its own equities in Iran and the wider West Asian region.

Tracing the roots of an American brand of extremism
Jan 12, 2021

Tracing the roots of an American brand of extremism

With the attack on Capitol Hill by Trump supporters, some of whom wore QAnon shirts and brandished confederate flags, the far-Right’s threat to American liberal democracy is more visible than ever.

Transatlantic Security Divide in Munich
Mar 02, 2004

Transatlantic Security Divide in Munich

Three main issues were discussed in the 40th Munich Conference on Security Policy held on 6-8 February 2004: prospects of transatlantic relations, future of NATO, and future developments in the Middle East. As usual, several Defence and Foreign Ministers, representatives of think tanks, academia, media and the defence industry attended the conference.

Transferable Development Rights and Mumbai
Mar 04, 2021

Transferable Development Rights and Mumbai

The most important reform that needs to be introduced is to permit the use of Transferable Development Rights (TDR) across the entire State and not ju

Transferring attack helicopters to Army, a case of duplication of assets and effort?   
May 17, 2019

Transferring attack helicopters to Army, a case of duplication of assets and effort?   

Transferring all attack helicopters to the Army is asking for a complete re-write of the way both the Army and IAF function. If there are command and

Transformative elections bring post-identity politics
Apr 23, 2014

Transformative elections bring post-identity politics

The 2014 general elections are all about the economy, jobs, good governance and rising aspirations. Survey after survey conclusively agree that for most voters what matters is stable employment, steady income, corruption free governance and a decisive leadership.

Transforming denial into deliberation: The case of manual scavenging
Dec 21, 2021

Transforming denial into deliberation: The case of manual scavenging

Despite acknowledging the detrimental effects of manual scavenging, no concrete effort to make any real change has been witnessed over the years.

Transforming information and security
Jun 14, 2012

Transforming information and security

Information security has to move beyond its traditional concepts if it needs to cater to the special demands of governance. Knowledge is for cutting. For long, it has been in the hands of the bureaucrats. It?s time that we snatch it.

Transforming manufacturing dynamics: A look into India's PLI scheme
Apr 22, 2024

Transforming manufacturing dynamics: A look into India's PLI scheme

The successful implementation of the PLI scheme will be crucial in realising India's vision of becoming a leading manufacturing hub on the world stage

Transforming the biotech innovation ecosystem
Oct 30, 2020

Transforming the biotech innovation ecosystem

Since its inception, DBT has been committed to delivering solutions for societal challenges with a focus on Make in India.

Transition from stay home, stay safe to travel safe
May 07, 2020

Transition from stay home, stay safe to travel safe

Overcoming mass mobility challenges post lockdown.

Transition Time in the Maldives
Oct 07, 2008

Transition Time in the Maldives

The run-up to the upcoming presidential polls in the Maldives will determine the shape of things to come in the future, with far-reaching implications for India, for bilateral relations between the two countries and the Indian Ocean region. This became evident at the end of a candid discussion that a high-level team of the Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had with a section of Indian intellectuals at Observer Research Foundation (ORF),

Transition to a low carbon economy: China’s influence on outcomes
Sep 27, 2017

Transition to a low carbon economy: China’s influence on outcomes

Transition to a low carbon economy is path dependent as initial conditions such as resource availability and other geographic, climatic, economic, soc