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Common Cause, Common Sense: How the UN Security Council could regain trust and legitimacy
Sep 19, 2020

Common Cause, Common Sense: How the UN Security Council could regain trust and legitimacy

All permanent five would benefit from a conversation on additional permanent seats as no member of the Security Council can gain any long-term economi

Competition in retail electricity: Power of choice
Feb 12, 2024

Competition in retail electricity: Power of choice

Behavioural changes expected in electricity use by the consumer may not play out as anticipated without the intervention of technological inputs

Concerted International Action Needed to Rein in Pakistan Terror Groups
Feb 17, 2009

Concerted International Action Needed to Rein in Pakistan Terror Groups

Notwithstanding the partial admission of the allegations made by India about the Mumbai attackers, Pakistan's complicity in allowing Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), the terrorist group behind the Mumbai attack, to retain most of its extensive infrastructure and capability to pursue its terrorist activities calls for an intense global scrutiny.

Confronting Cascading Disasters, Building Resilience: Lessons from the Indian Sundarbans
Jan 29, 2021

Confronting Cascading Disasters, Building Resilience: Lessons from the Indian Sundarbans

The intersecting impacts of COVID-19 and climate change are compounding the vulnerabilities of coastal communities.  This paper examines the disastrous effects of cyclone Amphan in the Bengal delta region of the Indian Sundarbans amidst a countrywide lockdown triggered by the pandemic, and their cascading consequences for a rural community inhabiting this climate hotspot. It highlights the livelihood crisis experienced by internal rural-urban mi

Congestion pricing economics
Sep 11, 2019

Congestion pricing economics

India needs to seriously start looking at city roads through the real estate lens to make a case for public transport and address the problem of peren

Congress promise of monthly income to poor: A game changer or a recipe for economic disaster?
Mar 29, 2019

Congress promise of monthly income to poor: A game changer or a recipe for economic disaster?

The Indian National Congress's promise of guaranteed minimum income (NYAY) has shifted the narrative surrounding the general elections back to economi

Connecting people and deepening ties: India-South Korea relations
Nov 18, 2021

Connecting people and deepening ties: India-South Korea relations

Both India and South Korea stand to gain strategically and economically from the deepening of people-to-people ties.

Containing coronavirus
Mar 25, 2020

Containing coronavirus

Self-discipline and strict adherence to government advisories is the key to manage the Coronavirus crisis in India; government response alone will not

Contesting neighbours, revised geopolitical playbooks
Oct 27, 2020

Contesting neighbours, revised geopolitical playbooks

The engagement by India and China in the West Asia region is a good example of their metamorphosing approaches

Contours of a new terror matrix
Mar 16, 2006

Contours of a new terror matrix

The stage is set for a new terrorist confederation with the sole agenda of wreaking havoc across the heartland of India in the months to come. Ignorance or indifference to the clear signs of such an alliance - visible from Bangalore to Delhi, via Ayodhya, Nalgonda, Mulund and Varanasi - would prove suicidal for India.

COP 27 से उम्मीदें: हरित वित्त के ज़रिए हरित बदलाव का नया ख़ाका!
Jul 27, 2023

COP 27 से उम्मीदें: हरित वित्त के ज़रिए हरित बदलाव का नया ख़ाका!

केवल ऊर्जा परिवर्तन से हरित बदलाव नहीं लाया जा सकता है; इस

COP26 की यातायात से जुड़ी घोषणा: भारत के हाथ से निकला एक मौक़ा      Promit Mookherjee
Nov 26, 2021

COP26 की यातायात से जुड़ी घोषणा: भारत के हाथ से निकला एक मौक़ा Promit Mookherjee

COP26 में यातायात से जुड़ी चर्चा पूरी तरह से इलेक्ट्रिक गाड़

Corporate Funding of Elections: The Strengths and Flaws
Aug 23, 2023

Corporate Funding of Elections: The Strengths and Flaws

This Issue Brief seeks to outline the history of corporate funding in India, legislation governing corporate funding, institutional innovations in corporate funding like electoral trusts, and international experiences and their relevance in the Indian context. Given the increasing clamour for transparent and accountable corporate funding of political parties, the Brief also explores the perils of over-reliance on corporate funding.

Corruption! What's that?
Aug 16, 2010

Corruption! What's that?

There is nothing more anti poetic than the image of Suresh Kalmadi and his alleged shananegans. Yet the mind, that strange instrument, moved mysteriously to Josh Malihabadi one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.

Could Pakistan be on the cusp of becoming a 'normal state'?
Jul 22, 2019

Could Pakistan be on the cusp of becoming a 'normal state'?

New Delhi would be well advised to look at the Pakistan situation with an open mind or risk being left out of the flow.

Counter-terrorism in South Asia: New Threats Call for Deeper Cooperation
Sep 14, 2023

Counter-terrorism in South Asia: New Threats Call for Deeper Cooperation

With the foreign forces drawing down in Afghanistan, there is an inevitable loss offocus on the threat of terrorism in the highly vulnerable region of South Asia. But almost everycountry in the region, barring Bhutan, continues to confront the challenges of terrorism andinsurgency. Yet there appears little sense of the danger posed by terrorism, and its 'new' formsthat ride the wave of technology and the collapse of traditional state structures.

Countering Chinese assertiveness: India’s changing posture in the Indian Ocean
Jan 02, 2021

Countering Chinese assertiveness: India’s changing posture in the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is important to China because Chinese trade and energy resources transit this route.

Countering Hostile Drone Activity on the India-Pakistan Border
May 08, 2023

Countering Hostile Drone Activity on the India-Pakistan Border

Drone or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) technology has become more accessible and affordable in recent years, and their increasing long-range capability, endurance, and applications, have made them integral for both civilian and military uses. At the same time, malicious elements such as criminal networks, drug smuggling syndicates and terrorist organisations, have exploited the technology to aid their activities. For India, the increase

Countering insurgency in Kashmir: The cyber dimension
Jan 10, 2017

Countering insurgency in Kashmir: The cyber dimension

Countering the militancy in Kashmir has become a highly challenging task due to the exploitation of new information and communication technology by insurgent groups. The battlefield is now a multidimensional one, encompassing both physical territory and cyberspace. The overall capabilities of insurgents have been enhanced by tools in cyberspace that are inexpensive, ever more sophisticated, rapidly proliferating, and easy to use. Militants are sy

Counting the costs: Child labour in the Global South
Jun 14, 2023

Counting the costs: Child labour in the Global South

To take advantage of their favourable demographic transitions over the coming decades, the developing and least developed countries (LDCs) need to add

Covid-19 and European solidarity: The fight for who we are
Apr 05, 2020

Covid-19 and European solidarity: The fight for who we are

Now is the time for the EU to harness its transformational power – and to protect citizens without turning in on itself.

COVID-19 and Indian defence planning
May 14, 2020

COVID-19 and Indian defence planning

The Ministry of Defence has fixated on process rather than outcomes for decades with little effort to remedy this, stymying timely modernisation of th

Covid-19 and its aftermath: Impact on China’s soft power
Jun 12, 2020

Covid-19 and its aftermath: Impact on China’s soft power

As the scale of global challenges swells in size, so does the need for leading ad-hoc transnational countries to prove their diplomatic proficiency. C

Covid-19 and its impact on Africa
Mar 20, 2020

Covid-19 and its impact on Africa

Are African countries ready to handle a potential outbreak?

COVID-19 and ‘The New World Disorder’: An opportunity in disguise?
May 07, 2020

COVID-19 and ‘The New World Disorder’: An opportunity in disguise?

This discussion drew heavily from Shashi Tharoor and Samir Saran’s new book — ‘The New World Disorder and the Indian Imperative.’

Covid-19 Global Vaccination Drive: The Goal of Equity in an Unequal World
May 02, 2022

Covid-19 Global Vaccination Drive: The Goal of Equity in an Unequal World

The Covid-19 vaccination rollout has been slow in many parts of the world, and it might not be inaccurate to say that the newer, more transmissible variants have done a better job at immunising populations than the vaccine. More than 16 months since the global vaccination drive was started, wealthier countries have inoculated vastly higher proportions of their populations compared to the poorer ones. For example, as of late April 2022, the United

COVID-19: Bangladesh approaches the peak
Jun 17, 2020

COVID-19: Bangladesh approaches the peak

The readymade garment sector has suffered grievous blows, with foreign brands, traditional buyers of Bangladeshi garments, not only cancelling earlier

COVID-19: Between a smiling Xi and a tweeting Trump stands a lady called Merkel
Apr 24, 2020

COVID-19: Between a smiling Xi and a tweeting Trump stands a lady called Merkel

Not known for dramatic outbursts or playing to the gallery, Merkel’s moves will be inclusive and transparent as she clears space for accountability

COVID-19: India could play a crucial role in combating West Asia’s brewing food security crisis
May 22, 2020

COVID-19: India could play a crucial role in combating West Asia’s brewing food security crisis

India stands a good chance to benefit from the shift in global trade triggered by the pandemic, and could fill in the vacuum by supplying West Asian c

COVID19 and India’s Gig Economy: The Case of Ride-Hailing Companies
Jul 03, 2020

COVID19 and India’s Gig Economy: The Case of Ride-Hailing Companies

The gig economy is part of a crucial transformation occurring in India’s work landscape, and ride-hailing companies are examples of platforms on which “gigs” can be found. The Indian ride-hailing market was projected to grow by 15.5 percent until 2023; the COVID-19 pandemic, however, has disrupted the trajectory. The drivers of these companies—numbering approximately four million—are considered as “independent contractors” and thus

COVID19 and the Changing Geopolitical Order: Challenges to BIMSTEC
Feb 05, 2021

COVID19 and the Changing Geopolitical Order: Challenges to BIMSTEC

This brief explores the post-COVID-19 geopolitical order and the challenges facing BIMSTEC in meeting the most pressing needs of its member countries. It argues that strengthening regional organisations such as BIMSTEC will add weight to the counterbalancing of China that is underway. The brief calls on BIMSTEC to shift its priority to sectors like Connectivity, Counterterrorism and Transnational Crimes, as well as upgrading Human Resource, for b

COVID19 will test the limits of the privacy debate
Apr 02, 2020

COVID19 will test the limits of the privacy debate

What happens to the extensive surveillance apparatus once the crisis passes? What will be the steps to dismantle it?

COVID19 will test the limits of the privacy debate
Apr 02, 2020

COVID19 will test the limits of the privacy debate

What happens to the extensive surveillance apparatus once the crisis passes? What will be the steps to dismantle it?

Covid19 — Tech imperatives, reordering & readiness: Learnings from Taiwan
Mar 24, 2020

Covid19 — Tech imperatives, reordering & readiness: Learnings from Taiwan

Taiwan has emerged as among the few countries which have successfully managed to keep the contagion from spreading by putting in place effective early

CPEC and its (de)stabilising effect on Pakistan
Feb 24, 2022

CPEC and its (de)stabilising effect on Pakistan

Islamabad’s inability to control elements in both Afghanistan and Pakistan is proving to be a major hurdle in the execution of the CPEC project.

CPEC debts: China concerned after change in government?
Sep 28, 2018

CPEC debts: China concerned after change in government?

The best bet for China is to keep the Pakistan army happy.

Creating ‘doughnut’ cities for resilience in 2021
Dec 22, 2020

Creating ‘doughnut’ cities for resilience in 2021

The transition towards circular urban economies in India needs policy frameworks that allow the development of skills and the inclusion of informal wo

Cricket, A Metaphor For Pak
Sep 04, 2010

Cricket, A Metaphor For Pak

There was space in Pakistan for open discourse upto the Zia period. It is from Zia's Pakistan that poets like Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Ahmad Faraz began to leave for other countries. From London, Farigh Bukhari wailed: "God, forgive me: these days it seems that Islam was only for tyrants and murderers like Yazid"

Crisis in Niger: West Africa at the cusp of a proxy war
Aug 05, 2023

Crisis in Niger: West Africa at the cusp of a proxy war

Niger is quickly becoming a new flashpoint in great power competition as ECOWAS mulls military intervention in the wake of the coup in Niger

Cross-border migration to Thailand
Oct 17, 2014

Cross-border migration to Thailand

The issue of migrant workers was one of the important topics for discussion when the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha visited Myanmar on his first official visit on 9-10 October.

Crossroads of Artificial Intelligence: Higher Education and Research in India and China
Nov 11, 2020

Crossroads of Artificial Intelligence: Higher Education and Research in India and China

This paper offers a comparative study of India and China in higher-education reforms for the development of talent in artificial intelligence (AI), and in AI research. It analyses the AI development plans and strategies of the two countries, their automation readiness index, talent retention, and research output. The analysis is based on both primary and secondary sources including interviews, government and industry reports, and recognised ranki

Crude oil shall remain below US$100 despite OPEC+ production cut
Oct 17, 2023

Crude oil shall remain below US$100 despite OPEC+ production cut

Crude oil prices are likely to head under US$ 90 per barrel, rather than exceed US$ 100 per barrel, notwithstanding daily fluctuations

Curtains on the Qaddafi Pantomime
Feb 28, 2011

Curtains on the Qaddafi Pantomime

The mass arrival of refugees could well cause the international community to contemplate a model where European troops take care of different sectors to keep the peace in the Mediterranean. But since European intervention will smack of re-colonisation, the ball will be tossed upto the UN Secretary General to devise a muscular UN Force.