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Disquiet in the neighbourhood
Dec 01, 2023

Disquiet in the neighbourhood

As Pakistan struggles to prod the Taliban to act on militant groups, its dual policy of supporting extremist groups has come back to haunt it

Diversity within the Union: The EU’s midlife checklist
Nov 02, 2019

Diversity within the Union: The EU’s midlife checklist

Even with increased efforts from governments towards democratising trade policy development, there are hindrances with the emergence of other Westphal

DMK and the Rising Son, version 2.0
Oct 03, 2015

DMK and the Rising Son, version 2.0

It has taken the sweeping 'brand Modi' poll campaign to tell the Dravidian polity in southern Tamil Nadu that their forgotten, traditional political and electoral campaign was always right -- and that they better return to the grassroots.

Do internet search engines stifle human cognition?
Feb 07, 2023

Do internet search engines stifle human cognition?

India must act fast to mitigate the high risks, ensure that search engines live up to their responsibilities, and be transparent

Does AUKUS Augment or Diminish the Quad?
Sep 23, 2021

Does AUKUS Augment or Diminish the Quad?

AUKUS fits into a growing network of minilaterials crisscrossing the Indo-Pacific and rooted in shared strategic interests.

Does prudence belie reality?
Mar 19, 2010

Does prudence belie reality?

The moment finance minister Pranab Mukherjee announced a mere 4% nominal increase in defence budget pegged at Rs 1,47,344 crore for 2010-11, members of Indian strategic community started showing their frustrations.

Donald Trump's generals: Why 9/11 will shape what follows 11/9
Nov 30, 2016

Donald Trump's generals: Why 9/11 will shape what follows 11/9

The President-elect Donald Trump has already confirmed that Lieutenant General Michael Flynn will serve as the next National Security Advisor

Donald Trump’s foreign policy hara-kiri
May 10, 2018

Donald Trump’s foreign policy hara-kiri

The US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal makes it an untrustworthy partner in any subsequent negotiations. The era of American leadership in the non-proliferation order is over

Double marginalisation: What the Decade of Action holds for India’s Northeastern women
Mar 08, 2021

Double marginalisation: What the Decade of Action holds for India’s Northeastern women

Tackling gender-based discriminations require transformative solutions, possible only if women are considered equal participants in the development pr

Douse the anger within
Apr 15, 2019

Douse the anger within

While the Government continues to celebrate the armed forces’ performance for electoral gains, it will do well to remember that the basic tenet of warfare is that the man behind the gun matters more than the gun. Its failure to grant non-functional upgrade is all the more hurtful

Do’s and Don’ts for India in Sri Lanka’s politico-economic crises
May 13, 2022

Do’s and Don’ts for India in Sri Lanka’s politico-economic crises

As the Sri Lankan crisis worsens with every passing hour, India could help the Sri Lankan state by extending further economic assistance.

Drawing lines in the water
Jul 14, 2014

Drawing lines in the water

There are unlimited possibilities for strengthening maritime cooperation with Bangladesh and Myanmar - ranging from joint scientific research to environmental monitoring and from major trans-border projects to trilateral naval exercises. If Delhi decides to play for small stakes in the Bay of Bengal, it will deal itself out of the emerging great game in the east.

Driving Across the South Asian Borders: The Motor Vehicle Agreement Between Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal
Sep 04, 2015

Driving Across the South Asian Borders: The Motor Vehicle Agreement Between Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal

The benefits of strengthening physical connectivity in a geographically contiguous region are increasingly being recognised. These links are expected to increase economic activity and people-to-people interaction, leading in turn to regional and sub-regional integration. In this backdrop, the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) signed among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal is expected to facilitate cross-border movement of vehicles, thereby reducing

E-politics and public accountability over digital rights, with a focus on Latin America
Dec 29, 2020

E-politics and public accountability over digital rights, with a focus on Latin America

Governments and political actors must be liable for their performance and the virtual realm is not a playground anymore.

Earth Observation Satellites are essential for India’s national security
Sep 20, 2021

Earth Observation Satellites are essential for India’s national security

Why satellites like the EOS-3, unsuccessfully launched in August, are important instruments for the military

Ease of doing business and Arbitration Amendment Bill
Feb 09, 2015

Ease of doing business and Arbitration Amendment Bill

India's ranking in the World Bank's ease of doing business index is 134. Ease of doing business has ease of settling commercial disputes at its centre. With the Arbitration and Conciliation (amendment) Bill coming in place, India could play a greater role in shaping the way forward.

Easing the US-India divergence on data localisation
Jul 22, 2019

Easing the US-India divergence on data localisation

Addition of data localisation to the basket of persisting trade issues warrants greater compartmentalisation and consultative approaches to US-India t

Eastern promise: The power shifts in EU politics
Mar 04, 2023

Eastern promise: The power shifts in EU politics

Central and Eastern Europe have activated the geopolitical dimension of the EU and showcased their importance in shaping the EU’s future

Ebrahim Raisi has delayed revival of nuclear deal
Aug 31, 2021

Ebrahim Raisi has delayed revival of nuclear deal

Iran’s new President has the United States struggling to see him as a real partner

Education as a Pivot in India’s Cooperation with BIMSTEC Countries
Nov 03, 2020

Education as a Pivot in India’s Cooperation with BIMSTEC Countries

This brief discusses the education component of cooperation between India and the countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). It argues that nurturing the education link within BIMSTEC can play a transformative role in augmenting people-to-people contact and cementing a more fruitful regional connectivity. While progress has been achieved—to which India has contributed considerably�

Education in China: A drive for excellence
Feb 15, 2013

Education in China: A drive for excellence

It is interesting to note the accommodations that China made in its educational system to inspire its exponential growth in economic and defence capability. Its educational reforms aimed at transitioning China from a manufacturing hub to a leader in innovation. Today China has the largest network of primary education in the world.

Educational reforms need of the hour to counter Taliban challenge in Pakistan
Mar 02, 2015

Educational reforms need of the hour to counter Taliban challenge in Pakistan

Saying that there is a proven link between the two types of terrorists - sectarian and Taliban -- Maj. Gen. Mahmud Durrani stresses the need for carrying out educational reforms and popularising a counter-narrative to Taliban's interpretation of Islam.

Egypt's President Morsy Comes Calling
Mar 16, 2013

Egypt's President Morsy Comes Calling

These are not cheerful times for South Block in its dealings with neighbours or nations as distant as Italy. But there is a whole range of countries, in the Arab world which have traditionally been warm to New Delhi and who have been sending senior envoys to plead their respective cases and seek Indian support bilaterally and in multilateral forums.

Egypt: Continuing 'revolution' or military 'coup'?
Jul 06, 2013

Egypt: Continuing 'revolution' or military 'coup'?

Even though the Egyptian army has refrained from taking over governance in the interim period, analysts say the fear of repeating the same mistakes are legitimate. Therefore, it remains to be seen whether or not this political transition will have a long-lasting impact on Egypt's nascent democracy.

Election promises, real issues and narratives
Apr 11, 2019

Election promises, real issues and narratives

Better employment opportunities, better health care and schools, availability of safe drinking water are top three voters’ priorities followed by th

Elections and Myanmar's political future
Nov 10, 2010

Elections and Myanmar's political future

A day after the Myanmar elections, conflict started between the army and a faction of the Karen ethnic armed group, pushing thousands of Karen villagers into Thailand. This incident does not suggest smooth beginning for the country's political transition and the possibility of more such conflicts cannot be ruled out

Embodied surveillance during Covid-19 in India: A feminist perspective
Oct 08, 2020

Embodied surveillance during Covid-19 in India: A feminist perspective

Guidelines on public mobility may be needed to control community transmission. However, when this is carried out in a manner that evokes fear without

Embracing the future
Jul 24, 2021

Embracing the future

The reforms of 1991, which were a cohesive wide range of reforms, covered large segments of the economy. However, in its totality, they were hamstrung

Emergence of a modern financial system: A report card
Jul 24, 2021

Emergence of a modern financial system: A report card

An overview of different parts of the financial system through the lens of reform puts in focus the role of individual regulators and political will i

Emerging dimensions of Bangladesh-India hydropolitical relations
Mar 25, 2021

Emerging dimensions of Bangladesh-India hydropolitical relations

The future of Bangladesh-India hydro-relations will not only be contingent upon what New Delhi and Dhaka will think, but will also be dependent on the

Emerging technologies and India’s nuclear deterrent
Feb 05, 2019

Emerging technologies and India’s nuclear deterrent

Rapid transformation in disruptive technologies is going to change the nature of nuclear deterrence. Artificial intelligence, cyber weapons, hypersoni

Empire's new clothes
Dec 07, 2005

Empire's new clothes

A single deft move in the 18th century secured the British empire in India many advantages over the advancing Russians. By sending five English dray horses along with a blue velvet upholstered coach to Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore, upstream from Kutch, the British discovered that the Indus was navigable all the way up.

Employing AI to Improve Healthcare Delivery
May 22, 2023

Employing AI to Improve Healthcare Delivery

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already made inroads into healthcare. The increasing availability of healthcare data has allowed for the deployment of powerful AI techniques to assist drug development as well as clinical practice. These run the gamut from machine learning (ML) techniques that analyse structured data, to natural language processing (NLP) that can extract meaningful information from unstructured data, such as doctors’ notes. Thi

Ending Africa's Chronic Food Insecurity: What the G20 Can Do
Aug 16, 2023

Ending Africa's Chronic Food Insecurity: What the G20 Can Do

After improving between 2000 and 2013, hunger levels have significantly worsened in Africa in the years since. While global food insecurity is currently at an all-time high, Africa's record in addressing undernutrition was not impressive even in the pre-pandemic era when growth rates were higher. There are several challenges to food security in Africa, including short-term external shocks such as the pandemic and the Ukraine-Russia war, and long-

Ending Africa’s Chronic Food Insecurity: What the G20 Can Do
Aug 16, 2023

Ending Africa’s Chronic Food Insecurity: What the G20 Can Do

After improving between 2000 and 2013, hunger levels have significantly worsened in Africa in the years since. While global food insecurity is current

Ending the Ukraine war in an imperfect world
Jul 11, 2022

Ending the Ukraine war in an imperfect world

But the problem now is that the conflict is being cast in binaries, making compromise difficult

Energy News Monitor | Volume XV; Issue 31
Jan 18, 2019

Energy News Monitor | Volume XV; Issue 31

The week’s roundups on the energy sector.

Energy News Monitor | Volume XVII; Issue 31
Feb 06, 2021

Energy News Monitor | Volume XVII; Issue 31

Flexibility and transparency critical for a gas-based economy; last mile pipelines get a boost in India — and other news and analyses from the energy sector.