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Toxic trolls: How can we protect women on social media?
Mar 13, 2021

Toxic trolls: How can we protect women on social media?

Peer pressure is the single most effective tool for building successful platforms that encourage women’s participation without fear.

TPP -- FDI booster or Corporations handcuffing Governments?
Dec 11, 2015

TPP -- FDI booster or Corporations handcuffing Governments?

A common thread that runs through TPP, TTIP and CETA deals is the Investor-state dispute settlement system (ISDS), an opaque supranational court that decides disputes, bypassing the domestic courts and national laws. Now, the fear is that these trade deals might just end up producing managed rather than free trade.

Tracing the Strategic Dimensions of India-Russia Relations
Jun 11, 2023

Tracing the Strategic Dimensions of India-Russia Relations

India-Russia relations have gone through a number of phases since their formal establishment in April 1947. Despite repeated projections of its decline following the end of the Cold War, India and Russia’s strategic partnership has persisted, and indeed in some areas has deepened. This brief argues that this could only mean that there is plausible geopolitical logic for both countries to persevere in strengthening their ties. It gives a histori

Tracking India’s Infrastructure Development Near the Line of Actual Control
Oct 17, 2023

Tracking India’s Infrastructure Development Near the Line of Actual Control

The pace of Indian infrastructure building along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) bordering China has historically been slow due to financial and doctrinal constraints, but has accelerated in the past 20 years. Construction has become more efficient owing to bureaucratic changes and the infusion of greater financial resources. This paper attributes these changes to strategic compulsions brought about by Chinese actions—both diplomatic and on-th

Tracxn: Data intelligence platform for investments and corporate development
Nov 05, 2020

Tracxn: Data intelligence platform for investments and corporate development

India is ranked third globally in terms of venture capital funding, behind only the US and China. With the total year-on-year funding amount increasin

Trade relations over the edge as Beijing, US sharpen knives
Jun 25, 2018

Trade relations over the edge as Beijing, US sharpen knives

The biggest battle ahead for Xi Jinping is to protect the country's grand industrial strategy called 'Made in China' which Donald Trump is targeting.

Trends in Global Migration of Indians
Sep 19, 2006

Trends in Global Migration of Indians

The size of the Indian Diaspora is a force to reckon with. Though 'brain-drain' is the main problem flowing from migration, the migrant talent has been very successful in promoting the nation's image in the host countries.

Triangles in a Relationship
Oct 03, 2005

Triangles in a Relationship

Two months back an observer had noted that "without India wanting to make it so, an impression is gaining ground that our American commitments seem to insist on intruding on India-Iran relations."

Trump abandons the Kurds in favour of Turkey
Oct 09, 2019

Trump abandons the Kurds in favour of Turkey

The move paves way for a Turkish ‘invasion’ of northern Syria, which has a smorgasbord of rebels, Islamists, foreign powers, Iran backed rebels, U

Trump and Taliban’s peace agreement
Sep 01, 2021

Trump and Taliban’s peace agreement

The irony of a superpower seeking security guarantees from a non-state actor for safe withdrawal of its own forces and those of its allies would not w

Trump govt. puts H1B workers' spouses on thin ice; H4 work authorisation in spotlight
Mar 10, 2017

Trump govt. puts H1B workers' spouses on thin ice; H4 work authorisation in spotlight

Work authorisation for H4 covers dependent spouses of H1B non-immigrants on two conditions.

Trump Presidency and the future of US-Russia relations
Dec 13, 2016

Trump Presidency and the future of US-Russia relations

A major task ahead for Trump would be to negotiate with Russia on the future of US-Russia arms control.

Trump's call to Sharif doesn't indicate any real change to US foreign policy with India
Dec 05, 2016

Trump's call to Sharif doesn't indicate any real change to US foreign policy with India

Phone calls are making waves with Nawaz Sharif and Tsai Ingwen - showing there is no indicator on which way US will go under new presidency

Trump's Russian 'reset': Implications for India
Jan 11, 2017

Trump's Russian 'reset': Implications for India

A US-Russia rapprochement might work in favour of India.

Trump's stand on the Paris deal may help India
Jun 30, 2017

Trump's stand on the Paris deal may help India

Trump's belligerence towards the Paris accords may ironically become its undoing.

Trump's Taiwan rethink and India
Dec 14, 2016

Trump's Taiwan rethink and India

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s phone call to President-Elect Donald Trump last week triggered uproar in foreign policy circles of China, US & beyon

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy and emerging alignments in the region: Implications for India
Nov 15, 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy and emerging alignments in the region: Implications for India

US President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy for America’s longest war has potential to drastically alter existing regional relations. The policy, announced after an exhaustive eight-month-long review process, attempts to give a new direction for future US involvement in Afghanistan. Becoming president at a time when old alignments are undergoing transition, Trump’s task has not been easy. Given the constraints, however, Trump’s A

Trump’s foreign economic agenda may have pitfalls for India
Nov 29, 2016

Trump’s foreign economic agenda may have pitfalls for India

Trump campaign likely to remain main drivers of his administration – trade & immigration. While latter is domestic in scope former will have ramifications

Trump’s new National Security Strategy: The good, the bad and the complicated for New Delhi
Dec 21, 2017

Trump’s new National Security Strategy: The good, the bad and the complicated for New Delhi

The broad thrust of the NSS document transcends Trump and reflects a growing consensus in the American establishment that China is an adversary. As far as India is concerned, this is the good news.

Trump’s politicisation of COVID-19
Mar 26, 2020

Trump’s politicisation of COVID-19

The US president is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to further the ‘America First’ agenda vis-à-vis China, Mexico and Iran

Turkey Says ‘No’ to Presidential Government
Jun 25, 2015

Turkey Says ‘No’ to Presidential Government

The general elections of 7 June 2015 were Turkey's last scheduled elections until the next one in 2019. Coming at a time when the country and its neighbours are on the brink of profound transformation, and given the increasing complexity of the socio-political situation in the Middle East, the elections results may well re-define the direction of West Asian politics for some time to come.

Twin crises in the Gulf: Implications for India
Apr 30, 2020

Twin crises in the Gulf: Implications for India

Countries in the Gulf region are facing a proverbial perfect storm: oil demand falling to its lowest levels in decades, disagreements within the group of oil-exporting nations on supply cuts, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The plummeting of oil prices is affecting these countries’ fiscal positions, business sentiments, and economic growth. India has stakes in all this; after all, the country has strong economic, commercial and diaspora ties with th

Two key health data-sets differ, reveal incorrect reporting by states
May 14, 2019

Two key health data-sets differ, reveal incorrect reporting by states

States and UTs’ governance and information sub-domain scores and rankings differ considerably from their scores and rankings on the overall health index.

Two-speed regionalism
Jun 24, 2015

Two-speed regionalism

Instead of agonising over the failures of the Saarc, Delhi has recognised that two-speed regionalism is quite common around the world. Also, India has often looked beyond the Saarc to benefit from trans-regional cooperation, like BIMSTEC

U.S. policies in the Eurasian region
Dec 12, 2005

U.S. policies in the Eurasian region

There is a preponderance of storms around the Black Sea. Its ancient beaches are littered with shipwrecks from the classical world. Some American geologists insist the great Biblical flood occurred there.

Ukraine crisis: China gains at the cost of Europe
Apr 03, 2015

Ukraine crisis: China gains at the cost of Europe

Former Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr Goran Persson, feels that India should take an active role in negotiating between the European Union and Russia, who are fighting over Ukraine. He believes that new developments will mean that China-Russia relations will prosper at the cost of Russia-Europe relations.

Uncertainty about Yemen's future
Aug 21, 2013

Uncertainty about Yemen's future

As Yemen's two-year transitional period comes to an end, there is increased anticipation regarding Yemen's future. Main points of contention in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) were pertaining to the solutions to the southern issue.

Uncle Sam's bear hug
Jul 19, 2005

Uncle Sam's bear hug

Through most of the Cold War and for over a decade after it ended, the phrase that best described Indo-US relations was ¿estranged democracies¿, coined by Dennis Kux, a former US diplomat. The two democracies, the world¿s largest and the world¿s most populous, regarded each other with wary suspicion.

Understanding digital twin technology
May 17, 2024

Understanding digital twin technology

As digital twin technology continues to evolve, its impact is visible across industries, but without clear regulations, the path to encouraging this g

Understanding Jihadism in Pakistan
Jul 23, 2023

Understanding Jihadism in Pakistan

Pakistan is often accused of being a state sponsor of terrorism. This article bases itself in the belief that though the problem of ?Jihadism? may well have originated from some of Pakistan?s security paranoias, it is now assuming proportions far larger than Pakistan itself. At this stage, Jihadism will be a problem for Pakistan itself as much as for the rest of the world. At the same time, the ability of the Pakistani state to counter this pheno

Understanding Sino-Indian border issues: An analysis of incidents reported in the Indian media
Feb 12, 2018

Understanding Sino-Indian border issues: An analysis of incidents reported in the Indian media

Reports of incursions by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army along the Line-of-Actual Control (LAC) are rife in the Indian media. A commonly held opinion is that the Indian media tend to sensationalise their reportage of these incursions, or “China’s transgressions”, as the Indian government calls them. This paper analyses these incidents, as reported in select Indian newspapers, over a period of 12 years. It outlines the nature of these

Understanding Sudan’s civil war
May 24, 2023

Understanding Sudan’s civil war

To achieve any meaningful and lasting settlement to the conflict, the two warring generals need to agree on handing over power to civilians and integr

Understanding the fall in Opium production in Afghanistan
Jul 05, 2023

Understanding the fall in Opium production in Afghanistan

The far-reaching implications of the policy changes brought by the Taliban and their unprecedented impact on the region warrant global attention

Understanding the South Asian fighters phenomenon in the Russia-Ukraine war
Apr 17, 2024

Understanding the South Asian fighters phenomenon in the Russia-Ukraine war

The shortage of manpower in Russia, along with the allure of higher wages and citizenship, continue to serve as pull factors for migrants from South A

Unemployment remains the biggest challenge for Nepal
Dec 18, 2020

Unemployment remains the biggest challenge for Nepal

Before it is too late, it is necessary on the part of the federal, provincial and local governments to provide easy loans and grants to entrepreneurs,

Union Budget 2023-24: Allocations for India’s urban sector
Mar 15, 2023

Union Budget 2023-24: Allocations for India’s urban sector

The highest allocations being given to the housing and transport sectors indicates that the government’s priority during 2023-24 is to provide shelt

Union Budget inflationary, says former Revenue Secretary
May 03, 2011

Union Budget inflationary, says former Revenue Secretary

If the dreams of this Union Budget have to become a reality, two important aspects need to be addressed -- transparency and efficiency, says former Revenue Secretary Sivaraman.

United States and the world
Jan 25, 2005

United States and the world

Continuity rather than change may well be the mark of the second Bush administration's foreign policy.It was billed as `the liberty speech.' George W. Bush, beginning his second term as President, said: ""It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.""

United States, Russia and the future of New START
Jun 29, 2020

United States, Russia and the future of New START

It is important to reign in the growing shift towards building larger stockpiles with the demise of international agreements.

Universal basic income and India's China lesson: Paradiplomacy revisited
May 10, 2017

Universal basic income and India's China lesson: Paradiplomacy revisited

Robust economic growth, coupled with a dibao-like subsistence guarantee to target poor through poverty household registry, and UBI in Macau and Hong K

Unleashing the CBI, the BJP style
Oct 16, 2015

Unleashing the CBI, the BJP style

From 'being the Congress's most trusted alliance partner' during the UPA years, the CBI has now morphed into the BJP's instrumentality of 'fixing' political opponents. Prima facie it appears to be the case and analysts think one will see more empirical evidence of an aggressive CBI in the coming weeks as the BJP feels the pressure on rising intolerance in the country.