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Why the African Union’s ban on Sudan bodes well for democracy
Jun 13, 2019

Why the African Union’s ban on Sudan bodes well for democracy

The AU’s decision to ban Sudan counters the Gulf’s aggressive role in Sudan. It is a major diplomatic feat.

Why the CTBT remains an elusive goal
May 23, 2023

Why the CTBT remains an elusive goal

The last multilateral negotiations in the field of nuclear disarmament took place more than 20 years ago, resulting in the long awaited Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The treaty, however, has yet to enter into force. India is often held responsible for such uncertainty, in spite of having withdrawn from the negotiations before it was even concluded; at other times, it is the US which is blamed for failing to ratify the CTBT—giving reason

Why The New York Times is wrong
Jul 08, 2014

Why The New York Times is wrong

The allegation of Indian expansion of its uranium enrichment facilities is based on a report released by IHS Jane's, which has already been dismissed by both the US and the Indian governments as speculative. Indeed, the IHS Jane's report merely identifies a "possible" new uranium hexafluoride plant.

Why the protests over Tipu Sultan are so misplaced
Nov 13, 2015

Why the protests over Tipu Sultan are so misplaced

The best way to understand what the Tipu Sultan controversy is all about is to see who is at the forefront of the protests against the observance of his birth anniversary ? the Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Why the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to India is a diplomatic success
Feb 25, 2019

Why the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to India is a diplomatic success

Narendra Modi’s West Asia policy remains the one area of achievement in an otherwise indifferent record of foreign policy.

Why US needs a more measured approach to the nuclear question
Apr 08, 2013

Why US needs a more measured approach to the nuclear question

The deepening crisis in the Korean Peninsula and the stalled nuclear talks with Iran together are a powerful reminder to the US that its non-proliferation policies are not working in Asia. Both Bush's muscular approaches and Obama's coercive diplomacy have failed.

Why ‘final solution’ to Indo-Sri Lanka fishers issue requires greater commitment
Mar 13, 2024

Why ‘final solution’ to Indo-Sri Lanka fishers issue requires greater commitment

The solution will require great effort on both nations’ government and fisher communities

Why’s US silent on Pak turmoil?
Jun 23, 2023

Why’s US silent on Pak turmoil?

India must ascertain if the US has a plan for Pak, and what it is

Wild, Wild West
Jan 04, 2006

Wild, Wild West

Ever since the US declared Iran a member of the ¿Axis of Evil¿, and more so after the Iraq invasion, the question very often asked in many of the essays that appeared in the West was ¿Is Iran next?¿ And now, after a bruising experience in Iraq, the US administration cannot just retreat to the relative safety of the White House and glower at the rest of the world.

Will Aarogya Setu provide solution to India’s COVID-19 worries?
May 12, 2020

Will Aarogya Setu provide solution to India’s COVID-19 worries?

The success of the application is reliant on two factors — its own technical implementation, along with the uptake among the population at large.

Will China’s Tall Space Goals Spur Further Competition?
Feb 07, 2022

Will China’s Tall Space Goals Spur Further Competition?

While China’s white paper on space is a good transparency move, the goals enshrined in the document may also make space more competitive.

Will interlinking of rivers solve floods and droughts?
Jul 25, 2019

Will interlinking of rivers solve floods and droughts?

The Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) programme in India — an ambitious project, envisioned on a massive scale — will attempt to link 37 rivers, through 30 links, covering a distance of 15,000 km that will transfer 174 trillion litres of water a year.

Will Jamali survive?
Jun 09, 2004

Will Jamali survive?

With the resignation of the Sindh CM, it is widely speculated that the next to follow suit would be Jamali. His repeated assurances that his government was under no threat, only betrayed his insecurity. General Musharraf, who could have reiterated Jamali¿s confidence,

Will national elections compromise Spain’s moment under the sun?
Jul 03, 2023

Will national elections compromise Spain’s moment under the sun?

Even though Spanish politicians are pacifying fears that the national elections would not affect its EU presidency, a change of guard would most likel

Will new Presidents of Uzbekistan, US impact bilateral relations?
Dec 07, 2016

Will new Presidents of Uzbekistan, US impact bilateral relations?

Strategies underlying the power transition is reminiscent of Soviet era practices in Uzbekistan & remains to be seen how bilateral relation with US pa

Will Rouhani be able to break the nuclear deadlock?
Jul 05, 2013

Will Rouhani be able to break the nuclear deadlock?

Though Dr. Hassan Rouhani is labelled as a 'pragmatist', 'moderate', or even a 'reformist' by analysts, all these terms have very restrictive meanings in the Iranian context.

Will Rouhani be able to change the game?
Jun 19, 2013

Will Rouhani be able to change the game?

The challenge for Iran's President-elect Dr. Hassan Rouhani lies in not only appeasing the highest echelons of country's clergy, but also securing results for an economy that is on the brink of collapse.

Will Singur verdict brighten the prospect of Land Bill?
Jul 13, 2012

Will Singur verdict brighten the prospect of Land Bill?

While Mamata Banerjee tries to avoid being branded as an anti-industry and inflexible politician, her best ally could be the pending central land acquisition bill, which thanks largely to Mamata Banerjee, is in comatose since 2007.

Will the ceasefire on India Pakistan border sustain?
Sep 29, 2021

Will the ceasefire on India Pakistan border sustain?

As tensions increase across the border, there is very little keeping the peace together  

Will the Chinese anti-corruption campaign succeed?
Jul 08, 2015

Will the Chinese anti-corruption campaign succeed?

For over a year, China is running a huge anti-corruption campaign. More than 1,82,000 officials have been punished, including high ranking military officials, four national leaders and senior executives of state companies. However, this type of arbitrary and high-handed posture could backfire and become a catalyst for political crisis if it continues in the present way.

Will the EU’s courtship of Latin America pay dividends?
Jul 21, 2023

Will the EU’s courtship of Latin America pay dividends?

As it hosts the EU-CELAC summit after eight years, the EU attempts to reorient it’s relations with Latin America in light of altered geopolitical re

Will the yellow vests movement spread across Europe?
Feb 22, 2019

Will the yellow vests movement spread across Europe?

The yellow vests could have more influence than expected.

Will Udan be able to make Bharat soar?
Nov 02, 2016

Will Udan be able to make Bharat soar?

Udan — the new regional air connectivity scheme will correct the historical wrong done to the air transport business in India

Winds of change sweeping Muslim minds
Nov 19, 2011

Winds of change sweeping Muslim minds

A popular conclusion drawn by many in the Pakistan media is that Imran Khan has arrived. His Lahore meeting, which was a great success, should alarm the other political players of Pakistan.

With BRI 2.0, Xi Jinping pledges to step up China's game
Apr 29, 2019

With BRI 2.0, Xi Jinping pledges to step up China's game

The Chinese premier's speech on Friday in Beijing, with its promises of transparency, open markets and a focus on quality, indicates that China has taken on board the various critiques of the BRI.

With China, keep it real
May 20, 2013

With China, keep it real

Chinese leaders are steeped in the realist tradition and appreciate the logic of power politics. Premier Li Keqiang might respond more positively to a frank discourse from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh than Delhi's self-deceptions that have so misled India's Chinese interlocutors.

With China’s rise, strong Indo-French relations more than welcome
Mar 09, 2018

With China’s rise, strong Indo-French relations more than welcome

Bilateral ties between New Delhi and Paris today cover a gamut of issues including defence, maritime, space, security, and energy.

With electoral bonds on table, take the full steps
Jan 04, 2018

With electoral bonds on table, take the full steps

The electoral bonds scheme defeats the purpose of improving transparency and accountability in political funding.

Women workforce and the e-Shram portal: An unexpected trend emerges
Apr 14, 2022

Women workforce and the e-Shram portal: An unexpected trend emerges

Unlike what was expected at the onset, more women than men have registered on the e-Shram portal. What could this mean for the female workforce of the

Women-owned enterprises: With a little help, they can be the engine for economic growth
Mar 08, 2021

Women-owned enterprises: With a little help, they can be the engine for economic growth

If women’s participation in microenterprises were to increase, it could address two crises that plague the country — job growth and declining part

Women’s Representation in India’s Parliament: Measuring Progress, Analysing Obstacles
Jul 17, 2023

Women’s Representation in India’s Parliament: Measuring Progress, Analysing Obstacles

Women’s representation in India’s Parliament is an important metric to evaluate progress in bridging gender inequities in the country. India has a female population of 662.9 million and is the largest and one of the most resilient parliamentary democracies in the world. As the country completes 75 years of independence, this paper gives a historical account of the progress in women’s representation in Parliament over the past decades. It co

World in flux: India’s choices may help manage disruptions
Jan 25, 2018

World in flux: India’s choices may help manage disruptions

The political and cultural arrangements states and communities arrive at will be heavily implicated by the one major transition Foreign Secretary S. J

Xi and a tale of two Europes
May 15, 2024

Xi and a tale of two Europes

European efforts to find a footing in China present opportunities for India.

Xi’s legacy in the ‘New Era’
Oct 12, 2022

Xi’s legacy in the ‘New Era’

As Xi enters into his third term, one expects a change in policy course in alignment with the objectives of the 'New Era'.

Young Indians distrust China, Pakistan; rate pandemic, economy as big challenges
Aug 17, 2021

Young Indians distrust China, Pakistan; rate pandemic, economy as big challenges

The Observer Research Foundation first conceptualised the foreign policy survey last year to build on the existing strand of polling research in India. In December 2020, the poll sampled 2,037 Indians aged 18-35 from 14 cities

Yuan appreciation and China's battle with Inflation
May 16, 2011

Yuan appreciation and China's battle with Inflation

Although Yuan appreciation is warranted, politicians in the US should be aware that this is not a panacea for global imbalances and especially their huge trade deficit. Appreciation of the Yuan will not change the import needs of the US and the widening of the trade deficit to $48.1 billion in March.

अंतरिक्ष : लगातार बढ़ते सैन्यीकरण की चपेट में ‘ग्लोबल कॉमन’
Jan 03, 2022

अंतरिक्ष : लगातार बढ़ते सैन्यीकरण की चपेट में ‘ग्लोबल कॉमन’

अंतरिक्ष जिस तरह युद्ध का अगला मैदान बन रहा है, उसे देखते �

अंतरिम बजट पर एक और नज़र
Feb 17, 2024

अंतरिम बजट पर एक और नज़र

वैसे तो अंतरिम बजट एक अस्थायी योजना होता है, लेकिन सरकार क

अन्यायकारक असलेली न्याय्य संक्रमण चौकट
May 04, 2023

अन्यायकारक असलेली न्याय्य संक्रमण चौकट

वर्तमान न्याय्य ऊर्जा संक्रमण भागीदारी चौकट भारताकरता उपयुक्त नाही, कारण ती जी-७ च्या अजेंडाला प्राधान्य देते आणि आपल्या विशिष्ट ऊर्जा संक्रमण गरजा आणि आव्हानांकडे दुर�

अफगाणिस्तानात भारत, इराणला पुन्हा नवी संधी
Apr 30, 2023

अफगाणिस्तानात भारत, इराणला पुन्हा नवी संधी

भारत आणि इराण अफगाणिस्तानमध्ये स्वतःसाठी जागा तयार करण्यासाठी समान ओळख आणि हितसंबंध वापरून त्यांचे जागतिक दृष्टिकोन सुधारू शकतात.

अफगाणी धोक्याविरोधात भारत-इराण सहकार्य?
Nov 25, 2021

अफगाणी धोक्याविरोधात भारत-इराण सहकार्य?

अफगाणिस्तानतील घडमोडींवरून निर्माण झालेल्या सुरक्षाविषयक धोक्यांचा सामना करण्यासाठी इराण आणि भारत एकत्र येऊ शकतात का? हा खरा प्रश्न आहे.

अफगानिस्तान पर ट्रंप से नई अमेरिकी नीति की दरकार: पूर्व अफगान राष्ट्रपति
Jan 23, 2017

अफगानिस्तान पर ट्रंप से नई अमेरिकी नीति की दरकार: पूर्व अफगान राष्ट्रपति

'टेरर इंक: कॉम्बैटिंग स्टेट एंड नॉन स्टेट एक्टर्स' विषय पर

अफ़ग़ानिस्तान का मुद्दा और उस संदर्भ में ईरान व भारत का वैश्विक नज़रिया!
Jul 29, 2022

अफ़ग़ानिस्तान का मुद्दा और उस संदर्भ में ईरान व भारत का वैश्विक नज़रिया!

अफ़ग़ानिस्तान में अपनी जगह बनाने के लिए भारत और ईरान अपन�

अफ़ग़ानिस्तान-पाकिस्तान संबंध और डूरंड लाइन की अहमियत?
Feb 12, 2022

अफ़ग़ानिस्तान-पाकिस्तान संबंध और डूरंड लाइन की अहमियत?

ऐतिहासिक डूरंड लाइन अब भी एक चुभते हुए कांटे की तरह है क्य

अफ़्रीकाः राजनीतिक अस्थिरता, आर्थिक संकट और भू-राजनीतिक प्रतिद्वंद्विताएं
Jan 30, 2024

अफ़्रीकाः राजनीतिक अस्थिरता, आर्थिक संकट और भू-राजनीतिक प्रतिद्वंद्विताएं

अफ़्रीका को वैश्विक वस्तुओं की बढ़ती कीमतों, जीवन की उच्�