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A Refresh of the United Kingdom’s Integrated Review: What’s changed?
Mar 21, 2023

A Refresh of the United Kingdom’s Integrated Review: What’s changed?

Though IR2023 doesn’t bring any fundamental changes, it provides an important touch-up to its original and clearly reflects Britain’s refreshed th

Mutant virus emerges in the United Kingdom, Christmas killed
Dec 29, 2020

Mutant virus emerges in the United Kingdom, Christmas killed

The UK has suffered enormously over the past year. Most visibly, it has one of the highest rates of COVID deaths per million people, and has suffered

Agnipath Military Recruitment Scheme: Embracing the Global Practice for the Indian Context
Aug 17, 2023

Agnipath Military Recruitment Scheme: Embracing the Global Practice for the Indian Context

The short-term military enlistment scheme, Agnipath, announced in June this year, is a radical departure from India’s past recruitment policies. This brief examines the military recruitment practices of other militaries such as those of the United States, China, Russia, and the United Kingdom. It finds that these Western militaries' adoption of short-term enlistment is driven by imperatives which may not apply in the Indian context. Ind

Assessing the challenges to London’s Indo-Pacific tilt
Apr 19, 2021

Assessing the challenges to London’s Indo-Pacific tilt

The UK’s Integrated Review outlines a comprehensive Indo-Pacific framework, but overlooks some challenges facing London’s ‘Indo-Pacific tilt.’

Brexit | How will this never-ending drama end?
Sep 06, 2019

Brexit | How will this never-ending drama end?

A no-deal Brexit would be economically disastrous for the UK and might even lead to shortage of medicines and food in the short- to medium-term. However that is not Boris Johnson’s concern at the moment.

British Parliament deadlock leaves Brexit in purgatory
Oct 25, 2019

British Parliament deadlock leaves Brexit in purgatory

Boris Johnson has succeeded in breaking the logjam in British Parliament on the deal by presenting a solution which has now much greater traction than ever before. However, that’s just not enough in overseeing Brexit.

British PM Theresa May visits India: What's on the agenda
Nov 07, 2016

British PM Theresa May visits India: What's on the agenda

British PM Theresa May arrived in India on her first bilateral visit outside Europe to reinvigorate India-United Kingdom strategic partnership post BREXIT

Can PM Modi revive 'moribund' Commonwealth at UK summit?
Apr 14, 2018

Can PM Modi revive 'moribund' Commonwealth at UK summit?

There is a renewed interested in the idea of India taking a leadership role in the Commonwealth to infuse a new lease of life into an organisation which for many in Delhi has long back outlived its usefulness.

Challenges of a no-deal Brexit
Aug 14, 2018

Challenges of a no-deal Brexit

While the issues are tricky for the UK, the EU is also in a difficult position with the wider EU under stress.

China and the UN: Investigating multilateral bureaucracy
May 04, 2024

China and the UN: Investigating multilateral bureaucracy

A focus on UN 2.0 and bureaucratic cushioning from state influence need to be high on the agenda of the Summit of the Future as allegations of countri

China-UK: A strategic partnership
Oct 27, 2015

China-UK: A strategic partnership

Xi's visit to the United Kingdom was not about trade and investment only. It has an important strategic component, viz, shaping China as a truly global power. Recall that the end station of both the land and maritime components of the Belt Road Initiative is Europe. As China shifts its economy towards high-end manufacturing and services, it is targeting the European market, where its two largest partners are Germany and UK.

Decoding Trump: How far does US actually carry NATO in the Baltics?
Aug 17, 2016

Decoding Trump: How far does US actually carry NATO in the Baltics?

A Donald Trump presidency could change the status quo of American participation in the NATO if his campaign statements are to be believed.

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

India as a partner in triangular development cooperation: Prospects for the India-UK partnership for global development
Aug 10, 2023

India as a partner in triangular development cooperation: Prospects for the India-UK partnership for global development

riangular cooperation is a growing trend in India’s global engagement. The term refers to development cooperation in which traditional aid donors work together with Southern partners to address challenges in developing countries. Largely absent from this type of cooperation in the past, India has gradually become a more visible partner. The current government’s endorsement of triangular cooperation in joint statements with key partners, as we

India calling with quite a lot of trade in mind
Feb 05, 2022

India calling with quite a lot of trade in mind

A ‘new age’ free trade deal with India remains critical in anchoring the United Kingdom economically to the Indo-Pacific

Keen interest on PM May’s coming visit to India
Oct 26, 2016

Keen interest on PM May’s coming visit to India

Theresa May's three-day visit to India will be watched with interest in strategic, political, economic, business, social and cultural spheres.

Liz Truss takes charge of a divided party and a UK badly in need of direction
Sep 06, 2022

Liz Truss takes charge of a divided party and a UK badly in need of direction

Besides steering the economy through one of its most challenging phases, Truss will also have to undo the damage done to the Conservative Party by Boris Johnson

Locating Quad in geopolitical history
Mar 18, 2021

Locating Quad in geopolitical history

Despite last year’s quadrilateral Malabar exercises and the recent announcement of new working groups, Quad cooperation on naval interoperability, critical technologies, and Covid-19 had been manifest previously.

Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: A Reality Check
Aug 23, 2023

Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: A Reality Check

Nuclear development in Iran has been an issue of great concern, not only to its neighbours in West Asia, but also for the global powers, in the interests of regional and global stability. At present, efforts are being made to find a solution to the crisis. The interim nuclear deal signed between Iran and P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany) on 24 November 2013, and the complementary Framework for Coopera

PM Boris Johnson’s first test will be to pull the UK out of the Brexit quagmire
Jul 24, 2019

PM Boris Johnson’s first test will be to pull the UK out of the Brexit quagmire

India will continue to be seen as an important partner for the UK post-Brexit. Boris Johnson is fond of India and considers Narendra Modi a “political phenomenon”.

The Chagos Archipelago: A Theatre of Opportunity and Challenge in the Indian Ocean
Dec 17, 2015

The Chagos Archipelago: A Theatre of Opportunity and Challenge in the Indian Ocean

Located at the centre of the Indian Ocean, the Chagos Archipelago is a group of 55 tiny islands that, since 1965, has been administered by the United Kingdom as a British Indian Ocean Territory. Its biggest island, Diego Garcia, is host to a highly important US military air base. Sovereignty over the archipelago has recently emerged as an issue of contestation between Mauritius and the UK, and the presence of American military troops has only ser

The International Rules Based Architecture: Identifying Indian Priorities
Jul 06, 2013

The International Rules Based Architecture: Identifying Indian Priorities

The Observer Research Foundation (ORF), in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, organised a multi-stakeholder workshop on the 'International Rules-Based Governance' on March 15, 2013. The objective of the workshop was to arrive at a better understanding of the order of priorities for India within the international rules-based architecture.Three areas of focus were identified, namely: Corporate governance ben

The populists march on
Dec 19, 2019

The populists march on

The simple fact is that there are no easy answer for progressives, whether in Europe, Asia or America.

The Status of Gorkhas in International Law
Jan 11, 2024

The Status of Gorkhas in International Law

This brief discusses the status of Gorkhas who have joined the Russian Army and the Wagner Group as civilians, combatants, and mercenaries. Would Gorkhas, who otherwise constitute part of the regular armed forces in the United Kingdom and India, enjoy the same status if they join an ongoing conflict without entering into any bilateral agreement between the states? If not, what will the Gorkhas' status be under the prevailing international law reg

The UK Shifts to the Indo-Pacific: An Opportunity for India-UK Ties
Feb 15, 2021

The UK Shifts to the Indo-Pacific: An Opportunity for India-UK Ties

When the United Kingdom (UK) releases the highly anticipated integrated review of its foreign, defence, security and development policy in March, it will mark the first formal iteration of the UK’s Indo-Pacific strategy. This brief explores the dynamics that are driving the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific. It identifies three key drivers that are prompting the shift: a reappraisal of China, the economic fallout of Brexit, and the UK’s close t

UK Deploys Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean
Apr 30, 2021

UK Deploys Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean

The upcoming “global deployment” is intended to reinforce the U.K.’s tilt toward the Indo-Pacific region.

UK’s Rwanda Bill: Stopping the boats or setting a precedent
Apr 09, 2024

UK’s Rwanda Bill: Stopping the boats or setting a precedent

Aside from financial aid, the UK’s Rwanda bill does not offer any incentives to Rwanda and only exports the domestic challenges caused by immigratio

Western Governments’ Response to Diasporic Separatists: Weighed and Found Wanting
Sep 28, 2023

Western Governments’ Response to Diasporic Separatists: Weighed and Found Wanting

Recent public mobilisations in certain Western countries of separatists demanding that a homeland for Sikhs be created in Punjab (or Khalistan) are raising concerns about the threats that these groups pose to India’s security. Tamil Eelam nationalists are also continuing to mobilise themselves in activities hostile to Sri Lanka that openly display militant iconography and messages. What motivates host countries, such as Canada and the United Ki

चागोस बेटांवरील सार्वभौमत्व हक्कांचा प्रश्न
May 08, 2023

चागोस बेटांवरील सार्वभौमत्व हक्कांचा प्रश्न

ब्रिटन शेवटी चागोस बेटांवरील सार्वभौमत्व आणि चागोसियन्सच्या हक्कांच्या प्रश्नावर लक्ष देईल का?

ब्रिटनचे रवांडा विधेयक: शरणार्थी समस्येचे निराकरण?
May 04, 2024

ब्रिटनचे रवांडा विधेयक: शरणार्थी समस्येचे निराकरण?

ब्रिटनचे रवांडा विधेयक हे रवांडाला आर्थिक मदतीखेरीज का�

भारत-ब्रिटनमध्ये नवा संरक्षण अध्याय
May 12, 2021

भारत-ब्रिटनमध्ये नवा संरक्षण अध्याय

इंडो पॅसिफिक प्रदेशात गुंतवणूक वाढवण्याच्या दृष्टीने ब्रिटन कटिबद्ध आहे, हे जाहीर करतानाच भारत हा एक महत्वाचा आधारस्तंभ आहे हेही ब्रिटनने मान्य केले आहे.