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Pakistan after Musharraf: Trapped in a Maelstrom
Aug 22, 2008

Pakistan after Musharraf: Trapped in a Maelstrom

Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif's decision to withdraw support to the coalition government led by Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has only pushed Pakistan deeper into political crisis which is bound to encourage terrorist and extremist groups to consolidate their position in a nuclear-powered state staggering on the verge of becoming a dysfunctional, if not failed, state.

Pakistan: Anxiously waiting for its first democratic transfer of power
Mar 11, 2013

Pakistan: Anxiously waiting for its first democratic transfer of power

It may not have been pretty, but the finish-line is within sight for the Zardari-led coalition government in Pakistan. And the first democratic transfer of power is a significant milestone in the growth of democracy in the country.

Pakistan: Neutrality in Yemen and Arabian displeasure
May 15, 2015

Pakistan: Neutrality in Yemen and Arabian displeasure

During the recent crisis in Yemen, between the Houthis and the nine-nation military coalition led by the Saudis, a joint sitting of Pakistan's Parliament voted against joining the Saudi-led coalition.

Peak emissions in India and China: Promises, progress and prognosis
Jun 18, 2024

Peak emissions in India and China: Promises, progress and prognosis

Ambitious decarbonisation goals challenge the economic growth trajectory of developing countries like India and China.

Plumbing over poetry
Jan 23, 2015

Plumbing over poetry

Modi and Obama need to focus less on India's near-term carbon emissions and find ways to boost its use of renewable energy like solar and wind. Such an approach will address Delhi's need to grow its economy and Washington's desire to lessen the weight of coal in India?s energy mix.

PM Deuba facing Himalayan challenges in Nepal
Sep 01, 2021

PM Deuba facing Himalayan challenges in Nepal

After Nepal’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of Sher Bahadur Deuba’s coalition, a tricky road lies ahead for Deuba’s government amidst multiple c

Power crisis: How China can turn the challenge into an opportunity
Nov 01, 2021

Power crisis: How China can turn the challenge into an opportunity

Will China fall short on its green targets as extensive measures are being adopted to avert the power crisis that it is undergoing?

Power Sector: Stumbling block in India’s net-zero journey
Sep 26, 2022

Power Sector: Stumbling block in India’s net-zero journey

For India to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070, coal power must be phased out entirely, and renewable capacity needs to grow.

Reading the U.S. Elections
Nov 10, 2004

Reading the U.S. Elections

The current conventional wisdom now being voiced among American analysts is that the 2004 election is evidence of a conservative revolution in American politics. According to this view, the U.S. is now in the midst of a long-term shift to the right and the creation of an enduring Republican majority, akin to the Democratic majority coalition forged during the 1930s and the New Deal by Franklin Roosevelt.

Renewable Energy: Market and Policy Environment in India
Nov 12, 2013

Renewable Energy: Market and Policy Environment in India

This Paper outlines the potential of renewable energy in addressing India's energy supply and access; it identifies challenges and provide a discursive overview of the various market and policy instruments developed to scale up renewable energy generation. India’s significant economic growth over the last decade has led to an inexorable rise in energy demand. Currently, India faces a Ichallenging energy shortage. To grow at 9 per cent over t

Securing Afghanistan: Historic Sources of India’s Contemporary Challenge
Aug 11, 2023

Securing Afghanistan: Historic Sources of India’s Contemporary Challenge

This paper looks at debates from the days of the British Raj until now that have shaped India's strategic thought on Afghanistan. It highlights the impact of India's territorial construct on its strategic imagination and argues that India's Afghan policy is determined by its political geography. Afghanistan has proved to be a security lynchpin in South and A Central Asia over the last two decades. Home to a variety of militant networks with regi

Sharing the pain at Glasgow
Oct 11, 2021

Sharing the pain at Glasgow

Ahead of the upcoming COP26 Summit, India needs to redefine its transition path for achieving net zero emissions, and reconsider its dependency on coa

Should India be worried about Sino-Pak civil nuclear deal?
Oct 08, 2010

Should India be worried about Sino-Pak civil nuclear deal?

Pakistan is facing an imminent energy crisis. Hydroelectric projects like Kalabagh, or coal-based ones like the Thar have failed to address the nation's growing energy needs adequately.

Silent Game: China’s Engagement in Afghanistan
Aug 23, 2023

Silent Game: China’s Engagement in Afghanistan

China's engagement with Afghanistan has become crucial as the US gradually pulls out its troops from the country. It has increased its investment in infrastructure projects in Afghanistan to US$1 billion from negligible amounts within a period of one year. Though it is still to be seen whether China would assert itself after the withdrawal of coalition forces, one thing is certain: Beijing is well poised in the Afghan endgame.

Slovakia: EU’s latest headache?
Apr 23, 2024

Slovakia: EU’s latest headache?

Peter Pellegrini’s recent presidential victory could mean Slovakia mirroring Hungary's stance on Ukraine, potentially troubling the EU

South Africa elections 2024: Political pluralism or fractured democracy?
Apr 15, 2024

South Africa elections 2024: Political pluralism or fractured democracy?

With an increasing number of political parties, the potential of coalition politics is an imminent reality in South Africa as it heads to the polls

South Asia South Asia Weekly 58
Feb 09, 2009

South Asia South Asia Weekly 58

Barely a year after eastern Sri Lanka witnessed a ray of hope under the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP)-Sri Lanka Freedom Party coalition led by former LTTE child soldier Pillayan, things have been going from bad to worse.

South Asia Weekly 94
Oct 18, 2009

South Asia Weekly 94

President Mahinda Rajapaksa-led ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party-United People's Freedom Alliance coalition won the southern provincial council elections with a heavy margin.

Taliban trying a comeback
May 26, 2006

Taliban trying a comeback

By all accounts, the new Taliban is more aggressive, well armed and trained, in collaboration with Al Qaeda and other terrorist elements, determined to take over, to begin with, southern Afghanistan, despite the presence of coalition forces.

The fall of Afghanistan
Aug 17, 2021

The fall of Afghanistan

Kabul fiasco will affect US’ ability to mobilise coalitions against a common cause

The false debate on India's energy consumption
Nov 10, 2015

The false debate on India's energy consumption

Despite having among the largest coal reserves in the world, India lags far behind in consumption. The average Indian's coal consumption is around 20% that of the US citizen, and 34% of the average OECD citizen.

The just transition framework is unjust
May 01, 2023

The just transition framework is unjust

The current Just Energy Transition Partnerships framework does not work for India because it prioritises G7’s agenda and overlooks our specific energy transition needs and challenges

The military’s continuing hold over Pakistan
Mar 22, 2024

The military’s continuing hold over Pakistan

Pakistan’s new government rests on a stolen mandate engineered by the military

The Natural Gas Sector in India: Cost of price controls
May 24, 2022

The Natural Gas Sector in India: Cost of price controls

The increment in the price of domestic gas in India and its impact on the production and consumption of the same.

The slowdown in renewable capacity addition in India: Secular trend or cyclical flux?
May 09, 2024

The slowdown in renewable capacity addition in India: Secular trend or cyclical flux?

Recent headlines show India's renewable energy, especially solar, is slowing despite optimism. The government's coal focus hints at a shift.

The umpire takes all
Jul 30, 2018

The umpire takes all

While the opposition and his coalition partners will keep Imran Khan in check, Pakistan’s Army will call the shots

Understanding the role of health in foreign policy: The Indian experience
Apr 27, 2021

Understanding the role of health in foreign policy: The Indian experience

To influence the global health agenda, India not only needs to proactively engage within the WHO, but also outside the organisation at the regional an

Unlocking the Potential of Marine Natural Gas Hydrate Energy in India
Jul 04, 2023

Unlocking the Potential of Marine Natural Gas Hydrate Energy in India

Natural gas is an efficient bridge fuel between high-emission fuels and renewable energy systems. Due to limited conventional natural gas reserves, India imports more than half of its natural gas requirements. Increased production of natural gas from domestically available resources could help India reduce gas imports, achieve national emission intensity targets, and honour international climate commitments. Marine gas hydrates ar

US-Iran conflict won’t leave India unscathed
Jan 07, 2020

US-Iran conflict won’t leave India unscathed

India has significant interests in the Persian Gulf region, but it appears to have dealt itself out of the game by tamely skewing its Middle East policy in favour of the informal US-Saudi Arabia-Israel coalition. Iran was given short shrift as New Delhi went along with Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy on Iran. New Delhi’s motives may have been practical.

Verdict 2004: Myths and Reality
May 26, 2004

Verdict 2004: Myths and Reality

Results of the 2004 parliamentary elections have generated a serious debate among scholars and analysts following the unexpected ouster of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the victory of the Congress-led coalition. Some see it as ¿the revenge of the poor against the pro-rich image of the government¿ and there are many who ascribe this to ¿the supposed maturity and ingenuity of the India voter¿.

War against ISIS: The picture is gloomy
Nov 17, 2014

War against ISIS: The picture is gloomy

In the war against ISIS, the picture is gloomy. The ISIS is unlikely to be pushed back as long as the Coalition's War against it remains only aerial. The Iraqi troops battling them were trained by the Americans, who after spending billions of dollars on their training find they are not up to the task.

What after KG D6 - Challenges for India's Energy Security
Nov 01, 2011

What after KG D6 - Challenges for India's Energy Security

Studies done in ORF estimate that even with everything in our favour, India will be hard put to exceed a thermal coal based capacity beyond 300 GW. In such a scenario, how do we better harness our oil and gas potential and fulfill the great promise that lies hidden in our vast unexplored acreages.

What ails the Plastics Treaty negotiations: It’s not India
Apr 12, 2024

What ails the Plastics Treaty negotiations: It’s not India

The HAC advocates for a strong Plastics Treaty which would also bring developing countries like India under a similar binding timeline to end plastic

What’s the shelf-life of Shehbaz Sharif’s ‘hybrid pro-max’ regime?
Mar 12, 2024

What’s the shelf-life of Shehbaz Sharif’s ‘hybrid pro-max’ regime?

For all intents and purposes, this government is here to stay so long as it doesn’t fall out with the military

Whose AI is it anyway? Moving global debates from “mine” to “ours”
Feb 23, 2024

Whose AI is it anyway? Moving global debates from “mine” to “ours”

An inductive approach to AI development can improve the data foundation for discussions and mobilise a wider coalition advocating for its integration

Why Modi’s visit to the US matters
Sep 23, 2021

Why Modi’s visit to the US matters

New Delhi has a key role in ensuring that the broader coalition of like-minded partners in the Indo-Pacific is sustained

Will Imran Khan emerge as the king-maker in Pakistan polls?
Apr 13, 2013

Will Imran Khan emerge as the king-maker in Pakistan polls?

Former The Hindu correspondent in Pakistan, Nirupama Subramanian, thinks that PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has a better chance to head the next government in Pakistan. The thing to be watched is whether he will be able to do so on his own or in coalition with other parties, especially Imran Khan's PTI.

आयातित कोयला: क्या इसमें छुपा है भारत में ऊर्जा सुरक्षा का स्रोत?
Jun 13, 2022

आयातित कोयला: क्या इसमें छुपा है भारत में ऊर्जा सुरक्षा का स्रोत?

भारत में आयातित कोयले का बढ़ता इस्तेमाल देश में ऊर्जा सु�

आयातित कोयला: क्या इसमें छुपा है भारत में ऊर्जा सुरक्षा का स्रोत?
Jun 13, 2022

आयातित कोयला: क्या इसमें छुपा है भारत में ऊर्जा सुरक्षा का स्रोत?

भारत में आयातित कोयले का बढ़ता इस्तेमाल देश में ऊर्जा सु�

इज़रायल के नये गठबंधन में फिलिस्तीनी पार्टी के शामिल होने का क्या मतलब है?
Jun 12, 2021

इज़रायल के नये गठबंधन में फिलिस्तीनी पार्टी के शामिल होने का क्या मतलब है?

एक फिलिस्तीनी पार्टी को गठबंधन में शामिल करने के ख़िलाफ़

कोयला उद्योग का भविष्य और वित्तीय नतीजे
Nov 17, 2020

कोयला उद्योग का भविष्य और वित्तीय नतीजे

कोयला क्षेत्र समग्र रूप से फंसी हुई परिसंपत्ति की समस्या

कोयले से बिजली उत्पादन में परिवर्तन का रियलिटी चेक
Dec 01, 2023

कोयले से बिजली उत्पादन में परिवर्तन का रियलिटी चेक

जो उपलब्ध है, उसके साथ आगे बढ़ना सर्वश्रेष्ठ विकल्प के लि�

कोल बेनिफ़िकेशन नीतियां: सज़ा से अलग प्रोत्साहनों पर ज़ोर देने का समय आ चुका है!
Jul 26, 2022

कोल बेनिफ़िकेशन नीतियां: सज़ा से अलग प्रोत्साहनों पर ज़ोर देने का समय आ चुका है!

कोयले की मांग में बढ़ोतरी के बीच सरकार के पास अब एक ही व्य�

कोळशाच्या फायद्यासाठी धोरणाच्या विरोधात जावे लागणार
Apr 25, 2023

कोळशाच्या फायद्यासाठी धोरणाच्या विरोधात जावे लागणार

कोळशाच्या मागणीत वाढ झाल्यामुळे, सरकारसमोर एकच व्यवहार्य पर्याय उरला आहे तो म्हणजे कोळशाच्या फायद्यासह स्वावलंबनाच्या धोरणाच्या विरोधात जाणे हे एक व्यवहार्य पाऊल आहे.