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The tussle for the Iranian Presidency
May 13, 2005

The tussle for the Iranian Presidency

Iranians take their soccer seriously. Iran's victory over Bahrain last week in the World Cup qualifier resulted in an outburst of rejoicing rarely seen in Teheran. Men and women (some without head scarves) danced on the streets and tore up posters of candidates in the June 17 presidential elections. The police did not interfere. Credible foreign observers have not confirmed reports of police brutality carried by some opposition news channels in t

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

Three years and counting: The Modi administration
Jun 05, 2017

Three years and counting: The Modi administration

The BJP has achieved a lot in the areas of governance, growth and ease of doing business. The party currently appears to be in a strong position for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Time for a new chapter in India-Africa relations
Feb 08, 2024

Time for a new chapter in India-Africa relations

To unlock the full potential of India-Africa relations, it is imperative to foster a mutually beneficial partnership through enhanced collaboration an

Time to deliver for BJP and AAP
Feb 20, 2015

Time to deliver for BJP and AAP

Now, we have single party majority government at the Centre and in Delhi. For both BJP and AAP winning the election was the easy part, relatively. The hard part to fulfill promises, to give least government and maximum governance has just begun.

To be 'great' or 'stronger together'?
Nov 08, 2016

To be 'great' or 'stronger together'?

Great or stronger relationship between India and the US under a new President will depend on the real substance of the engagement

To stay in the reckoning, Rahul has a lot to do
May 24, 2019

To stay in the reckoning, Rahul has a lot to do

In a grim, status quoist scenario, Rahul Gandhi has a task to keep himself in the reckoning.

Tokyo assembly polls: A warning shot for Abe
Jul 07, 2017

Tokyo assembly polls: A warning shot for Abe

In the past, Tokyo has acted as a harbinger of change in Japan's national politics. Could outcome of Tokyo election influence course of national polit

Tripura’s need to reiterate its health commitments — down to districts
Feb 15, 2018

Tripura’s need to reiterate its health commitments — down to districts

Tripura needs to put considerable efforts to improve its public health infrastructure and services on which a majority of its people depend — the co

TRS may spoil the Congress's political game plan in Telengana
Mar 14, 2014

TRS may spoil the Congress's political game plan in Telengana

Since the Telangana Rashtra Samiti is likely to win most of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the Telangana region on its own, its unwillingness to share the seats with the Congress party is understandable. In such a scenario, the Congress party's prospects in the general elections in the whole of Andhra Pradesh, including Telangana, are indeed bleak.

Trump and the 'polarised states of America' and the world
Nov 18, 2016

Trump and the 'polarised states of America' and the world

Trump victory has defied conventional wisdom and the worst culprit has been the American media, which persistently spewed anti-Trump news and commentaries.

Trump hangs like a Damocles' Sword over US-South Korea relations
May 31, 2024

Trump hangs like a Damocles' Sword over US-South Korea relations

As the next US elections approach with both Democratic and Republican prospects equally uncertain, Seoul is alarmed by the looming possibility of Trum

Trump takes (political) charge of COVID19 economic recovery
Aug 14, 2020

Trump takes (political) charge of COVID19 economic recovery

The US President’s invocation of executive powers to continue unemployment benefits, is simply a smokescreen for his election-year politicking

Trump win could be a game-changer for Asia
Oct 12, 2016

Trump win could be a game-changer for Asia

Obama has had to modify his China policy in response to a more aggressive China. But present challengers are set for big changes in America's Asia policy

Trump’s appeal has its limits for India and Indian Americans
Nov 04, 2016

Trump’s appeal has its limits for India and Indian Americans

With US elections on anvil who is the safer bet for India and Indian Americans — Trump or Clinton?

Trump’s Asia visit leaves China stronger
Nov 18, 2017

Trump’s Asia visit leaves China stronger

Trump’s Asia visit was ripe with opportunities for mending political ties and reinstating credibility in the US leadership. Instead, President Trump

Trump’s fait accompli for Biden on Iran
Sep 30, 2020

Trump’s fait accompli for Biden on Iran

As the Abraham Accord consolidates Iran’s centrality in the US' approach to the Middle East, Trump’s legacy of “maximum pressure” against Iran

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 political arithmetic on Indian Americans may ease US-India trade tensions
Sep 18, 2019

Trump’s political arithmetic on Indian Americans may ease US-India trade tensions

As Trump gears up for re-election, his instruction to the Office of the US Trade Representative to draft text for a partial trade deal with India refl

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.

Türkiye at a crossroads: Voting for status quo or change
Apr 13, 2023

Türkiye at a crossroads: Voting for status quo or change

The upcoming Turkish elections could reconfigure Türkiye’s domestic policy and shape the long-term foreign policy course of this critical middle po

Ukraine has got another lifeline but it may be clutching at straws
Apr 24, 2024

Ukraine has got another lifeline but it may be clutching at straws

A new US aid package for Kyiv can’t mask the fact that its American support has been wearing out

Ukraine's task for the year 2024: To maintain support and break the course of the war
Mar 13, 2024

Ukraine's task for the year 2024: To maintain support and break the course of the war

Ukraine must convince its allies to continue military, financial and other support regardless of a change in power in their governments

Unbated PWG Naxal Violence in Chhatisgarh
Dec 04, 2003

Unbated PWG Naxal Violence in Chhatisgarh

A wave of pre-election violence, intimidation and destruction unleashed by Naxalites of the People¿s War Group (PWG) has been continuing in the post election phase in the central Indian State of Chhattisgarh. Legislative Assembly polls were held there on December 1, 2003. Polling could not be held in parts of Konta constituency, Dantewada district,

Understanding the complexities of the Afghan peace process
Aug 10, 2023

Understanding the complexities of the Afghan peace process

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s bold peace offer to the Taliban has aroused hopes of peace in the country torn by war for many years now. In a sweeping proposal made at the Kabul Process conference in February, President Ghani offered a ceasefire, the removal of sanctions, release of prisoners, the recognition of the Taliban as a political party, the conduct of fresh elections, and a review of the constitution. He repeated his offer in Mar

Understanding the Unique Nature of Political Violence in Bengal
Jul 21, 2023

Understanding the Unique Nature of Political Violence in Bengal

In many countries across the world, democracy and political violence can be inseparable. Even the most advanced western democracies have not escaped this pitfall. For the young republic that is India, political violence is commonly linked to electoral politics and in many instances, is episodic. States such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala, for example, have had a long history of violent incidents erupting during elections. West Bengal

Understanding the ‘India Out’ Campaign in Maldives
Oct 07, 2022

Understanding the ‘India Out’ Campaign in Maldives

Since Ibrahim Solih’s election as president of Maldives in 2018, India and Maldives have been working to revive their previously strained relations. The relationship faces an enduring threat, however, in the form of the ‘India Out’ campaign spearheaded by opposition parties. Although limited to certain sections of the Maldivian polity, the campaign has fuelled anti-India public sentiments, in turn becoming consequential to India-Maldives re

Understanding Trump and Biden’s courtship of the white voter
Sep 17, 2020

Understanding Trump and Biden’s courtship of the white voter

While Trump attempts to expand his base from blue-collar whites to suburban white voters, Biden’s courtship of that crucial voting block stands ecli

UP Assembly Polls: Dissecting the identity politics conundrum
Feb 07, 2022

UP Assembly Polls: Dissecting the identity politics conundrum

The upcoming elections in UP reinforces the centrality of identity politics as parties continue to employ community outreach strategies

UP polls: Mayawati may have the upper hand
Sep 20, 2016

UP polls: Mayawati may have the upper hand

If Mayawati plays her cards correctly she will dictate terms in the upcoming UP elections.

Urban development in Delhi & Rajasthan: Some progress, large disparities
Nov 30, 2013

Urban development in Delhi & Rajasthan: Some progress, large disparities

As Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram go through the process of Assembly elections, ORF Urban Policy research team looks at development patterns in these States. Here is a preview of "Book of Charts", covering Delhi and Rajasthan, on the status and developments in such important areas as employment, education and infrastructure, etc.

US dilemma over Nawaz Sharif's astute moves
May 20, 2011

US dilemma over Nawaz Sharif's astute moves

In Pakistan, there is a sense of disillusionment with the government, and forme Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, an astute politician, obviously sees an opportunity in it for his party PML(N) in the 2013 election. But it is not likely to be an easy road.

US in a changing order
Sep 29, 2020

US in a changing order

It will be a world where neither America nor China can set the terms

US VP Debate: Will Harris’s restraint ‘Ensure’ Joe Biden’s win?
Oct 09, 2020

US VP Debate: Will Harris’s restraint ‘Ensure’ Joe Biden’s win?

By not railing against Trump, by showing restraint during the VP debate, Harris came across as a woman in control.

US-Iran conundrum: Not all doors are shut
Jun 06, 2024

US-Iran conundrum: Not all doors are shut

Iran’s leadership crisis may have come at an important time for the US, amid an ongoing political slugfest at home in an election cycle and a litmus test for US relations with Israel.

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¿.