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Is terror dead, or on a break?
May 05, 2011

Is terror dead, or on a break?

The killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was a crippling blow to the global terrorist group and its violent agenda. The manner in which US special forces took him out in his protected lair will seriously undermine the morale of terrorist groups and their sympathisers across the world.

Is the American dream over?
Aug 08, 2011

Is the American dream over?

If Barack Obama can match his oratorical skills with decisive action and emulate Roosevelt's bold economic measures and the Star Wars programme of Ronald Reagan, America can well embark on the path to economic recovery at home and overcome the strategic challenges that threaten its once pre-eminent global position.

Is The Indian Hydro Power Development In Deep Waters?
Nov 21, 2011

Is The Indian Hydro Power Development In Deep Waters?

If hydro power potential of 150,000 MW is to be realised by the end of 2030 as assumed in the Integrated Energy Policy 2006, the government must ensure that policies address the crucial stumbling block of regulatory, social and environmental instability.

Is the Sangh Parivar right in attacking Tipu Sultan?
Nov 16, 2015

Is the Sangh Parivar right in attacking Tipu Sultan?

Whatever be the truth about Tipu Sultan, the one fact on which there can be little debate is that he fought against British occupation till the very end. If we are to look at our history through the lens of religious bigotry, the first war of independence in 1857, for example, would be of little significance.

Is The Sun Setting On the US Solar Industry?
Nov 03, 2011

Is The Sun Setting On the US Solar Industry?

USA solar industry got a setback with almost three solar companies, including Solyandra Inc., declaring suspension of their operations and plans. Criticising China's role in the failure of the U.S solar companies may come as a natural defence mechanism, but then China can't be completely held responsible.

Is there an endgame in Afghanistan?
Mar 21, 2013

Is there an endgame in Afghanistan?

The problem for the US in assuring an orderly withdrawal and to decide on how much force to leave behind is the utter lack of trust between Afghanistan, Pakistan and itself. It is difficult to accurately anticipate how the situation will evolve in 2015 after the Americans go home, but whatever it is, it will not be a simple uncomplicated situation and may not be all that warm and friendly for Pakistan.

Is there an ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir?
Jul 29, 2015

Is there an ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir?

Pakistan, with its innumerable terrorist organisations, some of them now working on their own, would provide enough fertile ground for organisations like ISIS to thrive within and spread outwards from here. It must be remembered that Al Qaeda leadership is still based in the FATA of Pakistan from where it continues to give directions.

Is there anything in domain name?
Jul 15, 2014

Is there anything in domain name?

Shakespeare wondered what was in a name, but then again, it was a time before Top Level Domains, global brands with billions of dollars riding on them, and internet governance bodies like ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) existed.

Is there genuine change in Algeria?
Apr 03, 2019

Is there genuine change in Algeria?

The Algerian protesters appear to have learnt the lessons of the Arab Spring

Is there really any proof on Syria?
Sep 09, 2013

Is there really any proof on Syria?

Even George Bush, who had much less qualms about bombing any country, thought it fit to show some proof of Saddam Hussain's WMD to the UNSC, however fake it was. May be, Obama, precisely due to that qualm, is reluctant to show the proof to the world.

Is there room at the dragon's table?
Jun 16, 2014

Is there room at the dragon's table?

While the world is hopeful of a firm foreign policy in the Modi era, the Chinese dilemma lurks in a big way. Modi should devise ways of taking China in its stride on a workable, if not friendly, basis to make the best of the Look East Policy and to put itself on a sound footing for the Asian century.

ISIS returnees could pose problem to India
Nov 12, 2015

ISIS returnees could pose problem to India

The terror-cadres who have returned home pose a serious threat to India, as they might serve as potential recruiters for the Syrian rebels and start sending young fighters to Syria, says media-veteran-turned-academic, Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami.

ISIS's Caliphate declaration: Regional reaction
Aug 16, 2014

ISIS's Caliphate declaration: Regional reaction

Although Nouri al-Maliki's government might be able retake the towns overrun by the IS and the tribes with the help of Iran, United States and Russia, it might not be able to bring peace and stability to the country until an exclusive and effective policy is introduced.

ISIS: Neither death cult nor just a terror group
Jul 13, 2015

ISIS: Neither death cult nor just a terror group

The IS, despite its defeats on the battle field and losses suffered from air attacks, is far from neutralised and is probably gaining volunteers internationally. The problem with the international community's approach is that it has projected the group as a purely terrorist organisation.

Islam, Turkey and Cyprus in Europe
Jan 06, 2005

Islam, Turkey and Cyprus in Europe

Will Samuel P Huntington be proved wrong on The Clash of Civilizations if and when Islamic Turkey joins European Union (E U)? And will that enable the E U to put an end to the decades old ethno- territorial feud in Cyprus?

Islamabad Blast: Gilgit-Related
May 30, 2005

Islamabad Blast: Gilgit-Related

The explosion in the midst of a Shia congregation at a shrine in Islamabad on May 27,2005, which resulted in the death of 25 Shias and injuries to about 80 others has been attributed by the local police to an unidentified suicide bomber. No organisation has so far claimed responsibility for the blast,

Israel and Palestine to resume peace talks
Jul 24, 2013

Israel and Palestine to resume peace talks

After three years of being at a standstill, peace talks are to resume between Israel and Palestine, according to US Secretary of State John Kerry. He said in a statement, "I am pleased to announce that we've reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis."

Israel offers all help to make PM's 'Make-in-India' scheme a grand success
Feb 19, 2015

Israel offers all help to make PM's 'Make-in-India' scheme a grand success

Israel's Defence Minister, Mr. Moshe Ya'alon, on Thursday ( February 19) delivered the 6th R.K. Mishra Memorial Lecture, organised by Observer Research Foundation in memory of its Founder-Chairman.

Israel Swerves Right
Apr 07, 2015

Israel Swerves Right

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu created history, defying pre-poll predictions, by leading his right-wing Likud Party to victory in the recently concluded national elections in Israel. The stunning result gave Netanyahu's Likud party 30 seats in the 120 seat Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.

Israel, US and Terrorism
Dec 04, 2003

Israel, US and Terrorism

The presentation on Israel, US and Terrorism, by Mr.B.Raman, Convener, ORF Chennai at the weekly ORF Chennai interaction on November 29, 2003 had a first to its credit ¿ it was the first video conference carried out by the Chennai Chapter of the ORF. On this particular occasion

Israel-India cooperation: Great scope on various areas, including energy
Feb 18, 2013

Israel-India cooperation: Great scope on various areas, including energy

During the recent INSS-ORF dialogue, there was a consensus that, while perhaps the origin of the terror threat is different, this is an area where cooperation can and should be enhanced.

Issues after Confession
Feb 17, 2004

Issues after Confession

Now that Pakistan has admitted that its scientists were involved in the transfer of nuclear technology,1 three major issues/questions need to be studied and analyzed. Is the problem over for General Musharraf or is it a new beginning of another round of problems? How will the Opposition react? What would be the US response?

Issues in Captive Coal Block Development in India
Mar 05, 2009

Issues in Captive Coal Block Development in India

The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) organised a brainstorming session on 'Issues in Captive Coal Block Development in India' on March 5, 2009 in partnership with CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory Services

Issues in Sino-Indian Relations and Leadership Change in China
Jul 27, 2013

Issues in Sino-Indian Relations and Leadership Change in China

Settling territorial disputes and balancing multilateral relationships are the twin challenges before India and China, opined speakers at the ORF seminar on 'Issues in Sino-Indian Relations and Leadership Change in China' held in Kolkata on July 27, 2013.

Issues of Drones in our daily lives
Mar 31, 2014

Issues of Drones in our daily lives

Drones are no longer esoteric and confined to military precision strikes. The impending, almost inevitable, arrival of drones into our daily lives raises three issues that we need to start thinking about -- reconceptualisation of connectivity and infrastructure, the need to re-imagine airSpace and the third, privacy.

IT solutions can transform India's poor PDS delivery mechanism
Oct 05, 2012

IT solutions can transform India's poor PDS delivery mechanism

For the first time in India's history, a common technological platform is available to provide governance services to all Indians through one single smart card.

It's  time to adhere to those high standards
Jun 20, 2015

It's time to adhere to those high standards

There is little doubt that the Lalit Modi controversy has hurt the image of the Narendra Modi Government. Mr Lalit Modi is an infamous and notorious character, who ran his businesses, including the Indian Premier League cricket, like a bucket shop.

It's advantage MDP in Maldives now
Feb 25, 2011

It's advantage MDP in Maldives now

With the first-ever local council elections concluding without incidents, Maldives has completed the first phase of multi-party democracy introduced with the presidential polls of October-November 2011.

It's Rajapaksa all the way
Jan 27, 2010

It's Rajapaksa all the way

The victory confirms earlier predictions that the fulcrum of national politics has moved away from the urban centres and their elite

It's time to concentrate on agriculture
Jan 13, 2010

It's time to concentrate on agriculture

Agriculture will be a weakest area this year because there is to be a shortfall in rice production by over 13 million tonnes due to deficient rainfall to the extent of 22 per cent

It's time to open the doors of our borders
May 09, 2012

It's time to open the doors of our borders

While people in Pakistan have grave doubts whether the sectarian violence will end by engaging in symbolic visits like the one undertaken President Asif Ali Zardari, what is really clear is that the country is involved in a difficult battle to save its soul. This has become a major existential challenge.

Ivory Coast: A Crisis of Division
Apr 18, 2011

Ivory Coast: A Crisis of Division

The long-drawn out violence in Ivory Coast, which reached its climax when forces of Alasane Ouattara and incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo clashed with each other openly, is indicative of deep-rooted problems within the states.

J&K one year later: Not quite a success (Part II)
Aug 06, 2020

J&K one year later: Not quite a success (Part II)

The first part of this article examined the security and political in J&K, one year after August 5th. This, second part, looks the development scenari

J&K: An election of competing nationalisms
Dec 18, 2014

J&K: An election of competing nationalisms

Poll analysts in J&K seem certain that the BJP will sweep Jammu and the PDP will emerge as the largest party in Kashmir. But this remains to be seen. Without a clear majority, their collaboration will be interesting to watch; both represent competing nationalisms.

Jama Masjid incident: Case for extraordinary vigil
Sep 23, 2010

Jama Masjid incident: Case for extraordinary vigil

Although the mystery of the firing incident at Jama Masjid on September 19 and the discovery of an abandoned car with ammonium nitrate nearby a few hours later remain unresolved,

Jammu & Kashmir -- Moving on
Jun 21, 2012

Jammu & Kashmir -- Moving on

We need to do a few things to bring normalcy in Kashmir that go beyond tourism statistics. We need to keep Pakistan out of the equation. We need to genuinely empower the elected government and allow the State to be governed from Srinagar and not from Delhi.

Jammu & Kashmir: Another Wake-Up Call
Dec 08, 2004

Jammu & Kashmir: Another Wake-Up Call

In an article of November 22, 2004, on India-Pakistan relations (http://www.saag.org/papers12/paper1169.html), I had written as follows:

Jane's Intelligence Review report on  Terrorism
Apr 28, 2004

Jane's Intelligence Review report on Terrorism

In its June 2004 issue, Jane¿s Intelligence Review, has carried a report on the "Workshop on International Terrorism in South East Asia and its likely Implications for South Asia"

Japan and China seeking a limited truce?
Oct 09, 2014

Japan and China seeking a limited truce?

The forthcoming APEC annual summit, to be held in Beijing in November, provides an opportunity for both Shinzo Abe and Xi Jingping to meet for the first time and perhaps move in the direction of working out at least a limited "detente" in their relations.

Japan and the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan
Jul 25, 2012

Japan and the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan

After the recently held Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, it is expected that Japan will take its own initiatives to make follow-up measures under the two mechanisms formulated at the Tokyo Conference -- the Tokyo Declaration and the Tokyo Framework.