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Sri Lanka: Why Modi Govt should build on inherited policy
Jul 25, 2014

Sri Lanka: Why Modi Govt should build on inherited policy

If anyone in southern Tamil Nadu, or across the Palk Strait in Sri Lanka, thought that there would be a grandiose shift in India's policy towards the southern Sri Lankan neighbour under a new, BJP dispensation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a lie to their hopes and claims.

Strengthening India’s Global Influence through a Sound Public Diplomacy Policy
Oct 23, 2023

Strengthening India’s Global Influence through a Sound Public Diplomacy Policy

This brief tackles the crucial role of public diplomacy in enhancing India's global influence. It argues that India should exert effort to communicate its rich cultural heritage and economic growth story to foreign audiences, and recommends a roadmap that involves linking public diplomacy to national security, the establishment of a specialised public diplomacy agency, and creating the position of a chief public diplomat. A well-structured public

Strong under Wong: Taking charge of Australia’s foreign policy
May 25, 2022

Strong under Wong: Taking charge of Australia’s foreign policy

Will the Australian foreign policy ship witness a change of course in its policies under new leadership?

Success of Modi’s ‘Act West’ policy opens doors to Gulf potential
Feb 16, 2018

Success of Modi’s ‘Act West’ policy opens doors to Gulf potential

Unlike the Indo-Pacific where the payoffs are limited, West Asia offers India vast energy resources that are vital for development and investment opportunities.

Taliban’s Kashmir policy: Rhetoric, ideology, and interests
Sep 21, 2022

Taliban’s Kashmir policy: Rhetoric, ideology, and interests

The Taliban walks a tightrope as it tries to balance India and Pakistan.

Technology policymaking in India: The need for a paradigm shift
Jan 15, 2022

Technology policymaking in India: The need for a paradigm shift

To emerge as tech power in the future, India needs to rethink its approach towards policymaking

Technology transfer, policy and climate change: Goal 2020 for India
Apr 20, 2010

Technology transfer, policy and climate change: Goal 2020 for India

In his opening remarks Mr. Sunjoy Joshi, ORF Distinguished Fellow, said that pace of adoption & innovation was critical for mainstreaming climate friendly technologies

The arrival of air taxis: A need for a new drone policy
Jan 05, 2024

The arrival of air taxis: A need for a new drone policy

With commercial drone operation just around the corner, relevant guidelines need to be introduced to ensure the smooth and safe functioning

The Case for a Feminist Approach to Gender-Based Violence Policymaking in India
Apr 11, 2023

The Case for a Feminist Approach to Gender-Based Violence Policymaking in India

India’s social structure, with enduring gender inequalities rooted in patriarchal norms, plays a significant role in perpetuating gender-based violence (GBV). Women in India have been victims of infanticide, selective abortions, sex trafficking, stalking, dowry demands, child marriages, acid attacks, and honour killings. This brief explores the social dimension of GBV in India and assesses how gaps in legislation help to perpetuate them. It als

The Changing Contours of Bhutan’s Foreign Policy and the Implications for China and India
Jul 21, 2023

The Changing Contours of Bhutan’s Foreign Policy and the Implications for China and India

Bhutan has historically maintained a neutral relationship with China, to its north, and a more special relationship with India, whose states border its west, east, and south. Over the past two decades, however, many factors are forcing Bhutan to settle its longstanding territorial disputes with China and diversify its relations. These factors include its own changing economy and transition from an absolute monarchy to a democracy, a gener

The changing contours of India's defence policy
Aug 14, 2023

The changing contours of India's defence policy

A combination of institutional frameworks and policy changes has ensured a profound transformation in India's defence policy

The changing contours of Russia’s South Asia policy
Jul 27, 2017

The changing contours of Russia’s South Asia policy

Russia’s policy towards South Asia has been the subject of much speculation lately. With closer cooperation between Russia and China and the former’s warming up to Pakistan, it is becoming increasingly evident that Russia is moving away from its India-centric approach in the region. This brief studies the changes, and continuity, in Moscow’s foreign policy towards South Asia as it transitioned from the Soviet Union into the Russian Federati

The collapse of China’s Zero-COVID policy
Jan 07, 2023

The collapse of China’s Zero-COVID policy

Beijing’s mismanagement of the recent COVID surge is adversely affecting the credibility of both the party and its leader, Xi Jinping

The democracy factor in Indian foreign policy
Aug 05, 2020

The democracy factor in Indian foreign policy

As India finds itself in the middle of a new cold war between the United States and China, protecting its esteemed democratic values should be at the

The evolution of India’s West Asian policy
Oct 31, 2019

The evolution of India’s West Asian policy

In the past, India has managed a successful balancing act in a tripolar West Asia. Now, the restructuring of West Asia’s geopolitical landscape has

The foreign policy dimension of the US presidential election
Sep 29, 2020

The foreign policy dimension of the US presidential election

Whoever wins the November election, the structural constraints that affect US foreign policy behaviour will remain. China will remain a key rival, rel

The foreign policy legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Aug 20, 2018

The foreign policy legacy of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee emerges as a figure in the classical tradition of the 19th century European strategists like Metternich and Castlereagh—a realist committed to restraint and balance

The G20 showed India’s foreign policy is exploring new territory
Sep 17, 2023

The G20 showed India’s foreign policy is exploring new territory

New Delhi has shed its past baggage with the West but Russia’s embrace of China poses a challenge.

The growing centrality of India in Australia’s Indo-Pacific policy
Mar 13, 2023

The growing centrality of India in Australia’s Indo-Pacific policy

PM Albanese’s visit to India is indicative of the strong political will to factor India into Australia’s Indo-Pacific Policy

The Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative: Towards a Coherent Indo-Pacific Policy for India
Dec 23, 2020

The Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative: Towards a Coherent Indo-Pacific Policy for India

The Indo-Pacific region is increasingly being viewed as a global centre of gravity, both for its economic and demographic potential, and the security challenges that could frustrate those possibilities. India—as a champion of the principle of ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ or FOIP—has initiated engagements with its partners in the region, such as the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) that aims to ensure the security and stability of the

The Kashmir that India Lost: An Analysis of India’s Post-1980s Policy on Gilgit Baltistan
Jul 21, 2023

The Kashmir that India Lost: An Analysis of India’s Post-1980s Policy on Gilgit Baltistan

This paper dissects the history and politics of Gilgit-Baltistan, a part of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK), from the 1980s to the present day. It analyses the policies implemented by Pakistani leaders in the region and how successive political parties have attempted to justify Pakistan’s administrative control of it while disregarding any democratic, secular or moral principles in the ruling of its supposed subjects. The pap

The Manmohan Doctrine and Narendra Modi's Foreign Policy
Jun 04, 2014

The Manmohan Doctrine and Narendra Modi's Foreign Policy

Mr Narendra Modi's decision to invite the Head of Governments of India's neighbouring countries for his swearing-in was appreciated by Dr Sanjaya Baru, former Media Advisor of Dr Manmohan Singh. Modi's emphasis on the economy was also noted.

The Modi factor in Indian foreign policy
Mar 08, 2019

The Modi factor in Indian foreign policy

Modi has redefined strategic autonomy as an objective that is attainable through strengthened partnerships.

The morality play in economic policy
Nov 10, 2017

The morality play in economic policy

Morality is a slippery slope to tread in public affairs. It’s certainly an individual virtue, but at a societal level it’s difficult to define.

The Moscow Format meeting and Russia’s Afghanistan policy
Oct 09, 2023

The Moscow Format meeting and Russia’s Afghanistan policy

Despite developing economic ties and sending humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, Russia has adopted a dual approach towards Taliban-rule Afghanistan

The National Education Policy 2020: A policy for the times
Aug 06, 2020

The National Education Policy 2020: A policy for the times

The new education policy has a commendable vision, but its potency will depend on whether it is able to effectively integrate with the government’s

The nuances of India’s de-hyphenated policy
Feb 06, 2018

The nuances of India’s de-hyphenated policy

New Delhi’s policies towards Israel and Palestine are shifting from mere symbolism towards one driven by substantial outcomes

The oil link: Understanding Japan’s Israel-Palestine policy
Nov 06, 2023

The oil link: Understanding Japan’s Israel-Palestine policy

The ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict demands a delicate balance from Tokyo, as it navigates its relationships in the Middle East alongside its internatio