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Sri Lanka: चीन के नज़रिये से श्रीलंका के कर्ज़ संकट की व्याख्या!
Jul 30, 2023

Sri Lanka: चीन के नज़रिये से श्रीलंका के कर्ज़ संकट की व्याख्या!

जैसे ही कर्ज़ जाल सबंधी आलोचना तेज़ होती जा रही है, चीनी प�

Sri Lanka’s rejection of the UNHRC resolution: A shift towards China?
Apr 01, 2021

Sri Lanka’s rejection of the UNHRC resolution: A shift towards China?

Sri Lanka’s foreign policy posture is to balance the US and China, being part of both BRI and the Indo-Pacific.

Srinagar Consensus: A gamble on growth
May 20, 2017

Srinagar Consensus: A gamble on growth

Against several odds, what began as the Srinagar conversation has transformed into the Srinagar Consensus, making it arguably the most far-reaching po

Srinagar killing sets cat among pigeons
Jan 04, 2021

Srinagar killing sets cat among pigeons

Nishcal’s killing has drawn a spotlight on the much-criticised domicile law, which has faced opposition from a cross-section of the society in Jammu

Stemming the tide: Towards a concerted South China Sea strategy?
Sep 02, 2020

Stemming the tide: Towards a concerted South China Sea strategy?

A more solid albeit gradual positioning appears to be taking shape, and it would be vital to not only bolster the policy approaches that are crystalli

Stoke demand to stop India slowing down
Oct 05, 2019

Stoke demand to stop India slowing down

Even this is optimistic and we could as well be seeing sub 5 per cent growth.

Stop the war in Ukraine
Mar 15, 2022

Stop the war in Ukraine

The priority of the international community should be to broker peace and end the Ukraine war before it takes a turn for the worse.

Storm in India’s monetary teacup
Feb 15, 2022

Storm in India’s monetary teacup

Concerns of slipping into a deeper economic crisis emerge as the RBI continues with its accommodative monetary policies

Storm Warning: Zero-COVID, Chinese Slowdown, and Supply Chains
Dec 07, 2022

Storm Warning: Zero-COVID, Chinese Slowdown, and Supply Chains

It needs to be understood that no policy for supply chain resilience will be complete without accounting for China as a supplier in the short term

Strategic and Managed Retreat as Adaptation: Addressing Climate Vulnerability in the Sundarbans
May 11, 2023

Strategic and Managed Retreat as Adaptation: Addressing Climate Vulnerability in the Sundarbans

Storm strikes are common in the Indian Sundarbans Delta on the northern Bay of Bengal and will only become more frequent and intense in this era of climate change. Every time a cyclone has hit the Sundarbans, the attempt has been to adapt in situ by creating protective infrastructure, and later return to the same conditions prevailing prior to the disaster. Such reliance on the notion of ‘resilience’ has become increasingly unsustainable and

Strategic Studies; National Security
Apr 07, 2014

Strategic Studies; National Security

The focus on the Henderson-Brooks report creates a bias in our minds that the failure of 1962 was that of the Army. Perhaps that is what the babus and politicians wanted. In fact, the real failure was of the Nehru government's China policy and the management of that policy.

Strategies for strengthening disaster finance in Indonesia
Sep 26, 2023

Strategies for strengthening disaster finance in Indonesia

Indonesia is highly vulnerable to climate change disasters and requires the integration of insurance and mitigation strategies as integral components

Street children: The neglected pathology
Feb 08, 2022

Street children: The neglected pathology

The phenomenon of street children has a long history and yet has not received the policy attention it deserves

Strengthening urban India’s informal economy: The case of street vending
Aug 21, 2023

Strengthening urban India’s informal economy: The case of street vending

Street vending was illegal in urban India for almost six decades until the passage of the Street Vendors Act in 2014. Despite the law having legalised the activity, however, the default policy in most cities across India is to clamp down on street hawkers. Yet street vending remains a viable source of employment for many. As the pace of urbanisation increases across India, it is only likely that a greater number of street traders will contest for

Stricter implementation of laws key to women's safety
Mar 19, 2014

Stricter implementation of laws key to women's safety

Safer cities are a product of technology, policing, community participation, education, and planning and architectural design. In the policy frame, focus should be on inclusive development, participatory approaches, identity mainstreaming, and sustainable urban development to create a more equal and tolerant urban society.

Stumbling in the neighbourhood
Oct 13, 2015

Stumbling in the neighbourhood

As Modi resets ties with the Maldives with Sushma Swaraj's visit, he also has an opportunity to rethink the current Nepal policy which has entered a turbulent phase in the last few weeks. Nepal's election of a new PM, K.P. Sharma Oli, is a good moment to take a fresh look at the differences between Delhi and Kathmandu.

Subregional Security Cooperation: An Exploratory Study of India’s Approach
Sep 14, 2020

Subregional Security Cooperation: An Exploratory Study of India’s Approach

Subregional economic cooperation has become a prioritised agenda in India’s neighbourhood policy. Policymakers and scholars increasingly conceptualise subregions in the neighbourhood to promote economic and connectivity cooperation. However, the subregional notion is rarely discussed in the context of security cooperation. This raises an important question regarding the subregional approach, or its lack thereof, in building security cooperation

Success of ‘Saubhagya’ scheme would depend on how it addresses gender
Apr 12, 2019

Success of ‘Saubhagya’ scheme would depend on how it addresses gender

Recent policies and programmes such as the draft National Energy Policy (NEP), 2017 and Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana have attempted to fill the critical gender gap by recognising the linkages of women to energy access.

Suga starts strongly
Dec 12, 2020

Suga starts strongly

Suga’s foreign policy, thus far, has followed the core tenets of the Abe doctrine.

Supporting climate resilient development in India
Jun 15, 2015

Supporting climate resilient development in India

Indian climate policy-making should 'mainstream' adaptation strategies into development planning to better address climate change. The Indian Government had formulated the National Action Plan on Climate Change in 2008.

Surgical Strikes and Deterrence-Stability in South Asia
Jun 24, 2017

Surgical Strikes and Deterrence-Stability in South Asia

Indian announcement of having conducted surgical strikes across the de-facto border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir has major implications for deterrence-stability in South Asia. New Delhi has sought to devise a military strategy to respond to Pakistan’s sub-conventional war that does not lead to escalation of conflict to nuclear levels and collapse of nuclear deterrence. This paper analyses India’s surgical strikes of September 2016, thei

Syria will drag down Turkey
Jun 29, 2012

Syria will drag down Turkey

Turkey needs is to revert to a policy of peace with all its neighbour. CIA Special Forces operating from Turkey will harm Turkey more than they will Syria.

Tackling Pakistan’s anti-India security strategy
Feb 04, 2022

Tackling Pakistan’s anti-India security strategy

A thaw in the India-Pakistan relations remains highly unlikely if Pakistan continues to back anti-India policies

Taiwan: Challenges before re-elected President Ma
Jan 18, 2012

Taiwan: Challenges before re-elected President Ma

The election results in Taiwan show that the voters have endorsed President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of maintaining good relations with Beijing. But whether such strategy will further make Taiwan safe remains unclear.

Taiwan: The Albatross around President Biden’s neck
Aug 10, 2022

Taiwan: The Albatross around President Biden’s neck

The political compulsion to carve a distinct China policy which is not concessional to Beijing has kept the Biden administration torn.

Takeaways for India from IPCC’s Assessment of Global Mitigation Efforts
Aug 14, 2023

Takeaways for India from IPCC’s Assessment of Global Mitigation Efforts

The findings of Working Group-III (WG-III) of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly highlight the global failure to scale-up mitigation actions to achieve the Paris Climate targets. Immediate and unprecedented action will now be needed to avoid catastrophic global warming in this century. The WG-III report details some of the policy actions needed at the global level to enable a sustai

Taking the Sri Lankan peace process forward
Nov 05, 2010

Taking the Sri Lankan peace process forward

The ORF conference stressed that the Sri Lankan state must be very sensitive towards creating the right perceptions about its policy of inclusiveness towards the Tamil minority

Talking to Taliban
Nov 22, 2012

Talking to Taliban

Any realistic assessment would suggest that the Taliban holds the key to the Afghan peace process. An Indian engagement with the Taliban does not mean a political endorsement of its ideology or worldview. Finding a way to talk to the Taliban must necessarily be a part of Delhi's Afghan policy mix.

Talking to the Taliban
May 18, 2020

Talking to the Taliban

India has maintained that there is no such thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ Taliban, and that it views the group under a single umbrella. While dipl

Tardy response to COVID19 pandemic: WHO in dire need of reforms
May 03, 2020

Tardy response to COVID19 pandemic: WHO in dire need of reforms

Although, plentiful has been written about China’s inaction during the early days of the outbreak of this pandemic, there is scant mention of WHO be

Technology for urban planning: Prospects of ‘Open Building’
Oct 06, 2023

Technology for urban planning: Prospects of ‘Open Building’

While Open Building holds positive emancipatory potential for urban governance, the adverse impact of technology in an urban space must be kept in min

Tehrik-E-Labbaik Pakistan: The New Face of Barelvi Activism
Sep 15, 2021

Tehrik-E-Labbaik Pakistan: The New Face of Barelvi Activism

The emergence of the Tehrik-E-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as the largest religious political party in the country has introduced a new, aggressive element in Pakistan’s polity. Although the TLP does not have an armed militant wing, it has demonstrated both its street power and the strength of its electoral base only six years since it was set up in 2015. Exploiting deeply emotional issues like the finality of Prophethood and Blasphemy against the Pr

Terror attacks: A call to look within
Feb 22, 2013

Terror attacks: A call to look within

Despite being a victim of terrorism for decades, India has demonstrated remarkable consistency in the irrational and incoherent response of its policy makers, people and sections of its mass media to dramatic and outrageous terrorist violence.

Terrorism in South Asia: US-India Perspectives
Jul 20, 2010

Terrorism in South Asia: US-India Perspectives

Because of the tacit and overt alliance between the constituents of policymaking institutions and the violent non-state actors in Pakistan, it is imperative to review the current strategies and policies to evolve a more comprehensive set of actions.

Text, Context' Mismatch: UGC Vice-Chairman
Apr 19, 2005

Text, Context' Mismatch: UGC Vice-Chairman

Inaugurating a workshop on 'Role of Universities in Public Policy-Making', hosted by Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, University Grants Commission Vice-Chairman Prof V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, on April 19, 2005, urged Vice-Chancellors and educationists to recreate linkages between universities and Government, research organizations, administrators and society, in order to render universities more relevant and help in enacting effecti

Thailand votes towards a transformative agenda
May 16, 2023

Thailand votes towards a transformative agenda

While a new reformative government is set to take power in Thailand, the complexities of international relations and domestic aspirations will shape T

Thailand’s geopolitical dilemma: Aligning with China while honouring US ties
Sep 10, 2023

Thailand’s geopolitical dilemma: Aligning with China while honouring US ties

Navigating the delicate balance between its association with the US and China amidst their ongoing global geopolitical competition presents a signific

THE 2012 AUSTRALIA-INDIA ROUNDTABLE  -  CO-CHAIRS- STATEMENT
Dec 04, 2012

THE 2012 AUSTRALIA-INDIA ROUNDTABLE - CO-CHAIRS- STATEMENT

The relationship between Australia and India is poised at an historic moment. Consciously overcoming a challenging period, leaders of the two countries have realised new levels of mutual trust and confidence that are in turn generating policy momentum.

The 20th Party Congress and China’s New Roadmap
Aug 28, 2023

The 20th Party Congress and China’s New Roadmap

The 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in October 2022 and the subsequent leadership reshuffle gave a new mandate to a ruling elite that will sit at the helm till 2027. It happened at a time when the CPC is facing strong headwinds, among them a tech war with the United States (US) and a downturn in the domestic economy as a result of President Xi Jinping’s ‘zero-COVID-19’ policy. The CPC saw the protests that ensued a

The Af-Pak map is about to get a make over
Apr 29, 2015

The Af-Pak map is about to get a make over

It would be a mistake to assume that the US has changed its policy towards the region. It may have changed its style or the way it wishes to handle India and Pakistan but not its overall interests. The US wants to have a stronger presence in India without losing the hold it has on the military rulers in Pakistan.

The Africa Climate Action Performance Report
Aug 12, 2022

The Africa Climate Action Performance Report

Although Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions are low, its contribution to climate change mitigation is critical to global climate action. This report evaluates Africa’s climate policy through the lens of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities,’ an asymmetrical allocation of responsibility for climate action, determined by differences in countries’ contributions to historical emissions and their current capabilities to fight climate c

The alphabet soup at Goa
Oct 13, 2016

The alphabet soup at Goa

This weekend at Goa Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his foreign policy team will undertake a significant manoeuvre with SAARC grouping gasping for breath

The Americas: Trump was not just another brick in the ‘wall’
Nov 02, 2020

The Americas: Trump was not just another brick in the ‘wall’

Looking beyond ‘The Wall’: Continuity and Change in US policy towards the Americas under the Trump Administration

The Arab League Summit: Saudi Arabia projects authority by hosting Syria and Ukraine
May 25, 2023

The Arab League Summit: Saudi Arabia projects authority by hosting Syria and Ukraine

The recent Arab League Summit showcased Saudi Arabia’s attempt to bring change in its foreign policy approach

The Australia-India-Japan-US Quadrilateral: Dissecting the China Factor
Aug 10, 2020

The Australia-India-Japan-US Quadrilateral: Dissecting the China Factor

This paper analyses the domestic compulsions in Australia, India, Japan and the US that are influencing their positions on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad). The paper notes that as the four countries are becoming increasingly aware of the risks posed by China’s rise over the last few years, they have sought to converge to the Quad. For Australia, the concerns are over trade dependency on China, and China’s sharp power projection and