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Ukraine-Russia war: Vladimir Putin’s big gamble
Mar 03, 2022

Ukraine-Russia war: Vladimir Putin’s big gamble

Putin’s war against Ukraine is more about his domestic political standing, but it has already laid the foundation of a new global order that is unlikely to be of his liking

Ukraine’s lawfare against Russia
Nov 11, 2022

Ukraine’s lawfare against Russia

Ukraine is astutely engaging in lawfare to undermine the legitimacy of Russia’s claims. India could follow suit and deal with its security challenge

UK’s Rwanda Bill: Stopping the boats or setting a precedent
Apr 09, 2024

UK’s Rwanda Bill: Stopping the boats or setting a precedent

Aside from financial aid, the UK’s Rwanda bill does not offer any incentives to Rwanda and only exports the domestic challenges caused by immigratio

UN snubs Trump's Jerusalem move. What to expect next
Dec 27, 2017

UN snubs Trump's Jerusalem move. What to expect next

The UN General Assembly resolution called Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”. The Resolution reaffirmed 10 earlier Security Council resolutions on Jerusalem, from 1967 onwards, requiring, inter alia, that the city’s final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Under the Radar, Above the Norm: The Evolving Dimensions of Thai-Japanese Cooperation
Mar 27, 2024

Under the Radar, Above the Norm: The Evolving Dimensions of Thai-Japanese Cooperation

Japan-Thailand relations are understated, yet dynamic and continuing to evolve. The two have worked towards fortifying their ties across various sectors, including defence, investments, and energy, undergirded by a mutual commitment to regional stability and economic prosperity. A paramount interest is navigating the geopolitical complexities of the times, amid growing external threats that necessitate deeper security cooperation comprising bilat

Undersea Cables are Increasingly Critical and Vulnerable
Mar 27, 2024

Undersea Cables are Increasingly Critical and Vulnerable

Undersea cables must be understood as critical infrastructure, and their vulnerability – to intentional tampering and accidental damage – acknowledged.

Understanding Anar Ullah Bangla, a new terrorist outfit
Sep 20, 2013

Understanding Anar Ullah Bangla, a new terrorist outfit

Last month, the security forces of Bangladesh unearthed the existence of a new terrorist group called Ansar Ullah Bangla. The discovery of this group surprised many since the country for a few years has been having an active counter-terror operation in place.

Understanding India’s silence on the political crisis in Pakistan
Jun 16, 2023

Understanding India’s silence on the political crisis in Pakistan

Despite being the immediate neighbour, India has chosen to follow a no-reaction policy towards the ongoing turmoil in Pakistan

Understanding ISIS: From conception to operations
Aug 24, 2017

Understanding ISIS: From conception to operations

This paper bridges the gap in Indian public discourse on the aims of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State) and where it stands today as the most formidable terrorist organisation of the 21st century. It explores ISIS from the perspective of the Middle East, rather than coming from an Indian foreign policy and security point of view, of which there is no dearth in literature. Such an approach is crucial in understanding the terr

Understanding Jihadism in Pakistan
Jul 23, 2023

Understanding Jihadism in Pakistan

Pakistan is often accused of being a state sponsor of terrorism. This article bases itself in the belief that though the problem of ?Jihadism? may well have originated from some of Pakistan?s security paranoias, it is now assuming proportions far larger than Pakistan itself. At this stage, Jihadism will be a problem for Pakistan itself as much as for the rest of the world. At the same time, the ability of the Pakistani state to counter this pheno

Union Budget 2022 and post-pandemic development imperatives: Between theatrics and action
Feb 03, 2022

Union Budget 2022 and post-pandemic development imperatives: Between theatrics and action

This essay examines the Union Budget 2022 from the perspective of the changing paradigm of development governance as acknowledged globally.

United Nations: संयुक्त राष्ट्र सुरक्षा परिषद में सुधार पर कैरेबियाई नज़रिया!
Dec 18, 2023

United Nations: संयुक्त राष्ट्र सुरक्षा परिषद में सुधार पर कैरेबियाई नज़रिया!

कैरिकॉम (कैरेबियाई  कम्युनिटी) के लिए सुरक्षा परिषद में स

Unravelling fiscal stress
Apr 03, 2021

Unravelling fiscal stress

Turning on a light switch and flooding a dark room with light instantly is apt for describing what happens once health security–related lockdowns an

Unravelling the current economic situation in Nepal
Jun 15, 2022

Unravelling the current economic situation in Nepal

Poor governance and flawed policies marred Nepal’s economic performance.

UNSC Reforms and India
Feb 18, 2011

UNSC Reforms and India

India is all set to begin serious efforts to secure a permanent seat in the UN Security Council (UNSC). Two years of non-permanent membership after 19 long years with rotating Presidency of the Council twice over the next two years will mark India's innings.

UPI in the Gulf: Revolutionising remittances
Feb 20, 2023

UPI in the Gulf: Revolutionising remittances

Enabling UPI services in the Gulf can simplify and streamline the process of sending money to India

US Engagement in the Indo-Pacific: An Assessment of the Trump Era
Oct 28, 2020

US Engagement in the Indo-Pacific: An Assessment of the Trump Era

There is no dearth in analyses that sound the alarm on the current United States (US) administration’s policy in the Indo-Pacific. This paper conducts an evaluation of the US’ engagement in the region, and finds it to be contrary to alarmist predictions. President Donald Trump’s administration has reaffirmed commitments towards traditional allies, built on the predecessor president’s courtship of nascent partners, and encouraged partners

US must reciprocate Indian stand on Internet governance
Jun 25, 2015

US must reciprocate Indian stand on Internet governance

Even as Washington expects India to be a net security provider in the Indo-Pacific region, the country is offering itself as a key partner in managing the cyber oceans. The US must now reciprocate.

US read the script wrong
Jun 11, 2014

US read the script wrong

America's release of five Taliban leaders recently in exchange for one of its troopers has grave implications for not just Afghan security but also the India-Pakistan détente.

US semiconductor export curbs on China are bearing fruit
Dec 15, 2022

US semiconductor export curbs on China are bearing fruit

Washington has made its intentions clear—foundational technologies are a matter of national security.

US strategy to help Kabul fight narco-terrorism
Dec 26, 2017

US strategy to help Kabul fight narco-terrorism

The root cause of insecurity — which hampers Afghanistan’s state-building process and sustainable development — lies outside of the country. The

US withdrawal from Afghanistan may end China’s romance with terrorism in the region
Feb 04, 2019

US withdrawal from Afghanistan may end China’s romance with terrorism in the region

China’s political, military and economic engagements in Afghanistan are driven by its own domestic security reasons.

US withdrawal from Afghanistan may end China’s romance with terrorism in the region
Feb 04, 2019

US withdrawal from Afghanistan may end China’s romance with terrorism in the region

China’s political, military and economic engagements in Afghanistan are driven by its own domestic security reasons.

US-China cyber talks
Aug 09, 2013

US-China cyber talks

Cyber security has taken a front seat in the U.S.-China relations, as seen in the last two high level bilateral meetings. The California summit in June 2013 and the recently held U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) V in July 2013 were dominated by cyber issues.

US-India ties: 'Yada, yada' way of glossing over
Jul 12, 2013

US-India ties: 'Yada, yada' way of glossing over

It is time for the India-US security partnership to be more than a Voldemort -that whose name shall not be spoken. India is capable enough to secure its interests within such a partnership. The trade relationship will always be contentious, that much is clear.

US-Japan alliance after Obama's visit
May 08, 2014

US-Japan alliance after Obama's visit

During the US President's visit to Asian countries, Obama and Abe underscored their commitment to economic and security cooperation with ASEAN countries where Chinese influence has seen a marked surge in recent years.

USA and Revolutions in the Arab World
Aug 10, 2023

USA and Revolutions in the Arab World

The recent protests in West Asia that started in Tunisia and now encompass the entire Arab world will have an impact on the regional balance of power equations. West Asia’s geographic location and its weight in the world energy market bestow on it an undeniable centrality that has also resulted in intensive interaction with external powers. Since it is at the heart of global energy security resources, West Asia has witnessed intense great powe

Vajpayee's foreign policy may be his most enduring legacy
Aug 20, 2018

Vajpayee's foreign policy may be his most enduring legacy

From testing nuclear weapons to pursuing peace with Pakistan and China, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was clear-headed about his about his security and foreign policies from the outset.

Veer Guardian 2023: Maiden India-Japan Air Exercise to Begin
Jan 12, 2023

Veer Guardian 2023: Maiden India-Japan Air Exercise to Begin

The China factor has steadied the two nations’ strategic partnership, despite their differences of opinion on other matters.

Vietnam: Washington's new friend in the Asia Pacific
Jun 02, 2015

Vietnam: Washington's new friend in the Asia Pacific

The South China Sea dispute is today at the centre of the emerging geopolitical game in the Asia Pacific region. The growing US-Vietnam friendship will have a strong bearing on the direction of the changing regional security dynamics.

Virtual diplomacy: Building a successful hybrid future
Jul 20, 2023

Virtual diplomacy: Building a successful hybrid future

Virtual diplomacy has incredible benefits, but it cannot replace traditional in-person meetings, as a virtual setting comes with its own set of consid

Vladimir Putin visits Central Asia amid Russia–Ukraine War
Jul 13, 2022

Vladimir Putin visits Central Asia amid Russia–Ukraine War

Amidst the shifting geopolitical and geostrategic landscape, Russia renews its efforts to exert its influence over the Central Asian Region.

Vulnerabilities, equities, and progress
Apr 14, 2021

Vulnerabilities, equities, and progress

The ease and speed with which cyberweapons can be recycled heighten risks in ways that are incomparable to other domains of conflict.

Vulnerable in cyberspace
Dec 16, 2016

Vulnerable in cyberspace

The ‘Legion’ hacks expose the dire state of cybersecurity in India. Frequent data breaches will steadily erode the confidence of Internet users and deter them from using digital gateways

Wading out to Sea: The Evolution of India and Indonesia’s Naval Mindset towards Multilateralism
Jun 25, 2012

Wading out to Sea: The Evolution of India and Indonesia’s Naval Mindset towards Multilateralism

This Paper examines the evolution of India and Indonesia's military strategic mindset, from inward-looking powers to budding naval powers. It asserts that the two countries will have "no choice but to cast aside the antiquated aspects of non-alignment and move toward a more pragmatic approach to foreign policy, based on multilateralism."

Walking the SCO tightrope
Jun 13, 2023

Walking the SCO tightrope

For steady growth in the face of fragile geopolitical contestations, New Delhi needs access to different platforms to pursue interests in multiple geographies

War in West Asia: Expectations and trajectories for 2024
Dec 16, 2023

War in West Asia: Expectations and trajectories for 2024

With Israel’s intended strategy in the aftermath of the 7/10 attacks, the conflict is all set to go well into 2024

Was India's decision at WTO wise?
Aug 02, 2014

Was India's decision at WTO wise?

If India continues to act rigid, it will result in the failure of the Doha round and bring misfortunes for small countries and tragic outcomes for all the members of WTO. India shouldn't get carried away and link its food security and subsidy issues to the Trade Facilitation deal

Water is life, water is food: Leave no one behind
Oct 16, 2023

Water is life, water is food: Leave no one behind

Only by recognising the intrinsic value of water and its central role in our existence can we hope to build a more resilient and food-secure world for

Water Issues in South Asia
May 13, 2011

Water Issues in South Asia

Water security is a growing concern in South Asia today. Growing population, expanding urban centres, widespread pollution and mismanagement are pushing several countries in the region towards a water crisis. Mr. B. G. Verghese, well known journalist, author and expert on water issues, calls for better understanding and cooperation among the countries in South Asia to address the challenge of ensuring adequate and equitable availability of water

Water key to cooperation in South Asia, says B.G. Verghese
Sep 02, 2011

Water key to cooperation in South Asia, says B.G. Verghese

Initiating the discussion on "Water Security in South Asia", eminent water expert and noted writer, Mr. B. G. Verghese felt that while water is the key to cooperation in the region, climate change is the most important issue for all South Asian countries.

Water scarcity in the Middle East: Beyond an environmental risk
May 06, 2021

Water scarcity in the Middle East: Beyond an environmental risk

In the Middle East, which continuously suffers from chronic disorder, water supply systems are increasingly becoming both political lever and objectiv

We can’t escape the externalities of great power politics
Oct 28, 2022

We can’t escape the externalities of great power politics

As the US and China glare at each other and leave no ambiguity about their rivalrous intent, the rest of the world must watch these shifting dynamics closely for their potential implications

Weak WTO and an uncertain global trade order
Sep 05, 2022

Weak WTO and an uncertain global trade order

Due to unilateral tariff imposition and other pre-pandemic trade restrictions that undermined the multilateral trade order, the focus has now shifted

Weaponisation of finance: Regulators' worries in a geopolitically fragile world
Aug 24, 2023

Weaponisation of finance: Regulators' worries in a geopolitically fragile world

Strengthening global governance mechanisms and fostering open dialogue among nations are essential to mitigate the risks associated with the weaponisa