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Wellington’s strategic recalibration for a Changing South Pacific Region
Aug 29, 2023

Wellington’s strategic recalibration for a Changing South Pacific Region

Whether New Zealand’s new strategic direction will help it navigate its shifting relationship with China, while balancing security cooperation with

What a third Xi term could mean for India
Oct 17, 2022

What a third Xi term could mean for India

If the 20th CCP meet, which began on Sunday, enhances Xi Jinping’s power, it would reinforce trends associated with his tenure: Assertiveness abroad, no compromises on boundary issues, and a willingness to use the military as an instrument of policy

What after the exit of UN Mission in Nepal?
Jan 21, 2011

What after the exit of UN Mission in Nepal?

The exit of the UN mission has created a security gap in Nepal which may not augur well with the prevalent disunity among different political parties. People want the original stakeholders should undertake the responsibility of completing the tasks left over by the external agencies.

What could the Chinese be planning for Doklam?
Dec 22, 2017

What could the Chinese be planning for Doklam?

China has done little in reducing the earlier tensions of Doklam, while India has taken no action, other than protecting its national security concern

What does Sri Lanka moving closer to China mean for India?
Oct 14, 2020

What does Sri Lanka moving closer to China mean for India?

Given the trajectory of the China relations — Sri Lanka’s ‘India First’ policy will obviously be confined to bilateral security issues and New

What does the case of Raymond Davis tell us about Pak-US relations?
Mar 11, 2011

What does the case of Raymond Davis tell us about Pak-US relations?

The current crisis in Pakistan-US relations over the detention of Raymond Davis, the American security contractor charged with the murder of two Pakistanis, confirms many well-known trends, such as increasing anti-Americanism among Pakistanis and the growing importance of 'strategic corporals'.

What does the new 2+2 Dialogue mean for the India-Japan relationship?
Jun 10, 2019

What does the new 2+2 Dialogue mean for the India-Japan relationship?

One of the primary objectives for both New Delhi and Tokyo is to prevent the rise of a unipolar Asia dominated by one single hegemonic power. It is this political objective that has been driving the relationship.

What India needs to do in 2014
Dec 31, 2013

What India needs to do in 2014

The agenda for change is a large one. This list or any other can be multiplied several times and still come up short. But the compulsions of reform are urgent. With a bulging profile of young people, India is said to be on the cusp of a demographic dividend. But that dividend could well become a nightmare unless we are able to fix our politics, our governance system, economy, national security machinery.

What India should do as Afghanistan plunges deeper into crisis
Aug 17, 2021

What India should do as Afghanistan plunges deeper into crisis

While Indian officials have participated in events where the Taliban have been present, India has been content to let others take the lead. We have, therefore, been unable to plan options for ensuring security of both the Indian nationals working in Afghanistan as well the diplomats at our embassy in Kabul, and this remains the primary responsibility at the moment.

What made India’s G20 Presidency so successful? —A deep dive into the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration
Dec 03, 2023

What made India’s G20 Presidency so successful? —A deep dive into the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration

As India's Presidency of the G20 ends and the baton passes to Brazil, we evaluate the successes of the past year culminating in the New Delhi Leaders'

What’s in the growing Russia-China-Iran trilateral convergence?
Dec 24, 2019

What’s in the growing Russia-China-Iran trilateral convergence?

Potential security engagements among the three have spotlighted their increasing convergence.

What’s next for India-Japan defence relations?
Sep 07, 2019

What’s next for India-Japan defence relations?

While the impetus for closer alignment is clear, much work remains to be done on the security side and within the wider bilateral relationship.

Where Does India Stand In the Indo-Pacific Nuclear Tinderbox?
Sep 22, 2021

Where Does India Stand In the Indo-Pacific Nuclear Tinderbox?

With more nations building their nuclear arsenal, the Indo-Pacific is becoming a high-risk place.

Where is US’s China policy headed?
May 18, 2023

Where is US’s China policy headed?

The escalating geopolitical competition has placed the US and China at odds. Both sides need to stabilise their relationship given the role they play

Who will be the next Secretary General of the United Nations?
Aug 29, 2016

Who will be the next Secretary General of the United Nations?

The process for the selection of the ninth Secretary General of the United Nations who will succeed Dr. Ban Ki-moon, is under way.

Why Agnipath agitation should act as a wake-up call for India
Jul 13, 2022

Why Agnipath agitation should act as a wake-up call for India

The Agnipath protests throw light on the growing unemployment crisis that is prevailing in India.

Why are small South Asian states resorting to the “wait and watch” approach towards the Taliban?
Sep 22, 2021

Why are small South Asian states resorting to the “wait and watch” approach towards the Taliban?

Much more is at stake than domestic security when it comes to how the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan will affect the small South Asian states

Why Delhi must not be at sea
Nov 03, 2015

Why Delhi must not be at sea

Can Delhi go beyond diplomatic statements and help China's neighbours to stand up to Beijing? As the Philippines and Vietnam look to diversify their security partnerships and build national capabilities for deterrence against China, Manila and Hanoi would like to see Delhi be a little more forthcoming with its hard power.

Why Did India Merely Observe Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023?
Aug 18, 2023

Why Did India Merely Observe Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023?

Despite earlier reports that India would actually participate in the Australia-U.S. led military exercise, New Delhi remained an observer of the latest iteration.

Why engagement with ASEAN should be high on the priority list for India
Jun 21, 2022

Why engagement with ASEAN should be high on the priority list for India

The strengthening of relations in the geopolitical sphere has also given a push to the India-Asean economic ties, with Asean now India's fourth-largest trading partner engaging in bilateral trade in 2019-20 worth $86.9 billion.

Why India must put any overtures to Pakistan on hold
May 16, 2014

Why India must put any overtures to Pakistan on hold

Given our troubled relationship with Pakistan, we need to keep our security apparatus in a state of alert with state-of-the-art equipment. All bilateral issues with Pakistan -- political, military, economic -- will simply have to go on the back-burner till Pakistan decides it wants to live as a good neighbour.

Why India Needs More Aircraft Carriers
Sep 22, 2022

Why India Needs More Aircraft Carriers

New Delhi just commissioned its first indigenously built major warship. It will need more to challenge Beijing on the high seas.

Why India needs urgent police reforms
Dec 04, 2018

Why India needs urgent police reforms

Internal security is very much a prerogative of police and efficient policing is needed in order to tackle threats. But for that, the police system ne

Why India should pivot the QUAD into the Indian Ocean through IORA
May 31, 2023

Why India should pivot the QUAD into the Indian Ocean through IORA

The Quad engaging with IORA will help India to bring the strategic convergences of the two groupings and China’s growing footprint in the region to

Why India's defence procurement is problematic?
Apr 10, 2012

Why India's defence procurement is problematic?

A country that spends 15 per cent of its Central expenditure on national defence (armed forces and DRDO) and 23 per cent on national security (armed forces and all other security forces like para-military, police) must explain to its citizens as to whether its spending on security is justifiably utilised or not.

Why India's military isn’t getting the weapons it needs
Aug 06, 2020

Why India's military isn’t getting the weapons it needs

New Delhi's labyrinthine procurement organization is an obstacle to the country's national security. And the external security threats that India confronts, especially that from Beijing, will not miraculously disappear.

Why Iraq needs more attention in India’s West Asia policy calculus
Dec 07, 2022

Why Iraq needs more attention in India’s West Asia policy calculus

Baghdad can figure in India’s energy calculations more significantly given the geopolitical developments in recent times.

Why is Bangladesh important in India’s G20 presidency?
Feb 15, 2023

Why is Bangladesh important in India’s G20 presidency?

As India tries to shape the global agenda through G20, it needs Bangladesh’s support to translate many of these ideas into action in its neighbourho

Why Is the Indo-Pacific Important for Europe?
Feb 25, 2022

Why Is the Indo-Pacific Important for Europe?

A proactive Europe is welcomed by many in the Indo-Pacific, a reality highlighted by a recent ministerial forum focused on cooperation in the region.

Why Kashmir needs a new counterinsurgency strategy
May 18, 2018

Why Kashmir needs a new counterinsurgency strategy

Every successful encounter is causing more recruitments — the security establishment is caught between the conundrum: to kill the militants or not.

Why Seoul and New Delhi should leverage the G20 momentum for advancing collaboration in the Indo-Pacific
Mar 09, 2023

Why Seoul and New Delhi should leverage the G20 momentum for advancing collaboration in the Indo-Pacific

New Delhi and Seoul are two key players in the Indo-Pacific in terms of their respective maritime geographies, geopolitical capabilities, and foreign

Why the Philippines needs a robust “Look West” policy
Jan 25, 2024

Why the Philippines needs a robust “Look West” policy

As the Indo-Pacific continues to emerge at the centre of international security discourse, it will be vital for the Philippines to maximise this oppor

Why the Tsushima Strait is vital for Northeast Asia’s geopolitics
Mar 23, 2023

Why the Tsushima Strait is vital for Northeast Asia’s geopolitics

The heightened geopolitical rivalry between US, China, and Russia has raised the strategic importance of the Strait as a vital maritime shipping route

Why the UN must evolve to fight modern-day terror
Oct 27, 2022

Why the UN must evolve to fight modern-day terror

The threat of terrorism itself has been fast evolving and far surpasses some of the fundamental challenges that the UN, UN Security Council, agencies and members are continuing to try and navigate

Why TikTok was banned in Nepal?
Jan 08, 2024

Why TikTok was banned in Nepal?

Nepal chose to ban TikTok, as done by other countries, citing security reasons. However, many criticise this move stating that it is politically motiv

Will demonetisation overshadow the Kashmir challenge?
May 24, 2023

Will demonetisation overshadow the Kashmir challenge?

In an announcement that caught the nation by surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes of the Indian currency in November to arrest ‘black money’, end corruption, and choke terrorist finances. This move represents a policy departure and it has far-reaching implications. As national debate has been hijacked by the possible fallouts of demonetisation, other critical issues have been pushed to

Will Jamali survive?
Jun 09, 2004

Will Jamali survive?

With the resignation of the Sindh CM, it is widely speculated that the next to follow suit would be Jamali. His repeated assurances that his government was under no threat, only betrayed his insecurity. General Musharraf, who could have reiterated Jamali¿s confidence,

Will Okinawa poll shock impact Abe's national politics and US relations?
Nov 20, 2014

Will Okinawa poll shock impact Abe's national politics and US relations?

The consequences of the Okinawa gubernatorial elections, where Prime Minister Abe's party candidate was defeated convincingly, mainly on the issue of relocation of US bases, will resonate on the US-Japan security alliance as well as Abe's ruling LDP party.

Will Sheikh Hasina's foreign policy boost her re-election bid?
Sep 15, 2022

Will Sheikh Hasina's foreign policy boost her re-election bid?

The ‘India factor’ has played an undeniable role in the Awami League's past electoral triumphs.

Will the PFI ban curb the growing radicalisation in India?
Oct 06, 2022

Will the PFI ban curb the growing radicalisation in India?

An all-India crackdown on the PFI raises the question of whether merely banning radical organisations can halt the rise of radicalisation

Will Trump’s Afghan peace deal hold up?
Aug 24, 2020

Will Trump’s Afghan peace deal hold up?

The looming danger is that the President Trump’s eagerness to tout the deal as a success would precipitate a hasty US withdrawal.

Will Trump’s foreign policy outlive his term?
Apr 28, 2020

Will Trump’s foreign policy outlive his term?

His imprint on trade, security and Asia policy will last. His influence on immigration, climate change may not

With China’s rise, strong Indo-French relations more than welcome
Mar 09, 2018

With China’s rise, strong Indo-French relations more than welcome

Bilateral ties between New Delhi and Paris today cover a gamut of issues including defence, maritime, space, security, and energy.

Women in social commerce: Tailwind to a resilient growth
May 20, 2023

Women in social commerce: Tailwind to a resilient growth

Social commerce can become a powerful tool for promoting women's economic empowerment

Working with Tehran on the Red Sea crisis
Jan 19, 2024

Working with Tehran on the Red Sea crisis

Regional security in West Asia stands at a precarious intersection.

Workshop on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
Mar 15, 2007

Workshop on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights

On 15 and 16 March 2007, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, and the Center on Global Counter-Terrorism Cooperation of the Fourth Freedom Forum, USA, convened a two-day South Asia Regional Workshop, "Security and Liberty," which examined the relationship between human rights and counter-terrorism. This Chairmen's Report highlights some of the themes and recommendations put forward during the workshop.