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South Korea and Modi's Act East Policy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to South Korea has further strengthened and expanded India-Korea strategic and economic ties. Modi's call to take the bilateral relationship to a higher level was responded positively by the South Korean leadership.
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Analysis
 
Money Flushed Down the Irrigation Canal
22 May 2015
Natasha Sharma
The government's focus on big ticket investment in irrigation projects without caring for its impact on production capacity defeats the very purpose of investing in agriculture projects. There is a need for monumental policy shift to fight the agrarian crisis.
 
South Asia policy after Modi's China visit
22 May 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy
Indian concerns over a 'rising China' is more about China's 'increasing influence' in the South Asian neighbourhood than over the possibility of a revived border episode or a return to war between the two Asian giants.
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Report
 
Challenges of Nuclear Deterrence in a Multipolar Nuclear Architecture
22 May 2015
The India-France nuclear dialogue, organised by Observer Research Foundation on April 1, discussed, debated and exchanged ideas on some of the mutual challenges faced by both countries. Both the countries share concern on issues ranging from Chinese-Pakistani nuclear cooperation, nuclear proliferation in Iran and possibilities of an arms race in the West Asia.
 
Muscle-power giving way to money-power in elections: Expert
22 May 2015
The process of reforms in the electoral system to ensure electoral integrity has began, but much remains to be achieved. Ultimately, electoral integrity could be restored only by the will of the people and it is in people's power to do so.
 
Lack of clarity on legal nature of Paris deal a concern for India
21 May 2015
Lack of clarity on the legal nature of the Paris deal and the INDCs has been a cause of concern for India. There has been a proposal for a kind of "hybrid agreement", which suggests that Paris deal will not actually be legally binding but have certain legally binding elements.
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Occasional Paper
 
The Dance of the Elephant and the Dragon: The Promise and Perils of Sino-Indian Relations
18 May 2015
Himanil Raina
Issue No. 65
Why is it that despite sharing significant commonalities, India and China remain trapped in a relationship that projects them as inevitable rivals? This paper examines the promise of these bilateral relations and attempts to sound the death knell to the old narrative.
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Issue Brief
 
Swine Flu: Challenges and Impact on the Indian Economy
11 May 2015
Richa Sekhani
Issue. 90
Swine flu has seen a worrisome spread in India recently, and there are fears of another resurgence in the coming months. This issue brief explores the economic impact of swine flu and the challenges India faces in fighting the disease.
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ORF Special Report
 
Iran Nuclear Deal: Implications of the Framework Agreement
08 May 2015
Kanchi Gupta & Arka Biswas
The US may leverage the Palestinian issue with Israel, in light of France's move to introduce a UNSC resolution on Palestinian statehood. It is likely that President Obama will block this resolution in exchange for Israeli support for the nuclear deal with Iran.
 
Air Power Special Compilation
07 May 2015
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, Angad Singh
Issue No. 9
•  Roadblocks to Air Revolution in Indian War-   Fighting
•  The Opportunities of Gallium Nitride
Doctrinal and war-fighting changes elude the IAF as it grapples to adopt technological upgrades in its fourth generation fighter force.
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Global Policy - ORF SERIES
 
India's Urbanisation Experiences
May 2015
Rumi Aijaz
The second issue of GP-ORF series deals with the key urban challenges facing India - by 2030, India will be 40% urban - and directions the country could take to absorb and manage this future growth. [Based on a series of workshops conducted by ORF, supported by GIZ, during 2013-14.]
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China Weekly Report
 
Indian Prime Minister visits China
18 May 2015
Vol V, Issue 19
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited China as part of three-nation tour he has undertaken from May 13. Modi told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Beijing needs to "re-consider its approach" towards bilateral relations.
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Africa Monitor
 
China willing to do more in Horn of Africa
16 May 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 39
China is ready to make a greater contribution to peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, Beijing said after Djibouti's president told AFP negotiations over a Chinese military base were under way.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Pakistan: Neutrality in Yemen and Arabian displeasure
15 May 2015
Sridhar Ramaswamy
Vol VIII, Issue 20
During the recent crisis in Yemen, between the Houthis and the nine-nation military coalition led by the Saudis, a joint sitting of Pakistan's Parliament voted against joining the Saudi-led coalition.
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West Asia Monitor
 
But What's the Alternative? In negotiations with Iran, it means doing a better job
11 May 2015
Vol I, Issue IX
Probably the most common response to the criticism that has been leveled at the P5+1-Iran negotiations over the past year is: "but what's the alternative?"
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
A Time to Lead
8 May, 2015
Vol III, Issue 5
Today [April 16], Den Hague will be at the centre of the cyber world as over 100 delegations assemble for the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) hosted by the Dutch government. India?s participation at such forums must factor in two important realities of the digital space.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
China Maritime Tensions dominates ASEAN Summit
05 May 2015
Vol IV, Issue 5
In the March issue, this column stated that "Chinese occupation and creation of islands in the South China Sea is going to be an issue not just with the other disputing nations in the region but with extra regional actors such as the US... [and] The issue will only add more complexities in an already tensed area."
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Energy News Monitor
 
Local Pollution and the Politics of Outrage (part II)
14 April 2015
Vol XI, Issue 44
Drawing on the hypothesis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), last week's column ended with a rather sceptical observation that the problem of local pollution in Delhi.
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Space Alert
 
The UAE Takes a Bold Step into the Final Policy Frontier
April 2015
Vol III, Issue 2
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) may be positioning itself to become a leader for outer space activities in the Gulf Region. Recently, Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, EIAST, held the inaugural meeting of the UAE Space Agency Working Group on Space Policy and Law,
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Annual Report
 
Annual Report 2014



Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an endeavour to aid and influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India. The expectations of the global community from India are immense as the country is poised to play a leading role in the knowledge age. The Foundation believes that in the next 15 years, India will be one of the great economic powers in the world and contribute to a significant transformation in the quality of life of humanity.
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14-16 October 2015
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Lack of clarity spells doom for UMPP projects
12 May 2015
Ashish Gupta

The Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) which were seen as major achievement for the power sector are now losing momentum. Initially, nine UMPPs were to be taken up and later on seven more mega projects were added to the list.

 
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International
PM Modi's foreign policy
15 May 2015
Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Modi's strategy to navigate the impossible trinity of US, China and Europe-Russia is clear. Engage with the US,

 
PM Modi in Mongolia
12 May 2015
C. Raja Mohan

Why has Modi chosen to be India's first prime minister to visit Mongolia? Mongolia is indeed a very sensitive neighbour of China,

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National
India-Iran and the Easing of Sanctions
14 May 2015
Kanchi Gupta

India's deepening engagement with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as Israel could also moderate New Delhi's.

 
Make China India's natural ally for development
13 May 2015
Ranjit Goswami

The key challenge PM Modi would face in China is to completely debunk the hypothesis, which some people suspect,

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China
Beyond the boundary
11 May 2015
C Raja Mohan

Chinese leaders, ever so adept at power politics, do not find it difficult to understand where Modi is coming from.

 
Chinese keep a keen eye on Modi's visit
11 May 2015
Manoj Joshi

In Beijing, the overwhelming question a visitor faces is: What will be the outcome of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

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Economy
Back to the labyrinth
12 May 2015
Sunjoy Joshi

It is time to pause to remind Prime Minister Modi of his campaign promise "minimum government, maximum governance".

 
The Modi govt's economic story
12 May 2015
Manoj Joshi

Modi himself is on record saying that it would take him 5-7 years to fulfil his agenda. That is a reasonable amount of time.

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