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US-Japan dilemma over China-led AIIB
The US and Japan have decided to opt out of joining the AIIB though many important US allies like Germany, UK, Australia and South Korea have joined the China-led initiative. Strong business groups in Japan, however, worry that they might miss many investment opportunities.
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Analysis
 
Leakgate: Govt needs more transparency, not less
31 March 2015
Sunjoy Joshi
For a government committed to 'minimum government, maximum governance' it is time that policy making in key economic ministries become far more open and consultative, its acts and actions predictable.
 
Pakistan in Yemen
31 March 2015
C Raja Mohan
With Saudi Arabia now so fearful of a rising Iran, it is quite clearly Pakistan's payback time. And Yemen could mark the beginning of a new and more significant phase in Pakistan's involvement in the security politics of the Gulf.
 
Behind the lines of credit
30 March 2015
Samir Saran & Vivan Sharan
The Modi government must now attempt to transition India's economic engagements towards a more deliberate, durable and definitional framework. Well-administered LoCs offer a great avenue to do this -- and therefore must be given commensurate strategic priority and attention.
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Report
 
India is for global, broad-based internet architecture: Minister
31 March 2015
India supports freedom of speech and expression in Internet. But, security is equally important to India, and terrorism is a huge problem. Therefore, a secure architecture should recognise the role that the state can play, says the Indian Minister for Communication and Technology.
 
India-Myanmar land connectivity increasingly becoming real
30 March 2015
The reality of India-Myanmar land connectivity is increasingly becoming a possibility as militancy and insurgency are on the decline in the region, says Mr. Rajeev Bhattacharyya, a journalist who has lived with several insurgent groups in Myanmar and India's North East.
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Global Policy - ORF SERIES
 
Eradicating TB in India
March 2015
Edited by Harsh Sethi
This special issue marks the occasion of World TB Day 2015. It is also the first release of the Global Policy-ORF series on key debates occurring In India that influence the progression of global governance discussions.
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ORF Special Report
 
East Asia and Japan's foreign policy
25 March 2015

This special report is a talk given by Professor Hitoshi Tanaka on a transforming East Asia and Japan's foreign policy. Prof. Tanaka is a former diplomat who retired as Japan's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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Issue Brief
 
The Changing Contours of Regionalism and Multilateralism in a Globalised World
16 March 2015
H.H.S. Viswanathan
Issue. 87
This issue brief looks at the trends of regionalism and multilateralism, their importance and evolution in an age of problems without borders that require regional or global solutions.
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Occasional Paper
 
Modi in Mauritius: Renewing a Special Relationship
10 March 2015
M. Ganapathi
Issue No. 60
On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, M. Ganapathi, former High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, analyses India-Mauritius ties and suggests areas of cooperation to further strengthen the relationship.
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China Weekly Report
 
Assessing the 18th round of Special Representatives talk
31 March 2015
Vol V, Issue 12
The 18th round of talks between the Special Representatives of India and China on the boundary question, Mr. Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor and Mr. Yang Jiechi, State Councillor, was held in New Delhi on March 23, 2015.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Nepal: India's sensitivity to connectivity with China
27 March 2015
Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury
Vol VIII, Issue 13
Nepal and China have agreed in principle to take up a joint project on infrastructure development of the Nepal-China Economic Belt. The decision was taken at the Foreign Ministers' level meeting held in Beijing recently to commemorate the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two neighbours.
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Africa Monitor
 
India and Africa picking up the pace of trade and investment
20 March 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 35
The third annual meeting of The Growth Net will be held in New Delhi, India from March 25 to 27. Convened by Smadja & Smadja and Ananta Centre, the event is a one-of-a-kind platform for companies from emerging economies to come together and discuss ways to "boost the business, trade, [and] financial linkages"
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
The Revival of the India-US ICT Working Group
10 March, 2015
Vol III, Issue 3
India and the US have many common interests in the IT sector, and the India-US ICT Working Group can be leveraged to strengthen business ties and establish common understanding on various global issues relating to internet governance.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Libya: Anatomy of a Disaster
09 March 2015
Vol I, Issue VII
It was the latest carnage by the Islamic State (IS) that finally brought Libya to world attention. Largely unnoticed, this ruthless predator had created space for itself in Libya in the New Year.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Artificial Islands in the South China Sea
09 March 2015
Vol IV, Issue 3
China continues to build artificial islands in the South China Sea in an attempt to consolidate its claims within the nine dash line. Reports on Beijing's attempt to create artificial islands surfaced in 2014 and recent reports-through the help of satellite pictures- shows the progress made in these islands.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Energy Budget: Purveying Aspirations
06 March 2015
Vol XI, Issue 38
The high cost of petrol ensures that the average Indian continues to cover most of his everyday commuting needs by foot or by bicycle. These are the biggest contributions an average Indian makes to carbon emission mitigation.
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Space Alert
 
India's Space Programme: Increasingly Security-Driven
05 January 2015
Vol III, Issue 1
India's space programme has come a long way since the launching of its first sounding rocket from Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram in southern India in 1963.
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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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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Net Zero Emissions at Net Zero Cost?
27 March 2015
Lydia Powell & Akhilesh Sati

A large section of the 'civil society' in the West appears to be disappointed with the efforts of the United Nations in controlling carbon emissions.

 
Jharkhand Coal Washeries: Facts
27 March 2015
Ashish Gupta

Studies conducted: Before World War I, Prof. William Galloway conducted washing experiments on Assam coals.

 
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International
Modi's Sagar Mala
11 March 2015
C. Raja Mohan

As he swings across the Indian Ocean this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biggest challenge is not about countering China.

 
India: Mooring in foreign shores?
04 March 2015
Manoj Joshi

India needs to find money to put into strategic investments and projects across the IOR -- whether it is Myanmar, Iran, Sri Lanka or Mauritius.

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National
Northwest turbulence
04 March 2015
C. Raja Mohan

What Delhi needs is a strategy that will generate some influence for India in shaping the future of the critical northwest sub-region.

 
Has the Budget done enough to boost Infrastructure?
04 March 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj

Overall, the infrastructure sector is the winner in this year's budget. The allocation to the sector will go up by 700 bn rupees in 2015/16 over last year

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Maldives
Maldives: Feeble light at the end of the tunnel?
07 March 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy

Nasheed is the nation's most charismatic leader, maybe for all time. In such a scenario,

 
Turmoil in Maldives and India's timid response
07 March 2015
Ravi Joshi

After demonstrating a sharp sense of deeper engagement with the neighbours, from the day of the swearing in,

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Security & Intelligence
India's UNSC aspirations: Is China on board?
05 March 2015
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Earlier this month, the RIC forum meeting in Beijing supported India's aspirations to play a greater role in the UN. Recently,

 
Restructure the forces before buying hardware
03 March 2015
Manoj Joshi

Before the Government plunges into the physical modernisation of the armed forces, it needs to put in place the much needed modernisation of the way we think about,

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