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Is India firmly aligned with
 the US now?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, within eight months of coming to power, has gone about strengthening India's relations with Japan, Australia and the US, in what seems to be a well laid out plan with a clear agenda.
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Analysis
 
The art of the deal with America
29 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan
To understand the strategic significance of the second summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, it is necessary to look beyond the very important and tangible outcomes that the two leaders have unveiled.
 
Stepping out more into the world, with a little help from a friend
29 January 2015
Manoj Joshi
The Indo-US bus, stalled since 2009, is moving again. It has new tyres, engine and a coat of paint, and its cocky new Indian driver is determined to take it in his chosen direction: not just towards a particular country but the world at large.
•  India needs to learn how to leverage friendship with US
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Report
 
Need for separate regional councils for J-K
30 January 2015
At a discussion on "Conversations on Kashmir: Socio-political and economic aspirations of J&K" at ORF, panellists insisted upon the need for truth and reconciliation which, however, can only be possible after the admission of guilt by the parties concerned.
 
The India-US Dialogues
28 January 2015
The India-US Dialogues, hosted by Observer Research Foundation and Network 18 on January 24 with panels ranging from security and international relations to business and economics, encapsulating the range of issues on everyone's minds.
 
Will Panchsheel be key to India-China relations?
28 January 2015
In a first of the kind, Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata organised an inter-university debate competition on 'Panchsheel and its Relevance' on January 17 to commemorate completion of 60 years of signing the agreement.
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Issue Brief
 
Capital Flows in the Quantitative Easing Era: Building Resilience in Emerging Economies
28 January 2015
Manmath Goel
Issue No. 86
This paper highlights the risks that emerging economies are exposed to given the extended use of Unconventional Monetary Policies in advanced economies. It also explores how financial resilience of emerging economies can be increased to ensure stable economic growth.
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China Weekly Report
 
Asia at a decisive moment?
28 January 2015
Vol IV, Issue 46
Asia, it would appear, is at a decisive moment in time. The elephant and the dragon have been rising for a while now, but they both seem to have arrived at a significant point, important enough to warrant both strategic courting and containment.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Blame game continues in Nepal
24 January 2015
Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury
Vol VIII, Issue 4
Nepali political leaders have missed a self-imposed deadline for promulgation of the country's new Constitution. Last year, in the wake of the election to the second Constituent Assembly (CA), the lawmakers had kept January 22 as the deadline.
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan |Sri Lanka
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Occasional Paper
 
Solving India's Nuclear Liability Conundrum
22 January 2015
Rakesh Sood
Issue No. 57
This Paper offers a broad and objective analysis on the controversial issue of 'uclear liability', India's concerns and provides a recommendation for a coherent and comprehensive approach to resolve this conundrum.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Net Neutrality and the Law of Common Carriage
15 January, 2015
Vol III, Issue 1
Net neutrality makes strange bedfellows. It links the truck operators that dominate India’s highways, such as those that carry vegetables from rural markets to cities, and Internet service providers which perform a more technologically advanced task.
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Africa Monitor
 
Mauritius keen to become bridge for India to Africa
19 January 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 31
Mauritius is keen to become a "real bridge" for India to invest and connect with the rest of Africa and with Europe, said Showkutally Soodhun, the new vice prime minister of the Indian Ocean island.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
China, Vietnam to address maritime disputes without using ’megaphone diplomacy’
08 January 2015
Vol IV, Issue 1
Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to "megaphone diplomacy", as Beijing backs off from aggressive attempts to press its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
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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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West Asia Monitor
 
India and the Arab League: Walking the trade talk
05 January 2015
Vol I, Issue V
India hosted the 4th India­Arab Partnership Conference late last month as part of the Modi government’s efforts to elevate the level of engagement between the two sides.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Lima outcome: the quiet mutation of Kyoto Protocol
19 December 2014
Vol XI, Issue 26
Instead of an international law on climate change imposing commandments such as ’thou shalt not emit carbon’ on Nation States, or International Carbon Markets saying ’thou shalt pay for emitting carbon’,
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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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"Peshawar Attacks: Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Efforts"
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
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"University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham"
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
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"Digital Jurisdiction"
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
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"India-US Relations & President Obama's Visit"
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Saturday, 7 February 2015
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"The Changong Face of National Security Work - The Threat and opportunity of Data"
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
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Discussion
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"Cyber Governance"
Thursday, 12 February 2015
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Roundtable meeting
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"Increasing Coal Production to 1 Billion Tonnes by 2020: Policy Pathways"
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
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Talk
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"Former Foreign Minister of the Maldives, Ahmed Naseem"
Friday, 20 February 2015
(3:00 PM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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"Intelligence Reforms"
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
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Roundtable Discussion

"Political Turmoil in West Asia: Perspectives from India and Russia"
2-3 March 2015
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Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference
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"Continental Strategy or Maritime Defence"
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
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Conference
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"CYFY 2015"
14-16 October 2015
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Auctioning Coal: Will it Clean the Stable?
23 January 2015
Lydia Powell,

In a recent interview on coal block auctions, the Minister of State for Coal has said that he had 'inherited a mess' and that his mission was to 'clean the stable'.

 
Over-Supply in Global Coal Market is an Opportunity for India
23 January 2015
Ashish Gupta,

Rising import of coal is a cause for concern especially on account of increasing current account deficit.

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International
Global nation
08 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

PM Narendra Modi's interest in the diaspora is about recognising India's possibilities as a "global nation" that is not defined in narrow territorial terms.

 
Sushma Swaraj's visit to South Korea and the way ahead
08 January 2015
K.V. Kesavan

For both India and South Korea, cooperation in the civilian nuclear sphere is a subject of great importance.

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National
Powershift in Colombo is Delhi's opportunity
12 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

As a new government led by Maithripala Sirisena takes charge in Colombo,

 
Curtains down for Planning Commission, but challenges remain
05 January 2015
Manoj Kumar

The history of the Planning Commission suggests that it was always an extension of the government's attitude towards the economy.

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Sri Lanka
Powershift in Colombo is Delhi's opportunity
12 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

As a new government led by Maithripala Sirisena takes charge in Colombo, New Delhi has a valuable opportunity to arrest the drift in bilateral relations over the last few years.

 
Sri Lanka's new Govt, and India and China
09 January 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy

Sri Lanka's poll results have shown that President-elect Sirisena's victory was made possible by the overwhelming vote of the minorities, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils.

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Terrorism
Pak boat operation: Was there any other option with Coast Guard?
08 January 2015
Vikram Sood

No one really knew what had happened on the high seas off Porbunder on the New Year Eve, yet everyone had an answer within hours.

 
Pak boat operation exposes intel gaps again
06 January 2015
Manoj Joshi

There are several problems with the story as it has been put out and many of these have been listed in the internet or in newspapers.

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