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Modi's Japan Visit: Security,
 the key driver
Enabling a stable Asian strategic framework to the mutual benefit of both New Delhi and Tokyo should be a compelling factor for both prime ministers, Mr Narendra Modi and Mr Shinzo Abe.
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Analysis
 
Can Tokyo provide Modi his first big bang moment?
30 August 2014
Manoj Joshi
A civil nuclear agreement is one of the key outcomes New Delhi is pushing for in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan that starts on August 30. Recently, in Naypidaw, Myanmar, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj called on her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida to "bring talks on civil nuclear agreement to their logical conclusion".
 
Time for India to set priorities in South Asia
29 August 2014
N Sathiya Moorthy
India does not have much time left to set its priorities right, whatever they be. If nothing else, it cannot afford to ?tire out? its neighbours, who can then choose their own, individual course.
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Report
 
India should act as an elder brother to Bangladesh
28 August 2014
The new political leadership in Delhi has given a ray of hope for the prospect of regional cooperation. In this regard, it is very important for India to understand how it is perceived by neighbouring countries in the South Asian region, says Bangladesh's Deputy High Commissioner Mahbub Hasan Saleh.
 
Nuclear strategies in the modern era
26 August 2014
China has modernised its nuclear arsenal to enhance mobility and concealment in order to increase the survivability. And, China's nuclear strategy will remain immune to any Asian nuclear imbalance, even in a scenario wherein Japan acquires nuclear weapons, argues author Dr. Vipin Narang.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi: Opportunities and Challenges
30 August 2014
Vol I, Issue I
Iraq's Prime Minister designate, Haider al-Abadi, a member of the Shia-led Islamic Dawa Party, must build an inclusive national government and unite Iraq's fragmented ethno-religious communities against the rise of the Islamic State (IS).
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Occasional Paper
 
Development and Diplomacy through Lines of Credit
 Achievements and Lessons Learnt

25 June 2014
Asgar Qadri and Rajrishi Singhal
Issue No. 53
This study analyses India's development cooperation conducted through the instrument of Lines of Credit. It focusses on what has been achieved so far, what lessons can be learned from the past and what should be done to ensure that LOCs help the recipient countries achieve long-term and sustainable development solutions.
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Issue Brief
 
Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: A Reality Check
22 August 2014
Arka Biswas
Issue No. 72
Nuclear development in Iran has been an issue of great concern, not only to its neighbours in West Asia, but also for the global powers, in the interests of regional and global stability. At present, efforts are being made to find a solution to the crisis.
 
India-Bangladesh Relations: A Ten-point Agenda
22 August 2014
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
Issue No. 71
This Issue Brief seeks to highlight key issues which the Narendra Modi government should prioritise in its relations with Bangladesh. It also suggests some additional steps that can be taken to strengthen relations between the two countries.
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Africa Weekly Report
 
Civil society condemns immunity for crime-accused African leaders
29 August 2014
Vol. IV Issue. 23
Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. According to human rights organisations,
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Energy News Monitor
 
Politics of Hope: The Myth of Smart Cities
29 August 2014
Vol XI, Issue 11
But cities were once the solution to the problem of prosperity for many. By diminishing distance and increasing density it created the perfect environment for prosperity through specialisation, exchange and trade.
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China Weekly Report
 
Dismantling the Hukou
25 August 2014
Vol IV, Issue 25
China has added some flesh to the idea of hukou or household registration system reform, late last month, a much anticipated move since the Third Plenum last year. The State Council on July 30 had publicized its target of settling 100 million people in towns and cities.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Azadi March in Pakistan - Nawaz Sharif vs Army?
22 August 2014
Taruni Kumar
Vol VII, Issue 34
The synchronised protest marches undertaken by Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and cleric Tahir-ul Qadri, chairman of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), culminated in a combined sit-in outside the Parliament building in Islamabad.
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan |Sri Lanka
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Japan's New Policy on Collective Self Defence
2 August 2014
Vol III, Issue 8
The Abe administration in July 2014, made a historic decision by trying to reinterpret the constitution to allow the Japanese Self Defence Forces (SDF) to fight in foreign soil and in defence of its allies and friends.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Reframing the global Internet ecosystem
01 August, 2014
Vol II, Issue 8
As the conversations around internet governance become trapped in confrontational language, it is time to move the emphasis back to decision making that works for all
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China Military Watch
 
Senior Chinese military official warns against Japanese militarism
02 July 2014
Vol III, Issue 13
A senior Chinese military official said on June 22 that all peace-loving people should keep alert about Japan's further inclination toward a wrong and dangerous path and the revival of its militarism.
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Space Alert
 
ISRO to launch five foreign satellites
01 July 2014
Vol II, Issue 5
Five foreign satellites will be launched by India under commercial agreements on June 30, space agency ISRO said on June 20. The indigenous PSLV-C23 rocket will carry a 714 kg French Earth Observation Satellite 'SPOT-7' as the main payload.
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Annual Report
 
Annual Report 2013



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
 
Politics of Hope: The Myth of Smart Cities
26 August 2014
Lydia Powell,

The mediation of social conflict (invariably connected to distribution of resources, wealth and power) has been a human preoccupation for thousands of years.

 
Illegality of Coal allocations: Whose interests will it serve?
26 August 2014
Ashish Gupta,

The recent ruling of the Supreme Court on the allocation of the coal blocks from 1993 onwards as illegal has come as a hard blow to private captive coal blocks owners.

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National
Can Modi turn slogans into concrete actions?
14 August 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

All that the government has to do is to focus on providing basic goods -- high quality primary education and healthcare,

 
Modi's per drop more crop dream needs a digital cover
14 August 2014
R. Swaminathan

The prime minister has shown a refreshing approach towards Indian agriculture, but for the real challenges to be surmounted,

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International
Japan's growing engagement in the Indo-Pacific
12 August 2014
Darshana M. Baruah

Tokyo's growing engagement with the countries of the region is a strong reflection of Japan's desire to play a greater role in regional security.

 
Bubbles and Other Troubles: Risks from Ultra Easy Monetary Policy
12 August 2014
Manmath Goel

Spillovers from unconventional monetary policy in the AEs pose a systemic risk for emerging market economies (EMEs).

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Security
India: Diversifying arms purchases
13 August 2014
Siddharth Sivaraman and Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopal

Technology is important, but who you get it from is even more important. U.S. drones in the Indian inventory would have a huge value in terms of messaging,

 
Exploring net neutrality
12 August 2014
Anahita Mathai

With India seeking to connect the next billion, and becoming a key player in the global Internet debate, it is important to have clearly formed domestic policies.

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Economy
India does not need SAARC Bank
11 August 2014
Prashant Kumar

India will gain very little by taking the lead in this venture. It already holds the rather envied position as the strongest economy within the region.

 
Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy
5 August 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

Giving huge amounts of cash subsidies in the developed countries also distorts market. Lowering the actual cost of production artificially,

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