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US-Africa Leaders' Summit:
 Seeking a new relevance
The US-Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington D.C from August 4 to 6 attracted considerable international media attention for various reasons. To begin with, for the US, it was a first of its kind.
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Analysis
 
Modi's ports
20 August 2014
C. Raja Mohan
Modi needs a credible domestic strategy to ramp up India's maritime infrastructure. A strategy of seeking multiple partners for India's maritime development would help Modi end New Delhi's current defensiveness on China's Maritime Silk Road initiative.
 
The Indo-Pak stand-off gets a new twist
19 August 2014
Manoj Joshi
New Delhi, having sent a tough message, will hopefully, be working along a coherent policy perspective. Relations with Pakistan are too important to be left hostage to knee-jerk reactions.
 
Indications of industrial revival
19 August 2014
Jayshree Sengupta
On the job creation front, there is need for higher manufacturing growth and the creation of 'decent' jobs and not just menial jobs of security guards and peons as around 10 million people will be enter the job market each year over the next decade.
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Report
 
Lack of bankruptcy law making process slower, says expert
16 August 2014
India neither has a well-defined bankruptcy legislation for businesses to close down systematically or special courts to take care of such issues; and, as a result the process becomes slower, says former Revenue Secretary M.R. Sivaraman.
 
IBSA has lost its sheen after emergence of BRICS
16 August 2014
Following the emergence of BRICS as an economic beacon, the 'India, Brazi, South Africa' grouping, or IBSA for short, may have lost much of its sheen as an international tripartite arrangement, says Mr M Ganapathi, former Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
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Recommendation Report
 
BRICS leaders accept BTTC Recommendations
19 July 2014
The BRICS leaders have accepted the report titled "Towards a Long Term Strategy for BRICS", the recommendations made by the BRICS Think Tanks Council (BTTC). Observer Research Foundation is the Indian representative at the BTTC.
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Issue Brief
 
Is the Indian Housing Finance Industry Keeping Pace with Changing Demographics?
1 July 2014
Srinath Sridharan
Issue No. 71
Besides a life insurance policy, a piece of land or a house is the first large investment that every Indian makes--sometimes, nowadays, as early as at 25 years of age.
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Africa Weekly Report
 
Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated, says WHO
15 August 2014
Vol. IV Issue. 22
The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, which has killed more than 1,000 people, has been vastly underestimated and will require "extraordinary measures, on a massive scale" if it is to be contained, the World Health Organisation has warned.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Myanmar: 'Not so hunky-dory' transition
15 August 2014
Mihir Bhonsale
Vol VII, Issue 33
The South-east Asian country of Myanmar has now completed three years of political and economic reforms, but the journey has been "not so hunky dory" if US secretary of State John Kerry is to be believed.
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan |Sri Lanka
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Energy News Monitor
 
Pakistan: the next frontier for Indian power companies?
15 August 2014
Vol XI, Issue 9
India's power sector is also inefficient but we are in a relatively better position. Though there have been improvements in the generation side, half hearted approach to reform is leading Pakistan towards complete collapse.
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China Weekly Report
 
Chinese President stresses on better transport for Tibet
12 August 2014
Vol IV, Issue 24
President Xi Jinping has called for improvements to transport infrastructure in Tibet Autonomous Region to boost the high-altitude region's development. Marking the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Sichuan-Tibet and Qinghai-Tibet highways, Xi called the projects a miracle in road history.
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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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ORF Special Report
 
US Policies Towards Africa: In Search of a New Paradigm
16 June 2014
H.H.S. Viswanathan and Uma Purushothaman

There seems to be a revival of American interest in Africa. What are the reasons for this? What are the past and current US policies towards the region? Are these interests and policies different from those it had during the Cold War?
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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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Events
 

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Talk on

"Anglo-Indians: A 500-Year History"
by S Muthiah (Social Historian, Chennai)
Saturday, 23 August 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai Conference Hall

 


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Talk on

"Putin's Plan for Russia"
by Mr. Andrew Kuchins
Monday, 25 August 2014
(2:00 PM To 3:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall/Board Room

 


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Seminar on

"The Converging Strategic and Economic Interests of India and the ROK in the Asia-Pacific Region"
Thursday, 28 August 2014
(10:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: Yonsei University, Seoul

 


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Discussion on

"India-Pakistan Nuclear Doctrines"
Monday, 8 September 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference on

Mr. Modi's First Global Summit: What to Expect at the UN Special Climate Summit"
Monday, 8 September 2014
(3:30 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference on

"The Cost of Precision Strike"
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
(10:00 AM To 12:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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The India Conference on

"Cyber Security and Cyber Governance"
16-17 October 2014
(10:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

 


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Conference on

"CyFy 2014"
18 October 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Auditorium

 


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Conference on

"United States Foreign Policy in International Perspective"
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
(10:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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ORF-ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hamburg)

"4th Asian Forum on Global Governance"
26 October to 4 November 2014
(10:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: Hyatt Regency, New Delhi

 


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International Conference on

"Regional Integration in the Indo-Pacific: Prospects and Challenges"
Monday, 24 November 2013
(6:00 PM To 8:00 PM)
Tuesday, 25 November 2013
(10:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

 


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ORF-Russkiy Mir Conference
on

"New Problems and Trends in Global Geopolitics"
4-5 December 2014
(10:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 




  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
Energy/Coal/Power
 
Natural Gas in India: The Tale from Two Papers
12 August 2014
Lydia Powell,

The story of natural gas in India has been told and re-told in different ways by many observers in the last few years.

 
Pakistan: the next frontier for Indian power companies?
12 August 2014
Ashish Gupta,

Like India, Pakistan is a country plagued with high unrealistic electricity tariff, inefficiency, low recovery of dues and distorted subsidy mechanism.

 
Gas Pricing Beyond Administered Prices (part IV)
12 August 2014
Thomas Elmar Schuppe,

Natural gas pricing linked to competing fuels is widely regarded as one of the most appropriate pricing methods for gas markets that are in the transitional phase of market development,

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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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