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Democratic candidates'
 surprisingly low focus on
 foreign policy
Though foreign policy is going to be an important issue in the US Presidential elections next year, the Democrat candidates for the party's nomination have surprisingly devoted little time to this aspect so far.
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China's WU-14 nuclear device: Impact on deterrence equation
01 July 2015
Arka Biswas
The successful tests of Chinese nuclear device WU-14 has brought the emphasis back on deploying effective ballistic missile defences. The Chinese test is also definitely going to speed up the US' quest for enhancing both its offensive and defensive technological capabilities.
Avoiding a Great Depression
01 July 2015
Jayshree Sengupta
India need to do more to speed up its own financial sector reforms and make it stronger because the percentage of NPAs has reached a dangerous level of 4.45 per cent and could reach 6 per cent soon. Unless the banking system is strong, India cannot be on a higher trajectory of growth.
Connecting northeast India
01 July 2015
Sriparna Pathak Raimedhi
India's Northeast remains disconnected from the rest of the country. This disconnect is not just in the geographical realm, but also at the level of the superstructure. With the advent of newer forms of communication, many research organisations or think tanks have come up to to study the eight States in the region.
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South Korea's 'Act West' policy to match India's 'Act East'
18 June 2015
The combination of Indian demography, Korean technology, its value for money aspects, and the government support has made Korean companies in India quite successful, according to the Consul-General of the Republic of Korea in Chennai, Mr. Kim Kyungsoo.
South Asia region needs to be integrated as Europe
16 June 2015
Like Europe interlinked themselves and how it has benefitted their economy as a whole, Dr. Muhammad Hasan Mahmud, a former Minister in Sheikh Hasina Cabinet, thinks the same kind of integration could be done between India and Bangladesh and the whole of South Asia.
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Issue Brief
Turkey Says 'No' to Presidential Government
25 June 2015
Anita Sengupta
Issue. 95
The general elections of 7 June 2015 were Turkey's last scheduled elections until the next one in 2019. Coming at a time when the country and its neighbours are on the brink of profound transformation, and given the increasing complexity of the socio-political situation in the Middle East.
India and its Eastern Neighbours: Prospects for Sub-Regional Cooperation
17 June 2015
Sridhar Ramaswamy
Issue. 94
This Issue Brief focuses on the reasons for the need to have sub-regional integration and cooperation between the four South Asian countries of BBIN--Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. It also looks at previous attempts made at sub-regional cooperation by countries in the region and the areas of potential cooperation.
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ORF Paper
Iran Nuclear Deal: Implications of the Framework Agreement
June 2015
This E-book, published under the GP-ORF Series, lobal Policy - ORF Series, consists of nine chapters dealing with various aspects of the Framework Agreement, announced on April 2, 2015. The agreement is a significant step forward. (For Smashword version, click here)
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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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South China Sea Monitor
China places oil rig back in Vietnam's EEZ
01 July 2015
Vol IV, Issue 7
On June 25, China moved its state owned oil rig HD-981 closer to Vietnam's coast following last year's protests over a similar move.
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China Weekly Report
Xi demands tougher anti-corruption drive
29 June 2015
Vol V, Issue 24
Chinese President Xi Jinping said efforts to weed out undesirable work styles and corruption should rely on improved law and regulations and forceful implementation of such rules.
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South Asia Weekly Report
Myanmar: Chinese calculations behind Suu Kyi's visit
26 June 2015
Mihir Bhonsale
Vol VIII, Issue 26
Aung San Suu Kyi's five-day official visit to China is a beckon of changing times. The Myanmarese Opposition leader and Noble Laureate surprised all when news of her going to China on an official visit was public.
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Energy News Monitor
Energy Subsidies: Tailoring Definitions to Influence Outcomes
19 June 2015
Vol XII, Issue 1
The attacks by industrialised nations, motivated by the great and the good, assume that the guilt from the large carbon foot print of their lives can and should be off-set by preventing an Indian village from getting its first light bulb.
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Africa Monitor
Nigeria's Akinwumi Adesina elected African Development Bank president
12 June 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 41
Akinwumi Adesina, who served as Nigeria's agriculture minister in the outgoing government of Jonathan Goodluck, has been elected as the new president of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
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ORF Cyber Monitor
Strive for Balance without Surrendering Net Neutrality
9 June, 2015
Vol III, Issue 6
India?s Telecom Regulatory Authority has looked to other countries for best practices on how to deal with the issue of net neutrality. What is the best way forward?
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West Asia Monitor
Civil War in Yemen
8 June 2015
Vol I, Issue X
Beginning March 26, 2015, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of countries, comprising nine other Arab countries, backed by the USA, France and UK, launched air strikes in Yemen against the Houthis and army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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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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Talk on

"Cyber Security in the Indian context"
by Mr. J. Prasanna
Saturday, 11 July 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai Conference Hall




"BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2015"
by Dr. Kaushik Deb, Economist, BP
Monday, 13 July 2015
(11:00 AM To 2:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"Bangladesh India Platform on Sundarbans"
Thursday, 16 July 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"Cyber Security / Internet Governance"
Monday, 20 July 2015
(10:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"CYFY 2015"
14-16 October 2015
(10:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: New Delhi



ORF-ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hamburg)

"5th Asian Forum on Global Governance"
25 October to 3 November 2014
(9:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: Hyatt Regency, New Delhi













Ruling out funding for coal projects is unfair!
23 June 2015
Ashish Gupta,

Fossil fuel (especially coal) based growth which laid the foundation for almost all the richest economies is now being criticised by them in the wake of changing climate dynamics.

Unusually Quiet June 2015

India monthly energy briefing
23 June 2015
Lydia Powell and Akhilesh Sati,

In general energy news in the month of June is dominated by statistics on thermal power plants having little or no coal stock and stories of long power outages even in privileged urban areas.

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Don't hyphenate Israel
15 June 2015
Ashok Malik

Israel being India's most trusted ally in West Asia and among the three or four closest friends in the world,

Modi visit to boost India-Israel ties
15 June 2015
Kanchi Gupta

Even though India's defence, security and economic relations with Israel have been on the upswing since the 1990s,

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Supporting climate resilient development in India
15 June 2015
Sadaf Javed

Indian climate policy-making should 'mainstream' adaptation strategies into development planning to better address climate change.

Government must push women into forefront
15 June 2015
Nishtha Gautam

A lot has been discussed about PM Modi's first year in office. While actions and policies on economy, security, external affairs,

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Xi-Putin bonhomie fails Western policy towards Russia
16 June 2015
Uma Purushothaman

The Western policy of isolating Russia has only served to push Russia deeper into Chinese arms.

The new Sino-Russian partnership
12 June 2015
Himani Pant

Xi Jinping's foreign policy gives acute emphasis to the development of silk roads. The closer Moscow and Beijing get, the more Russia will have to adjust to China's interests.

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Monsoons to test Modi Govt's crisis management
08 June 2015
Jayshree Sengupta

As usual there is speculation about the normalcy of the monsoons. A deficient monsoon this year will certainly aggravate the stress of farmers.

King of the industrial jungle
06 June 2015
Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Is the Asiatic Lion as the symbol of "Make in India" best suits today's "muscular" India's image? Perhaps, it does if we consider India's size and diversities.

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