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Why is India's West Asia policy
 ineffective?
Does India's foreign policy towards West Asia have to be as fragmented as the region? Probably not. One could start by enunciating a few guidelines that are minimalist; that we are against religious extremism, toppling established states and condemning disproportionate use of force by Israel.
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Analysis
 
Where does the US-China relationship stand?
22 July 2014
RS Kalha
Will the globalization of the economic relationship trump the geo-politics that is being played out in East and South East Asia? For the US, the dilemma is acute, for it cannot ignore the pleas of its allies in the region nor allow an incremental drift to take place in the relationship.
 
China's increasing openness and self-confidence
22 July 2014
Manoj Joshi
China sees its primary focus as on neutralising the US- Japan challenge on its eastern seaboard. To that end, maintaining an even keel in its relationship with India makes good sense.
 
BRICS Bank: Shifting powers from West to developing nations
22 July 2014
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani
The major achievement of the recent BRICS Summit was the decision to create the long-awaited (BRICS) New Development Bank. The bank can be seen as a growing influence of the BRICS which together represents 18% of the World trade and accounts for 40% of the global population with a combined GDP of $ 24 trillion.
 
First Xi-Modi meeting finds common ground
21 July 2014
Samir Saran
The crucial factor that can help transform India-China bilateral is Modi himself. For the first time, the Chinese will interact with an Indian leader who can be politically strong in safeguarding India's sovereign interests, while at the same time being very welcoming in embracing China economically.
 
MH-17 shooting down: A 'wake-up call' to work for truce
21 July 2014
Nandan Unnikrishnan
If efforts to dilute tensions between the West and Russia fail, Delhi will have to intensify its engagement with Moscow to develop the relationship as leverage against what is perceived to be India's primary strategic challenge - the rise of China. India and Russia will have to creatively use various forums to circumscribe Chinese power.
 
How woman friendly is the annual Budget?
21 July 2014
Nishtha Gautam
It is gratifying to note that women's safety did figure in the Annual Budget 2014-15 with an outlay of Rs 200 crore. Good enough for the lowered expectations but not sufficient given the exponential rise in violence against women across the country. Same allocation for the Patel statue has made the matters worse by pitting living and breathing population against a memorial.
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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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Report
 
Hope on Abe and Modi to take relations to a new height
16 July 2014
There is a strong sense in Japan today that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take India-Japan relations to a new height, say senior officials and scholars in japan.
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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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Policy Brief
 
Reframing the Climate Debate
25 June 2014
Vivan Sharan and Rei Tang
Issue No. 15
The Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India and the Stanley Foundation, USA co-hosted an international workshop on climate change on February 25-27, 2014 in New Delhi. The central objective of the workshop was to unbundle the different policy responses resulting from the multilateral negotiations thus far and their impact upon the evolution of existing and future multilateral frameworks.
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Occasional Paper
 
India's Electronics Sector: Policies, Practices and Lessons from China
25 June 2014
R. Swaminathan
Issue No. 52
This Paper analyses India's approach towards the Electronics Sector over the decades and how it has fared in comparison to China. It argues that the National Policy on Electronics (NPE) 2012 is the most comprehensive policy intervention in post-independent India to boost indigenous production of semiconductor components and chips.
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China Weekly Report
 
China to develop starting point of Maritime Silk Road
22 July 2014
Vol IV, Issue 21
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli urged acceleration of the opening-up of southeast China's Fujian Province, the starting point of the historic Maritime Silk Road, during his visit there from July 17 to July 19.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Pakistan: Ceasefire violations could undo peace moves
18 July 2014
Bhavya Pandey
Vol VII, Issue 29
The continuing ceasefire violations on the India-Pakistan border could become a stumbling block in the renewed attempts by the leadership of the two neighbours to improve their relationship.
Country Reports: 
Pakistan | Sri Lanka | Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal
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Africa Weekly Report
 
Africa moves up France's foreign policy agenda
18 July 2014
Vol. IV Issue. 18
Franco-African relations have emerged as a priority of French President François Hollande's approach to international affairs. This stems from wider reasons than the security threat posed by Islamist terrorism in the Sahara.
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Energy News Monitor
 
India's Solar Mission: Make it work for the economy class not just the business class
18 July 2014
Vol XI, Issue 5
Indian manufacturers may also learn to pass on the benefits that they get from the Government in the form of capital subsidy or low cost land or tax holidays or accelerated depreciation etc,
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Shangri-La Dialogue
10 June 2014
Vol III, Issue 7
This year's Shangri-La Dialogue took place in the background of increasing maritime disputes in Asia-Pacific as a result of growing unilateral action by the disputing nations. In his the keynote address,
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
New export control law could threaten India's cyber security
04 July, 2014
Vol II, Issue 7
India has expressed concerns over an attempt by the Western countries to include cyber security technologies under the Wassenaar Arrangement, a global agreement on arms and weapons export control.
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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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Energy/Coal/Power
 
India's Solar Mission: Make it work for the economy class not just the business class
15 July 2014
Praveen Kumar Kulkarni

India has been doling out subsidies to the solar Industry that includes cheap land, infrastructure, capital subsidy, income tax holiday,

 
Budget for Energy 2014-15: An Autopsy!
15 July 2014
ORF Energy Team,

The Budget 2014-15 is out and it is time to dish out customary observations and comments.

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National
Kashmir rail
2 July 2014
C. Raja Mohan

That China is now preparing to extend its railway into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir should stir PM Modi to

 
The #NaMo wave yet to translate into effective governance
1 July 2014
Samir Saran

In government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to disrupt the lethargy of the Lutyens communication machinery by

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International
Development of Northeast and Modi's policy with its neighbours
26 June 2014
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

Along with proposing new measures and initiatives, the Narendra Modi government should focus on completing

 
Panchsheel blues
26 June 2014
C. Raja Mohan

While rhetoric is common in diplomacy, Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, when travelling to Beijing this week,

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Security
Indo-US cyber dialogue should include hardware security
03 July 2014
Jennifer McArdle

Much like the Indo-U.S. strategic partnership, Indo-U.S. cyber engagement appears to have plateaued and could benefit from a tailored reset.

 
Beyond net neutrality
02 July 2014
R. Swaminathan

Internet of Things ensures that all data cannot be treated as equal. The principle of net neutrality needs an overhaul

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Economy
Modi's energy literacy tested by challenges of introducing 'rainbow vision'
24 June 2014
Manish Vaid

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a tough challenge in balancing cost-optimisation for ordinary people while mitigating environmental risks,

 
Rise of the Eurosceptics could hurt Indian interests
21 June 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

The recent European Parliamentary election shows the rise of the extreme right wing parties.

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