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India-US Strategic Dialogue:
 Focus on the Big Picture
The dilemma facing ASEAN countries - economic benefits vs strategic balancing as they engage China - is nothing unique. This provides the context for India and the US to channel their efforts in establishing a firm partnership for enabling a stable Asian order.
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Analysis
 
China's interest in India's infrastructure is opportunity and challenge
30 July 2014
Manoj Joshi
Sino-Indian relations will feature both competition and cooperation. How we fare depends on the policy choices we make and the skill with which we employ them.
 
Power sharing holds the Afghan peace balance
28 July 2014
Aryaman Bhatnagar
The significance of the agreement brought out between rival Afghan presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, should not be overlooked. It has ensured that Afghanistan's democratic transition does not come to a premature halt.
 
Getting judicial appointments right
28 July 2014
Sanjeev Ahluwalia
An autonomous Judicial Commission can effectively nudge the judicial system towards its intended Constitutional mandate; apolitical, enlightened and efficient application of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of private entities, against encroachment by the executive or the legislature.
 
Calibrating India's climate-change response
28 July 2014
Samir Saran
The most critical area for India's response to climate change must be adaptation. It needs to invest in actions against the imminent threats posed by climate change irrespective of how the global discourse progresses. Investments must be made through innovative channels, using a mixture of capacity-building programmes, awareness campaigns, traditional solutions, and new technologies.
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Report
 
'String of Pearls' highly hyped and speculative: Expert
24 July 2014
Dismissing the theory of 'String of Pearls' as purely speculative and over-hyped, a former senior Indian Naval officer says that China's port development activities at Hambantotta in Sri Lanka and Gwadar in Pakistan were to ensure that its SLOCs were networked and constantly replenished.
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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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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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China Weekly Report
 
China conducts successful land-based missile interception test
29 July 2014
Vol IV, Issue 22
China has announced the success of a missile interception test conducted from land. The test, conducted within its territory late on July 23, "achieved the preset goal", according to a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Sri Lanka: Why Modi Govt should build on inherited policy
25 July 2014
N Sathiya Moorthy
Vol VII, Issue 30
If anyone in southern Tamil Nadu, or across the Palk Strait in Sri Lanka, thought that there would be a grandiose shift in India's policy towards the southern Sri Lankan neighbour under a new,
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan | Sri Lanka
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Energy News Monitor
 
Why Natural Gas is not priced like Socks
25 July 2014
Vol XI, Issue 6
In India, despite the adoption of liberal economic policies in the early 1990s, massive energy poverty and the consequent need for redistributive policies have largely limited the role of markets in the natural gas sector so far.
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Africa Weekly Report
 
Global funds for African farmers
25 July 2014
Vol. IV Issue. 19
Africa's urban food markets will increase four-fold by 2030, and small and unlisted companies setting out to supply them hold high-yield potential. In making 2014 the 'Year of Agriculture',
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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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Events
 

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Talk on

"Where from here BRICS, Whither IBSA?"
by M Ganapathi, IFS(retd)
Saturday, 2 August 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai Conference Hall

 


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Lecture Discussion on

"India-China Connectivity: Past and Present"
Dr. Tansen Sen, Associate Professor of Asian History
Thursday, 2 August 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:30 PM)
Venue: ORF kolkata Conference Hall

 


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Conference
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"Debating Indian Nuclear Doctrine"
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
(10:30 AM to 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Discussion
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Book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict.
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
(3:30 PM to 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Talk
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"Current Dynamic in Pakistan and the future of India-Pakistan relations"
Thursday, 7 August 2014
(3:00 PM to 4:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Talk on

"The Great Game in the Indo-Pacific"
by Air Com Shaun Clarke
Friday, 8 August 2014
(3:00 PM To 4:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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ORF-NBR Workshop on

"Mapping Pakistan's Internal Dynamics: Implications for State Stability and Regional Security"
Sunday, 10 August 2014
(6:30 PM To 10:00 PM)
11 August 2014
(10:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

 


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Discussion
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"India-US Partnership"
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:30 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

 




  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
Energy/Coal/Power
 
Energy through the BP data lens
22 July 2014
Lydia Powell,

As always, the presentation of the chief economist of BP Dr Christof Ruhl on the occasion of the release of BP's annual statistical review 2014

 
No relief for Delhi electricity consumers: Why?
22 July 2014
Ashish Gupta,

The Railway Budget has given rise to many analyses over its merits and de-merits. Some say that the government did not succumb to populist expectation

 
Why Natural Gas is not Priced like Socks
22 July 2014
Thomas Elmar Schuppe,

The Indian natural gas market currently faces a number of unresolved issues. In a bid to shed light on some of the most precarious

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National
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.

 
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.

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International
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.

 
BRICS Bank: A long overdue development
19 July 2014
Mohan Guruswamy

The BRICS bank, now tentatively called the New Development Bank, is indeed a new and long overdue development.

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Security
AI 144 emergency: A mirror to serious sectoral issues
19 July 2014
Prashant Kumar

Without a course correction, the Indian civil aviation industry, which grows at a staggering 18 percent per annum

 
India, Israel and the Gaza war
17 July 2014
Rajesh Rajagopalan

India can leverage its traditional closeness to the Palestinians as well as its current friendly ties with

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Economy
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)

 
India should follow China in export-oriented FDI
15 July 2014
Geethanjali Nataraj and Abhirup Bhunia

Export-oriented FDI has the potential to vault India into the league of industrial economies:

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