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Indian food security and the WTO deal
A host of issues that were crucial to the interests of developing countries, and to a large extent India's, were off the table at Bali. For instance, rich country farm subsidies. The US has still not budged from its position vis-à-vis farm subsidies, despite years of push from poor countries, including in Africa.
India and Japan: Asia's win-win partnership
Abhirup Bhunia and Geethanjali Nataraj
24 January 2014
On the strategic side of things, Japan's economic cooperation with India is also a hedge against a rising China which is a direct threat to Japan as also India, if to a lesser extent.
Networking the Northeast through the 'rail route'
Maulik Mavani
22 January 2014
The rail connectivity schemes in the Northeast, if implemented in a timely manner, would possibly achieve what decades of politico-administrative soft power and military hard power struggled to - bring about peace and economic development in a region embroiled in protracted ethnic conflicts.
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China rise a trigger for Indo-Japanese relationship
14 January 2014
Though the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between India and Japan is an achievement in Indo-Japanese bilateralism, much more needs to be done at the people-to-people level to broaden and strengthen the growing relationship.
FDI need of the hour: Experts
03 January 2014
Economic experts firmly believe that FDI is the need of the hour and with political will and good governance measures, it could prove to be crucial in enhancing development in the region.
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Issue Briefs & Monographs
The Global Financial System: A post-GFC Report Card
Jayshree Sengupta
22 January 2014
The International Financial Architecture has come under much scrutiny following the 2008 global financial crisis. There have been demands for major reforms to the IFA; but despite the steps taken so far, much more needs to be done to ensure global financial stability.
The State of India's Cities and Towns
Jochen Mistelbacher & Prashant Kumar
10 December 2013
This "Book of Charts" on the "State of Cities and Towns", produced by ORF Urban Policy Research Initiative, paints a descriptive picture of the current state and developments in employment, education and public infrastructure provision, among others, and the disparities between states, within states and between different sections of the urban society.
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Occasional Papers
Community Driven Development in Developing Countries
Abhilaksh Likhi
24 May 2013
This paper highlights the increasing importance of Community Driven Development (CDD) in the delivery of public services to the poorest sections and enhancing access, voice and accountability in developing countries.
India's Shifting Governance Structure:From Charter of Promises to Service Guarantee
Niranjan Sahoo and Arjun Kapoor
09 July 2012
The liberalisation policy of India that was initiated in 1991 was designed to dismantle the protectionist regime through removal of industrial licenses, thereby reducing the strict bureaucratic control under which the country’s foreign trade had been suffering for decades.
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Discussion on

"Cyber Security" Discussing Internet Freedom in South & Southeast Asia.
Wednesday, 22 April 2014
(11:30 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Interaction with

"Students from Russian School"
Friday, 25 April 2014
(3:00 PM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Conference on

"Cyber Security" Debating data localization and its effect on the Web
Friday, 2 May 2014
(11:00 AM To 1:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Roundtable Discussion on

"Withdrawal and its Limitations: The Future of Afghanistan"
Monday, 5 May 2014
(10:30 AM To 1:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Conference on

"Utilizing Military Veterans to Add Value to Developmental Initiatives in Rural and Semi-Urban Areas"
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
(10:00 AM To 4:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Conference on

"10th EU Enlargement Anniversary: Issues and Challenges"
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
(2:30 PM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Auditorium



Discussion on

"Nuclear Trends in West Asia"
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
(3:00 PM To 5:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




Tuesday, 20 May 2014
(10:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



"Stimson Maritime Conference"
10-11 June 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Venue: Chennai
12 March 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Venue: Kochi



ORF-ECC Conference on

"Perspectives on the Indo-Pacific Region"
30 June 2013 - 1 July 2013
(10:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: Moscow



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



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: New Delhi










Nuclear Energy Report Card: 2013
8 April 2014
Ashish Gupta,

The time has come to evaluate the position of the Nuclear Power sector. Though it is contributing to the generation side, its overall share has declined from 4% (2012) to 3.4% (2013) due to dramatic increase in generation from other sectors.

Options for Increasing Viability of Investments in Solar Energy
8 April 2014
Praveen Kumar Kulkarni

Today in India, corporate companies / entities or the crony capitalist system is enjoying free equity due to the prevailing policies / political expediency: 1. through Accelerated Depreciation (AD) earning 19 to 24% Return on Equity (ROE)

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No splinternet
19 March 2014
C. Raja Mohan

India's challenges in negotiating a new framework for internet governance do not lend themselves to the old clichés of Indian diplomacy.

Taliban making political gains without any commitment
13 March 2014
Niharika Betkerur

Recent political developments suggest that the Taliban is taking measures to gain important political points while not committing to anything concrete.

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TRS may spoil the Congress's political game plan in Telengana
14 March 2014
T.V. Rajeswar

Since the Telangana Rashtra Samiti is likely to win most of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the Telangana region on its own, its unwillingness to share the seats with the Congress party is understandable.

The 2014 elections could mark the start of 21st century politics in India
05 March 2014
Manoj Joshi

General elections of 2014 could well be the most interesting election they will witness in their lifetime. Several developments suggest that the elections could mark a big shift of the political paradigm and, in that sense, they could well mark the true beginning of 21st century politics in the country.

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We need a lean, mean fighting force
07 March 2014
Vishal Nigam

The Indian military desperately needs to enhance its defence preparedness. However, given the country's fiscal constraints, this must be done by modernising weapons systems, instead of adding more boots on the ground.

Managing the nation's defence, somehow
06 March 2014
Vikram Sood

15 years ago the cabinet had drawn up a 30-year submarine modernisation plan to have 24 submarines by 2030. Half-way through this period, we now have more than half of the 14 submarines which have completed three-fourths of their operational lives. What is more, the Navy is increasingly deployed on coast guard anti-terror duties and not for its primary role.

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Why India must revive its manufacturing sector
25 February 2014
Abhirup Bhunia

The most urgent need is to upgrade India's physical infrastructure to encourage domestic and foreign direct investment in the manufacturing sector.

Time to make villages attractive for tourists
21 February 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

India is now extending 'visa on arrival' to tourists from 180 countries to encourage tourism. But budget tourists, who aim at staying in small hotels/guest houses and not five-star hotels, face problems in finding clean and safe accommodation.

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Putin gives lessons in world politics
18 March 2014
Manoj Joshi

The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more.

Obama's 'reset' button with Russia jammed beyond repair?
18 March 2014
Uma Purushothaman

In the end, every great power will have to accept the spheres of influence or "special interest zones" of other powers so that there are no clashes in interests.

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