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India's FTAs with East and SE Asia: Impact of India-Malaysia CECA on the Edible Oil Value Chain
Nilanjan Ghosh, Avishek Konar and Sriparna Pathak
06 October 2015
Existing literature rely on examining Balance of Payments to assess the impact of Free Trade Agreements. This paper views such methodology as reductionist, and offers alternative lenses in studying the well-being of stakeholders in response to changes in the tariff regime.
Issue. 72
India and the United States: New Directions in Defence Partnership
Sylvia Mishra
16 September 2015
Following a period of lukewarm relations, India and the US have in recent years re-discovered their mutual interest in deeper cooperation. This paper analyses the two nations' defence ties, and argues that the strategic interests of both lie at the intersection of a military-strong India, and a stable and multipolar Indo-Pacific.
Issue. 71
Challenges in Designing Counterinsurgency Policy: An Institutionalist Perspective
Kaustav Dhar Chakrabarti
10 September 2015
Security analysts tend to eulogise India's counterinsurgency policy; human rights groups and academics are less impressed. This paper examines India's repertoire of counterinsurgency practices and argues for a policy that views COIN not as an end but as a transition to normalcy.
Issue. 70
India in the Missile Technology Control Regime: Prospects and Implications
Arka Biswas
08 September 2015
India wants a seat in the Missile Technology Control Regime; does it meet the requirements? This paper examines India's profile and its fit with the MTCR, and studies the implications of the country's possible MTCR membership on both India and the global non-proliferation architecture.
Issue. 69
Driving Across the South Asian Borders: The Motor Vehicle Agreement Between Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal
Anasua B R Chaudhury, Pratnashree Basu & M Bhonsal
04 September 2015
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal are taking a step closer to stronger connectivity with their recent signing of a Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA). This paper describes the challenges in the implementation of the agreement and examines its implications for the eastern part of South Asia.
Issue. 68
Space 2.0: Shaping India's Leap into the Final Frontier
Narayan Prasad and Prateep Basu
26 August 2015
What can drive India's leap in the global space market? This paper examines why India's space industry has failed to take advantage of opportunities for market expansion. It argues that the country has inherent advantages in its skilled workforce, a stable government and low cost of operations, and with these, it can very well develop a strong private space industry ecosystem.
Issue. 67
Regional Integration in West Africa: The Evolution of ECOWAS
Arushi Gupta
21 August 2015
The paradox of the African continent is that it is resource-rich but remains poor in many parts. Has regional integration improved economic performance and does it pave the way to a better future? This paper examines West African integration--its evolution, the successes it has scored and the challenges that remain.
Issue. 66
Resurgence of Al-Qaeda in South Asia Post-US Drawdown
Aryaman Bhatnagar and Wilson John
10 July 2015
An examination of the prospects for al-Qaeda following the US drawdown in Afghanistan and the likely threats which the region, and India in particular, might face in the future. A supplementary scrutiny of ISIS, and the group's possible expansion in the region, is also proffered.
Issue. 65
The Dance of the Elephant and the Dragon: The Promise and Perils of Sino-Indian Relations
Himanil Raina
18 May 2015
Why is it that despite sharing significant commonalities, India and China remain trapped in a relationship that projects them as inevitable rivals? This paper examines the promise of these bilateral relations and attempts to sound the death knell to the old narrative.
Issue. 64
India's Participation in the NSG: Capturing the Debate
Arka Biswas
27 April 2015
The paper examines how the Nuclear Suppliers Group has evolved over the years and the role the Group defines for itself. It also attempts to provide a more nuanced understanding of the consequences of India's NSG-membership.
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