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Issue. 60
Modi in Mauritius: Renewing a Special Relationship
M. Ganapathi
10 March 2015
On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, M. Ganapathi, former High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, analyses India-Mauritius ties and suggests areas of cooperation to further strengthen the relationship.
Issue. 59
Royal Succession in Saudi Arabia: Challenges before the Desert Kingdom
Talmiz Ahmad
11 February 2015
With a new king in power, this paper looks at royal politics in Saudi Arabia and identifies topical domestic and regional challenges from the Saudi perspective.
Issue. 58
Drones and India: Exploring Policy and Regulatory Challenges Posed by Civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
R. Swaminathan
06 February 2015
This paper explores the ways in which UAVs are increasingly integrating themselves in civilian life, outlines the policy implications of this rapid proliferation, and identifies specific policy blind spots India must address.
Issue. 57
Solving India's Nuclear Liability Conundrum
Rakesh Sood
22 January 2015
This Paper offers a broad and objective analysis on the controversial issue of 'uclear liability', India's concerns and provides a recommendation for a coherent and comprehensive approach to resolve this conundrum.
Issue. 56
The Changing Global Trade Regime and Emergence of Mega FTAs: Strategy for India's External Sector Sustainability
Geethanjali Nataraj, Abhirup Bhunia, Garima Sahdev
12 January 2015
This study discusses three major mega free trade agreements (the TPP, TTIP and the RCEP) and attempts to develop a strategy for India to navigate the repercussions engendered by these groupings and thereby safeguard India?s trade and sustain its economic growth.
Issue. 55
The Success of China's Aerospace Industry: Lessons for India
Vishal Nigam
19 November 2014
This Occasional Paper assesses China's vibrant and high-technology aviation sector that is thriving as a mainstay strategic industry by embracing knowledge-intensive activity, innovation and skills. It also provides prescriptions for India's grounded aerospace industry.
Issue. 53
Sanctions and the Ukraine Crisis: How Strong is Europe's Dependence on Russian Gas?
Thomas Elmar Schuppe
15 September 2014
What can and should the Western world do in reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea, which has been widely condemned as a harsh infringement of international law? While military action has been broadly ruled out, the foremost goal should be to bring all engaged parties back to the table and to try and find a diplomatic solution. However, to increase the pressure some sanctions have already been imposed; a tightening and escalation towards more severe economic sanctions is in the pipeline. Indeed, one of the options is to hit one of Russia's most crucial economic lifelines: gas and oil exports.
Issue. 53
Development and Diplomacy through Lines of Credit Achievements and Lessons Learnt
Asgar Qadri and Rajrishi Singhal
01 September 2014
This study analyses India's development cooperation conducted through the instrument of Lines of Credit. It focusses on what has been achieved so far, what lessons can be learned from the past and what should be done to ensure that LOCs help the recipient countries achieve long-term and sustainable development solutions.
Issue. 51
Look East through Northeast: Challenges and Prospects for India
Subir Bhaumik
25 June 2014
This paper focuses on the considerable hurdles and limitations encountered in carrying forward India's 'Look East' through Northeast policy: problems caused by the nature of physical terrain, the history of violent conflicts in the region, the poor state of transport infrastructure and local industries in Northeast India and Myanmar, through which India has to access other ASEAN countries by land.
Issue. 52
India's Electronics Sector: Policies, Practices and Lessons from China
R. Swaminathan
25 June 2014
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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