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From Response to Resilience: Adaptation in a Global Climate Agreement
Vikrom Mathur and Aniruddh Mohan
21 November 2015
The climate summit in Paris this December should focus on the need to support adaptation of the most vulnerable communities to the increasingly severe impacts of climatic change.
Issue. 75
Statehood or Autonomy: Rethinking Governance in India's Capital
Niranjan Sahoo and Shubh Soni
30 October 2015
Should Delhi, India's capital, be granted statehood or maximum autonomy? This paper seeks answers by examining other national capitals and how they manage issues of competing jurisdictions.
Issue. 74
Military Build-up in the Indian Ocean: Implications for Regional Stability
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Arka Biswas
12 October 2015
As the Indian Ocean region increasingly becomes a more important geopolitical space, global powers and smaller states are laying down their stakes. This paper examines the military build-up of major Indian Ocean powers and examines the implications on the overall balance of power in the region.
Issue. 73
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.
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