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December 17, 2012 | Overrating China Neglects India's Prospects

Touting China as global growth engine can prove to be a deception. ++ China has to transform its internationally oriented economy into a domestically directed one. ++ China’s governmental structure, its one-child policy, an …More

November 2, 2012 | India and the New Sovereignty in International Relations

Mischa Hansel and Olga-Maria Hallemann: With all the talk about China’s rise, people sometimes forget about India, the second most populous country on the globe. This commentary takes a look at India’s strategic thinking in light of shifting world dynamics and how India must now make decisions amidst these changes. …More

April 18, 2012 | South Asia in the Coming Decade

South Asia has the potential to become a geopolitical and economic power, despite suffering from corruption, terrorism, poverty, poor infrastructure, insufficient healthcare, and major socio-economic inequalities. ++ The region is reaching a …More

April 13, 2012 | A New Opening for India and Pakistan?

India now has the chance to improve its relationship with Pakistan. ++ Pakistan is showing a new inclination to work with India. ++ Pakistani President Zardari recently made a successful visit to India ++ India should use this moment to …More

March 22, 2012 | India's Iran Policy Simply Makes Sense

India has economic and domestic reasons for its ties with Iran. ++ India cannot simply give up Iranian oil: many Indian refineries are made for processing Iranian crude. ++ India has substantial trade with Iran beyond oil. ++ Iran also …More

February 27, 2012 | Movement Towards A Kashmir Settlement

There is a subtle shift in the long held dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. ++ In public and private there is a growing view that Kashmir should take a back seat in favor of solving Pakistan’s domestic problems. ++ Pakistan …More

February 3, 2012 | Indian Aerospace: Poised For Takeoff?

Rodnie J. Allison: India is finding increased leverage in the procurement of weapons systems from Western (specifically European) countries. This development could help deepen cooperation between India and the West. Case in point: India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition. …More

January 17, 2012 | Strategic Partnerships: The Indian Case

A New Delhi based think tank has studied the term “strategic partnership” through India’s agreements. ++ India has signed over a dozen partnership agreements in the last decade ++ The Russia-India partnership was rated the most valuable …More

January 10, 2012 | Priorities for India's Policy on China

India must avoid defining its foreign policy in terms of the emerging US narrative of “containing” or “balancing” China. ++ India could gain independent strategic influence in the region particularly vis-a-vis Iran, a major energy …More

April 20, 2011 | The Naxalite Movement in India

Cody William Punter: This paper traces the development of the Naxalite movement in India from independence until the present, where it is now considered India’s single largest security threat. …More

July 12, 2010 | Nervous India: Pakistan Moving Closer to China

New Delhi is becoming increasingly nervous about the close ties between Pakistan and China. ++ “Those in India who tend to view relations with Beijing as a zero-sum game with Islamabad” are concerned about joint …More

May 18, 2010 | India and Pakistan Must Find Real Solutions

Pakistan may play an essential role in fighting the war on terror, but the country is mired in its own battle on its western borders. ++ Both India and Pakistan must address some of these issues when peace talks resume in mid-July. ++ …More

April 29, 2010 | What Role Does India Have in the War on Terrorism?

Kerley Tolpolar: The westernized classes targeted by Mumbai’s attackers and the part played by Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, and its backers in Pakistan, gave rise to voices calling for India to reconsider its non-aligned mentality and join in the global fight against the jihadist movement. …More

March 22, 2010 | Improving India's Nuclear Standing

Manasi Kulkarni-Kakatkar: India’s nuclear relations with world’s big powers have caused a great deal of friction. Next month’s Nuclear Security Summit is a chance for India to show its commitment to non-proliferation and to be a leader of setting up mechanisms for securing nuclear materials. …More

February 9, 2010 | The Gap Between China and India Widens

The gap between China and India continues to grow, despite the tendency to group the emerging countries together. ++ China’s GDP is four times that of India and will likely double over the next 30 years. ++ By 2040 Chinese GDP is …More

January 15, 2010 | A Bright Spell In Sight

Neighbours witness a very positive context in spite of a 40 years old past of stormy relations between India and Bangledesh. ++ Timing eventually made both sides meet on an common ground for reinforced dialog. ++ Trade and border security issues are on …More

January 11, 2010 | Turn the Focus on Kashmir

The U.S. government has all but ignored the conflict in Kashmir and espoused a “hands off” approach on the issue. However, pressure to engage is increasing. After all, a resolution of the Kashmir conflict, which pits two nuclear powers against one …More

December 10, 2009 | Indo-Russian Ties Strengthen

The New Delhi-Moscow relationship has reached a high with the signing of a nuclear agreement “essentially [enabling] India to start positioning its civilian nuclear sectors as a buyer’s market.” ++ Companies in the West should lobby their …More

November 23, 2009 | Obama, Don't Neglect India

Whilst Obama has been busy developing strong relationships with China and Russia, India, seems to have been lost out of focus. ++ The Obama administration’s focus on South Asia, has led to a disproportionate reliance on Pakistan. ++ Whilst India’s …More

August 27, 2009 | India-EU-Relationship Should Tap Its Full Potential

Shakti Prasad Srichandan: Both the EU and India regard each other as natural partners but key interests differ. The EU’s expansion with further economic integration and India’s emergence as a global economic heavyweight have created a space for a mutually beneficial partnership that is almost complete. …More

August 5, 2009 | Hillary Clinton Lost in India

The US and India should increase their defence partnership to offset the rise of China and secure further nuclear technology for New Delhi. ++ During a successful visit, Secretary Clinton left the capital to embrace India’s “societal linkages” and …More

July 10, 2009 | India's New Global Engagement

Shakti Prasad Srichandan: The signing of a nuclear deal between India and the US comes as Delhi is emerging as a factor in the global balance of power with a new approach to foreign relations. The task of leading the region towards modernization falls on India and this will have a direct impact on global security. …More

July 1, 2009 | Financial Sector Liberalization and Household Savings in India

Lekshmi Rajasekharan Nair: Although financial liberalization can enhance the efficiency of channeling saved resources into productive use, it is also possible that it leads to a sharp decline in saving ratios in industrial and developing countries. In India this phenomenon resulted in a significantly lower household saving rate. …More

May 26, 2009 | India Should Adopt Presidential System

Despite being the largest elections ever held, involving more than 700 million voters, India’s
new government will “consist mostly of politicians unfit to hold ministerial office.” ++ Most of India’s political parties are led by dynasties …More

May 22, 2009 | India Key to US Success in AfPak Region

Despite Islamist insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan preoccupying Washington, the solution to the Obama administration’s so-called “AfPak” problem runs through India. ++ That Pakistan has nearly 100 nuclear weapons and is so …More

April 14, 2009 | Resilient India

Shashi Tharoor: India seems to be immune from the global economic recession. The November terrorist attacks against the commercial capital did not hinder the country’s speedy growth rate and the prompt return of investors and Foreign Direct Investments. …More

March 23, 2009 | India: Shaken to its Core

Colette Grace Mazzucelli: The Mumbai attacks have been described as India’s 9/11, but this analogy is not accurate. Terrorism is one dimension of a larger challenge that India must now confront: the erosion of the pluralist and secular traditions of the country’s founders. …More

March 19, 2009 | Bottom Up vs. Top Down

According to a recent study from the World Bank, a bottom up approach to policies to deal with poverty would be more effective. ++ Accordingly, the provision of individual motives — like finding a job, investing in business, accumulating assets — is …More

March 17, 2009 | Quick, Sell Arms to India

India’s reliance on Russia for defense equipment is largely ineffective and increasingly dangerous. ++ The entire Russian fleet of MiG-29 is seen to suffer structural defects and adds to the fact that “Russia’s defense …More

February 27, 2009 | Court Bars Pakistani Presidential Candidate

The Supreme Court of Pakistan declared ex-Prime Minister Sharif unfit to rule due to having fought a military coup in 1999. ++ He tried to prevent the return of Gen. Musharraf, who succeeded in the coup and instituted the court …More

February 24, 2009 | When Hollywood Raises Awareness

“Slumdog Millionaire” won eight Oscars on Sunday night but its greatest success is raising awareness about the poverty and disease which characterize Mumbai slums and kill faster than AIDS. ++ In recent years community projects …More

February 24, 2009 | Indian Courts Are Called Upon to Fight Corruption

It took Indian courts thirteen years to charge former Union minister Ram with corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act, and his current appeal to the Highest Court will probably mean that he will not be convicted in …More

February 16, 2009 | India Misses Mr. Bush?

Pres. Bush has always been relatively popular in India, this is mainly due to his revitalization of the US-India alliance which has a nuclear deal at its core. ++ New Delhi would have preferred a Republican successor to Mr Bush, fearing that a …More

January 27, 2009 | "Draconian Laws" Will Not Contain Terrorism

Following the Mumbai attacks, Indian democracy has come to depend on Indian domestic policy; at no cost should the Indian state encroach upon civil liberties. ++ Rather, India should focus its policies on combating poverty and …More

January 20, 2009 | Placing Hopes in Technology

The annual Science Congress 2009 has taken place in India, following a tradition which started in 1967 and projected technology as the means through which to achieve greater ‘’social, gender and economic equality.” ++ Indeed, in the …More

January 12, 2009 | Solving the Satyam Scam

India’s corporate image is at stake as the truth behind the Satyam scam has yet to be uncovered. ++ Ramalingas Raju’s arrest is “only the start of a long process of dispensing retributive justice.” ++ Satyam was already under scrutiny for a failed deal …More

January 5, 2009 | Evaluating India's Options

A few months after the Mumbai terrorist attacks and in a climate of growing suspicion that Pakistani groups are responsible, India is still uncertain of how to respond. ++ The ramifications of the military option could stretch from a negative …More

December 9, 2008 | Terrorist Attacks Directed at Pakistan

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai were also directed at Pakistan’s democratic government, which is trying to advance the peace process with India. ++ Accusing Pakistan of complicity is wrong. ++ Pakistan is willing to take action against …More

December 5, 2008 | India's Middle Class Must Do Politics for Stability

The Mumbai attacks were nothing new, but they struck a people that were starting to feel secure. ++ “Confidence in the political system is at a low.” ++ “The middle class is accustomed to overlooking the fault lines in …More

December 1, 2008 | A Marshall Plan for Pakistan

New Delhi has been warning the world of terrorist threats emanating from Pakistan, and now the world is listening. ++ “Stabilizing Pakistan means genuinely democratizing its polity and helping its economy grow back to a sustainable level of …More

November 28, 2008 | For India, the Specter of Terrorism Will Persist

India has recently suffered dozens of terrorist attacks with thousands perishing, but is it enough to send her over the “red line?” ++ The latest attack, brazen as it was, shows the weakness of al-Qaeda inspired …More

November 24, 2008 | India Reconnects with the Middle East

Egyptian President Mubarak has made the first official state visit of Egypt to India in a quarter century. ++ Mubarak came with his Foreign Minister and his ministers of Trade and Communications. ++ “The two countries pledged to quadruple …More

November 12, 2008 | India Needs Separate Deals with Washington, Islamabad

Indian elites are showing insecurity over India’s role with relation to Washington. ++ That Obama is courting Islamabad for support in Afghanistan shouldn’t be cause for worry. ++ The lack of criticism of US military …More

October 24, 2008 | US Can Benefit From Indian Know-How

India launched a space probe to the moon, proving that it is on its path to becoming an influential scientific power. ++ India’s progress is the result of “paring back state suffocation of its economy.” ++ By 2014 about two …More

October 8, 2008 | "Building a Stronger US-India Friendship"

The US Congress has approved a deal that offers India access to American nuclear fuel and technology in exchange for safeguards on India’s nuclear program.++ India considers the US the key to great power status. ++ The US …More

September 29, 2008 | "The Palin Effect "

Currently, the US is reeling from the “Palin Effect.” ++ The overall demoralization and financial crises damage the collective identity of Americans and that is why voters need to hear that their country is still ‘exceptional’. ++ Fortunately, “Palin …More

September 26, 2008 | India Dodges Financial Crisis

The impact of the current financial crisis on India will be minimal. ++ Indian institutions, such as ICICI Bank, have relatively little exposure to Wall Street, and due to a good regulatory system, should escape fairly unscathed. ++ However, Tata …More

September 23, 2008 | Welcoming India to the Nuclear Club

India and the US are celebrating their new nuclear deal this week. ++ Critics fear an unraveling of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. ++ Notwithstanding, India will be one of the great world powers and there is an unfortunate, yet …More

September 12, 2008 | Learning to Act Like a Nuclear Power

The domestic political culture in India determines whether India will work out in its new role as a nuclear power. ++ So far, suspicion and accusation among the politicians hindered India’s democratic institutions to produce a coherent …More

September 10, 2008 | Harmful Hype Over US-India Nuclear Deal

Washington and New Delhi are guilty of overselling the US-India nuclear deal. ++ The pact will not play as big of a role in bolstering US-India ties and boosting both economies as politicians want people to believe. ++ On the contrary, …More

September 9, 2008 | US-Indian Nuclear Deal is Ill-Conceived

In order to achieve at least one of its foreign policy goals, the Bush administration insisted on the international approval of the nuclear deal with India. ++ The world can sell nuclear fuel to India; however, the action was …More

September 8, 2008 | Kashmir Could Secede Through Consent

The former colony India is now confronted with separatists who call for an independent Kashmir. ++ India’s governance of the region was dreadful at times, but it is still a legitimate democracy. ++ Nobody should oppose an independent …More

September 3, 2008 | India is not a Rogue State

Because India has not signed the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), some oppose the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and their plan to waive the ban on its nuclear commerce. ++ But India has committed itself to fully cooperate with the IAEA and, if it …More

August 15, 2008 | Pakistan's New Leaders Fake Democracy

Sharif and Zardari, who lead the governing coalition, use President Musharraf’s impeachment to portray themselves as representatives of democracy, but in truth, neither of them were elected. ++ They head the two most corrupt parties, …More

August 7, 2008 | Indian Muslims Heed to Pied Pipers of Jihad

India is depicted in the media as “a squeaky-clean ally of the United States” and no inconvenient truths are allowed to mar Indian democracy’s supposed success story. ++ A passive receiver of this image will surely be …More

August 6, 2008 | Balancing Asia's Rivals

Joseph S. Nye: If the US wants to remain powerful, strong ties to the world’s emerging powers are crucial. Improved relations between the US and India could provide the basis for China’s international integration. …More

July 28, 2008 | India Votes for the Nuclear Deal With the US

India just had its first vote of confidence because the government’s communist allies withdrew their support over the civilian nuclear deal, arguing that the pact made India a pawn of the US. ++ Prime Minister Singh’s Congress …More

July 10, 2008 | Strategic Miscalculation: US-Indian Nuclear Deal

Even though India hasn’t signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and has not permitted inspections of its nuclear plants, Bush’s administration is hastening to close a US-Indian “civilian nuclear deal.” ++ …More

July 9, 2008 | US-India Nuclear Pact is Back on the Table

The US-India nuclear pact, declared “almost certainly dead” last month, will probably be signed by the Indian government after all. ++ The onus of getting it implemented is therefore back on the US. ++ Congress must stop pressuring …More

June 26, 2008 | Crouching Tiger, Coward Dragon: The Rise of India and China

Ethan Christian Arrow: The rapid growth of India and China is reshaping the present international order. Representatives of these nations elucidate their intention to replicate the West’s wealth without replacing its established international order. Following such a path, without first securing democratic freedoms and institutions, will however, prove problematic. …More

June 25, 2008 | India's Reluctance to US Nuclear Deal is Disarming

India’s domestic political squabbles are hindering its nuclear program with the US. ++ Afraid that scrupulous international monitoring would undermine India’s traditionally independent foreign policy, the …More

June 23, 2008 | India Foresees Collective Security in the Middle East

Coercive diplomacy is America’s only remaining option as its influence declines in the Middle East. ++ Especially in the case of an Obama presidency, this “changed constellation” in the region calls for India to readjust its …More

June 13, 2008 | Chindia: A Rare Success of the Bush Era

As Bush’s term ends, the president can look back on a solid Asia legacy. ++ He successfully used India to balance China. ++ India is the world’s largest democracy, 80,000 Indian students study in the US, and trade between India and the …More

May 26, 2008 | Reassessing "Chindia"

The Western coupling of China and India as rising powers overlooks drastic differences between the two countries. ++ China began liberalization first, and its growth has put it “in a totally different economic league from India.” ++ Yet despite …More

May 22, 2008 | India's Government Needs to Bolster Competitiveness

India’s slide by two places in the global competitiveness ranking from 2007 to 2008 reveals the country’s infrastructural deficiencies. ++ “The government is unable to create infrastructure needed to …More

May 16, 2008 | India Strives for Influence in the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean will be a strategic bridgehead for the big players of the 21st century. This relates to the Indian sea doctrine, which has been determining India’s policies in the region since its release in 2004. China’s advance …More

May 14, 2008 | Nuclearization has not Benefitted India

India’s ascension as a nuclear weapon state ten years ago was a mistake. ++ Fallacious confidence in the doctrine of deterrence has had the opposite effect, encouraging reckless behavior in Kashmir and strengthening Pakistan’s military …More

May 5, 2008 | Challenge and Opportunity for India's Agriculture

India’s agricultural sector remains nearly stagnant at a time when global food production faces five major challenges: population growth, changing consumption habits in emerging markets, declining agricultural production …More

May 2, 2008 | "India's Dalai Dilemma"

In the face of turmoil in Tibet, India has found itself in a delicate position. ++ As a democracy, India has a tradition of permitting peaceful protest, yet it is also intent on improving Indo-Sino relations and continuing to expand trade with …More

April 25, 2008 | "Existential Threats" Are Holding India Back

India is confronted with a multitude of territorial claims from its neighbors. ++ The Asian giant is vulnerable to “the tyranny of geography.” ++ The pluralist democracy’s fragile and instable surroundings and …More

April 11, 2008 | India Competes with China in the Scramble for Africa

Since Africa is both a source of natural resources and an outlet for manufactures, it is an area where India and China’s needs overlap. ++ China’s
two-way trade with Africa is higher, yet it has been charged with neo …More

March 13, 2008 | Bangalore and the Challenge of Inclusive Growth

Hans F. Bellstedt: As a modern and economically booming city, Bangalore stands for the upside of globalization and offers a possible foretaste of what India will be like in the future. Yet Bangalore’s success story is still an exception in a country that suffers from deep-set structural problems. …More

March 12, 2008 | India's Jatroph Nut: Perfect New Energy Source?

Indian state Chhattisgarh is positioned to become biodiesel hub. ++ Local jatroph nut is inedible, grows on wasteland, requires little cultivation, and produces 3x more oil per hectare than soybeans - a cheap energy …More

March 11, 2008 | The Illusion of a Nuclear-Free World

Nuclear weapons with their incomparable destructive capacity are the determining center of international power. ++ As technological forces are increasingly being associated with national security and success, defenders of disarmament are …More

March 4, 2008 | India's Infrastructure: Chances and Risks for Investments

India’s infrastructure is obstructing economic growth. Just the terrible state of the roads and the endless traffic jams cause economic losses amounting to 6 billion US dollars per year. The cities in particular are …More

January 31, 2008 | India Between Superpowers: Negotiating China and the US

Despite a visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in recent days, India’s priority is clearly focused on the main actors in Asia: China and the US, says Frédéric Bobin of Le Monde. A rising power itself, India is now …More

January 28, 2008 | India and China on Climate Change: Let's Work Together

Apart from hosting international sporting events in the near future, Delhi and Beijing have a lot in common at the moment, according to Narayani Ganesh of the Times of India: both face increasingly serious environmental …More

January 2, 2008 | A Lack of Real Innovation in India and China

Alarmists, especially in the US, fear that China’s and India’s combination of raw brainpower and raw ambition will threaten America’s technological leadership, while skeptics dwell on the countries’ shortage …More

November 8, 2007 | India's Changes

Eckart von Klaeden: India has become a new global player. The broadening and deepening of relations with Western powers such as Germany and the United States in recent years has been welcomed in Berlin and Washington. …More

November 6, 2007 | Nuclear Dealings

Mark Brzezinski: The US has missed opportunities to make sensible progress in India and Iran. In both cases, the United States should be promoting constructive engagement rather than undercutting long-held nonproliferation doctrine. …More

August 20, 2007 | Closer Cooperation With India Expected From Next US President

Most US presidential candidates have very favorable views towards closer cooperation with India in the future, reports Joanna Klonsky of the Council on Foreign Relations. Klonsky’s findings belie the low coverage on …More

July 2, 2007 | Sushant K. Singh on Asian Competition For Energy Reserves in West Africa

As western companies pull out of the African energy sector due to domestic pressure, India and China are stepping in to take their place, reports Sushant K. Singh of Chatham House. Currently Beijing, …More

June 6, 2007 | Somini Sengupta on the Fragile State of the U.S-India Nuclear Deal

The US-India nuclear deal might be at risk, argues Sengupta in an article for the World Security Network. The countries are particularly divided over two issues:

  1. Granting India permission to carry out …More
June 4, 2007 | FT Reports That India Will Double Diplomatic Corps

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced that it plans to double its diplomatic corps within the next five years, reports Jo Johnson of the Financial Times. During a decade in which India joined 13 multilateral …More

April 25, 2007 | Boston Consulting Group On India's Ascent On The Global Market

India is no longer simply the world’s “back office,” and has moved beyond its perceived role as provider of data processors and call-center workers. A study of the Boston Consulting Group and …More

April 16, 2007 | Deutsche Welle Watching Globalization Eat Its Parents

Globalization has come full circle, says Deutsche Welle. 10 years ago, Germany set the tone of its economic relationship with India. German companies outsourced parts of their production to India and attempted to lure Indian …More


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