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Time for India to set priorities
 in South Asia
India does not have much time left to set its priorities right, whatever they be. If nothing else, it cannot afford to ?tire out? its neighbours, who can then choose their own, individual course.
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Analysis
 
Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter
28 August 2014
Mahima Kaul
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for using social media to address the public directly has apparently caused a rift within India's mainstream press.
 
Playing the East
28 August 2014
C. Raja Mohan
India today is much better placed to deal with the emerging rivalry between Beijing and Tokyo. On the economic front, Modi should eagerly seek cooperation from both sides. Commercial competition between Tokyo and Beijing, for example on high-speed railways, should work to India's advantage.
 
Making friends with the middle
25 August 2014
C. Raja Mohan and Rory Medcalf
Building a set of flexible Asian coalitions that do not include America or China should become a critical element of India's strategy of coping with the historic power shift in Asia and the uncertain evolution of US-China relations.
 
The European Union as a security actor: View from India
25 August 2014
Samir Saran
What is a security actor and how is it different from being a great or major power? In many ways, this question is central to understanding the lack of appreciation of the European Union as an actor in the security arena in India and certainly in some other parts of Asia.
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Report
 
Nuclear strategies in the modern era
26 August 2014
China has modernised its nuclear arsenal to enhance mobility and concealment in order to increase the survivability. And, China's nuclear strategy will remain immune to any Asian nuclear imbalance, even in a scenario wherein Japan acquires nuclear weapons, argues author Dr. Vipin Narang.
 
Incubation space for terror groups in Bangladesh a worry for the world
25 August 2014
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, which is threatened by the formation of the Narendra Modi government in Delhi, have been reactivating networks of LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad in Kashmir since May/June 2013.
 
From 'clash of civilisations' to 'clashes within civilisations'
25 August 2014
If the ISIS is not brought under control, the chances are that it could spread to Pakistan, especially Waziristan, a tribal region which plays host to most terror outfits. This could in turn affect India by means of border infiltrations.
 
China's role important in South Asia water management
21 August 2014
Engaging with China is crucial for any sustainable water management strategy to take effect in South Asia and India need to play a central role in garnering this support, says Mr Suresh Prabhu, Advsior, Power Ministry and a former Union Power Minister.
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Issue Brief
 
India-Bangladesh Relations: A Ten-point Agenda
22 August 2014
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
Issue No. 71
This Issue Brief seeks to highlight key issues which the Narendra Modi government should prioritise in its relations with Bangladesh. It also suggests some additional steps that can be taken to strengthen relations between the two countries.
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ORF Special Report
 
Rebalance & Reform: An agenda for the new Government
08 July 2014

For the new government, the task ahead is difficult, but not impossible. It will require new ideas and out-of-the-box strategies. Here, ORF presents a holistic and relevant agenda for the government, offering a diagnosis of the current problems and providing actionable recommendations.
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China Weekly Report
 
Dismantling the Hukou
25 August 2014
Vol IV, Issue 25
China has added some flesh to the idea of hukou or household registration system reform, late last month, a much anticipated move since the Third Plenum last year. The State Council on July 30 had publicized its target of settling 100 million people in towns and cities.
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Africa Weekly Report
 
Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated, says WHO
15 August 2014
Vol. IV Issue. 22
The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, which has killed more than 1,000 people, has been vastly underestimated and will require "extraordinary measures, on a massive scale" if it is to be contained, the World Health Organisation has warned.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Azadi March in Pakistan - Nawaz Sharif vs Army?
22 August 2014
Taruni Kumar
Vol VII, Issue 34
The synchronised protest marches undertaken by Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and cleric Tahir-ul Qadri, chairman of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), culminated in a combined sit-in outside the Parliament building in Islamabad.
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan |Sri Lanka
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Energy News Monitor
 
Energy Security: Multiple interpretations of an undefined idea!
22 August 2014
Vol XI, Issue 10
The important priority for India is to provide electricity to all, infuse efficiency and expedite indigenous resource production. India must acquire stakes in energy blocks overseas. India's energy security program lacks vision because of the weak political structure.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Japan's New Policy on Collective Self Defence
2 August 2014
Vol III, Issue 8
The Abe administration in July 2014, made a historic decision by trying to reinterpret the constitution to allow the Japanese Self Defence Forces (SDF) to fight in foreign soil and in defence of its allies and friends.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Reframing the global Internet ecosystem
01 August, 2014
Vol II, Issue 8
As the conversations around internet governance become trapped in confrontational language, it is time to move the emphasis back to decision making that works for all
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China Military Watch
 
Senior Chinese military official warns against Japanese militarism
02 July 2014
Vol III, Issue 13
A senior Chinese military official said on June 22 that all peace-loving people should keep alert about Japan's further inclination toward a wrong and dangerous path and the revival of its militarism.
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Space Alert
 
ISRO to launch five foreign satellites
01 July 2014
Vol II, Issue 5
Five foreign satellites will be launched by India under commercial agreements on June 30, space agency ISRO said on June 20. The indigenous PSLV-C23 rocket will carry a 714 kg French Earth Observation Satellite 'SPOT-7' as the main payload.
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Annual Report
 
Annual Report 2013



Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an endeavour to aid and influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India. The expectations of the global community from India are immense as the country is poised to play a leading role in the knowledge age. The Foundation believes that in the next 15 years, India will be one of the great economic powers in the world and contribute to a significant transformation in the quality of life of humanity.
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
The Personalisation of Power Generation in India
19 August 2014
Lydia Powell,

The news that may have shocked keen observers of the Indian energy sector last week is that India has about 90 GW generating capacity.

 
Energy Security: Multiple interpretations of an undefined idea!
19 August 2014
Ashish Gupta,

Most of the developing countries including some developed nations are fixated on the concept of energy security.

 
Natural Gas in India: An Analysis
19 August 2014
Achitha Jacob*

he biggest challenge in the energy sector for the Indian government is to promote economic efficiency brought about by free market forces while not compromising on affordable access to energy,

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National
Can Modi turn slogans into concrete actions?
14 August 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

All that the government has to do is to focus on providing basic goods -- high quality primary education and healthcare,

 
Modi's per drop more crop dream needs a digital cover
14 August 2014
R. Swaminathan

The prime minister has shown a refreshing approach towards Indian agriculture, but for the real challenges to be surmounted,

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International
Japan's growing engagement in the Indo-Pacific
12 August 2014
Darshana M. Baruah

Tokyo's growing engagement with the countries of the region is a strong reflection of Japan's desire to play a greater role in regional security.

 
Bubbles and Other Troubles: Risks from Ultra Easy Monetary Policy
12 August 2014
Manmath Goel

Spillovers from unconventional monetary policy in the AEs pose a systemic risk for emerging market economies (EMEs).

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Security
India: Diversifying arms purchases
13 August 2014
Siddharth Sivaraman and Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopal

Technology is important, but who you get it from is even more important. U.S. drones in the Indian inventory would have a huge value in terms of messaging,

 
Exploring net neutrality
12 August 2014
Anahita Mathai

With India seeking to connect the next billion, and becoming a key player in the global Internet debate, it is important to have clearly formed domestic policies.

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Economy
India does not need SAARC Bank
11 August 2014
Prashant Kumar

India will gain very little by taking the lead in this venture. It already holds the rather envied position as the strongest economy within the region.

 
Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy
5 August 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

Giving huge amounts of cash subsidies in the developed countries also distorts market. Lowering the actual cost of production artificially,

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