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Need for reforming
 poll-management
Once the general elections are over in India, it may be time to look inward at the existing processes and revise certain provisions to make them more meaningful and sustainable. If timely cure is not injected, it could damage the firmament of our democratic scheme.
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Analysis
 
Japan's new energy policy and the revival of nuclear power
22 April 2014
K.V. Kesavan
One compelling reason for Japan to adopt the new energy policy was the Abe government's recognition that in the absence of nuclear energy, which accounted for 30% of the total electricity until recently, the country had to pay heavily for importing oil and gas from abroad.
 
Black money infiltrates Indian elections
22 April 2014
Niranjan Sahoo
India's 16th general elections, billed as the most expensive elections ever, are witnessing an unprecedented flow of black money into country's electoral process. Analysts claim that a mammoth 400 billion rupees, roughly 0.35 percent of India's GDP, has been pumped into the democratic process.
 
Pakistan, in Modi's eyes
22 April 2014
C Raja Mohan
If the reports that Narendra Modi has sent emissaries to Pakistan are true, they indicate a recognition of the need to reassure leaders across the border that, were he to become prime minister, he would not be throwing a grenade at the bilateral relationship.
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Report
 
How China sees its role in the world
22 April 2014
Chinese foreign policy statements may seem sloganistic, ritualistic and without content but one has to realise it need not be articulated in the Euro-American way, says Prof. Geremie Barme of Australian National University College of Asia and Pacific.
 
Delhi, Dhaka need to strengthen further ties on border management, counter-terror
18 April 2014
During the recent "5th India-Bangladesh Dialogue" organised in Delhi, there was consensus among all participants on the need for strengthening further cooperation on border management and counter terrorism in order of tackle threats which are common to both the countries.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
India to set up Cryptology Centre
03 April, 2014
Vol II, Issue 4
Government on March 04, 2014 announced setting up of R C Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security' in the Indian Statistical Institute at Kolkata at a cost of Rs 115 crore.
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Issue Brief
 
A Roadmap for RIC
25 March 2014
Nandan Unnikrishnan, Samir Saran and Uma Purushoth
Issue No. 01
Together, Russia, India and China occupy around 50 percent of Asia's landmass. The three countries constitute some of the largest economies in Asia. There are a lot of potential synergies among the three countries, making a compelling case for their collaboration.
 
Corporate Funding of Elections: The Strengths and Flaws
15 March 2014
Samya Chatterjee and Niranjan Sahoo
Issue No. 69
This Issue Brief seeks to outline the history of corporate funding in India, legislation governing corporate funding, institutional innovations in corporate funding like electoral trusts, and international experiences and their relevance in the Indian context. Given the increasing clamour for transparent and accountable corporate funding of political parties, the Brief also explores the perils of over-reliance on corporate funding.
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ORF Policy Perspective
 
A Roadmap for RIC
25 February 2014
Nandan Unnikrishnan, Samir Saran and Uma Purushothaman
Issue No. 1
Together, Russia, India and China occupy around 50 percent of Asia’s landmass. The three countries constitute some of the largest economies in Asia. There are a lot of potential synergies among the three countries, making a compelling case for their collaboration.
Occasional Paper
 
India-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: Gains and Future Prospects
25 February 2014
Geethanjali Nataraj and Ashwani
Issue No. 50
This paper attempts to analyse the initial impact of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between India and Japan on both trade and investment relations and other areas of cooperation. Even though it is too early to make a thorough impact assessment, the study seeks to bring out some facts related to the effectiveness of the agreement.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
In Pakistan, eyes are now on new Indian government
18 April 2014
Taruni Kumar
Vol VII, Issue 16
With the elections underway in India, eyes are now on the outcome of the polls, likely to be known by May 16. Wider belief is that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) may win the keenly fought elections.
Country Reports: 
Sri Lanka | Afghanistan | Bangladesh| Bhutan | India | Maldives| Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan
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Africa Weekly Report
 
Africa's economic prosperity at risk from instability: Report
18 April 2014
Vol III, Issue 57
The head of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, says achieving economic progress does not just depend on having impressive numbers of GDP growth, high-rise buildings or first-class highways.
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China Military Watch
 
China asks US to restrain Japan
17 April 2014
Vol III, Issue 8
Beijing warned Washington on April 8 to "stay vigilant" about Japan and not to be "permissive or supportive" of Tokyo's provocations. In a discussion, Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told visiting US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel that the US should respect China's core interests as Washington was implementing a pivot strategy to the region.
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China Weekly Report
 
Fresh crackdown on corruption
16 April 2014
Vol IV, Issue 11
The disciplinary watchdog of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on April 8 launched a new section on its website inviting the public to report corruption and misconduct.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Electric Chaiwallas
4 April 2014
Vol X, Issue 42
Competitive with the grid for peak use, of course with LPG or kerosene, and gives shelter for chaiwallas and their customers. We know Mr Modi's solar achievements in Gujarat.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
The MH370 Incident and Need for Regional Maritime Cooperation
01 April 2014
Vol III, Issue 4
On 8 March, soon after the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was declared missing, one of the largest search operations in the history was initiated to determine the whereabouts of the ill-fated flight.
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Space Alert
 
GSLV Mark III ready for mission
01 April 2014
Vol II, Issue 4
India is inching closer to sending an astronaut into space with the approaching experimental test flight mission of the gigantic Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk-III).
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Books
 
Globalisation and Identity: Perspectives from India and Russia
25 February 2014
Uma Purushothaman
Globalisation and Identity provides insights into the interplay between globalisation and identity from Indian and Russian perspectives.
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South Asia Weekly Annual Assessment 2013
 
South Asia: 2013
4 January 2014
While ’South Asia: 2013’ may not be a comprehensive guide to events and developments in individual member-nations, it is definitely a pointer to what may lie ahead - and where from here, possibly, for individual nations.
   
ORF Special Report
 
National Security: The Need for a Doctrine
10 February 2014
Manoj Joshi and Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

Many strategic analysts in India have suggested that the country evolve a national security doctrine to guide its armed forces and governmental system in dealing with matters relating to national security. The Observer Research Foundation took the initiative to examine the issue in its entirety.
 
The State of India’s Cities and Towns
20 December 2013
Jochen Mistelbacher & Prashant Kumar

This "Book of Charts" on the "State of Cities and Towns", produced by ORF Urban Policy Research Initiative, paints a descriptive picture of the current state and developments in employment, education and public infrastructure provision, among others, and the disparities between states, within states and between different sections of the urban society.
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CYFI 2013: OUTCOME STATEMENT
The inaugural ’India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance - CyFy 2013’ saw two days of engrossing debate, capturing the perspectives of over 250 international experts, parliamentarians, academics, industry leaders, media practitioners and representatives of the civil society.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Kurdish militants take control of border crossing
31 October 2013
Vol I, Issue 12
Kurdish militants in Syria seized a border crossing with Iraq from Islamist rebels linked to al-Qaeda which had held the crossing since March, according to activists and an Iraqi official.
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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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"Students from Russian School"
Friday, 25 April 2014
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Discussion on

"Nuclear Security in India"
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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"Cyber Security" Debating data localization and its effect on the Web
Friday, 2 May 2014
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"Withdrawal and its Limitations: The Future of Afghanistan"
Monday, 5 May 2014
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"Utilizing Military Veterans to Add Value to Developmental Initiatives in Rural and Semi-Urban Areas"
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
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"10th EU Enlargement Anniversary: Issues and Challenges"
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
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Discussion on

"Nuclear Trends in West Asia"
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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"Mr. Jacek Bylica, EU Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation."
Friday, 16 May 2014
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Discussion

 
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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"Stimson Maritime Conference"
10-11 June 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Venue: Chennai
12 March 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Venue: Kochi

 


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Report Release of ORF-Chatham House Project on

"Attitudes Around Water"
Friday, 13 June 2013
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ORF-ECC Conference on

"Perspectives on the Indo-Pacific Region"
30 June 2013 - 1 July 2013
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Venue: Moscow

 


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Conference on

"United States Foreign Policy in International Perspective"
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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ORF-ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hamburg)

"4th Asian Forum on Global Governance"
26 October to 4 November 2014
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Energy/Coal/Power
Climate Change and India: Morality does begin at Home!
15 April 2014
Ashish Gupta,

Climate Change is becoming a major cause of concern but the important thing that is lacking in Climate Change deliberations is that it is concentrated on poor developing countries including India.

 
IPCC AR5: One More Step for Dialectic Reasoning?
15 April 2014
Lydia Powell,

The contents of the three fifth assessment reports (AR 5) that the IPCC released recently are largely similar to the earlier reports. The prophets of the IPCC offer volumes of threatening numbers and seductively coloured charts to tell us that we are all doomed if we do not accept their dialectic reasoning and follow their prescriptions.

 
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International
Afghan presidential elections: Implications and the road ahead
16 April 2014
Raghav Sharma

The voluminous participation by the Afghans in the elections, in which all major candidates asserted their desire to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US, does not bode well for the Taliban, which describes signing of the BSA as "a huge crime".

 
Cementing the BRICS
05 April 2014
Geethanjali Nataraj and Abhirup Bhunia

There is a need to fix the BRICS, by altering growth strategies, reducing external dependence, securing domestic demand and investments, providing jobs to the unemployed, and aiming at lowering untenable inequality.

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National
The outliers who won the PM's post
16 April 2014
Manoj Joshi

If Narendra Modi becomes prime minister, he will join a select band of predecessors who can be called "outliers" - a scientific term used to describe phenomena which are outside the normal experience.

 
Testing time for Modi?
11 April 2014
T.V. Rajeswar

There is hope among the politicians of various political groups in Kashmir as well as the people of Kashmir that Narendra Modi as Prime Minister would take some decisive action in keeping with their expectations. Modi himself has moderated his stand to that there should be a discussion on Article 370.

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Security
Questions about the security of Aadhar project's biometric database
14 April 2014
Mahima Kaul

The Aadhar project remains complex - a herculean task. The UK government shelved its identity card project because it was untested and the technology not secure, and because of the risks to the safety and security of citizens.

 
Why is the Indian counter-insurgency failing repeatedly?
08 April 2014
Rajesh Rajagopalan

The Indian tendency to muddle through is likely to continue when it comes to counter-insurgency. The distance between the Army and its civilian masters is so gaping that advice, however enriched by experience and reflection, is likely to fall on deaf ears.

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Economy
Multi-brand retail: Risky to usher in oligopolistic global retailers
14 April 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

It makes more sense to enable domestic multi-brand retailers to become strong and see how they develop the village infrastructure and supply chains. It would be risky to usher in oligopolistic global retailers without any strings attached and allowing them to take a big slice of India's huge retail market.

 
Neglect of under-privileged: Confront politicians
04 April 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

In today's political scene not many contestants have a background of having worked with the underprivileged people or fighting for the rights of women and children. Many think it is a good opportunity to get into the charmed circle of parliamentarians who have attractive remunerations and huge fringe benefits for five years

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Russia
Crimea: The US grandstanding that failed again
04 April 2014
Vikram Sood

Obama's warning to Putin that there would be costs for the invasion of Crimea was not only empty, but the real cost in all this was to American credibility, once again. One can, therefore, expect both the US and Russia to assert their rights regardless of international law.

 
Putin gives lessons in world politics
18 March 2014
Manoj Joshi

The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more.

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