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India's cricket dilemma!
India has gone ahead to play a limited-over series against Pakistan at a neutral venue while there is a heightened anti-Pakistan sentiment in the country because of the almost daily border transgressions and renewed upsurge in proxy war killings in Kashmir, It can't only be pressure from the ICC, after all India is the ICC? Is it due to political pressure then?
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COP21: Is India stuck on the wrong approach?
26 November 2015
Nilanjan Ghosh
Unfortunately, the Indian dialogue initiators in the global platform are likely to adopt the same techno-centric and carbon-centric approach, and argue on lines of mitigation. They will yet again fail to bring in the concern of ecosystems-livelihoods linkages.
Going beyond the OROP imbroglio
26 November 2015
Deepak Sinha
It may be interesting for the Modi Government to look at the manner in which the US has institutionalised its handling of military veterans to utilise their full potential. In 1930, President Herbert Hoover consolidated all different departments providing benefits to military veterans, creating the Veterans Administration.
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New Zealand look forward to India's more strategic role in the Indo-Pacific
21 November 2015
New Zealand's High Commissioner to India thinks that India's 'Look East' policy was not markedly different from its current 'Act East' with regard to New Zealand. His observation came during a track two initiative on strengthening India-New Zealand relations.
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Occasional Paper
From Response to Resilience: Adaptation in a Global Climate Agreement
21 November 2015
Vikrom Mathur and Aniruddh Mohan
Issue No. 75
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.
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Issue Brief
Technology and Climate Change: Innovation and Partnerships for Transformational Change
10 November 2015
Vikrom Mathur and Aniruddh Mohan
Issue. 115
This paper summarises the most innovative ideas shared at an ORF roundtable held in September 2015 to discuss technology strategies towards transformative changes in global energy systems.
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Special Report
Common Futures: India and Africa in Partnership
09 November 2015
This e-book brings together six contributions each from African and Indian scholars on the interlinked themes of growth, empowerment, security, sustainability, employment, and nutrition. It is a step towards creating an actionable India-Africa agenda.
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China Weekly Report
China, India to cooperate on anti-terrorism
25 November 2015
Vol V, Issue 44
China and India on November 21 vowed to improve counter-terrorism cooperation between the two countries. In a joint statement issued in Beijing, China's ministry of public security and India's ministry of home affairs said they will enhance high level exchanges and put into place a high-level security and counter-terrorism meeting mechanism.
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South Asia Weekly Report
Bhutan: Carrying forward the Wangchuck dynasty
20 November 2015
Mihir Bhonsale
Vol VIII, Issue 47
The 60th anniversary celebrations of Bhutan's fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck were held at the Changlimithang stadium in the capital city on 11 November with much grandeur. Festivities abound and people made a beeline from as early as 2 a.m. to catch a glimpse of the celebrations.
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West Asia Monitor
What Russia's Military Intervention in Syria Means
16 November 2015
Vol I, Issue XV
It has been over a month now since Russia militarily intervened in the Syrian civil war, conducting over more than 1000 combat sorties.
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Africa Monitor
Modi reaches out to Africa to push for UNSC reforms
9 November 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 51
Prime Minister Narendra Modi used a major outreach to Africa to push India's case for UN reforms while also seeking to build bridges on international terrorism, climate change and WTO issues.
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South China Sea Monitor
US Ship Challenges China in South China Sea
07 November 2015
Vol IV, Issue 11
The recent US Navy's freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea has escalated the geopolitical tussle between the US and China. Beijing has reacted strongly and alleged that the USS Lassen,
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Energy News Monitor
The Baptist and the Bootlegger Unite
6 Novemberber 2015
Vol XII, Issue 21
This is not the best of times for the fossil fuel industry. It is under attack from both ends. At one end we have peak profit rather than peak oil or peak coal haunting the sector. At the other we have an evangelical mob waging war against carbon.
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Space Alert
Letting Go: Useful Advice for the ICoC from Parents of University Students
October 2015
Vol III, Issue 4
The ICoC could stand to benefit from outside input, which is sure to be plentiful within the UNGA. This process is not without dangers. It is true that the ICoC might not survive the crucible of the UNGA, but what is certain is that it will certainly not survive if it stays home next semester.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
Mapping the NETmundial Initiative
08 September, 2015
Vol III, Issue 9
The NETmundial Initiative was created to increase collaboration among stakeholders in order to improve global internet governance. How far has it succeeded in its goal of identifying universal governance principles?
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Annual Report
Annual Report 2015

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) seeks to lead and aid policy thinking towards building a strong and prosperous India in a fair and equitable world. It sees India as a country poised to play a leading role in the knowledge age - a role in which it shall be increasingly called upon to proactively ideate in order to shape global conversations, even as it sets course along its own trajectory of long-term sustainable growth.
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Talk on

"Bihar Polls and After"
by N Sathiya Moorthy
Saturday, 28 November 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai




"Advancing the BBIN Agenda: Exploring possibilities in Trade, Transit, Energy and Water Cooperation"
03-04 December 2015
(9:30 AM To 05:00 PM)
Venue: Oberoi Grand, Kolkata



ORF-ISAS international workshop

"Emerging Trans-Regional Corridors: South and Southeast Asia"
07-08 December 2015
(10:00 AM To 06:00 PM)
Venue: Gateway Hotel, Kolkata




"Delegation from Academy of World Watch, Shanghai"
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
(11:00 AM To 2:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Series of Panel Discussions

"Covering Regulatory, Cultural, Commercial and other Aspects of net Neutrality across South Asia"
Saturday, 12 November 2015
(11:00 AM To 4:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"India's Cyber Security Readiness and Response Capabilities and Options. "
Thursday, 17 December 2015
(10:30 AM To 12:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"South Asia Water Dialogue: People, power and Technological Innovation"
Thursday, 17 December 2015
(5:00 PM To 8:00 PM)
Friday, 18 December 2015
(9:00 AM To 05:00 PM)
Venue: The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata



Roundtable Discussion

"Accommodating Rising Powers"
Monday, 25 January 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall













Say No to Clean Cook Stoves
17 November 2015
Lydia Powell and Akhilesh Sati,

?India Sees Clean Cooking as Climate Action That Saves Lives? is the title of a recent article in the New York Times.

India has no option but to strategise its energy basket dominated by coal
17 November 2015
Ashish Gupta

We highlighted in the last weeks analysis (Are large projections for renewable only cosmetic? ORF Energy News Monitor Volume XII, Issue 22),

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Giants of Asia in Silicon Valley
30 September 2015
Manoj Joshi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have just made back to back visits to the United States.

China's slowdown: An opportunity to boost Indo-Africa ties
29 September 2015
Richa Sekhani

In light of Africa's increasing dependency on and trouble with Chinese actors, African leaders are beginning to look beyond China in an attempt to diversify.

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NDA-II prefers controlling people's lives to changing things for the better
28 September 2015
Manoj Joshi

The NDA II government seems to be displaying a controlling streak rather early in its tenure.

US, India and security in the Asia-Pacific
28 September 2015
Darshana M Baruah

That India-US ties are at the nexus of a new beginning shaping the Indo-Pacific is no surprise.

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Mapping Next Big Steps in India-US defence partnership
01 October 2015
Sylvia Mishra

As the power balances of the 21st century shift, Indo-US defence partnership will not be solely about defence commerce. Instead this vital partnership flows from geopolitical interests.

Modi places big bets for India in Silicon Valley
29 September 2015
Ashok Malik

If all goes well, India and the US could partner at the ICANN high table, in the sort of Security Council of Internet governance.

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Modi's masterclass alone is not enough
1 October 2015
Sandeep Bamzai

Modi's forays into the global investment hot spots will pay dividend only if we reform ourselves,

GDP growth a good sign
30 September 2015
Jayshree Sengupta

During the US visit, PM Narendra Modi reiterated that India is the fastest growing economy among large countries in the world.

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