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FM's efforts to invigorate small industries
In the Union Budget this year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seems to have tried his best to address the numerous issues being faced by the micro, small and medium enterprises and to invigorate them.
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Analysis
 
Tapping into 'Quad' potential
27 March 2015
Will Poff-Webster and Vindu Mai Chotani
The quad -- India, Australia, Japan, and the United States -- should take care to prevent the possible dangers in China's rise from becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. It should use the wide menu of options for quadrilateral cooperation to bargain for diplomatic resolution of China's disputes with its neighbours.
 
Myanmar's conflicts and its regional dimensions
25 March 2015
K. Yhome
The Kokang factor has long been a source of tension in China-Myanmar relations. The recent killing of Chinese farmers in Myanmar bombing has demonstrated that the role of the regional players needs to be brought to the fore, within the larger framework of international support in its peace process.
 
Reigniting an old, crucial friendship with Sri Lanka
25 March 2015
Richa Sekhani
With the inauguration of a railway track in the Northern Province, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his two-day visit to Sri Lanka from March 13 to 14, has managed to hit the right string amidst the people of Sri Lanka. The trip has marked the beginning of a renewed India-Sri Lanka ties.
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Report
 
Japan's security policy in the era of new geopolitics
26 March 2015
Japan is facing extremely dangerous situation in North East Asia where North Korea is developing nuclear weapons. It is also witnessing China's excessive assertiveness in the East China Sea and the South China Sea. So, situations like these will influence the way Japan will shape its security policy, says eminent Japanese scholar Prof. Shinichi Kitaoka.
 
Space militarisation inevitable
24 March 2015
At the launch of the ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Initiative, experts felt that space is unlikely to become an exception to the security-seeking nature of the international system. They felt States should accept space militarisation as a reality and develop institutions to regulate its use for both peaceful and military purposes.
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ORF Special Report
 
East Asia and Japan's foreign policy
25 March 2015

This special report is a talk given by Professor Hitoshi Tanaka on a transforming East Asia and Japan's foreign policy. Prof. Tanaka is a former diplomat who retired as Japan's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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Issue Brief
 
The Changing Contours of Regionalism and Multilateralism in a Globalised World
16 March 2015
H.H.S. Viswanathan
Issue. 87
This issue brief looks at the trends of regionalism and multilateralism, their importance and evolution in an age of problems without borders that require regional or global solutions.
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Occasional Paper
 
Modi in Mauritius: Renewing a Special Relationship
10 March 2015
M. Ganapathi
Issue No. 60
On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, M. Ganapathi, former High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, analyses India-Mauritius ties and suggests areas of cooperation to further strengthen the relationship.
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China Weekly Report
 
India, China conclude 18th Special Representatives talk on the boundary issue
24 March 2015
Vol V, Issue 11
China and India agreed on March 23 to properly handle and control their disputes and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in their border regions before the boundary issue is solved.
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Africa Monitor
 
India and Africa picking up the pace of trade and investment
20 March 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 35
The third annual meeting of The Growth Net will be held in New Delhi, India from March 25 to 27. Convened by Smadja & Smadja and Ananta Centre, the event is a one-of-a-kind platform for companies from emerging economies to come together and discuss ways to "boost the business, trade, [and] financial linkages"
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Maldives: 'Democracy-deficit' and 'coercive diplomacy'
20 March 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy
Vol VIII, Issue 12
A Male criminal court's sentencing of former President Mohammed Nasheed on 'terrorism charges' for 13 years in prison has revived 'democracy-deficit' charges and consequent global (read: West) discourse, this time against the government of incumbent President Abdulla Yameen.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
The Revival of the India-US ICT Working Group
10 March, 2015
Vol III, Issue 3
India and the US have many common interests in the IT sector, and the India-US ICT Working Group can be leveraged to strengthen business ties and establish common understanding on various global issues relating to internet governance.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Libya: Anatomy of a Disaster
09 March 2015
Vol I, Issue VII
It was the latest carnage by the Islamic State (IS) that finally brought Libya to world attention. Largely unnoticed, this ruthless predator had created space for itself in Libya in the New Year.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Artificial Islands in the South China Sea
09 March 2015
Vol IV, Issue 3
China continues to build artificial islands in the South China Sea in an attempt to consolidate its claims within the nine dash line. Reports on Beijing's attempt to create artificial islands surfaced in 2014 and recent reports-through the help of satellite pictures- shows the progress made in these islands.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Energy Budget: Purveying Aspirations
06 March 2015
Vol XI, Issue 38
The high cost of petrol ensures that the average Indian continues to cover most of his everyday commuting needs by foot or by bicycle. These are the biggest contributions an average Indian makes to carbon emission mitigation.
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Space Alert
 
India's Space Programme: Increasingly Security-Driven
05 January 2015
Vol III, Issue 1
India's space programme has come a long way since the launching of its first sounding rocket from Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram in southern India in 1963.
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Annual Report
 
Annual Report 2014



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
 
Importing Nuclear Albatross?
17 March 2015
M.G. Devasahayam*

The Indo-US Nuclear jugalbandi (duet) commenced in July 2005 with the then US President George Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...

 
Moon Shadow will Enhance Green Power Systems - How German Energy Turnaround Manages Solar Eclipse
17 March 2015
Thomas Elmar Schuppe,

A solar eclipse is admittedly a rare event. On Friday morning March 20, 2015, the moon will partially block out up to 80% of...

 
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International
Modi's Sagar Mala
11 March 2015
C. Raja Mohan

As he swings across the Indian Ocean this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biggest challenge is not about countering China.

 
India: Mooring in foreign shores?
04 March 2015
Manoj Joshi

India needs to find money to put into strategic investments and projects across the IOR -- whether it is Myanmar, Iran, Sri Lanka or Mauritius.

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National
Northwest turbulence
04 March 2015
C. Raja Mohan

What Delhi needs is a strategy that will generate some influence for India in shaping the future of the critical northwest sub-region.

 
Has the Budget done enough to boost Infrastructure?
04 March 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj

Overall, the infrastructure sector is the winner in this year's budget. The allocation to the sector will go up by 700 bn rupees in 2015/16 over last year

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Maldives
Maldives: Feeble light at the end of the tunnel?
07 March 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy

Nasheed is the nation's most charismatic leader, maybe for all time. In such a scenario,

 
Turmoil in Maldives and India's timid response
07 March 2015
Ravi Joshi

After demonstrating a sharp sense of deeper engagement with the neighbours, from the day of the swearing in,

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Security & Intelligence
India's UNSC aspirations: Is China on board?
05 March 2015
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Earlier this month, the RIC forum meeting in Beijing supported India's aspirations to play a greater role in the UN. Recently,

 
Restructure the forces before buying hardware
03 March 2015
Manoj Joshi

Before the Government plunges into the physical modernisation of the armed forces, it needs to put in place the much needed modernisation of the way we think about,

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