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US-India relations: Need for
 clear-eyed realism
Washington needs to understand that India-US partnership is not about democracy or common values but about common interests. The real strategic glue in the relationship is the common concern in maintaining some sort of balance in the larger Asian region in the context of China?s rise.
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Analysis
 
Importance of Obama's India visit
24 January 2015
Sylvia Mishra
Both President Obama and Prime Minister Modi have seized the moment to reinvigourate the bilateral ties. If Modi has put America at the very centre of his dynamic foreign policy strategy, Obama appears eager to work with what is undoubtedly a more vigorous and action-oriented government in Delhi.
 
Plumbing over poetry
23 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan
Modi and Obama need to focus less on India’s near-term carbon emissions and find ways to boost its use of renewable energy like solar and wind. Such an approach will address Delhi’s need to grow its economy and Washington’s desire to lessen the weight of coal in India’s energy mix.
 
Cleaning DRDO’s Augean stables
22 January 2015
Deepak Sinha
Cost and time over-runs have reportedly led to losses of approximately Rs 29,000 crore in the DRDO; some 10 projects have been delayed for over five years. The Armed Forces continue to be woefully short of modern weapon systems, ammunition and a vast range of critical equipment.
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Report
 
ORF in Top 10 Asian think tanks
22 January 2015
As part of the worldwide launch of the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2014, an event was organised at ORF in Delhi on Thursday. According to the Report, ORF has been placed at 8th position amongst the Top 10 think tanks in Asia.
 
Statute-change mooted for better civil-military cooperation
20 January 2015
As evolved in the US and the UK, an Integrated Defence Staff, in which ’army controls army’, is the need of the hour for better implementation of required reforms. This weakness can be resolved only through a constitutional amendment or to the Rules of Business of the Government, or both, says Lt-Gen. S. Pattabhiraman (Retd).
 
Briefing: UNFCCC COP 20
  Meeting in Lima

19 January 2015
Climate change defined officially as ’a change in the state of the climate that can be identified among other things by changes in the mean and / or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer’ is among major challenges facing countries.
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China Weekly Report
 
CCDI decides anti-graft blueprint for the year
20 January 2015
Vol IV, Issue 45
A key meeting of China’s top discipline watchdog, which closed on January 14, has mapped out the priorities in the fight against corruption for 2015. The fifth plenary session of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI)
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Net Neutrality and the Law of Common Carriage
15 January, 2015
Vol III, Issue 1
Net neutrality makes strange bedfellows. It links the truck operators that dominate India’s highways, such as those that carry vegetables from rural markets to cities, and Internet service providers which perform a more technologically advanced task.
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Issue Brief
 
An ’India Exception’ and India-US Partnership on Climate Change
13 January 2015
Samir Saran (ORF) and Bruce Jones (Brookings),
Issue No. 85
The authors propose an ’India exception’ in global climate talks as the only realistic pathway to a global climate deal, which could also be a key tool in cementing stronger ties between India and the US, two critical actors in the evolving international order.
 
Nuclear security in India
07 January 2015
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Unlike other recent evaluations, India’s nuclear security measures are indeed comparable to best practices globally, but we have done a poor job of publicising our achievements.
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Occasional Paper
 
The Changing Global Trade Regime and Emergence of Mega FTAs: Strategy for India’s External Sector Sustainability
12 January 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj, Abhirup Bhunia, Garima Sahdev
Issue No. 55
This study discusses three major mega free trade agreements (the TPP, TTIP and the RCEP) and attempts to develop a strategy for India to navigate the repercussions engendered by these groupings and thereby safeguard India?s trade and sustain its economic growth.
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Africa Monitor
 
Mauritius keen to become bridge for India to Africa
19 January 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 31
Mauritius is keen to become a "real bridge" for India to invest and connect with the rest of Africa and with Europe, said Showkutally Soodhun, the new vice prime minister of the Indian Ocean island.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
’Brand Maldives’ caught in radicalisation?
16 January 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy
Vol VIII, Issue 3
Reported jihadi threats forcing the down-grading of a New Year Eve entertainment programme and those regarding seven more Maldivians joining the civil war in Syria have revived the on-again-off-again national discourse on religious radicalism in Maldives.
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan |Sri Lanka
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South China Sea Monitor
 
China, Vietnam to address maritime disputes without using ’megaphone diplomacy’
08 January 2015
Vol IV, Issue 1
Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to "megaphone diplomacy", as Beijing backs off from aggressive attempts to press its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
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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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West Asia Monitor
 
India and the Arab League: Walking the trade talk
05 January 2015
Vol I, Issue V
India hosted the 4th India­Arab Partnership Conference late last month as part of the Modi government’s efforts to elevate the level of engagement between the two sides.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Lima outcome: the quiet mutation of Kyoto Protocol
19 December 2014
Vol XI, Issue 26
Instead of an international law on climate change imposing commandments such as ’thou shalt not emit carbon’ on Nation States, or International Carbon Markets saying ’thou shalt pay for emitting carbon’,
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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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"Universities and Smart Cities: A Global Perspectives"
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
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"India-China Media Exchange"
30-31 January 2015
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"Peshawar Attacks: Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Efforts"
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
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"University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham"
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
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"Digital Jurisdiction"
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
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"The Changong Face of National Security Work - The Threat and opportunity of Data"
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
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"Cyber Governance"
Thursday, 12 February 2015
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"Increasing Coal Production to 1 Billion Tonnes by 2020: Policy Pathways"
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
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"Political Turmoil in West Asia: Perspectives from India and Russia"
2-3 March 2015
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ORF-Hudson Institute Conference
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"Improving Governance in Healthcare Sector"
Monday 16 March 2015
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Tuesday 17 March 2015
(9:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: The Oberoi, New Delhi

 


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"CYFY 2015"
14-16 October 2015
(10:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Falling oil prices: who is celebrating?
06 January 2015
Lydia Powell,

In the last few decades we have been told repeatedly that increase in oil prices was orchestrated either by oil revenue dependent dictatorships in the Persian Gulf or by evil oil corporations that sought to profit at the expense of the consumer.

 
Indian Energy Sector in 2014: A Review
06 January 2015
Ashish Gupta,

The year started with political flip-flop over energy prices due to elections in the country. All parties struggled to establish their positions and the issue of power and petroleum product prices were gaining significance in party positions.

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International
Global nation
08 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

PM Narendra Modi's interest in the diaspora is about recognising India's possibilities as a "global nation" that is not defined in narrow territorial terms.

 
Sushma Swaraj's visit to South Korea and the way ahead
08 January 2015
K.V. Kesavan

For both India and South Korea, cooperation in the civilian nuclear sphere is a subject of great importance.

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National
Powershift in Colombo is Delhi's opportunity
12 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

As a new government led by Maithripala Sirisena takes charge in Colombo,

 
Curtains down for Planning Commission, but challenges remain
05 January 2015
Manoj Kumar

The history of the Planning Commission suggests that it was always an extension of the government's attitude towards the economy.

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Sri Lanka
Powershift in Colombo is Delhi's opportunity
12 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

As a new government led by Maithripala Sirisena takes charge in Colombo, New Delhi has a valuable opportunity to arrest the drift in bilateral relations over the last few years.

 
Sri Lanka's new Govt, and India and China
09 January 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy

Sri Lanka's poll results have shown that President-elect Sirisena's victory was made possible by the overwhelming vote of the minorities, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils.

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Terrorism
Pak boat operation: Was there any other option with Coast Guard?
08 January 2015
Vikram Sood

No one really knew what had happened on the high seas off Porbunder on the New Year Eve, yet everyone had an answer within hours.

 
Pak boat operation exposes intel gaps again
06 January 2015
Manoj Joshi

There are several problems with the story as it has been put out and many of these have been listed in the internet or in newspapers.

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