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India-China trade ties hindered
 by border disputes, mistrust
Prime Minister Modi has succeeded in adding a new zest and meaning to India-China relations with the visit of the Chinese President. However, it is evident that the full potential in trade and other areas of cooperation would not be realised unless peace and tranquility is restored on the border.
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Analysis
 
India, China still have big problems between them
20 September 2014
Manoj Joshi
Notwithstanding the friendly rhetoric and promises of Chinese investment, India and China still have big problems between them. The biggest, as Narendra Modi's remarks at the press interaction noted, is the border.
 
Will BJP draw correct lessons from the electoral setbacks?
20 September 2014
T.V. Rajeswar
Commentators across the country have put their fingers on the issue on which the BJP erred, which resulted in such a setback in the byelections. The people of the country look up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a harbinger of peace, progress and development.
 
Digital strategies for disaster management: Lessons from Kashmir
18 September 2014
Mahima Kaul
The Kashmir floods have exposed our communication faultlines. Why is there no disaster management plan in the case of a communication blackout? This is perhaps even more pertinent given that the remote corners of India, be they coastal, mountainous or otherwise, are not well connected to modern telecom networks.
 
Xi's India trip: Time for a reality check
17 September 2014
Rajeswari Rajagoplan
As Xi and Modi meet in first Ahmedabad and then in New Delhi, India has political and strategic issues that it will want China to respond to - the contested border and territorial issues, China-Pakistan cooperation on nuclear, missile, maritime and border infrastructure issues.
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Report
 
Debating India's nuclear doctrine
12 September 2014
The nature of nuclear threat that India faces is not "binary" as India's concerns related with Pakistan and China are intertwined. The history behind China-Pakistan nuclear collusion makes it important to look into the "interlink".
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ORF Special Report
 
Oil & Gas in India: The Milestones (1825-2012)
11 September 2014
Dinesh Kumar Madhrey
1825: Lieutenant R. Wilcox of the 46th Regiment Native Infantry, who with his small survey party was on a military mission to maintain law and order, spotted oil seepages in the north-eastern corner of Assam in September.
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Issue Brief
 
Global Internet Governance: India's Search for a New Paradigm
04 September 2014
Mahima Kaul
Issue No. 74
What should be India's approach towards the international internet governance discourse? This Issue Brief attempts answer this question by examining the Indian government's engagement with the global community, using the recently concluded NETmundial conference on internet governance as a case study.
 
The Centre-State Fiscal Relationship: A Critique and Recommendations
04 September 2014
Prashant Kumar and Tanoubi Ngangom
Issue No. 73
This Issue Brief aims to deconstruct the Centre-State fiscal relationship by describing the current status quo and the criticisms. It gives recommendations to correct and update the relationship such that it reflects the changed fiscal structure of the country, its States and its people.
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China Weekly Report
 
China emphasises education support for ethnic minorities
18 September 2014
Vol IV, Issue 28
China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on September 15 called for more support for students from Xinjiang and Tibet. It is important to promote education of the inland ethnic students for understanding and unity among ethnic groups,
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Maldives: SEZs are here but concerns remain
12 September 2014
N Sathiya Moorthy
Vol VII, Issue 37
In an ambitious legislative move aimed at attracting big-time investments spread across the archipelago, the Maldivian Government of President Abdulla Yameen has got the Parliament to pass a new law for setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan |Sri Lanka
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Energy News Monitor
 
Independent energy regulators are good "deal" makers
12 September 2014
Vol XI, Issue 12
Putting an Independent Regulator in Oil and Gas, fully empowered to license production and determine prices, can have similar advantages in "deal making".
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Vietnam Offers South China Sea Oil Blocks to India
2 September 2014
Vol III, Issue 9
During the official visit of India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Vietnam from August 24-26, the two countries renewed their bilateral relationship and Hanoi urged for stronger Indian participation in Southeast Asia.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Emerging Cyber Capabilities in the Asia-Pacific
03 August, 2014
Vol II, Issue 9
The Asia Pacific comprises diverse countries with conflicting ideologies and different states of development. Given the variety of challenges and tensions over territorial disputes and geopolitical uncertainties across the region,
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West Asia Monitor
 
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi: Opportunities and Challenges
30 August 2014
Vol I, Issue I
Iraq's Prime Minister designate, Haider al-Abadi, a member of the Shia-led Islamic Dawa Party, must build an inclusive national government and unite Iraq's fragmented ethno-religious communities against the rise of the Islamic State (IS).
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Africa Weekly Report
 
Civil society condemns immunity for crime-accused African leaders
29 August 2014
Vol. IV Issue. 23
Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. According to human rights organisations,
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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 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
 
Independent energy regulators are good "deal" makers
09 September 2014
Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Energy development, because of its scale and complexity, only happens when "deals" are struck between governments and developers.

 
It is not Coal India Ltd; It is 'Criticise me' Ltd.
09 September 2014
Ashish Gupta,

The problems for Coal India Ltd (CIL) are likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Each and every stakeholder and observer is gearing up to collect weak points to criticise CIL.

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International
The story beyond uranium
05 September 2014
C Raja Mohan

The real story for strong India-Australia relations lies beyond uranium. With one of the world's strongest mining sectors,

 
Taking India-Singapore partnership to newer heights1
03 September 2014
Richa Sekhani

India and Singapore's efforts and strategic planning have brought the bilateral linkages between them to such a juncture,

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National
Widening communal fault lines pose challenge to Modi govt
21 August 2014
Niranjan Sahoo

Compared to an average 100,000 incidents annually in the 1980s and 1990s, India witnessed only 72,126 communal riots in 2013.

 
Modi's ports
20 August 2014
R. Swaminathan

Modi needs a credible domestic strategy to ramp up India's maritime infrastructure.

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Japan
Modi's Lexicon
03 September 2014
C. Raja Mohan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fluent Hindi, through which he engages foreign interlocutors,

 
Why relations with Japan are important
03 September 2014
Manoj Joshi

In terms of technology, Japan is way ahead of us and China in many areas. It may be some time before we can expect Japan to export complete weapons systems,

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China
What Modi can learn from Xi
04 September 2014
Manoj Joshi

Modi has been ambivalent about the Lokpal, believing, presumably, that a revitalised administration will make this institution redundant.

 
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

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