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India's Reluctance on Multilateral
 Naval Exercises
Given the centrality of the Indian Ocean to its national security, it is time for India to leverage existing and emerging multilateral platforms to engage deeply with partner countries and take on a greater leadership role in the Indian Ocean Region.
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Analysis
 
Sri Lanka: TN initiative to de-congest Palk Bay fishing takes concrete shape
29 July 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa recently distributed Rs 30 lakh as subsidy, in a total estimated cost of Rs 60 lakhs, to help enable the State's fishermen to undertake deep-sea fishing in a big way. It is expected to help decongest fishing in the Palk Bay, and help reduce tensions with Sri Lankan fishers.
 
How to secure equal representation in Parliament?
29 July 2015
Vidisha Mishra
The loopholes and technicalities of the Women's Reservation Bill should be open to scrutiny, but the Bill and its purpose must not be forgotten. Perhaps the revival of the debate over the bill could be an opportunity for PM Modi to demonstrate his party's focus on gender equality.
 
Kalam raised the status of the presidency
28 July 2015
Manoj Joshi
Many politicians and leaders go out of their way to claim that they are the aam aadmi. But if there was ever a man of the people, it was A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who rose from a humble background to become India's true People's President.
 
Vyapam scam: State Govt has a lot to explain
28 July 2015
Ashok Malik
The sheer magnitude of Vyapam has stunned people. The Bharatiya Janata Party, in power in Madhya Pradesh for the duration of Vyapam, is clearly answerable for the mess. Its government and chief minister have a lot to explain.
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Report
 
Evolving geopolitics in Eurasia: Implications for India
27 July 2015
To improve India's role in Central Asia, its focus should recognize the diversity of relationships that are possible - economic, defence, and connectivity. Politically and historically, each of the five countries in the region is distinct.
 
Chinese leadership promoting strategy of military assertiveness
24 July 2015
China's increasing assertiveness is not ad hoc and random; it fits in with their overall military strategy. And, finding this strategy to be quite effective, Chinese leadership are promote it, according to Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
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Issue Brief
 
India's Intelligence Agencies: In Need of Reform and Oversight
23 July 2015
Manoj Joshi and Pushan Das
Issue. 98
This report draws from the conference on the Future Challenges to India's Intelligence System organised by ORF in February 2015. What tasks face India's intelligence agencies in implementing reforms in order to address the more complex national security threats confronting the country today?
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Occasional Paper
 
Resurgence of Al-Qaeda in South Asia Post-US Drawdown
10 July 2015
Aryaman Bhatnagar and Wilson John
Issue No. 65
An examination of the prospects for al-Qaeda following the US drawdown in Afghanistan and the likely threats which the region, and India in particular, might face in the future. A supplementary scrutiny of ISIS, and the group's possible expansion in the region, is also proffered.
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Monograph
 
Trends in Russia-China Relations: Implications for India
06 July 2015
The upsurge in China-Russia ties carries an enormous impact on India. This monograph examines the trends and patterns of Sino-Russian relations from the strategic, economic and political perspectives as well as the interplay of these relations in the Russian Far East.
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China Weekly Report
 
China looks for new cruise route to disputed South China Sea island
27 July 2015
Vol V, Issue 28
Chinese authorities plan to start a second cruise ship link to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on July 27, in a move that may irk Vietnam, which also claims the islets.
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Africa Monitor
 
Akon to raise funds for African lighting initiative
24 July 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 44
The Locked Up hit maker has been working on providing solar power to those living in rural areas, through his Akon Lighting Africa company, which he co-founded in 2013, and now he's set to launch a Solar Academy in Mali, where engineers will be taught how to harness the sun's energy, reported Music Times.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Maldives: How independent is Independence?
24 July 2015
N. Sathiya Moorthy
Vol VIII, Issue 30
For a nation celebrating the golden jubilee of the country's Independence, Maldives has been at sixes and sevens through the previous year. And for a people who have taken politics and democracy with all its dynamism and vibrancy,
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Energy News Monitor
 
People's Action Plan on Climate Change for Karnataka
24 July 2015
Vol XII, Issue 6
These recommendations can go a long way in strengthening the National Action Plan and the State Action Plan on Climate Change, whose recommendations have not been known to the public. Since about 1,000 people from various walks of life have contributed to these recommendations,
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
The Shifting Digital Pivot
10 July, 2015
Vol III, Issue 7
India needs to build strategies to successfully navigate the global internet governance ecosystem, to carve out a niche for itself and achieve 'Indian exceptionalism' in cyberspace.
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Space Alert
 
SAARC SAT: India's Own TCBM or A Strategic Outreach?
July 2015
Vol III, Issue 3
On the occasion of the successful launch of the PSLV-C23 in June 2014, Prime Minister Modi announced the development of a SAARC Satellite, called SAARC SAT, for sharing the benefits of satellite technology with its South Asian neighbours.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Egyptian President Sisi's Latest Move: Germany
6 July 2015
Vol I, Issue XI
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been engaged in significant diplomatic activism since he took office. He has met with regional leaders from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE and has emerged as a key pillar in Riyadh's attempts to consolidate a Sunni bloc in the region.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
China places oil rig back in Vietnam's EEZ
01 July 2015
Vol IV, Issue 7
On June 25, China moved its state owned oil rig HD-981 closer to Vietnam's coast following last year's protests over a similar move.
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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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Events
 

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Talk on

"Defending the Global Commons"
by H.E. Mr. Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India.
Friday, 31 July 2015
(2:30 PM To 3:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Talk on

"TN bid to de-congest Palk Bay fishing"
by Mr. N. Sathiyamoorthy
Saturday, 1 August 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai Conference Hall

 


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Launch of the Strategic Rationale for Deeper U.S. Indian Economic Ties.
Friday, 7 August 2015
(3:00 PM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall

 


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Conference
on

"CYFY 2015"
14-16 October 2015
(10:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: New Delhi

 


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ORF-ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hamburg)
on

"5th Asian Forum on Global Governance"
25 October to 3 November 2015
(9:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: Hyatt Regency, New Delhi

 




  
  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
Energy/Coal/Power
 
India's Energy Sector: About to Take-off? (Part II)
21 July 2015
Lydia Powell and Akhilesh Sati,

Last week's column observed that India's energy take-off may be an 'optical illusion' caused by China's slow-down.

 
People's Action Plan on Climate Change for Karnataka
21 July 2015
Shankar Sharma,

A people's action plan on Climate Change for the state was released on recent World Environment Day in Bangalore by the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

 
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International
Eurozone to blame for Greece's problems
21 July 2015
Jayshree Sengupta

Greece's problems were inevitable because the concept of Eurozone is based on flawed solidarity.

 
India's quest for place at the UN high table
20 July 2015
Ashok Malik

The quest for a permanent seat is another challenge altogether. There is little appetite for UN reform in the international system,

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National
How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership affect India?
21 July 2015
Sylvia Mishra

The US-led TPP would face increasing competition as China recently concluded a free trade agreement with Australia (ChAFTA)

 
Modi's foreign policy style is continuity, not change
20 July 2015
Manoj Joshi

Continuity, rather than change, is the true hallmark of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy.

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China
Abe's defence
21 July 2015
C. Raja Mohan

It's not often that one sees leaders take risks in the pursuit of a political conviction.

 
Civil society and internal security in China
20 July 2015
Mahalakshmi Ganapathy

In China, we see a situation emerging in the form of "mass incidents" (a term used by the Chinese State to define civil unrest).

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Iran
Why it is time to invest in Iran
21 July 2015
Manoj Joshi

The opening of Iran will alter the geopolitics of south-western Asia. Even so, India needs to tread with care.

 
Iran nuclear deal: The promise and the peril
20 July 2015
Rajesh Rajagopalan

The American justification that delaying any possible Iranian nuclear weapon programme is itself a benefit might be short-sighted

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