Gateway Features

Public procurement: policy must precede law

Make in India Courtesy: Wikipedia/Narendra Modi

As India prepares to convert some of its free trade agreements into larger comprehensive agreements, it will have to re-examine some existing domestic rules and convert other rules into legislations. And in some cases, such as procurement by the government, it will have to first frame guiding principles that are aligned with global norms. Comprehensive agreements usually include, apart from export and import rules, treaties on investment, intellectual property rights, and public procurement. All comprehensive agreements, and some bilateral investment treaties, demand that public procurement treat all vendors—foreign read more

An ASEAN lens on the AIIB

aiib Courtesy: file photo/Xinhua, Wikipedia

From an ASEAN perspective, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an opportune coincidence of Chinese and regional goals. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) considers infrastructure as the key to unlocking the exceptional growth rates that it perceives as the region’s norm. As a result, it is keen to tap another source of finance in its quest for infrastructure, and is therefore responding pragmatically to the new bank. The emergence of numerous regional development banks, of which the AIIB is another, is rooted in the successes and failures read more

Do trade targets work?

FTP Courtesy: FIEO Hyderabad

The government of India’s new Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) for 2015-2020 has set a $900-billion goods and services export target, to be achieved by 2020. Compared with the $465.9 billion achieved during 2013-14, the target is almost double of current levels. The policy document prefaces the target with a rare pithy statement: “A vision is best achieved through measurable targets.”[1] But the fact is, most of India’s key diplomatic engagements—at bilateral, plurilateral, or even multilateral levels—are defined by targets. Targets are ubiquitous in India’s economic diplomacy. read more

Pakistan and One Belt-One Road

CPEC Courtesy: Wikipedia

Chinese and Pakistani leaders regularly describe their relationship to be "higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the Indian Ocean". But the nature of the China-Pakistan relationship is more complicated. Pakistan is a security concern for Beijing as groups such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement(ETIM), responsible for recent terrorist attacks in China, receive training and support in Pakistan. Even so, Pakistan is becoming an integral piece in China's One Belt-One Road(Yidai-Yilu) connectivity puzzle read more

Research Papers

Protests and possibilities: West Asia and India

This paper analyses West Asian politics in the wake of the Arab uprisings, and examines the nature and implications of India's policies towards the countries

Foreign Affairs

Is the U.S.-Indian Relationship Built to Last?

With India-U.S. relations on an upswing, Robert Boggs, Professor, the Near East South Asia Center and Nicholas Burns, former U.S. Undersecretary of State, debate the possibilities and deliverables of the bilateral


Book review: Writing with an imperialist’s pen

The scope of Kissinger’s book is immense, but it is marred by his prejudices and his arrogant view of non-European cultures. The author’s main premise is that the world is in a state of disorder, but his prescriptions remain unclear

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