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India-Japan lunar bid: targeting tech gap?

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India and Japan took their deepening natural partnership into outer space when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) divulged that they may jointly carry out a sample-return mission to the Moon. There is a sound rationale for this even though the two countries have independent plans to go to the moon: ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 orbiter-lander-rover mission is proposed for launch in 2018 and JAXA’s Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) mission in 2019. read more

Is dialogue in South Asia on pause?

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The Indian diplomatic establishment is fully geared up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the partnership between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)–and also the 50th anniversary of ASEAN itself, which has had some success as a regional organisation. The moot question, though, is: how has it fared in India’s own backyard with respect to regional cooperation and integration? This question is especially pertinent as the much talked about China factor has assumed new potency, read more

Trump in China: ceremonial hits, strategic misses

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As Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping stood side by side outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, the two leaders presented a study in contrasts. Whether measured by domestic mandate or international prestige, Xi’s credentials appeared to trump his U.S. counterpart’s. Just a day earlier, Trump’s Republican Party had been defeated in key gubernatorial elections along the U.S. East Coast. The Democrats’ resounding victory, Trump’s abysmal approval ratings, and a contentious Tax Bill read more

Juster, inheritor of bilateral success story

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The United States Senate has recently confirmed Kenneth I. Juster as Ambassador to India. He succeeds Richard Rahul Verma, who, under the Obama administration, is credited with enhanced relations in the national security and defense sectors, and in bilateral trade, among other things. Juster has superb credentials for this important diplomatic post, and the government of India should continue to recognise that America sends its best to New Delhi. Juster has substantial experience in the public and private sectors, including being undersecretary of commerce read more

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Research Papers

Russia-India Energy Cooperation: Trade, Joint Projects, and New Areas

In a policy brief for the Russian International Affairs Council, Vasily Shikin and Amit Bhandari examine the existing energy partnership between India-Russia, evaluate the potential of new collaboration formats, and develop specific recommendations for enhancing cooperation.

Foreign Affairs

Germany’s New Global Role

Over the last two decades, Germany has undergone a remarkable transformation on the global stage. With the weakening of the European Union and a withdrawal from the region from the United States, Germany will be a responsible, restrained, and reflective leader, guided in chief by its European instincts.

Books

Understanding P.V. Narasimha Rao

An earnestly, but objectively written, biography of the late prime minister gives credit where it has been denied: PVN was the principal architect of the economic reforms that put the country on a destiny-changing path of growth, while being up against a restless party, hostile Parliament, and an apathetic public.

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