Germany and India, two major countries and economies, are vastly different in many ways. Yet they share the common trait of pursuing an increasingly proactive foreign policy, both in their near neighbourhood and towards more distant regions. This is indicative of a new willingness to demonstrate as well as exercise leadership in international politics. Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel has been called the most powerful person in the world and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is lauded for injecting a newfound dynamism read more
China’s growth has been credit-led and credit-dependent over the last several years, but as history shows, financial mismanagement ’s consequences materialise only with time. Fathom Consulting, an independent, UK-based research outfit, which has developed its own proprietary China Momentum Indicator (CMI), publishes a chart that tracks the country’s GDP growth rate, implied by its CMI, and the official, real GDP growth rate. Its growth estimate, published last week, shows the Chinese economy growing at 8.2% versus the official estimate of 6.9 per cent. read more
Several robotic space missions are on the anvil in the decade of the 2020s. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is likely to reexamine two Venus mission proposals – an atmosphere probe, named Davinci, and an orbiter with a radar payload, called Veritas – which it had initially rejected earlier this year. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, is considering a proposal to revisit Venus with a new mission, Venera-D, which too will carry a radar payload. The Indian Space Research Organisation read more
That the BRICS holds value as an instrument for managing vexed bilateral relationships among the grouping’s member-states was amply demonstrated at the ninth summit held at Xiamen last week (4 September 2017). The diplomatic establishments of Russia, Brazil and South Africa remained transfixed by Doklam in the run-up to the event, wondering if the shadows of the India-China border stand-off would wreck the summit. The link between Doklam and Xiamen became clear when, within hours of the two countries reaching read more
21 September 2017 - 22 September 2017Strategic Corridors Map
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This report of Gateway House's Policy Trip to Myanmar recommends how India can participate in Myanmar’s emerging market and enhance India’s trade and strategic interests in Asia
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.
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.