Gateway Features

US-Pakistan: A new nuke normal

Military_truck_carrying_IRBMs_of_Pakistani_Army Courtesy: Wikipedia

Ever since India and the United States concluded their 2005 civil nuclear agreement, which essentially recognized India as the sixth nuclear weapons power in the global order, Pakistan has argued for a similar agreement with the US despite its dubious record of proliferation. Pakistan seeks parity with India in every realm, even if its size and history make that a questionable project. Undeterred, it has mounted a massive diplomatic campaign in western capitals over the last several years to block India from reaching the next stage of legitimacy for its nuclear programme. read more

Germany’s energy model for India?

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At the G7 summit hosted by Germany in June 2015, Chancellor Angela Merkel was widely credited for having persuaded industrial nations like the U.S., Japan, and Canada to agree to a joint communiqué on combating climate change. In it, the G7 countries committed to achieving a decarbonised global economy by the end of the 21st century. They also endorsed, for the first time, a global reduction target of 40 to 70% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, compared to 2010 levels. read more

Why India cannot sustain its WTO stance

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The July 31 deadline for ministers of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to issue the post-Bali work programme for the next Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in December has lapsed. This leaves open a question: which of the unresolved issues of the 2001 Doha Development Agenda (DDA) will be tabled in Nairobi? In talks this year the U.S. and the European Union have placed demands on India and China to consider issues outside of the DDA mandate, including lowering farm subsidies and requesting a “recalibration” of the Nairobi talks. read more

Pakistan’s denial regime

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The cancellation of the August 23-24 meeting of the national security advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan is one more indication of the inability of the two countries to talk constructively. This time, Pakistan cancelled the talks, stating that this government’s preconditions—of not inviting the separatist Hurriyat and following the terrorism-only agenda as agreed to at Ufa—was unacceptable. read more

Research Papers

India’s Strategic Imperative in the South Pacific

This report analyses the significance of expanding India’s engagement with the South Pacific in the backdrop of mounting global interest in the region

Foreign Affairs

An Unworthy Ally

Despite the unwavering support for their South Asian ally for more than 20 years, it time for the United States to bid farewell to Pakistan.


The fires from 1947 burn on

Nisid Hajari’s Midnight’s Furies provides an insight into the brutal chaos and bloody riots from which India and Pakistan emerged in 1947. It is crucial for present generations from the two countries to understand the past in order to better comprehend the present

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