This year has seen the emergence of a disturbing increase in brutal violence by terrorist groups across the world—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Tehreek-e-Taliban in Pakistan. With non-traditional terror targets like Belgium, Canada and Australia also being attacked by terrorists this year, 2015 could see a wider and more lethal global spread of jihadist terror
Senior Researcher, Gateway House
Karan Pradhan is a Senior Researcher at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. He has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Warwick and a Bachelors degree in Mass Media with a specialisation in Journalism from Wilson College, Mumbai. Previously, he worked as a reporter and features writer at The Asian Age, covering a variety of beats including the civic beat and music. He has also worked on a number of books on organised crime in Mumbai including Mafia Queens of Mumbai and Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia with the author S. Hussain Zaidi.
A major theme at the multilateral summits this month was connectivity, with China at the forefront. India is trailing behind due to a shortfall in investment and political will, among other factors. Prime Minister Modi must follow up on his meetings at the SAARC Summit by robustly taking forward India’s connectivity agenda
Despite staking a claim to permanent UN Security Council membership 60 years ago, India is no closer to that goal. While conflict zones remain in Africa and Asia, economic might has shifted eastwards. The West-dominated UNSC is becoming irrelevant. If India becomes a permanent member, can it influence the council’s ethos?
With the growth of the Islamic State and of terrorist groups in Africa and other parts of the world, global coordination to combat terrorism is imperative. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the UNGA to adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, but divergent national interests remain a hurdle
The kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls by Boko Haram has elicited international outrage and support for Nigeria. India must now channel its experience in counter-terrorism to provide assistance to Nigeria in its own war on terror
Gateway House speaks to Ujal Bhatia, Member, Appellate Body, World Trade Organisation, on the importance of economic diplomacy; India’s assertiveness during trade negotiations; the role of Indian business in the negotiation processes; the relevance of SAFTA; and on ways to boost intra-SAARC trade.
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Fair Observer published Gateway House's Senior Researcher Karan Pradhan's interview with Kapil Kapoor, director of Strategy at the African Development Bank Group, on doing business in Africa and related issues
As India looks towards Africa to expand its economic ties, it faces a number of challenges - both policy and commercial. Gateway House interviews Kapil Kapoor, Director of Strategy at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), to discuss new strategies for trade and investment in African countries
The Depsang incursion had the potential to stifle economic and cultural relations between India and China. Gateway House interviews Dr. Liu Youfa, Consul General, People’s Republic of China, to discuss the bilateral mechanisms that the two countries can build on and their role in a globalising world.