TPP Courtesy: ustr.gov
26 November 2015

TPP & ISDS: new tests for India

The U.S.-driven Trans Pacific Partnership agreement between 12 countries, which is aiming to become the new standard of world trade, impacts domestic systems globally. For India, it will skew investment and intellectual property rights, and especially the debate over the Investor State Dispute System which allows companies to challenge sovereign rights and public policy.

fiji Courtesy: Wikipedia
21 August 2015

Preparing for the Indo-Pacific century

The second Forum for India and the Pacific Islands in Jaipur on August 21 will be a historic summit that brings together the interests of India and the 14 island countries of the Pacific. It is India’s acknowledgement of the emerging strategic importance of the Pacific region, and a chance for the islands to turn this into an opportunity for growth, development, and greater security.

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18 November 2014

A comprehensive Pacific policy

Prime Minister Modi's Fiji visit is a chance to broaden and deepen the relationship between India and the South Pacific. Promoting an inclusive policy that engages civil society and the private sectors of both countries, will be a step in the right direction in order to regain lost ground due to years of neglect

ADB Courtesy: Press Information Bureau
29 April 2014

Envisioning a new Asia

As the Asian Development Bank – the region’s leading international financial institution – prepares to convene for its annual meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, it needs to reassess its approach to address the reality beyond the glowing headlines of a region on the rise

ind jap Courtesy: generalising/Flickr
6 November 2013

The new Indo-Pacific core

The India-Japan alliance needs to be viewed through a prism broader than that of "containing" China, and by treating the Indian and Pacific oceans as a single entity. Such an alliance has the potential to strengthen the geopolitical security of India and Japan, along with that of all their allies and associates

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30 August 2013

The Deep Sea Resources Rush

Advancing mining technologies are making the prospect of exploiting seafloor minerals—gold, copper, zinc, cobalt and rare earth elements – not only possible but also imminent, with commercial licenses to be granted by the International Seabed Authority from 2016. But do we really understand the potential impact?

Official US Navy Imagery Flickr 210 140 Courtesy: Official US Navy Seals Imagery/ Flickr
23 July 2013

The Philippines’ Search for Strategic Partners

Growing tensions in East Asia have compelled Philippines to extend its bilateral ties with regional powers like Japan and Australia to strategic levels.This is being widely perceived as an attempt to keep the risk of military confrontation with China to a bare minimum.

smith antony aus def min Courtesy: Australian Government Department of Defence
7 June 2013

India-Australia: Aligning strategic spheres

Defence Minister A. K. Antony’s visit to Australia this week was a significant step forward in the defence relationship. In coming years an India-Australia partnership will be important for managing maritime security in the Indian Ocean and will also have implications for security in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

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