On 17 November the third round of India-Canada Track 1.5 Dialogue, comprising senior diplomats, officials and independent experts, will be addressed by Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on a virtual platform. The ministers will deliberate on and define the role of India and Canada in the post-Covid-19 world. This will be followed by a round table of scholars and experts read more
The India-Italy digital Summit held earlier this month on 6 November 2020 has virtually gone unnoticed amidst the news of the U.S. elections globally, and the Bihar state elections at home. But it is significant, in light of the pandemic, and Italy’s upcoming presidency of the G20. The India-Italy partnership has started to blossom since Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte took office in June 2018. Under his initiative, the mess of the read more
India-U.S. strategic relations are on the ascendant. The signing of the last of the three foundational agreements, the Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement (BECA), consolidates the bilateral relationship, with the armed forces of the two countries now having a policy mechanism for sharing geospatial intelligence. The BECA is as much defence cooperation as it is a space cooperation agreement, and with its signing, the era of diffidence read more
The global world order is witnessing a substantial shift. Part of the greater tussle for strategic and geopolitical dominance is the military rivalry between the U.S. and China. The two countries together now account for over one-half of the world’s defense spending. read more
India has rapidly transitioned from a cash-based economy to one reliant on digital payment systems. This has resulted in financial inclusion and greater transparency, but also expanded the system’s vulnerability to cybercrimes. This paper analyses India’s digital payments industry, maps the potential threat vectors and recommends measures to strengthen the cybersecurity of digital payment systems
The U.S.-China relationship, which has wavered between cooperation and competition, has, over the past few years, veered more sharply towards confrontation – possibly because of China’s own more assertive stance. Now, Beijing’s confidence is under test, not only by these fractious relations, but also COVID-19 and an economic slowdown. Will these factors reveal its weaknesses?
China’s dramatic political and economic rise over the past three decades has been well recorded. Less known is the effort of China's rural labourers and migrants, which has largely enriched the coastal elites, instead of creating the egalitarian, capitalist, society China espouses. Dexter Roberts’ book takes us deep into the story of China’s rise, and exposes this reality. Roberts chronicles the lives of the many rural folk he has met during two decades of work and travels in China. It gives the book a personal and compassionate note, with the authenticity of a hands-on China expert.