Gateway Features

The politics of the Ethiopian dam

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Courtesy: Webuild

On 5 July 2021, Ethiopia informed Egypt and Sudan that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia is undergoing its second filling. Cairo once again took the matter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The UNSC discussed the matter on 9 July, under ‘threat to peace and security.’ It did not approve the Tunisia-led resolution asking for Ethiopia to desist from unilateral actions regarding the GERD. The UNSC has cautioned parties to maintain peace read more

India can support Taiwan at the WHA

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At the conclusion of the G7 Leaders’ Summit on June 13, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who participated virtually, called for the reform of multilateral institutions as the best signal of commitment to the cause of open societies. His comments are significant in light of China’s ongoing and successful efforts to control international organizations, and, in particular, to keep Taiwan out of critical health agencies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. China’s influence over the WHO is well known. It has used read more

Strengthening India’s defense R&D ecosystem

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As a defense analyst, what is your expectation from the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative of the GOI? I expect the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative to primarily address three things: a. encouraging domestic projects with a greater involvement of the private sector; b. opening greater opportunities for the Indian companies in the global supply chain; and c. strengthening India’s defense R&D base. The GOI has already begun working on these issues. Which five reasons you would cite for low indigenization of read more

QiO: Answering questions inside outcomes

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Established in 2015, QiO Technologies is an Industry 4.0, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence, software company based in the U.K, with a presence in India, Germany, Singapore and the U.S. QiO helps customers to drive value-based innovation by removing the burdens of legacy software, vendor requirements, and dependencies. The product and service suite offered by QiO does not lock companies into perpetual software licenses, embed immovable consulting teams, or monetise their customer database. The customers own their data, their client’s  read more

Research

China’s Expanding Influence in the UN System

China has been steadily increasing its influence within the United Nations using a combination of increased funding, strategically placing its key officials and selecting the most influential agencies and bodies to lead. The clusters of agencies headed by China are directly and indirectly linked to its domestic agendas like the Belt and Road Initiative, Make in China 2025 and the rise of Chinese companies. The world is just starting to take notice - and so must India.

Foreign Affairs

As the World Burns

A yawning gap has opened up between what countries know about the risks of climate change and what they are doing to reduce them. In the riskier new era of climate change, the longer countries take to close that gap, the more painful and deadly the outcomes.

Book Reviews

Indians At Herod’s Gate: A Jerusalem Tale

This book by the former Indian Ambassador to Israel, Navtej Sarna, traces the history of a centuries-old Indian hospice, located in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter. In May 2021, the outbreak of an armed conflict between Hamas and Israel raised tension throughout the walled city, particularly within the Muslim Quarter. This is not the first time the hospice has been caught in armed conflict due to its location. In light of these recent events, the book has become an extremely relevant piece to read.

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