After the attacks on the U.S. on 9/11, then President George Bush vowed revenge and stated to the world, “You are with us or against us.” A coalition was built, and the U.S. went after the terrorists. Four presidencies later, current U.S. President Joseph Biden said, “The U.S. cannot afford to remain tethered to policies creating a response to a world as it was 20 years ago. We need to meet the threats where they are today.” Those threats are read more
Celebrating its 15 years, BRICS comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa held its 13th summit on 9 September in virtual format. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the chair and host, depicted the grouping as “an influential voice of the emerging economies.” He aptly observed that BRICS has several achievements to its credit, but without being “too self-satisfied” it should strive to become more result-oriented in the next 15 years. It is thus important to assess objectively what BRICS has read more
In June 2021, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), collaborating with Honda Research and Development Company, initiated an extraordinary feasibility study to build a circulative renewable energy system. The system will consist of an electrolyser that will split water molecules to generate hydrogen for fuel use and oxygen for regenerating water along with a fuel cell to generate electricity and water. Such a system will primarily be used for surface mobility on the moon and Mars, but they could well read more
The 20th meeting of the Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of States is being held virtually today i.e. 10th November, 2020. The meeting precedes the SCO Summit to be hosted by India at the end of this month, and for which preparations have been on through the year. Despite China's dominance in the forum, there is much potential in the SCO-India relationship: an opportunity to keep a check on the Chinese influence, assisting Russia in maintaining regional balance and exploring the vast trade and investment opportunities in the four Central Asian countries of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, read more
21 February 2021
Big Tech is powerful and its profits are growing - by 105% over the last year. It dominates economies. This raises concerns about data protection and privacy, anti-trust, fintech and the specific role of intermediaries. India is leading the way on fintech, but is behind several countries and institutions on digital rules. It is important to establish laws and rules to govern technology – whether domestic or through multilateral bodies – with the aim to strike the right balance between innovation and regulation.
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.
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.