The recently-concluded Quad summit in Washington has put cybersecurity cooperation at the forefront of the grouping’s agenda. The post-summit statement noted that the Quad will make efforts to bolster the resilience of critical infrastructure against cyber threats by bringing together expertise from the four nations. This cybersecurity cooperation finds its origin in the Critical and Emerging Technology Working Group, set up after the virtual Quad Summit in March 2021. This cooperation builds on an already robust bilateral cyber collaboration between read more
For more than three decades, it was credible to believe that American companies could make money in China, and that the Communist system would evolve toward greater pluralism. Further, Beijing would become a “responsible stakeholder” in the world order created by America and its allies. The goals seemed compatible. What has changed the equation is that Xi has imposed sweeping authoritarian rule at home while engaging in far more aggressive tactics in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South China Sea, Australia, read more
India is energy-dependent; it is the world’s third largest petroleum importer, with 80% of its needs coming from abroad. Being agile in acquiring energy resources is critical for its survival and growth, and having a financially strong, government-owned oil major is one way to ensure that security. This quest is becoming a reality. In February 2017, New Delhi proposed the creation of an energy giant, a conglomerate comprising its five major state-owned oil and gas companies which can be globally competitive read more
Africa has been finding a foothold on the G20 agenda over the previous decade. This should be firmed up further in the decade of the 2020s, and it is India that can make the difference. India’s leadership reiterates regularly that Africa figures among its top foreign policy priorities. Beyond the bilateral track, however, the multilateral domain is also consequential. It is now time to match words with action. India is set to join the G20 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.