India has had big successes during its first stint as an observer in the Arctic Council. Since then, the country has made substantial progress in its climate action pledges and developed comprehensive strategies to mitigate climate change. With its re-election, India can now offer much more to the global organisation's role in promoting environmental stability in the polar region.
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As the density of satellites increases in Earth's orbit, extreme space weather events like solar storms and radiation whiplashes threaten satellite constellations. A ‘whole-of-government’ approach is needed to address the challenges of space weather on India’s converging space and digital economies.
The recent in-person Quad meeting attended by external affairs minister S. Jaishankar and the India-U.S. 2+2 meeting of foreign and defence ministers in New Delhi, highlights not only the big upgrade in India’s strategic relations with the U.S. but also the enhanced U.S. focus on India, the Indo-Pacific and Asia. Clearly then, the foreign policy of the next U.S. administration will impact India, Asia and the world.
The record of regional cooperation on rivers since India's independence in 1947 is one of several successes, with some contestations. In contrast to the past when governments strove to divide and share river waters, the endeavor has now shifted to thinking about comprehensive river basin development which makes the process even more complex. India’s policy on transboundary river governance must now also be aware of the increasing importance of Indo-Pacific in the global geopolitics.
The global balance of power is in the process of a fundamental shift. The West appears fixated on China, which is both a “systemic rival” and a strategic partner to be cultivated. Europe now needs to choose between the values it shares with India and commercial profitability from China
Decarbonising the transportation sector is an environmental priority globally, and hydrogen, the cleanest and most plentiful of fuels, is central to achieving this goal. If hydrogen mobility is actively pursued, India’s large reserves of gas hydrates and shale gas can be tapped for commercial use. Such a shift in choice of fuel will also ensure India’s energy security
India's foreign policy under the second Modi government will take account of a turbulent world in which the old verities are disappearing and domestic political compulsions exert overwhelming influence on external postures
The Indian elections 2019, being conducted over seven phases, reaffirm all the values electoral democracy stands for, but this time, it has also become a referendum on Prime Minister Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party which had won a clear majority in 2014. Outcomes are therefore unpredictable
Our Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, was a guest on Lok Sabha TV’s ‘Global Review’ hosted by Sachin Chaturvedi, discussing recent elections in Pakistan as well as the BRICS Summit. Watch the full programme here.
Our Director, Amb. Deo, joined the India Development Debate yesterday to discuss Imran Khan – PTI‘s election victory, along with Eurasia Group‘s Shailesh Kumar, Pakistani policy journalist and Maroof Raza, retd. Indian Army officer. Watch the full video here.