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24 February 2020

Deepening bilateral ties

The outcome of the U.S. presidential elections could have a significant impact on the deepening Indo-U.S. bilateral. The partnership has grown substantially in the last two decades resulting in a deepening of economic and strategic relations. Defence dominates the strategic partnership and also stimulates the economic engagement. The newly signed BECA agreement is a testament to this. The next U.S. administration's policies will be critical for India, given repeated Chinese incursions into Indian territory on the Line of Actual Control at the border, the U.S.-China rivalry and China's ambitions to dominate Asia. Gateway House has an extensive repository of primary research, analysis and reporting on the Indo-U.S. bilateral, addressing issues such as trade, technology exchange and defence cooperation.

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15 August 2018

India in the Global Commons

Since Independence, India has been consumed by its domestic priorities. Now, with increasing integration with the world and a huge stake in global stability, it is time to focus on the global commons. India has a seat on the hightable to design and shape the rules for the governance of the global commons. In this special Independence Day Briefing, Gateway House examines India’s engagement with four global commons – technology, outer space, cyber and the oceans – and makes recommendations on how best they can be governed for our collective future.

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21 June 2018

Arc of India’s Border Security

Border regions and communities, some of them far from the heartland, constitute India’s first line of defence, a critical link in its national security. India’s 15,000-km borders touch seven neighbouring countries: Afghanistan (abutting Gilgit), Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar. Border regions have their own local dynamics, often shaped by subnational and religious identities that do not necessarily align neatly with political borders. Some also serve as flourishing corridors for illegal smuggling of goods and humans. Technology plays an important role in better protecting borders, but in some cases it has made borders obsolete. Despite their importance, border regions do not receive the full attention of the Indian mainstream, except when border tensions arise.