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14 April 2011

South Africa’s human rights dilemma

As the newest entrant of the BRICS group, South Africa's unpredictability in upholding the human rights dimension of its foreign policy agenda, by its stance to impose a ‘no fly zone’ over Libya, has brought about an incoherency between the BRIC countries and South Africa.

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1 April 2011

Energy: The post-Japan era

Japan’s Fukushima fallout puts the future of nuclear power in India in jeopardy. Our energy needs are so high that we will now need to consider all forms of energy - solar, wind, bio-mass, geo-thermal, oceanic energy, even energy through waves.

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26 March 2011

“No political connectivity between BRICS”

Frank Wisner, the legendary US diplomat who was not only President Barack Obama's special envoy to Egypt but also a former ambassador to India, discusses the outlook for Egypt, resolving the mayhem in the Middle East and India-Pakistan relations in a Gateway House exclusive.

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16 March 2011

Japan: A model of resilience

Japan has always been the quickest to extend relief to any country facing a humanitarian crisis. In the wake of its cataclysmic earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the former Indian Ambassador to Japan hopes that India can extend the same measure of compassion to a country that is celebrated for its resurgence.

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7 March 2011

China’s Revealing Five-Year Priorities

The Chinese National People's Congress has formulated a new five year plan that directs Chinese companies to assert themselves globally, proposes government involvement in "certain aspects of the economy related to social stability, such as inflation, public opinion, and the food supply."

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4 March 2011

Mongolia’s Wolf Economy Comes in from the Cold

Mongolia is about to become as wealthy as South Africa, Qatar, Norway or the UAE. What opportunities exist for foreign investors? The opportunities are all about mining, minerals, and entrepreneurial adventures.

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7 February 2011

March of Follies in Egypt

There are more than Western interests at play in Egypt. The other catalysts for the unrest are a combination of Iranian adventures, hypocritical policies of West Asian regimes and resurgent commodity speculation in western markets, triggering a rise in prices of basic items in emerging markets