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11 October 2018

India’s millennial moment

India’s millennials, like many in other emerging economies, are optimistic about their future in a way their contemporaries in developed markets are not. Young Indians defer less to tradition and authority, yet cling to convention in many areas of their lives. A new book attempts to plumb the millennial mindset

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11 October 2018

Petro-Yuan, the new speculation

Basing the global oil trade on the Yuan instead of the U.S. Dollar is one leg of China’s bid to convert its currency into the international reserve currency, replacing the dollar-dominated global financial architecture. But many factors impede the Yuan from reaching the maturity required for its global adoption.

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3 October 2018

Putting an Indian on the moon

A grand achievement is a series of smaller, well-defined, and precise accomplishments. If the vision of putting an Indian on the moon has to materialise, it should be preceded by several smaller projects and diverse institutions meeting definite targets. What would these targets be? Where does India’s scientific community stand in meeting them as of this day? What kind, and how much, additional capacity needs to be added to the Indian science sector to put an Indian on the moon?

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3 October 2018

India is facing proxy war from neighbours: Experts

Our Fellow, National Security Studies and Director, Centre for International Security, Sameer Patil spoke at a panel discussion at the Central University of Gujarat discussing the immediate threats that India faces at it’s borders and beyond. The Times of India Read more

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1 October 2018

Battlefield Internet

The immediate threat is more corrosive than explosive. States are using the tools of cyberwarfare to undermine the very foundation of the Internet: trust. The result is that an arena that the world relies on for economic and informational exchange has turned into an active battlefield.

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27 September 2018

Prioritise business in the Blue Economy

A major upcoming international conference on the Blue Economy in Nairobi in November will focus on the impracticalities of pursuing any one goal – such as sustainability – to the exclusion of business. In fact, the many interests at stake need not be in conflict with one another, to realize the goal of a true blue economy, in which business must have a significant stake.

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21 September 2018

SAGAR and security: leading in Indo-Pacific

If India wants to become a serious Indo-Pacific player, it has to prioritise implementation of the SAGAR initiative, look beyond the Quad to partner with smaller littoral states and provide alternatives to China’s investment strategies. This was the message from the recent Indian Ocean Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam

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20 September 2018

Reversing a falling rupee

Economist Surjit S. Bhalla, who sits on the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, says all currencies, not just the rupee, have fallen against the U.S. dollar. Speaking to Gateway House’s Manjeet Kripalani, he elaborates on some diplomatic and domestic tools to stem the fall, even in an election year

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14 September 2018

Brunei, ASEAN’s quiet, cautious player

India and Brunei have a 34-year-old diplomatic relationship; but as yet no Indian president or prime minister has paid the country a bilateral visit to strengthen these ties. The strategically-located nation is rich in its history, with a unique political system. Its foreign policy approach is non-controversial, yet noticeably pragmatic.