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When Iran sanctions bite

Breaking down the sanctions on Iran and tracing its effects on India. In recent years, India has found itself caught not only in the bitter US-Iran rivalry but also in the efforts by the wider international community to sanction Iran, particularly...

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Behind the curtain

Behind the curtain

Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain is as much about the history, culture and economics of Eastern Europe as it is about football. Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain is ostensibly a book about football in Eastern Europe. However, it...

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Riding on tigers

Leaders hunting for a rationale to take action against ISIS could consider the risk of it serving as an incubator for future domestic terrorists. Is ISIS a risk to international peace and security? No one seems to be certain. President Obama...

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It’s always long term for China

The Chinese President’s decision to skip Islamabad from his tour does not mean that China is ready to dump Pakistan. There is nothing to be excited about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip Pakistan during his forthcoming South...

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Financing smart cities: key requirements

The “smart cities” project represents an opportunity to experiment with organisational and governance structures of the cities, with a view to enhancing performance-orientation and accountability. Over the past few weeks, the phrase “smart...

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The Attrition strategy: a new normal in the politics of Pakistan?

Two legislations have successfully raised the costs of an old style coup, making the strategy of attrition a preferred mode for army led political...

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The Jan Dhan Yojna: the key considerations in obtaining desired outcomes.

Accountable and transparent organisational structure for implementing PMJDY should be essential for realising the desired societal outcomes. On...

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Behind the curtain

Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain is as much about the history, culture and economics of Eastern Europe as it is about football. Jonathan...

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2470200513_e962605a78_z

When Iran sanctions bite

Breaking down the sanctions on Iran and tracing its effects on India. In recent years, India has found itself caught not only in the bitter US-Iran rivalry but also in the efforts by the wider international community to sanction Iran, particularly in its energy sector. Media reports and pressure from US lobby groups (including a […]

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Behind the curtain

Behind the curtain

Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain is as much about the history, culture and economics of Eastern Europe as it is about football. Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain is ostensibly a book about football in Eastern Europe. However, it can be looked at from a lens where football is merely incidental to the book, and it is […]

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Riding on tigers

Leaders hunting for a rationale to take action against ISIS could consider the risk of it serving as an incubator for future domestic terrorists. Is ISIS a risk to international peace and security? No one seems to be certain. President Obama recently declared his intention to pursue military action against the terrorist group currently running rampant […]

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It’s always long term for China

The Chinese President’s decision to skip Islamabad from his tour does not mean that China is ready to dump Pakistan. There is nothing to be excited about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip Pakistan during his forthcoming South Asia tour. Some might argue that it would have been a good time for Xi to […]

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Financing smart cities: key requirements

The “smart cities” project represents an opportunity to experiment with organisational and governance structures of the cities, with a view to enhancing performance-orientation and accountability. Over the past few weeks, the phrase “smart cities” has been in considerable vogue. The Union Government’s budget 2014-15 allocated INR 70.6 billion for “developing 100 smart cities”. It is […]

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Sharif Don’t Like It

Rocking the Civil-Military Casbah in Pakistan. As the world watches on, Islamabad continues to be besieged by protests that have brought the government to a standstill. The Azadi and Inqilab marches, led by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Tahir ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) are demanding, among other things, the resignation of Prime Minister […]

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The Attrition strategy: a new normal in the politics of Pakistan?

Two legislations have successfully raised the costs of an old style coup, making the strategy of attrition a preferred mode for army led political interference. As the dust settles in the protracted power struggle between the Pakistani army and the elected leadership, a comparison of the methods employed by the army in similar situations in […]

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Collaborating across the Indian Ocean

If sustained, this level of bilateral engagement has the potential to inaugurate a new maturity in Australia-India ties.  Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has returned home following his first official visit to India, marking the first time the recently-elected Prime Ministers of the two nations have met. With discussions ranging from uranium sales and trade […]

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Road without a signpost

There is a need to distinguish between the outfits worth negotiating with and groups whose requests can be ignored. In August 2014, the Khasi insurgent outfit, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in Meghalaya declared its intention for starting peace negotiations with the government. Through a bizarre ultimatum, bordering on desperation, it even served an […]

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Global economy: a zero-sum game

In the name of free trade in services and financial liberalisation, the US should not try to rob sovereigns of their policy space.  This article is being written in the backdrop of the disclosure that the previous Indian government might have left itself with no escape clause when it signed the trade agreement in Bali. […]

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