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27 June 2017

Only India can save the Paris climate agreement

Given the present leadership impasse, the world would be keenly following India’s role on climate action in key upcoming forums such as the G20 and COP23. As China looks for a global partner to leverage its influence at the international stage, India is poised to utilize this potential opportunity and fill the leadership void in global climate change governance.

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27 June 2017

AI replicating same conceptions of gender roles that are being removed in real world

There is nothing inherently empowering or sexist about technology. It just reflects the values of its creators.

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27 June 2017

Lacking a clear strategic framework, Modi’s foreign policy is coming apart

It is now clear that the heft of the Prime Minister’s persona alone or the goodwill he enjoys cannot drive India’s external engagement.

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9 June 2017

A passage through Europe

Prime Minister Modi’s outreach to Europe has injected pragmatism in a relationship which was adrift for some time. Now the proverbial ball is in Europe’s court.

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9 June 2017

Modi can’t take India-America ties for granted with US President Trump

New Delhi is going through the motions of pretending everything is normal. President Donald J. Trump’s decision to torpedo the Paris Climate Change Agreement is yet another manifestation of the US decision to walk away from the very world order that it constructed and benefited from in the last 70 years.

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26 May 2017

How a US Non-proliferation failure became a global cyber security threat

Though the devastating WannaCry ransomware attack was a failure on the NSA’s part, current UN cyber norms are far too weak to hold any international actor – let alone the US – responsible.

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26 May 2017

Countering China’s submarine operations in South Asia

The expansion of PLA Navy submarine activity in South Asia is quite in keeping with a powerful navy’s need to familiarise itself with alien operating conditions.

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26 May 2017

North Korea and a crisis in the making

The Trump administration is egging China on to take action against its proxy, using its considerable leverage with the North Korean regime.

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9 May 2017

The long arc to Ankara

It was a visit which had been in the making for quite some time. But when it eventually happened, few in India and abroad took note of it, with the result that nothing much changed as a consequence.

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28 April 2017

India’s autocratic streak of democracy

Last week in a conversation triggered by Yogi Adityanath’s style of governance by fiat, a colleague argued that India cannot function with the liberal democratic system. It needs a dose of authoritarian rule to transform itself.

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