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Will Germany's Bundestag vote
 for Palestine?
One way or the other, Germany's Bundestag is about to make history with the upcoming vote on the issue of recognising Palestinian statehood. The Bundestag has a choice to make. It can continue looking backwards in history on this issue and ignore its leading role in securing peace in the Middle East, or it can courageously look forward.
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Analysis
 
Modi shines on world stage, labours at home
30 April 2015
Samir Saran
The Government's honeymoon is perhaps already over and realistically it has another 6 to 12 months to start putting flesh on the bare-bone schemes and ideas announced this past year. If these do not eventuate, one may well witness emptier stadiums abroad and hear shriller voices at home.
 
MDP's 'May Day' call, now again to India
30 April 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy
Combined with the Maldives government's demonstrated preparations for a face-off, the tone and tenor of the Opposition's preparations for the May Day rally, and their call for the civil society to chip in, indicate a possible repeat of the 'December 23 movement' protests (2011-12) that led to President Nasheed's exit.
 
The Af-Pak map is about to get a make over
29 April 2015
Vikram Sood
It would be a mistake to assume that the US has changed its policy towards the region. It may have changed its style or the way it wishes to handle India and Pakistan but not its overall interests. The US wants to have a stronger presence in India without losing the hold it has on the military rulers in Pakistan.
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Report
 
India needs climate adaptation strategy
06 May 2015
Absence of a national climate change adaptation strategy is hampering India's climate change mitigation efforts, opined experts and stakeholders while speaking at a seminar on 'Supporting Climate Resilient Development in India' in Kolkata on April 23.
 
Bilateral needs should dictate IOR neighbourhood policy, says ex-diplomat
05 May 2015
Former Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Mr. M Ganapathi, has emphasised the importance of the Indian Ocean in global developments in the 21st Century and the importance now given to the region by the government.
 
Cyfy 2014 Report
24 April 2015
The India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance was held from October 15-17, 2014, emerging in its second year as India's biggest international cyber policy platform. The Cyfy 2014 Report includes a full round-up and analysis of the sessions and speeches and presentations which took place over the three days of the conference.
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Occasional Paper
 
Nuclear Developments in Iran: Comprehending the Indian View
21 April 2015
Arka Biswas
Issue No. 63
This paper examines Indian policies and decisions on Iran's nuclear programme and reveals a number of critical factors which have influenced New Delhi on this matter in varying degrees.
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Global Policy - ORF SERIES
 
Eradicating TB in India
March 2015
Edited by Harsh Sethi
This special issue marks the occasion of World TB Day 2015. It is also the first release of the Global Policy-ORF series on key debates occurring In India that influence the progression of global governance discussions.
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ORF Special Report
 
South Asia annual review 2015
27 March 2015

Political transitions and a looming threat of terrorism dominated much of South Asia in 2014. ORF's annual South Asia Review provides insights into the developments n each country in the region.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
China Maritime Tensions dominates ASEAN Summit
05 May 2015
Vol IV, Issue 5
In the March issue, this column stated that "Chinese occupation and creation of islands in the South China Sea is going to be an issue not just with the other disputing nations in the region but with extra regional actors such as the US... [and] The issue will only add more complexities in an already tensed area."
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China Weekly Report
 
Xi calls on building community of shared destiny across Taiwan Strait
04 May 2015
Vol V, Issue 17
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, called for both sides of the Taiwan Strait to build a community of shared destiny and settle political differences through equal consultations.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Bangladesh: What city corporation elections indicate
01 May 2015
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
Vol VIII, Issue 18
The recently-concluded elections to three city corporations of Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Chittagong put forward some interesting trend about the present political situation in the country.
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Africa Monitor
 
Asia, Africa to mark summit that forged post-colonial path
1 May 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 38
Asian and African leaders gather in Indonesia last week to mark 60 years since a landmark conference that helped forge a common identity among emerging states, but analysts say big-power rivalries will overshadow proclamations of solidarity.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Local Pollution and the Politics of Outrage (part II)
14 April 2015
Vol XI, Issue 44
Drawing on the hypothesis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), last week's column ended with a rather sceptical observation that the problem of local pollution in Delhi.
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Space Alert
 
The UAE Takes a Bold Step into the Final Policy Frontier
April 2015
Vol III, Issue 2
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) may be positioning itself to become a leader for outer space activities in the Gulf Region. Recently, Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, EIAST, held the inaugural meeting of the UAE Space Agency Working Group on Space Policy and Law,
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Think...Before Connecting Things to the Internet
9 April, 2015
Vol III, Issue 4
What is common to switching on a water pump in the field via cellphone, monitoring people's movement through a city-wide surveillance system and wearing a fitness band to monitor your wellness regimen?
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West Asia Monitor
 
Israel Swerves Right
7 April 2015
Vol I, Issue VIII
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu created history, defying pre-poll predictions, by leading his right-wing Likud Party to victory in the recently concluded national elections in Israel. The stunning result gave Netanyahu's Likud party 30 seats in the 120 seat Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.
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Annual Report
 
Annual Report 2014



Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an endeavour to aid and influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India. The expectations of the global community from India are immense as the country is poised to play a leading role in the knowledge age. The Foundation believes that in the next 15 years, India will be one of the great economic powers in the world and contribute to a significant transformation in the quality of life of humanity.
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Will coal washing become an attractive option ever?
28 April 2015
Ashish Gupta

The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 came into existence after India participated in the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held at Stockholm in 1972.

 
April 2015: an uneventful month for energy
28 April 2015
Lydia Powell and Akhilesh Sati

April 2015 could be labelled as an uneventful month for the Indian energy sector going by standards set in the past: there were no new scams;

 
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International
Pakistan in the eye of the storm
15 April 2015
Manoj Joshi

The 12-point resolution approved by Pakistan's Parliament said that Islamabad must maintain "neutrality" in the Yemen conflict.

 
Canada cousins
14 April 2015
C Raja Mohan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada this week should help rejuvenate an important relationship that has long been neglected in New Delhi.

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National
Small steps for big change
16 April 2015
Shruti Gupta

While the launch of the MUDRA Bank is a laudable effort on the part of the government, there still persists ambiguity in the nature of the Bank's undertakings.

 
Land policy vital for Modi's manufacturing dream
13 April 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani

The land amendment bill, brought in by the Modi government, represents a crucial plank of his government's economic agenda to turbocharge Indian growth.

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China
Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study
10 April 2015
Sriparna Pathak Raimedhi

The story of the Maotai town in the Guizhou province in South China is an interesting case study of developmental economics

 
Yemen evacuation
09 April 2015
C. Raja Mohan

While India continues to evacuate its citizens from Yemen, China was quick to complete its operation last week. China had barely 600 people in Yemen to rescue.

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Security & Intelligence
A time to lead
16 April 2015
Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Mitra

India must accept its own exceptionalism. It must thereafter understand how to establish it. India is in a position to shape cyberspace debates,

 
Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?
15 April 2015
Pushan Das

Why is the Navy procuring three different helicopters to fulfil three ends of the same capability spectrum? The Navy would be better off with a single platform to leverage engine.

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