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Iran's nuclear issue:
 A breakthrough in sight?
A significant thaw is happening in the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Once Saudi Arabia decides to mend its ties with Iran, the US should hardly have any reason to go on punishing Iran. In this scenario, it seems the resolution of Iran's nuclear negotiations is not far off.
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Analysis
 
Modi and Obama's war
1 October 2014
C Raja Mohan
The real issue is not about double standards on terrorism. Nor is hypocrisy a monopoly of either America or India. The problem is different. Although the US and India see terrorism as a great threat to their societies, they have different priorities in the war against it.
 
Cairns G-20 meeting: Can it help revive the global economy?
30 September 2014
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani
Several challenges and threats may hinder achieving two percent growth for the world economy. For instance, the plans of IMF and Central Bank to raise the interest rate are likely to result in wiping out efforts to achieve the target. Also the investment is witnessing lower volatility.
 
Can Ganga governance problems be engineered away?
30 September 2014
Paula Hanasz
There is no easy answer to the question of how best to balance all the competing water use priorities of the Ganga. But one thing is clear: as long as rivers are seen merely as pipes for conveying water, and challenges of distribution are addressed primarily through engineering rather than policy, then no solution will be appropriate.
 
PM Modi spells out his vision
30 September 2014
Manoj Joshi
Given the ground realities - where China's power exceeds ours by orders of magnitude - we need allies. That is where relationships with the US, Japan, ASEAN and Australia come in.
 
Xi's visit to Maldives: Should India worry?
29 September 2014
N. Sathiya Moorthy
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit and accompanying independent agreements with Maldives and Sri Lanka, on undefined maritime issues and cooperation, have the potential for causing greater concern not only in India, but in the shared neighbourhood and beyond.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Iran and the coalition against the Islamic State
1 October 2014
Vol I, Issue II
At a meeting held in Paris on September 15 to 'build a coalition' against the Islamic State (IS), Iran was left out of the list of participants.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Emerging Asian Power Play and the Maritime Silk Road
1 October 2014
Vol III, Issue 10
Two high-profile visits this month?President Xi Jinping's maiden visits to the Maldives and Sri Lanka, two important islands in the Indian Ocean and later to India as well as President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Vietnam,
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Report
 
What to expect at the UN Special Climate Summit
30 September 2014
As India, China, US and the European Union grapple with the need for equitable and meaningful climate action, strategies are also needed to address the differing needs and capabilities of the sub-national entities that make up these big players.
 
Rise of new powers in Asia challenging for US, allies
26 September 2014
The rise of new powers in Asia and the changing power distribution in the region is equally challenging for both the United States and its allies in the Asia Pacific region, according to Mr. Abraham M. Denmark, Vice President for Political and Security Affairs at The National Bureau of Asian Research.
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Issue Brief
 
Nuclear Security in India: Mapping the Threat Scenario
23 September 2014
Rahul Prakash
Issue No. 77
This Issue Brief analyses the possible nuclear and radiological threats that India could face. It also examines the various ways in which these threats could occur and the likely actors inclined to carry them out.
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Occasional Paper
 
Sanctions and the Ukraine Crisis: How Strong is Europe's Dependence on Russian Gas?
15 September 2014
Thomas Elmar Schuppe
Issue No. 53
What can and should the Western world do in reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea, which has been widely condemned as a harsh infringement of international law?
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ORF Special Report
 
Oil & Gas in India: The Milestones (1825-2012)
11 September 2014
Dinesh Kumar Madhrey
1825: Lieutenant R. Wilcox of the 46th Regiment Native Infantry, who with his small survey party was on a military mission to maintain law and order, spotted oil seepages in the north-eastern corner of Assam in September.
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China Weekly Report
 
Xi Jinping's India visit
29 September 2014
Vol IV, Issue 29
China and India set out detailed targets in a joint statement issued on September 19, the final day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to India focusing on areas like investment, counterterrorism, military and cultural exchanges.
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Energy News Monitor
 
The Supreme Court is 'On' and the Private Coal Sector is 'Gone'!
27 September 2014
Vol XI, Issue 15
The new government has made it clear that they will not be opening the coal sector. Therefore the analysts who are pushing for privatisation must adopt a pragmatic approach.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Nepal: An uncertain future
19 September 2014
Pratnashree Basu
Vol VII, Issue 38
It is almost a year since fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly in Nepal took place for the formation of a new government and the writing of a new constitution that would,
Country Reports: 
Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Bhutan | India | Maldives | Myanmar | Nepal | Pakistan |Sri Lanka
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Emerging Cyber Capabilities in the Asia-Pacific
03 August, 2014
Vol II, Issue 9
The Asia Pacific comprises diverse countries with conflicting ideologies and different states of development. Given the variety of challenges and tensions over territorial disputes and geopolitical uncertainties across the region,
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Africa Weekly Report
 
Civil society condemns immunity for crime-accused African leaders
29 August 2014
Vol. IV Issue. 23
Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. According to human rights organisations,
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China Military Watch
 
Senior Chinese military official warns against Japanese militarism
02 July 2014
Vol III, Issue 13
A senior Chinese military official said on June 22 that all peace-loving people should keep alert about Japan's further inclination toward a wrong and dangerous path and the revival of its militarism.
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Space Alert
 
ISRO to launch five foreign satellites
01 July 2014
Vol II, Issue 5
Five foreign satellites will be launched by India under commercial agreements on June 30, space agency ISRO said on June 20. The indigenous PSLV-C23 rocket will carry a 714 kg French Earth Observation Satellite 'SPOT-7' as the main payload.
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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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"Great War's Continuing Impact"
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Climate Change: Property Rights versus Human Rights
23 September 2014
Lydia Powell,

Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) is one of the fundamental premises of both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...

 
The Supreme Court is 'On' and the Private Coal Sector is 'Gone'!
23 September 2014
Ashish Gupta,

On 23rd September, 2014 there was coal summit in the capital where the chairperson expressed concern over the judgement on coal blocks allocation.

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International
The story beyond uranium
05 September 2014
C Raja Mohan

The real story for strong India-Australia relations lies beyond uranium. With one of the world's strongest mining sectors,

 
Taking India-Singapore partnership to newer heights1
03 September 2014
Richa Sekhani

India and Singapore's efforts and strategic planning have brought the bilateral linkages between them to such a juncture,

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National
Widening communal fault lines pose challenge to Modi govt
21 August 2014
Niranjan Sahoo

Compared to an average 100,000 incidents annually in the 1980s and 1990s, India witnessed only 72,126 communal riots in 2013.

 
Modi's ports
20 August 2014
R. Swaminathan

Modi needs a credible domestic strategy to ramp up India's maritime infrastructure.

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Japan
Modi's Lexicon
03 September 2014
C. Raja Mohan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fluent Hindi, through which he engages foreign interlocutors,

 
Why relations with Japan are important
03 September 2014
Manoj Joshi

In terms of technology, Japan is way ahead of us and China in many areas. It may be some time before we can expect Japan to export complete weapons systems,

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China
What Modi can learn from Xi
04 September 2014
Manoj Joshi

Modi has been ambivalent about the Lokpal, believing, presumably, that a revitalised administration will make this institution redundant.

 
Making friends with the middle
25 August 2014
C. Raja Mohan and Rory Medcalf

Building a set of flexible Asian coalitions that do not include America or China should become a critical element of India's strategy

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