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East Asia would have liked
 PM Abe to be more categorical
 on war apology
Japanese PM Abe's war statement does talk about his country's pledge not to resort again to aggression, war, and colonial rule and also expressions like remorse, repentance and heartfelt apology rendered by successive governments.
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Analysis
 
The Modi Govt is missing the big picture on Pakistan
26 August 2015
Manoj Joshi
The letter of the Ufa agreement spelt out the imperative of dealing with the issue of terrorism. But surely its spirit ought to have accepted the need to discuss the issue of Kashmir - in whose name countless acts of violence and terrorism have been undertaken.
 
BRICS New Development Bank: Glass is half full
25 August 2015
Shubh Soni
The New Development Bank is in a lot ways revolutionary. It is the first time that a group of five emerging economies, with varying political systems and structures, and which are geographically spread wide apart from each other, have taken up the mantle of development in the Global South.
 
Another charade comes to an end
25 August 2015
Vikram Sood
If Pakistan is fighting terror inside Pakistan it is of their own making. So discussing terror with Pakistan has to be carefully nuanced. The reality of what they do to us and the fiction of what we do to them.
 
Why Pakistani army is needling Modi
25 August 2015
Ashok Malik
Is the world going to be sympathetic to a Pakistan that turns down an invitation for bilateral talks because it would rather have a chat with Hurriyat busybodies who are anyway losing relevance?
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Report
 
Japanese expert says India's cooperation with Russia, China is revisionist orientation
20 August 2015
From the beginning of the 21st century, India's foreign policy got a strategic orientation. Until then, it lacked coherence due to the absence of an overall plan or document stating the foreign policy objectives, says Professor Takenori Horimoto of The Open University of Japan.
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Policy Brief
 
The Paris Package: Setting the Finance Agenda for Climate Action
17 August 2015
Samir Saran and Rathin Roy
Issue No. 16
Finance for climate action is like the elephant in the classic story: blind people are feeling it in different parts, losing sight of the whole. Development, climate, and finance experts must now remove their blindfold.
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BRICS Report
 
BRICS Think Tanks Council recommends easy visas for researchers
11 August 2015
Easy visas for researchers from BRICS countries and creation of a BRICS framework programme similar to EU FP7 with funding from the New Development Bank are some of the important recommendations made by the BRICS Think Tanks Council's third meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Issue Brief
 
Justice System in Crisis: The Case of India's Undertrial Prisoners
20 August 2015
Niranjan Sahoo and Vivek Jain
Issue. 103
Six of every 10 of India's prisoners languishing in jails across the country are undertrials: their cases have yet to be tried, and they are spending more time in jail than they would have, if convicted. This paper examines the plight of the country's undertrials and recommends ways to move forward.
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Global Policy - ORF SERIES
 
Promoting Democracy for a Better and Peaceful World: Regional, National and Local Perspectives
July 2015
The 5th volume in GP-ORF series deals with the evergreen question of democracy. It focuses on impediments to it and offers ideas for its successful promotion, based on regional, national and local perspectives. [For Smashwords version, click here)
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Special Report
 
Prospects for the Asia Pacific Region
29 July 2015
Proceedings of the 7th joint conference organised by ORF and Moscow's Experimental Creative Centre. This report follows the highlights of the conference that sought to examine the current challenges faced by the Asia Pacific region.
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Occasional Paper
 
Regional Integration in West Africa: The Evolution of ECOWAS
21 August 2015
Arushi Gupta
Issue No. 67
The paradox of the African continent is that it is resource-rich but remains poor in many parts. Has regional integration improved economic performance and does it pave the way to a better future? This paper examines West African integration--its evolution, the successes it has scored and the challenges that remain.
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China Weekly Report
 
Investing in India as a way-out of negative trade imbalances
26 August 2015
Vol V, Issue 32
Trade deficit has been a constant feature of Sino Indian trade relations in the past decade. In 2003-04, the gap between imports and exports was USD 1098.13 millions, with the balance tilting in China's favour.
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Africa Monitor
 
India set to import tur dal from Africa amid high domestic prices
21 August 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 46
India is set to import tur (pigeon pea) in record quantity from Africa in the coming months as domestic prices have increased 46 per cent in Delhi over the past six months, show consumer affairs ministry data.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Bhutan: Lessons in tackling corruption for India?
21 August 2015
Mihir Bhonsale
Vol VIII, Issue 34
A parliamentary delegation from the tiny Himalayan kingdom witnessed the log-jam in Indian Parliament on 10 August. The combined Opposition's Rajya Sabha tirade against the government over allegations of corruption involving ruling BJP's ministers was the main reason for the log-jam in the Indian Parliament.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Looking back to move forward
21 August 2015
Vol XII, Issue 10
The reformer's contention is that the end-use consumer should patiently wait for 'efficiency to trickle down' through the 'structural layers', in the meantime pay heavily for the inadequate and low quality power being supplied or give up the subsidy being enjoyed, whichever may be the case.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Making Digital India Successful
18 August, 2015
Vol III, Issue 8
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked-off the Digital India Week on July 1 to create awareness about e-governance and encourage greater public involvement. As part of the programme the PM has launched various products and schemes intended to integrate government departments.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Decoding India's Abstention on UNHRC Vote
10 August 2015
Vol I, Issue XII
In what is being touted as a major shift in Indian policy towards Israel, New Delhi abstained from a vote against Israel at the UN Human Rights Commission. The UN human rights body called for Israel's accountability in alleged war crimes committed by its officials during the conflict in Gaza in July 2014.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Joint Aerial Patrols in the SCS
01 August 2015
Vol IV, Issue 8
Admiral Scott Swift, the new U.S. Commander of the Pacific Fleet, recently joined the crew of a P-8A Poseidon aircraft on July 18 on a seven-hour surveillance mission over the South China Sea (SCS),
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Space Alert
 
SAARC SAT: India's Own TCBM or A Strategic Outreach?
July 2015
Vol III, Issue 3
On the occasion of the successful launch of the PSLV-C23 in June 2014, Prime Minister Modi announced the development of a SAARC Satellite, called SAARC SAT, for sharing the benefits of satellite technology with its South Asian neighbours.
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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
 
Looking back to move forward
18 August 2015
M.G. Devasahayam

When power sector reforms in India were being deliberated at the World Bank some years ago, there were two schools of thought as to the basic approach to be adopted in initiating and pursuing the reform.

 
 
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International
Modi in the Gulf
11 August 2015
C. Raja Mohan

That Narendra Modi's two-day trip to the UAE this weekend is the first prime ministerial visit since 1981 underlines the story of New Delhi's.

 
Getting close to an integrated South Asia
10 August 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj

The ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal have laid out a sound draft of the Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA).

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National
Modi's government seems to have lost its Mojo
17 August 2015
Manoj Joshi

It is difficult to avoid the impression that the Modi government has lost its mojo. The main reason for this is that instead of overhauling a machine that had gone bust,

 
'Indian diaspora' in India
07 August 2015
Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal continue to supply cheap labour to the rest of India today, just as they did in colonial times to British plantations in Guyana,

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Terrorism
Biggest threat to India is from the ISI, and not IS
07 August 2015
Ashok Malik

It would appear Pakistan's ISI and the army are talking up the Islamic State presence to divert attention from and in a sense even mainstream the Taliban.

 
The meaning of the Gurdaspur attacks
06 August 2015
Vikram Sood

What the country saw in Gurdaspur was a police force in neglect as it made up its deficiencies of equipment and training with its courage. A smarter force,

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Economy
Creating jobs for youth a big task for Govt
17 August 2015
Sanjeev Ahluwalia

In any event whilst the macro-economic variables are tweaked, direct, rapidly deployed interventions for growth and employment are needed to meet expectations.

 
India preparing to join Apec club
10 August 2015
Richa Sekhani

The Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Organisation (APEC) presents the right opportunity for India to be a part of this changing global trade system.

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