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Opportunity as an economic enabler

It is time we talked about the Equality of Opportunity as an enabler.  In just about three months from now, the United Nations will launch an ambitious development agenda for the world after 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will carry forward the work of the Millennium Development Goals whose target date lapses this year.  The 17 draft […]

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Sri Lanka, India and China: An Uncertain Triangle

For India and Sri Lanka, the presence of China and the fall of Rajapaksa mean that the relationships have to be recalibrated.  Nowhere in South Asia has democracy been so unpredictable as in Sri Lanka. Six weeks before the election in January 2015,  President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared unbeatable, even invincible. Elected as  President in 2005, […]

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India and Iran: It’s Not Just Energy, Stupid!

When it comes to India and Iran, it’s not just about energy anymore. Energy dominates any conversation on India’s interests in Iran. The effects of the nuclear sanctions, balancing the Iran-United States rivalry, and Tehran’s role in the Middle East are other debates that keep us preoccupied.  In recent years, however, a second important bilateral […]

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Cautious optimism for U.S.-India relations

 It pays to be optimistic about U.S.-India relations, but also realistic. One year ago, the Devyani Khobragade affair plunged the U.S.-India relationship into deep crisis. Then, several months later, Indians elected a new national leader who had effectively been banned from visiting the United States in years past. Given these troubles, the progress in bilateral […]

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Setting the field: Australia-India engagement in Southeast Asia

Enhancing its role in East and Southeast Asia could signal the beginning of India’s transformation into a significant actor across the entire Indo-Pacific region. 2014 proved to be a significant year for Australia-India ties. The year saw Tony Abbott visit India for the first time as Prime Minister, and as the first foreign leader to […]

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An Indian agenda for trade and investment reform

India must put in all its reform effort into policies that will increase the international competitiveness of Indian firms and encourage both foreign and domestic investment. The new Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi swept into power on a promise of improving economic conditions in India. A critical focus of the reform effort […]

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Make for India, not just in India

The government’s policies have unwittingly tilted the balance in favour of innovating for the world rather than creating conditions that encourage innovations for India’s own needs. With a large engineering workforce and links with the English language, India already has some natural advantages in providing knowledge workers to global corporations. In addition, government policies that […]

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Soft power, hard choices

Substantive policy changes and not speeches alone would determine the success of Narendra Modi’s desire to bolster investment and encourage tourism and manufacturing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to move on several fronts simultaneously to fulfil expectations he has generated in various constituencies. Through his foreign trips, especially the high-profile U.S. visit, and his interaction […]

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After the visit

Sri Lanka – China relations after Xi Jinping’s visit and the implications for India’s Sri Lanka policy. Within the last month, Sri Lanka has received attention from some prominent Asian visitors. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe travelled to Sri Lanka in early September, marking the first Japanese head-of-state visit in 24 years. In early October, […]

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