Education and Culture

Iran Prepares for a Leadership Transition

Though Iran has been broadcasting pictures and videos of top state officials and noted foreign dignitaries visiting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khame..............

Read More 2014-09-16
Pakistan: Crouching Democrats, Hidden Khakis

It appears that the biggest threat to democracy in Pakistan is its democratic leadership, that too the elected ones. Ongoing developments in Islamabad..............

Read More 2014-09-02
Obama's New Foreign Policy

The foreign policy community’s anxious wait to hear US President Barack Obama make his foreign policy speech at the West Point Military Academy fina..............

Read More 2014-06-11
The Perils of Strategic Narcissism

China’s rise has powered an impulse to military growth and unilateral intervention which in turn evokes anxieties and resistance by players in the s..............

Read More 2014-06-09
What ails the United Nations?

As the world watches the events unfold in Ukraine, the United Nations moves deeper into the abyss. Set up in 1945 in the backdrop of the culmination o..............

Read More 2014-05-31
Pakistan: Military and the Myth of Independent Media

When Pakistani journalists interact with Indians, it is a fairly common practise for many of them to label others of their ilk as an ‘agencies man..............

Read More 2014-05-08
Elections in Iraq: Uncertain Prospects

The US’ unilateral invasion of Iraq in 2003, the subsequent overthrow and execution of then President Saddam Hussein, and the complete dismantling o..............

Read More 2014-05-07
India, like China, Gets Arctic Observer Status

India’s efforts to keep up with China and gain a strong foothold in the resource-rich Arctic region got a boost on Wednesday, when the Arctic Counc..............

Read More 2013-05-16
Europe Rediscovers Nationalism

In his latest novel, French writer Michel Houellebecq presents a controversial situation: The year is 2022, and France has become an Islamicized count..............

Read More 2015-01-12
Why Morocco is important to India

Two vignettes stand out from a recent trip to Morocco -- one, a smartly-dressed woman police officer flags down an errant male driver at a busy Rabat ..............

Read More 2014-10-15
North Africa: A Cultural Crossroads Faces the Future - I

The countries that make up North Africa -- Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya -- are defined as much by the broad desert expanses of the Sahara and t..............

Read More 2014-03-18
A History of the Uzbeks: From the Silk Road to the Soviet Union

As Uzbek President Islam Karimov reaches his 25th year as leader of the Central Asian state, it is unclear who will succeed him. The country is rife w..............

Read More 2013-12-31
Blood Ties, Religion and Terror

A demonstration by Muslim advocacy groups led by the Raza Academy, a Barelvi faction, in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on 11 August 2012 to protest against t..............

Read More 2013-03-24
Vietnam Struggles With Nationalism

Anti-China demonstrations are testing the Vietnamese government's ability to manage rising nationalist sentiment. Since May 7, protesters have taken t..............

Read More 2014-05-20
The Resurgence of Antibiotic Research

Ben Sheen: Drug resistant staph infections kill about 19,000 people per year in America alone. What's been done to reduce that number of deaths or dea..............

Read More 2015-02-16
Population Declining Worldwide, Inconsistently Across Regions

There is no question that the populations of most European countries will decline in the next generation, and in the cases of Germany and Russia, the ..............

Read More 2015-02-21
India: How the BJP Ruined its Election Chances

The honeymoon period for India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, is over. The opposition Aam Aadmi Party, or AAP, delivered it one of the worst..............

Read More 2015-02-14
New Antibiotic Creates Staggering Possibilities

The second half of 2014 saw the mainstream media focused on the West African Ebola outbreak and the potential for a widespread epidemic. But the turn ..............

Read More 2015-01-09
Developing with Robotics

During his visit to Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a presentation of a special rob..............

Read More 2015-01-12
Setback to Commercial Space Initiatives – Part II

Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.Two crashes, within days of each other, in the l..............

Read More 2014-12-04
Setback to Commercial Space Initiatives – Part I

Two crashes, within days of each other, in the last week of October have shaken up the fledgling commercial space industry. The first on 28 October wa..............

Read More 2014-12-04
Recognition of India`s world heritage: Inscription of our sites on the World Heritage list

India’s cultural and civilisational heritage is reflected in the World Heritage List of the World Heritage Committee but in an incomplete manner. Th..............

Read More 2014-04-28
Science and Society: Technology and Us

Mobile phones, internet, and social media – independently and together have substantially impinged on our social life in one way or another. While t..............

Read More 2014-05-01
The Geopolitics of the Gregorian Calendar

When England adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, some 170 years after it was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "It is plea..............

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Space, cyber to be included in US-Japan defence guidelines

Attended by the defence and foreign ministers of Japan and the US, the regular meetings of the bilateral consultative committee ( 2+2 ) carry consider..............

Read More 2013-10-18
Drug Smuggling across the Indian Ocean: Impact of Increasing Interceptions

Is there an increasing cooperation in the Indian Ocean to curb drug smuggling today? After piracy and terrorism, are the drug smugglers and their netw..............

Read More 2014-09-12
Tajikistan Extends Russia's Military Presence

A new military agreement between Russia and Tajikistan will open new opportunities for bilateral cooperation just as both countries are experiencing g..............

Read More 2013-08-06
India & China: Border Defence Agreement

Of the multiple agreements signed between India and China during Manmohan Singh’s visit, one of the most important is on maintaining peace and tranq..............

Read More 2013-10-29