Commentary
2021: The Year Ahead for Japan

Although 2020 remained a challenging year for Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 offers no alleviation from the existent troubles. The year started with a second month-long emergency, albeit a soft lockdown limited to the nation's capital an....

Russia Joins the Race for AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the connected emerging technologies are shaping the economies, militaries as well as the geopolitics of the world. It is no surprise, therefore, that country after country is joining the race to produce, acquire, deve....

India and the BIMSTEC FTA Proposal: Need for a Rethink

Over the last two decades, the world economy has undergone a sea change. From technology to politics; very few things remain the same. But, BIMSTEC Free Trade Agreement (FTA) continues to be where it was. Mooted in 1998, it is still under discussion.....

Concentration: An Important Component in Swami Vivekananda’s Idea of Education

Tomes have been written on Swami Vivekananda’s concept of education. Pages have been filled with his quotations related to education. But have any of them been worked out on the ground? There could be individual or local instances, but we do not ye....

Afghanistan: What Lies Ahead in 2021?

After a violence-ridden 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan is looking ahead at a more turbulent new year as the United States plans for a full troop withdrawal from the country by May 2021. The intra-Afghan dialogue that began in Doha in Se....

EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

The EU and China announced a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment on 30th December. The announcement comes less than a month before the inauguration of the Biden Presidency. The development shows a rift opening up between EU and US positions even be....

COVID-19 has not Affected the EV Push in India

The lockdown period to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in India saw pollution levels dropping to the lowest levels since 2018. No economic activity from March 15-April 30 led to a reduction of 15 per cent in Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels compared to 2....

Expectations from India in the UN Security Council

India starts her eighth two-year elected term in the UN Security Council from 1 January 2021. Three priorities have been identified by India when campaigning for elections to the Security Council. These are the countering of terrorism by enforcing Se....

US Takes First Step towards Recognising Tibetan Government-in-Exile: the Myth of Historic Chinese Suzerainty over Tibet

On 22nd of December, the United States finally decided to dust off its ‘Tibet inertia’ by passing the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 (TPSA), acknowledging the exclusive right of Tibetans only to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama. The a....

Britain’s Trade Deal with the EU

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Christmas eve the culmination of negotiations with the EU over a trade deal with the EU. The deal was finalized just before the expiry of one year transition period since Brexit last year. This set to rest sp....

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