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Myanmar’s democratic advance and the peace process

The on-going meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Conference of Myanmar is expected to bring together all ethnic nationalities and government negotiators to build a democratic federal union. A keynote addressed by former Indian Ambassador to Myanmar, Gautam Mukhopadhya at a conference on "Federalism and India-Myanmar Relations" in Mizoram.
By Gautam Mukhopadhya

Women’s rights all over the world: A report from CSW61

The annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women brought governments and activists together to deliberate on women’s economic empowerment worldwide. A report from New York by Shalini Yog and Axel Harneit-Sievers.

By Shalini Yog Shah, Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers

Civic charter

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world, even in some democratic countries. Especially activists and organisations working for democracy, human rights, and social and environmental justice are under pressure. A Civic Charter, developed in consultation with civil society actors from all over the world and launched in October, aims to support civil society organizations as activists to advocate for their rights and freedom of action.

Editorial: Behind the Rio games

Barbara Unmüßig correlates the Olympics with Brazil’s institutional, political and economic crisis. Did the organizers learn a lesson from the World Cup in 2014?

By Barbara Unmüßig

India-Myanmar media dialogue

In order to strengthen India’s engagement in Myanmar and dialogue between the two countries, hbs India, Institute of Social Sciences, the Burma Centre Delhi and Asian Confluence recently organised a media workshop in Shillong, Meghalaya from 20 - 21 April 2016. A report by Chok Tsering and Sarah Weiss.

By Chok Tsering , Sarah Weiss

Indian issues on Global platforms: Four policy briefs from VANI

India needs to include more civil society voices in its engagement in global governance structures such as G20, BRICS and IBSA. Four studies by VANI - on Inclusive Growth, Financial Inclusion, Sustainable Development and Anti-Corruption - show how Indian and global experiences and debates may be linked.

Pakistan: Cautiously pessimistic about Modi’s expected rise to power

A decade of UPA-Congress rule in India ends with limited progress on the Indo-Pak relations.The fact that outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, despite his good intentions, could not visit the country of his birth even once sums up the structural constraints of this troubled relationship.

By Raza Rumi

Development finance in India

How are large-scale infrastructure projects funded in India? And how, more generally, is "development" being financed in this country? While preparations are under way to create a development bank of the BRICS states, to which India's experience (and funds) will contribute, C.P. Chandrashekhar looks at the history and practice of development finance in India.

India’s nuclear weapons programme: The Myth of moderation

India is driving a nuclear and missiles arms race in one of the world’s most volatile and poorest regions, marked by persistent strategic hostility and a hot-cold war between India and Pakistan since 1947. There is very little clarity, as we see below, about India’s nuclear deterrence doctrine. This is likely to add to regional insecurity and instability

By Praful Bidwai

Cooperation without trust: India-China relations today

50 years after the Sino-Indian war, the relationship between the two countries continues to be affected by a lack of trust, despite much-expanded trade and cultural relations. A review of China-India relations

By by Abhilash Roy Nalpathamkalam

2012 : A review of Indo - Myanmar relations

This is an attempt to provide an insight to the rationale for this policy being what it has been - a strategically pre-emptive effort to forestall Myanmar, a next door neighbor, from becoming a vehicle through which huge problems could be created for India.

By By Ranjit Gupta

Indian peace delegation’s visit to Pakistan

An Indian peace delegation visited Pakistan from 17-26th March 2011 to express their solidarity with the Pakistani civil society and to jointly reiterate the desire of the people in both the countries to see the India-Pakistan dialogue moving forward. They met civil society members, journalists, law makers, federal ministers and leaders of various political parties who welcomed them with open arms.

Pakistan’s nuclear bayonet

An extremist takeover of Pakistan is probably no further than five to 10 years away. Even today, some radical Islamists are advocating war against America.

What we do

Acknowledged by many as a rising power, India’s international priorities and actions seek a greater role for itself globally and regionally. Foreign policy is being given a lot of attention as is being constantly shaped and confronted with challenges and opportunities of a multi-polar global order. Centre stage are trade, economic, defense and strategic partnerships as is India’s emerging and undisputed role in global and regional governance forums like the G-20, BRICS, ASEAN, BIMSTEC. Undeniably, India is a weighty player in multi-lateral negotiations of trade and climate talks and at global institutions such as the IAEA, seeking to change the rules at the IMF and a permanent seat for itself at the UN Security Council. Furthermore, India’s new status as a donor and a stakeholder in the emerging international financial architecture such as the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank is giving it strategic and political mileage.

Why Afghanistan could dominate talks with Obama

The Obama visit coincides with a critical stage of America's longest war in Afghanistan. This will occupy much of the behind-the-scenes activity, which is the core of each other's national security concern.

By By Shanthie Mariet D'Souza