Publications

High Tech Geopolitics: How Can India Combine Data and Regional Power?

The stakes concerning jurisdiction over data have never been higher. There is a global discourse today on the future of data that was recently brought into the news cycle by the...

Iran’s Options in the Strait of Hormuz

The United Kingdom has offered to “facilitate” the return of an Iranian supertanker that its marines intercepted on July 4 near Gibraltar. Royal Marines had seized the ship on suspicion...

Budgetary allocations reveal real priorities of NDA 3

The Union budget speech invites a lot of attention in India. However, it is far more useful to look at the budget statements that get released on the day the...

An Indian Stance on External Democracy Support

My remarks at the Towards an Assertive Policy on India’s External Democracy Support roundtable organised jointly by ORF and Takshashila in Bengaluru on 12th July 2019 The question posed to me was:...

Need to Update Competition Law

There are other major deficiencies in the competition law when it comes to understanding internet companies, Manur said. “Without establishing that a company is dominant, the CCI cannot take any...

All Things Policy: Sri Lanka’s Uncomfortable SOFA

A political storm is brewing in Sri Lanka over military agreements with the United States like SOFA and ASCA. Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Aditya Ramanathan examine the causes of...

Eye on China: Libra Jitters – Xi’s Warning – Demchok Incident – Trump’s Frustrations – Afghan Talks

I. Numbers, Lethargy & Libra Chinese president Xi Jinping convened a high-level meeting on Tuesday to discuss Party-building in central Party and state institutions. If you’d forgotten who is boss...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 11: Arms Sale to Taiwan, China’s Military Modernisation, Tiananmen Papers, PLA and Hong Kong Garrison, Home-grown Aircraft Carrier-Type 001A Delayed

The US State Department has proposed potential arms sale worth US$ 2.2 billion to Taiwan. The first package of arms would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, M2 Chrysler Mount machine guns, M240 machine guns,...

All Things Policy: Access DNAed

The Lok Sabha is deliberating the DNA Technology Regulation Bill – a legislation that, though ostensibly meant to lay down guidelines for the usage of DNA in judicial procedures, also...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 8

How could the world address the water crises? How is Brexit going and who are the key players in Libya today? Anupam Manur, Gayatri Ganpule and Manoj Kewalramani discuss this...

All Things Policy: Inside Indian Diplomacy

On this special episode of All Things Policy, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti and Manoj Kewalramani have a fascinating conversation with Times of India’s diplomatic editor Indrani Bagchi on how India’s...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 10: China’s Missile Test, Cambodia: China’s New Military Outpost, PLA Transfers, AI and PLA, Z-20 Helicopters

The Big Story: China’s Missile Test in South China Sea The NBC reports that China has fired at least one anti-ship ballistic missile this week in the South China Sea....

All Things Policy: Learning From War

Twenty years on, can the Kargil war offer us lessons for more recent India-Pakistan crises? Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S. and Samir Kumar critique three new articles on Kargil and the...

Third Rome: A (Very) Brief History of Russia and Georgia

Over the last two weeks, Georgians have been out on the streets in possibly the largest wave of protests in the country’s recent history. And, like with so many former...

Eye on China: Trade Truce – Week of Xiplomacy – Osaka RIC – India’s 5G Decision – Li’s Reform Pitch

Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover US-China trade war talks; India’s deliberations on Huawei and 5G; Xi’s...

All Things Policy: Weapons, Diplomacy and Mobs

Did America’s policy of engagement with China really fail? How does military technology affect domestic politics? And can publicity really help stop lynchings? Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 7

Trump’s offer to Modi, South Asia’s social divisions, and a Swatchh Russia initiative. All of this and more discussed by Gayatri Ganpule, Manoj Kewalramani and Samir Kumar on this episode....

All Things Policy: Another Trump – Kim Meeting

In a surprise move, Donald Trump became the first sitting American president to enter North Korea. What does the future hold for Kim Jong-un and his nuclear weapons? Aditya Ramanathan,...

All Things Policy: The G20 Summit

How did Trump and Xi negotiate a trade war ceasefire at the G20 summit? Can Turkey purchase S400s without sanctions imposed on them? To help us navigate through all the...

All Things Policy: First Use and its Critics

Seven of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons maintain a first-use posture. But is first-use a viable option? Is it even credible? Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S., Shambhavi Naik and...

To let data roam free or coop it up at home?

Cross-border flow is the basic life-blood of data. When information is isolated, it loses its potential to become knowledge and becomes increasingly vulnerable to breaches. Moreover, India might currently not...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 9: Security Review Commission, Corruption and Chinese Armed Forces, China’s Naval Militia, China’s Ship Building Industry, Military Reforms, Huawei employees and PLA

The Big Story: Security Review Commission’s Hearing on China’s Military The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission conducted a hearing on ‘Assessing China’s Global Military Ambitions,’ on June 20th, 2019....

All Things Policy: An Indian Space Strategy

The Indian government announced that it will set up the Defence Space Agency (DSA) and the Defence Space Research Organization (DSRO), kick-starting its military space program. What should be our...

All Things Policy: Pompeo’s Visit to India

Can Mike Pompeo’s visit to India help manage rising differences between the two countries? And are domestic constituencies in both countries adding to the troubles? Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranay...

All Things Policy: A Chinese Data Trap? Data localization and Indian policy

Huawei has announced it would be willing to provide India telecom equipment without “back doors”. Is this a feasible idea? How should India treat the data of its citizens? Anirudh...

All Things Policy: Is The World Getting Any Better?

Have human and societies become less violent? Are digital wallets ever good for the economy? Have we been measuring national power the wrong way for centuries? Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti...

SCO 2019: hits and misses for India

After winning re-election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for his first multilateral engagement. India has used the 2019 Bishkek summit to balance its approach...

All Things Policy: Why didn’t Vijayanagara have a Navy?

What does the history of the Indian subcontinent teach us about maritime power and the behavior of sea-states? For that matter, why and what is a sea-state? Aditya Ramanathan and...

Eye on China: Huawei Special Report – RCEP Pressure – SCO Wrap – Trump-Xi Talk – World Bank on BRI

Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the SCO and CICA meetings, India’s approach to Huawei, discussions around...

Takshashila Discussion Document: Nuclear First Use – A Critique

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Six out of the eight nuclear weapons states have not ruled out first use of nuclear weapons. This document examines why states choose first...
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