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Takshashila Discussion Document – Navigating the Geopolitics of International Technical Standards for India

Download the Discussion Document  Executive Summary Strategic technologies serve as a fulcrum of geopolitical and geoeconomic rivalries between technologically advanced states. This discussion document addresses the geopolitics of international standard-setting in the context of emerging technologies that require global integration. It also suggests approaches on how India should deal with...

Takshashila Discussion Document – India-Russia Space Cooperation: A Way Forward

By Aditya Pareek1 and Dr. Andrey Gubin2 1 Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru 2 Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok Download this Discussion Document as a PDF Executive Summary India – Russia space cooperation in the past includes the USSR launching India’s first few satellites, Rakesh Sharma’s inclusion in a manned Soviet mission, and...

The Quad Makes the First Siliconpolitik Move

Summary An earlier paper on ‘Siliconpolitik: The Case for a Quad Semiconductor Partnership’ made a detailed case for a Quad partnership on semiconductors. It argued that the Quad’s technology cooperation agenda should focus on semiconductors due to their ‘metacriticality’. Further, it reasoned that “since each Quad member enjoys a comparative advantage in...

Taliban’s Afghanistan Takeover: Assessment of Regional Powers and Indian Interests

Download this Discussion Document as a PDF Executive Summary This report argues that the Taliban victory in Afghanistan will impact the regional geopolitical dynamics and the interests of major regional powers. During the insurgency phase, most regional powers had maintained differential support to the Taliban to facilitate a common objective...

Takshashila Issue Brief – Biobanking policies in India

By Sunila Dixit1, Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida1, Manjulika Vaz2 and Shambhavi Naik1 1Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru 2Health & Humanities, St John’s Research Institute, St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru Download this Issue Brief as a PDF Executive Summary Biobanks are set to become the norm as large scale datasets appear...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Space as a Geopolitical Environment

Download the Discussion Document as a PDF Executive Summary The ability to use space for commercial, military, and scientific purposes has become a vital determinant of national power. Yet space is a novel environment for human activity and the strategic implications of using it are poorly understood. This document seeks to...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in India

Download the Policy Advisory  Executive Summary  Vaccine mandates are instruments for the government or private institutions to make it compulsory for its citizens/employees/students to be vaccinated for a specific disease in order to avail the benefits and services of the state or the institution. As various countries mandate the use...

Takshashila Discussion Document – A National Epidemic Intelligence Service for India

Executive Summary The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated the need for India to develop its own capacity to assess emerging biological threats. Reliance on foreign inputs led to delayed actions such as airport closures or screening/quarantine of incoming travelers. We propose the formation of an Indian National Epidemic Intelligence Service to...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc — India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem: A SWOT Analysis

Download the PDF India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem: A SWOT Analysis Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc August 2021, v1.0 — By Samparna Tripathy, Anup Rajput, Amol Sarin, and Pranay Kotasthane Executive Summary Technological, geoeconomic, and geopolitical imperatives underlie recent attempts by nation-states to revisit their semiconductor industry policies. India too is in the midst...

Takshashila Issue Paper – India and the Artemis Accords

Download the Issue Paper as a PDF Executive Summary  The United States has signed bilateral agreements, called the Artemis Accords, with 11 other states. The Accords lay down norms for space exploration and are a prerequisite for states seeking to join NASA’s Artemis programme, which envisages a new wave of...
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