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All Things Policy: On Terrorists, Nukes, and Linguistic States

We at the Takshashila Institution change our minds when presented with better arguments. In today’s episode Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan talk to host Shambhavi Naik about papers and books that made them reconsider old assumptions. In a freewheeling discussion, they look at whether reducing poverty might increase the risk...

All Things Policy: Breaking The Ice In The Arctic

Last week’s Arctic conference saw the unveiling of an ambitious Russian plan to expand its military presence in the region, including a larger fleet of nuclear icebreakers. Why are countries expressing so much interest in the Arctic and what does it mean for the future of geopolitics there? Aditya Ramanathan...

All Things Policy: Break Up Big Tech?

Calls to regulate big technology firms are increasingly entering political discourse. The latest spark to the debate is US Senator Warren’s proposal to break apart Google, Facebook and Apple. Are these ideas on the right track and are there better ways to increase consumer welfare? No and yes, explains Anupam...

All Things Policy: The Emperor’s New Norms

What do a children’s story, Indore’s cleanliness, and Mumbai local trains have in common? Social norms! Nidhi Gupta joins Shambhavi Naik, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Aditya Ramanathan to explain how they work, based on the pioneering work of Cristina Bicchieri. Read more at www.unicef.org/protection/files/…_Social_Norms.pdf Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes...

All Things Policy: Robot Rules

Should lethal autonomous weapons have the discretion to take human life? With governments already debating the issue at the UN, Ganesh Chakravarthi talks to Manoj Kewalramani, Shibani Mehta, and Aditya Ramanathan about the future of killer robots. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or...

All Things Policy: India’s Satellite Killers

Having proven its ability to knock out satellites, India should pledge a no first use policy for A-SAT missiles, since these weapons can create dangerous debris fields in space. Such a pledge will not stop India from pursuing or using “non-kinetic” means of disabling enemy satellites. Lt General Prakash Menon...

Conversations at Takshashila: What is the Kra Canal?

What if China were to cut a canal through the Isthmus of Kra in Thailand? Such a project could transform the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. What are India’s stakes in the matter and what does it need to do about it? Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to...

Conversations at Takshashila: Sat Wars

Now that India has tested an anti-satellite missile, it is part of a club of just four states that have the ability to target assets in space. What does this mean for the future of geopolitics? And how does it continue the legacy of Cold War space marathons? Aditya Ramanathan...

Conversations at Takshashila: Dreams Manifestos | Science and Technology

Science and technology ought to be a priority strategic investment for India’s future. Shambhavi Naik and Pavan Srinath tell Aditya Ramanathan why the government needs to increase funding, articulate a positive vision for Indian science and technology, and give scientists a greater say in funding decisions. Subscribe and listen to...

Conversations at Takshashila: Dream Manifestos | Foreign Policy

In this episode of our elections-inspired special series, Pranay Kotasthane joins Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan to discuss how a dream manifesto could change India’s foreign relations and bring the country a step closer to the ideal of Yogakshema – the peace and prosperity of its citizens. Read Pranay’s column...
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