Ameera Rao

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All Things Policy: India Needs a Robust Cyber Security Strategy

 Over the last decade, India has been facing a flurry of cyber attacks targeted at critical infrastructure sectors for reasons such as espionage or information theft among others. However, information around cyberspace, its definition, and policies remain unclear. It...

Blending Borders #2

This Newsletter explores ongoing issues and perspectives from India’s neighbouring countries, including – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan. In Brief – Vaccine updates, Sri Lanka’s #MeToo Storm, China-Nepal Rail link, Bangladesh among India’s top five exports,...

All Things Policy: Investigating the Wuhan Lab Leak

 In May, US President Joe Biden ordered an intelligence probe into the origins of the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2. Suspicions that the virus potentially leaked from a lab in Wuhan could have consequences for China. But countries must focus...

Should India Worry About China’s Naval Fleet in Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) of the 21st century represents a geopolitical hotspot. Power politics is gaining traction in the region, with China attempting to form a leading presence in the vast waters surrounding the Indian subcontinent. In the context...

Blending Borders: Issue #1

 This Newsletter explores ongoing issues and perspectives from India’s neighbourhood countries, including – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan.  Vaccination updates, Bangladesh leads GDP growth, The Colombo Port City project, Security dilemma in Myanmar, Peace for Afghanistan?...

All Things Policy: Battling Future Disease Waves

 The COVID-19 pandemic in India has savagely illustrated the need to develop institutional wherewithal to prepare for future health crises. Lt  Gen Prakash Menon discusses with Ameera Rao. Check out Lt Gen Prakash Menon’s article in Deccan Herald – https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/comment/preparing-for-the-waves-992843.html

All Things Policy: The Race to Acquire Vaccines

The Indian government has reconstituted an Empowered Group on vaccination and vaccine procurement. Ameera Rao and Shambhavi Naik examine the key decisions the EG needs to take in the race to vaccinate Indians.

All Things Policy: India and the ‘Israeli Model’

 As Israelis and Palestinians clash violently, are there lessons for India dealing with its own challenges? Is there a viable ‘Israeli Model’ of national security that India can adopt?. In a conversation with Ameera Rao, Pranay Kotasthane argues that...

All Things Policy: Will India’s Military Remain Apolitical?

 Since independence, there has been a healthy distance maintained between the armed forces and civilian institutions. But the civil-military relationship in India is slowly changing. Can the armed forces maintain their independence? Lt General Menon talks to Ameera Rao....

India and Vietnam should improve their defence ties

India and Vietnam held their second maritime security dialogue recently. A press release by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that both countries discussed developments in the domain of “maritime security, regional cooperation activities and opportunities for cooperation between...
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