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All Things Policy: Panchsheel – How a Dream Ended

 Why did Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru choose to pursue the 1954 Panchsheel Agreement with China? Was it mere naivete? Or was there realpolitik thinking involved? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the origins and consequences of the agreement...

Technology and Geopolitics: An Indian Perspective on the Past and Future

Introduction What is technology? The question appears so banal as to barely require answering. But the question bears tremendous significance for an understanding of human history and of the turbulent geopolitics of our world. In scope, it extends from the...

All Things Policy: China’s New Coastguard Law

 China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed a law authorizing its coastguard to open fire on foreign vessels in the contested waters around its periphery. Suyash Desai and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss what it means for regional security and stability....

All Things Policy: A New Era for Indian Internet

 Last week the government notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The rules have some serious implications for how Internet content creators and platforms are going to function in India. Anirudh Kanisetti talks...

Takshashila Blue Paper — A Rare Earths Strategy for India

On the 17th of February 2021, the Takshashila Institution hosted a roundtable with a group of experts from industry, academia, and think tanks to further develop the ideas proposed in our Discussion Document, A Rare Earths Strategy for India.  This Blue...

All Things Policy: How Did Rome Defeat the Armies of Alexander’s Successors?

Nearly 2,200 years ago, the Greek historian Polybius tried to analyse how Rome’s armies vanquished the world-conquering Hellenistic armies centered on the Macedonian pike-phalanx. In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti use both ancient and modern scholarship to look...

All Things Policy: The Strange World of Serina

 Imagine a world of endless meadow and hills, lit by the glow of a nearby gas giant. Here, over hundreds of millions of years, birds evolve into a dizzying array of strange shapes and forms reminiscent of the grandeur...

All Things Policy: How Russia Uses the Geopolitics of Natural Gas

 Russia has been the largest supplier of LNG to Europe. Being the hydrocarbon bridge between Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine is heavily dependent on transit fees from Russia. With the already-operational Nord Stream 1 and now almost complete...

All Things Policy: Should Google and Facebook Pay for News?

 Australia has come up with a code to make Google and Facebook negotiate with news outlets and pay for content that they host. The tech giants have reacted by threatening to stop their services in Australia. Other countries, including...

All Things Policy: The Mirage of a United Asia

Totally amicable relations between the countries of Asia might seem hopelessly idealistic today – but about a hundred years ago, a wave of intellectuals in India and China believed that it was not only realistic but inevitable. Anirudh Kanisetti joins...
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