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All Things Policy: A Practical Agenda for the Quad

 The Quad grouping has launched several new initiatives over last few months. While this is an encouraging development, there are concerns that the grouping has way too many items on its plate. Which of these areas should the Quad...

All Things Policy: Should India Make Semiconductors?

 While semiconductor design has always been a strong suit for India, the extremely complicated manufacturing process of semiconductor chips has never taken off in the country. Should India stick to its strengths or go all in to create a...

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...

On Semiconductors, India Needs to Reboot Trade Policies, Ecosystem to Build a TSMC

Talks have accelerated between India and Taiwan to build a state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturing unit in the country. Reports have indicated that officials from both sides have met regularly to discuss the possible outcomes of Taiwan investing in a fabrication facility...

Siliconpolitik: Why have semiconductors become a geopolitical flashpoint?

Semiconductors are a ‘metacritical’ technology. This video explains three reasons why semiconductors have become a geopolitical flashpoint, and why they are on the technology policy agenda of many countries and multilateral formations.

Anticipating the Unintended edition #143 India Policy Watch #1: Pluralism and its Discontents

“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” RSJ’s invocation of Toynbee reminded me of an instance of majoritarianism from the past week that should scare us, once again. A Bengaluru-based ready-to-cook food manufacturer was accused of mixing cow bones in...

The Taliban Government and What it Means for India

Taliban has again done what it does best: make vague promises, extract concessions, and return to their original plan. Meanwhile, the interlocutors continue to extract more promises from the Taliban — hoping that the group has changed — only to return...

Anticipating the Unintended: #142 The Games We Play

India Policy Watch #3: Today’s Ehrlichians Insights on burning policy issues in India — Pranay Kotashane We consistently write here on why the oft-repeated narrative that India’s population is the root cause of its ills, is problematic. This week, I...

Anticipating the Unintended edition 141: Pakistan, Afghanistan….Hindustan

Matsyanyaaya #1: What Does Pakistan’s Cadmean Victory in Afghanistan Mean for India Big fish eating small fish = Foreign Policy in action — Pranay Kotasthane (This is a draft of my article which appeared first in Times of India’s Tuesday, August 23rd...

What Taliban’s victory means for Pakistan and therefore India

This article was first published in the Times of India Taliban’s takeover of Kabul is forcing India to reassess its aims and objectives concerning Afghanistan. Of primary interest is the impact of this development on Pakistan. On this question, two...
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