Publications

America’s Arctic Adventure

American officials are making noises about carrying out a freedom of navigation operation in the Russian-controlled Northern Sea Route. Any such action will only serve to provoke Russia and backfire...

Book Review: Kautilya and Non-Western IR Theory

The Arthashastra is possibly the most important texts on strategy and statecraft ever written in the Indian subcontinent. But almost every study of it today tends to fit it into Realism, a...

Gender responsive budgeting

What is gender budgeting? Gender budgeting means that allocating funds in the budget for women or pro-women activities and looking at the budget allocation through a gender lens. A paper...

Iran’s Options in the Strait of Hormuz

The United Kingdom has offered to “facilitate” the return of an Iranian supertanker that its marines intercepted on July 4 near Gibraltar. Royal Marines had seized the ship on suspicion...

An Indian Stance on External Democracy Support

My remarks at the Towards an Assertive Policy on India’s External Democracy Support roundtable organised jointly by ORF and Takshashila in Bengaluru on 12th July 2019 The question posed to me was:...

Third Rome: A (Very) Brief History of Russia and Georgia

Over the last two weeks, Georgians have been out on the streets in possibly the largest wave of protests in the country’s recent history. And, like with so many former...

Third Rome: Understanding Syria with Graph Theory

The Syrian civil war is coming to a close, and it looks like Russia – er, Assad – has won. According to the Military Balance 2019, Since 2015, 500 senior...

Semiconpolitics

The Economist has an excellent take on the Trech War between the US and China. For one it highlights the not-so-apparent fragility of the semiconductor industry. As a complex network with nodes spread all across the...

Every White House needs a Sarah Sanders, even India’s

The mouthpiece for a country’s premier statesman is occasionally bound to be dumbfounded by the public’s queries. But that can’t be a reason not to have one in a modern...

Skywalks From Hell

Guest post by Ananya Iyer Quickly having transformed from a sleepy town idealized for retirement to a fast-paced megalopolis, Bangalore faces the issues of a city that grew up too...

How urban infrastructure affects women’s safety

When I first saw the invitation for Uber’s discussion on women’s safety, I was prepared for an event dealing with the incorporation of the gender aspect in Uber rides. However,...

The Lipstick Effect

Guest post by Ananya Iyer There are a few industries that conspicuously follow the counterintuitive path of experiencing growth during an economic recession- discount retailers, casinos, repair, handymen. Among these...

Third Rome: A Very Brief History of Russia and Ukraine

This week I’d like to talk about Russia and its favourite neighbour, Ukraine. To say that the two have a shared history is an understatement. Over the last thousand years,...

Why Great Powers Procrastinate

Over the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers David M. Edelstein Cornell University Press (2017) In 2001 political scientist John Mearsheimer unleashed a scholarly fusillade on the...

Jobscape: demographic dividend, gig economy and election season

Welcome back to the Jobscape, our weekly round-up of news and opinion on the state of employment and job creation in India. This week we discuss India’s demographic dividend, election...

Third Rome: Weekly Russia Update, 11th April 2019

If Marcus Tullius Cicero had been around in 2019, he’d have said that the sinews of war are infinite crude oil. So both Iran and Venezuela are major oil producers,...

Russia in Venezuela

Far from the spotlight (or at least the Indian spotlight), there is a cold war play happening between the Russia and the United States. The latest battleground is Venezuela where...

Democracies: Delegative vs Deliberative

An interesting article in Science argues that deliberative mechanisms can resolve the present crisis in democracy. Although the solution by itself is not novel the article takes into account the latest...

Third Rome: Weekly Russia Update, 28th March 2019

As everyone who has read a history book once is fond of repeating, history repeats itself. This has been a week of Cold War nostalgia in more ways than one....

Third Rome: Russia Weekly Update, 21st March 2019

For the third year in a row, Russia’s position on the World Happiness Index has slipped – it now ranks just beneath Pakistan. Part of the reason its high rank...

Eye On China: Politics First – Italy’s Choice – Misri’s Priorities – Backing Pakistan

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the CPC’s new rules for cadres; Xi’s visit to Italy;...

Book Review: A Nuclear Winter’s Tale

By Pranav V Title: A Nuclear Winter’s Tale – Science and Politics in the 1980s Author: Lawrence Badash Publisher: MIT Press (2009) The contention between scientific conjecturing, and its radical...

A Kautilyan Take on the Recent India-Pakistan Conflict

By Dr Kajari Kamal, Faculty, Strategic Studies Programme The news of Indian Air force striking Balakot in a ‘non-military pre-emptive’ action came when former Indian diplomats and members of the...

Third Rome: Weekly Russia Update, 14th March 2019

It seems strangely appropriate that the largest series of protests that Russia has seen in years is due to the state attempting to do new things with the Internet. Just...

Third Rome: Weekly Russia Update, 7th March 2019

It’s been an eventful week for Russia on the global stage. Over the last few months. Turkey’s ham-fisted attempts to intervene in northern Syria seemed to only harden the geopolitical...

The Cold War in 4 Visuals

A while back, I wrote about Aleksandr Dugin’s Last War of the World Island: The Geopolitics of  Contemporary Russia. Dugin’s worldview, I pointed out, was overly simplistic, relying on arbitrary definitions of...

The Compound Eye Mar 1

Policy Focus Open Access Policy and Plan S: In a tweet, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Professor K Vijayraghavan announced India’s intention to join cOAlition S...

Incremental structural reforms are structurally incremental

Last week, Ameya Naik and I were explaining government decision-making to our GCP class using Putnam’s two-level games framework. We used the 1991 Indian economic reforms to illustrate how external...

Religious Beliefs and the Law

I read the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah’s first Reith Lecture on the subject of Creed recently. And what he has to say about religious beliefs makes for an interesting read,...

Newsletter: The Compound Eye Feb 15

The Compound Eye Feb 15, 2019 Policy in Focus: Interim Budget, 2019: Instead of a policy, this fortnight we highlight announcements from the Interim Budget that embrace the development of...
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