Publications

Aphorisms and the Study of Foreign Policy

Ambassador Shivshankar Menon’s recent keynote address at JNU pulled few punches in describing what ails the study of international relations in India. My colleague Pranay Kotasthane has already weighed in...

What Ails Foreign Policy as a Study Discipline?

Amb Shivshankar Menon’s keynote speech on what’s wrong with IR studies in India has sparked a healthy discussion online. His main arguments: Indian students are well versed with abstract IR theory...

Prediction Markets as a Tool for Intelligence Analysis

The raison d’être for intelligence analysis is being able to predict near-future events with reasonable accuracy. Based on the little that I have read, there is no mechanism that seeks to improve...

“Trade wars are easy to win”! Think again, Mr. Trump

“Trade wars are good, and easy to win!”, Mr Trump had exclaimed. About a year after such an exclamation, there are hundreds of farmers, Trump’s traditional voter base, gathered around...

Newsletter: The Compound Eye 1

The Compound Eye – Feb 1, 2019 Policy in Focus – DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018: The Lok Sabha passed the DNA Technology Bill, 2018, 2018 on...

The Great Liberalisation of 1860

Some debates, it seem, never go away. In the first half of the 19th century, France has some of the most extreme protectionist laws in the world. It had 58 prohibited...

The Geopolitics of Russia: A Review of Aleksandr Dugin’s “Last War of the World-Island”

It’s not an overstatement to say that over the last twenty years, the world has grown increasingly used to American primacy and leadership. This primacy also spills over to the...

Three thoughts on Independence Day

On preserving liberty, preserving India Can we keep our Republic? All this has held for close to seven decades, so much that we take the Indian Republic’s survival for granted....

Red Alert: 50 years and counting

Fifty years on, there is room for hope that with the right focus, Maoism will one day be found only in history books

The evolving state of Indian states

Revenue expenditure of states has risen sharply with greater financial devolution and increased expenditure, a gap which will further increase with GST

An evolving multilateral order

While there is an evolving new China-dominated multilateralism, confidence in existing American-fashioned multilateral institutions has been waning

Taking on sacred cows

The BJP govt has abolished some long-standing sacred cows (previously unassailable ideas) in the business firmament

Celebrating competition

A culture of free and fair competition is a remarkable thing. It encourages candidates without privilege but who are capable to join the fight and aspire to win

The evolving story of economics

More lawyers, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists and Big Data scientists may have to enter the field of economics if it is to return to a social studies arena

Escaping the middle-income trap 

Nations are often ‘trapped’ in the middle-income category because of excessive dependence on a resource economy or inadequate innovation, reform, competitiveness

The games people play

While AWBI and Peta believe that Jallikutta should be banned on account of alleged cruelty to bulls, others say it is a tradition that should survive for a variety of...

Once again politics matters

2017 will be about understanding impact of a massive political trend on individual countries and cross-country phenomena like trade, globalization and migration

The new Indian National Interest

The watering hole has shifted Head over to Indian National Interest to catch high quality conversations on strategic affairs, public policy and governance. Follow @INI_tiate on Twitter.

Economic priorities in a protectionist world

India needs to focus more on itself and use the opportunity to restructure and reform even as the world regards India as a (relative) beacon of hope

Can I have an opinion on how to annihilate caste?

Social reform is too important an issue to surrender to an ideological monopoly It’s twitter. So it should not be surprising that it didn’t long for my tweet supporting ACLU...

Three thoughts for the Republic

On defending democracy from populists, reminding the Supreme Court of its duty to protect liberty and on upholding representative democracy. For quiet contemplation on Republic Day: Eternal nervousness might be...

America defeats itself

There will be fewer takers for US promises in Asia now As promised, Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a regional preferential trade...

How social change happens?

The speed and legitimacy of social change Here’s a chart that compares various ways social change can be attempted. In the light of contemporary public debates on a number of...

Being credible

New Delhi must not buckle to Chinese pressure in its engagement of Indo-Pacific countries. After hiatus of over a year, I resume my monthly column in the Business Standard on...

Exploring Mongolia’s balancing behaviour

In the near future, it’s unlikely that Mongolia will position itself as one of the allies in India’s efforts to balance out Chinese influence | by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Mongolia’s supposed volte-face...

Geopolitics in Trump’s age

Perhaps it’s time for new champions of democracy, liberty and open economies I was in a panel discussion with Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia Journalism School and T K...

A power-centric timeline of Pakistan

by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) There have been some excellent books on various aspects of the Pakistan state in the last couple of years. However, I found one feature missing these books:...

Data story: Lines of Credit supported by India

A brief overview of India’s lines of Credit to other nation-states by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) India’s relationship with Mongolia has been in the news recently. After the Dalai Lama visited the...

Trump is not Putin’s puppet

Stop worrying about Trump being in Putin’s pocket. Start thinking of how to deal with him. Donald Trump’s attitude and statements both during the election campaign and after his victory...

Medalless army

The defence ministry must quickly resume issuing official medals. Last week, a colleague and I were struck by what we saw at a new military supplies store that had opened...
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