Publications

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...

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...
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