Publications

On Economic Nationalism and its Repercussions [Hindi]

Pranay Kotasthane joins Vandit Jain from Lights, Camera, Azadi podcast to talk about economic nationalism and its unintended consequences. Listen to the episode here.

All Things Policy: How Russia Plans for Nuclear War

What does Russia’s new document on nuclear deterrence say about how it thinks about the ultimate weapon? Does Russia have a policy of escalate to de-escalate? Aditya Ramnathan and Pranav...

All Things Policy: SARS-CoV-2 and the Biological Weapons Convention

Most scientists have rubbished the idea that the novel coronavirus is a biological weapon. Their position could be bolstered by having the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) to investigate the virus....

All Things Policy: Modi and Morrison – India and Australia Draw Closer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for a “virtual summit” last week, with the two countries striking significant agreements on everything from mining to maritime strategy....

All Things Policy: A Chip on China’s Shoulder

Have you ever thought about what goes into manufacturing a smartphone that you might order online? It involves highly-optimised global supply chains spanning countries and continents. US-China rivalry and the...

All Things Policy: When Should India Reopen Its Schools?

As lockdown restrictions are lifted across India, some states have announced plans to reopen schools. India’s children need to continue their education, and their parents need to go back to...

A Chief of Defence Staff for India (with Admiral Arun Prakash and Lt. General Prakash Menon)

Admiral Arun Prakash and Lieutenant General (Dr) Prakash Menon discuss the creation of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) position in India in 2019-2020, a reform idea that is even...

All Things Policy: What’s Happening on the LAC With China?

China and India are involved in intense stand-offs at multiple points across the LAC for over a month. China’s aggression has approval from Xi Jinping and is driven by domestic...

All Things Policy: Locking Horns on the LAC

For over a month now, troops from India and China have been locked in a standoff along the LAC in Ladakh. While media speculation has been rife, both governments have...

All Things Policy: Is the Clock ticking for TikTok?

The idea of banning the TikTok app has been continually trending on Twitter. Critics cite the app’s Chinese roots and some of its problematic user-generated content. But does a ban...

All Things Policy: One Country, One System

China’s decision to press ahead with a new national security legislation has led to much speculation about the future of Hong Kong. What’s driving Beijing’s policies and what could be...

All Things Policy: Choppy Waters: Assertion in the South China Sea

What’s driving China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea? Is this a matter of pandemic opportunism or could there be other factors motivating Beijing? Anirudh Kanisetti discusses all this and...

All Things Policy: Spying on your Neighbour

Governments are advocating for social pressure to ensure compliance with lockdowns. Is this wise? And should social media play a role? Prateek Waghre talks to Mira Swaminathan and Shubhika Saluja...

Episode 175: The Indian Armed Forces

As institutions wither around us, the Indian Armed Forces have retained their credibility. But is there a risk of politicization there as well? Lt Gen Prakash Menon joins Amit Varma...

All Things Policy: Managing Civil-Military Relations?

With the establishment of the position of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) there also came the new Department of Military Affairs (DMA). In this episode, Pranay Kotasthane talks to Lt...

All Things Policy: Lift Off: Space policy reforms and the private sector in India

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently announced that the Union government will provide a predictable space policy and regulatory environment for private players. But are the measures announced enough to build...

All Things Policy: Call of Duty: Short-term service in armed forces

The Union government recently announced a new recruitment plan called “Tour of Duty” to recruit young soldiers and officers for a term of three years. Will this help reduce the...

All Things Policy: Intervention Using Tech

Technology touches almost every aspect of our daily life. But what’s the use of it during a pandemic? In this episode, Rohan Seth talks to Prateek Waghre, Sapni G Krishna...

All Things Policy: Krishnadevaraya: The Man and the Myth

Krishnadevaraya, emperor of Vijayanagara, was a remarkable man, a transition between an ancient Indian king and a recognisably “modern” political leader. Awestruck travellers wrote of the might and wealth of...

All Things Policy: Krishnadevaraya: The Man and the Myth

Krishnadevaraya, emperor of Vijayanagara, was a remarkable man, a transition between an ancient Indian king and a recognisably “modern” political leader. Awestruck travellers wrote of the might and wealth of...

All Things Policy: Economic Stimulus for Post-COVID India

Rupees twenty lakh crore. That’s the size of the stimulus package promised by the government. But how will it work? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Sarthak Pradhan do a...

All Things Policy: Putin’s Pandemics

Today, Vladimir Putin’s Russia faces its most serious threat since its annexation of Crimea in 2014. COVID-19 has spread rapidly, placing enormous strains on its public health system. Russia’s economy...

All Things Policy: Preparing for the Second Wave

With India easing restrictions on the movement of people, is it possible that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over? Unfortunately, no. There’s a long way to go before...

All Things Policy: Improving India’s Testing Capacity

With barely 300 tests per million people, India, the world’s most populous country, has a long way to go before it has a clear picture of the way COVID-19 is...

All Things Policy: Why India Needs Arms Imports

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat recently said the armed forces should not push for large arms imports and be realistic about their requirements. Why does Indian remain a...

All Things Policy: India’s Post-COVID Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a lasting impact on the global order. While Sino-US competition is expected to accelerate, middle powers like India could enjoy greater bargaining capabilities...

All Things Policy: Going Conventional

The death of nuclear arms control seems imminent. But what about conventional arms? In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS talk to Dr. Ulrich Kühn about the history of...

All Things Policy: Facebook’s Supreme Court

Facebook has announced a 20-member content oversight board that many are calling a “Supreme Court”. Are 20 members really enough to moderate all the content on Facebook? What does this...

All Things Policy: Command of the Officer

A recent attack in northern Kashmir killed the Commanding Officer (CO) and three other soldiers of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles. But why was the CO in battle? What’s his role?...

All Things Policy: WhatsApp with Jio-Facebook?

Facebook – which owns WhatsApp – has recently acquired a stake in Reliance Jio. This might have profound implications for the future of Indian e-commerce and telecommunications. Rohan Seth and...
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