Publications

All Things Policy: India: The World’s Factory?

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the risks of depending on China for global manufacturing. Is this a call for India to manufacture for the world instead? What will it actually...

All Things Policy: The Virus Ravages West Asia

COVID-19 is taking a terrible human toll in West Asia even as it re-wires the region’s geopolitics in surprising ways. Prateek Waghre talks to Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan about...

All Things Policy: How MAD Was the Cold War?

Many accounts of the Cold War accept the theory of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). But did leaders and policymakers actually believe in MAD? And if they did, why did they...

All Things Policy: When Will We Get A Vaccine

What are the challenges in developing a vaccine for Covid-19? How soon can we have one? And what if there is none? Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit join Aditya Ramanathan...

All Things Policy: Containing the Misinformation Virus

The spread of misinformation has complicated the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the misinformation ecosystem has thrived on both the novelty of the virus and pre-existing social biases....

All Things Policy: COVID-19: Crisis or Opportunity?

“Every crisis is also an opportunity,” the old saying goes. Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane have some ideas on when that actually happens – and what opportunities India has during...

All Things Policy: The PLA and Covid-19

China claims its military has been unscathed by the novel coronavirus pandemic despite being part of the containment effort. Could this claim be true? Aditya Ramanathan talks to Manoj Kewalramani...

All Things Policy: Content Moderation During COVID Times

Less than a year ago, the social media giants claimed that moderating content online was an arduous task. Yet, under the shadow of Covid-19, these companies are successfully removing misinformation...

All Things Policy: India’s FDI Dilemmas

Foreign investment will be critical to reviving the Indian economy as the threat from Covid-19 retreats. At the same time, there’s concern about foreign entities picking up undervalued Indian assets....

All Things Policy: A National Reopening Strategy for India

As India prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and restore economic activity, most epidemiological models expect there to be fresh waves of infection over the coming months. A national strategy is...

All Things Policy: Learning From History

The Bengal Famine was one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern Indian history. What caused the famine and can it tell us how to handle a pandemic today? In...

All Things Policy: Spending More in the Face of COVID-19

The end of the nation-wide lockdown will inevitably force the union government to spend more money on healthcare and economic recovery. But is there money to spend? In this episode,...

All Things Policy: The Other Strategic Reserve

The COVID outbreak has resulted in shortages of key PPE and medical equipment. Building a strategic reserve of these could help encourage indigenous manufacturing, lower prices, and prepare India for...

All Things Policy: Price Controls in a Pandemic

Indian authorities have imposed price caps on face masks and sanitisers. Private labs have been told to conduct Covid-19 tests for free. While these measures may be well-meaning, they don’t...

All Things Policy: The Shape of India’s Nuclear Arsenal

While India has a transparent nuclear doctrine, its nuclear arsenal is almost a black box to outsiders. Are India’s existing nuclear weapons sufficient to deter China? And does India need...

All Things Policy: The Hashtag Pandemic

Who is to blame for Covid-19? It depends on who you ask, and it might depend on which country’s information operations they have been exposed to on social media. As...

All Things Policy: Have the Hong Kong Protests Failed?

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a pause in the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The movement, however, continues to command public support and friction is likely to continue in...

All Things Policy: Is There a Doctor on the Phone?

The Medical Council of India has announced guidelines for the practice of telemedicine by registered doctors. Can telemedicine help shield frontline healthcare workers during a viral outbreak? Can it, over...

All Things Policy: Truth-Telling in the Military

How should military leaders report difficult truths up the chain of command? As the coronavirus spread on board an American aircraft carrier, its captain sent a strongly-worded letter to his...

All Things Policy: India’s Neighbours and Covid

Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been dealing with the global pandemic in their own ways. In this episode, Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane and Suyash Desai talk about how India’s...

All Things Policy: WHO and the Pandemic

Did the WHO mishandle the SARS-Cov-2 outbreak? Should it have raised the alarm earlier and declared it a pandemic? Suyash Desai and Nischitha Suresh tell Manoj Kewalramani why believe the...

All Things Policy: NPT, Covid-19 and The Future

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty turned 50 this year. But its landmark review conference this year has been postponed because of the global pandemic. Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Aditya Ramanathan and...

All Things Policy: China Invests in India

The past six years have witnessed phenomenal growth in Chinese private sector investment in India. So which sectors have gained the most? How does this impact the Sino-Indian relationship? And...

All Things Policy: Post Pandemic Economics

What will India’s economy look like at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic? What should the union and state governments do to limit the damage and aid a recovery? In...

All Things Policy: COVID and China’s Economy

How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted China’s economy? Are we likely to see a swift recovery or a lengthy period of stops and starts? And what’s likely to be the...

All Things Policy: Pakistan’s Pandemic Politics

Why do we know so little about how the coronavirus pandemic is hurting Pakistan? In this episode, Pranay Kotasthane, Sarthak Pradhan and Sakshi Arora discuss Takshashila’s new strategic assessment of...

All Things Policy: India and the Oil Wars

The Russia-Saudi face-off on oil production combined with the global pandemic has sent crude prices plunging. What’s the global impact of low energy prices and what can India do? Anupam...

All Things Policy: A Grand Strategy with Chinese Characterstics

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is considered to be China’s path to carving a new world order. But who conceptualized it first? And how do the Chinese actually think...

All Things Policy: The Geopolitics of Covid-19

How is the Covid-19 pandemic reshaping the Sino-US relationship? Are we witnessing a geopolitical realignment in Europe? Is China’s influence growing or are its early failures and aggressive propaganda attracting...

All Things Policy: Sandalwood, A Sad Story

 What happens when the government takes away your property rights? Why does the state government own all sandalwood trees in Karnataka? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane...
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