India's Energy Transition and Soft Power Potential

The debates and discussions on climate change in India have mainly focused on the energy sector. This sector is a vital element in the developmental strategy of all countries, especially developing ones such as India.While the mainstream debates on the linkages between energy security and climate change have mostly emphasised the undesirable consequences of the energy transition for energy security, it is also important to highlight the numerous positives for India in its energy transition strategy.

The Diplomatic Dimensions of India's Space Capabilities

India has made several strides in outer space over the decades. From simple sounding rockets to an upcoming crewed space mission, India has achieved success in various ways in outer space.India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is a civil space agency with a focus on the use of outer space for achieving developmental and scientific needs of the country. ISRO has, over the years, launched satellites, mainly of three broad types – navigation, communication and Earth Monitoring satellites.

Xi Jinping Bets China's Future on Slaying the Devil Virus

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Before Xi Jinping took personal charge of measures to battle the novel coronavirus, official response to the crisis took nearly five weeks to evolve from initial puzzlement to the hypersonic action initiated during January.

 

Consolidating Climate Services in South Asia

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Climate services constitute a critical part of climate action, especially climate change adaptation and resilience-building. As the effects of climate change worsen, the need for effectively communicating the most credible climate information to the concerned sectors and actors has assumed greater significance.

The Hidden Hand of Harmonisation

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Even as a stalemate continues to dog the Naga peace process with no headway in sight, the development that has stolen the show is the coming over ground of a goodly group of insurgents from the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Saoraigwra) (NDFB(S). Billeted until recently in Myanmar’s Taga area abutting the Chindwin River, the group was part of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Khaplang) led United Liberation Front of West South East Asia (UNLFWSEA), a conglomeration of insurgent groups from the North East of India.

Will Internal Protests hurt India's Foreign Policy Interests?

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The current protests against citizenship issues are serious and the Government has to find a way to reassure the minorities that citizenship will not be made contingent upon belonging to a particular religion. The perception that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is the first step towards turning India into a “Hindu Rashtra” has given the opposition a stick to beat the Government. The logical thing for the opposition to do was to wait for the Supreme Court to determine its constitutional validity rather than launch violent agitation.

Time to Choose Sides in Indo-Pacific Cold War

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It is imperative for India to choose either the US or Chinese side in matters military.

 

Tsai Ing-wen Wins a Second Term!

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The re-election of Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic People’s Party (DPP) as the President of Taiwan on 11 January 2020 is nothing short of historical. Tsai won the re-election with a 57.1 percent of votes and a clear majority. Since Tsai came to power in 2016, Beijing had undertaken concerted efforts to limit the ‘diplomatic’ space available to her.

Soleimani Must be Smiling at Trump

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There is a certain inevitability in the chain reaction caused by Soleimani’s killing.

 

Kim Jong Un Prepares 'Deadly Deterrent' against US First Strike

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In the calculation of military planners advising the DPRK leadership core, a second strike by North Korea that reaches Guam and Tokyo is enough to deter a US-Japan pre-emptive attack on North Korea, although ‘reaching the eastern shores of the continental US remains the objective’ of Kim’s missile program.