The sustainable development goals and climate finance: Catalytic agent or empty vessel?

  Climate change is creating an investment challenge. Although overhauling traditional energy systems, curtailing harmful industry practices, and scaling emerging technology can make economic sense, they often mean steep front-loaded costs. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are crafted to accelerate the flow of climate finance to developing countries, but, on the surface, it is… Read More

IPAG G20 Policy Brief 2018 published

The G20 is a forum of the 20 most politically and economically powerful countries of the world. Think20 (T20), the network of leading research institutes and think tanks from the G20 countries provides research-based policy advice to the G20, facilitates interaction among its members and the policy community, and communicates issues of global importance. Every… Read More

India must get smarter about handling China

New Delhi needs to juggle competing goals and ease tensions with neighbors Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be largely focused on domestic challenges and above all on winning the next parliamentary election, due to be held by May next year. But with both the U.S. and China paying increasing attention to the subcontinent and… Read More

On the great Asian highway

India and China must forge an understanding to cooperate on regional connectivity projects One of the key non-military issues that does not just bedevil India-China relations but also significantly affects many countries in the region is the inability of the two Asian giants to communicate, cooperate and coordinate on matters of regional trade and connectivity which… Read More

Heeding the lines on the map

Forging a China-India-Pakistan-Bangladesh axis would be a game changer for all of South Asia At the heart of South Asia’s poor integration is India-Pakistan rivalry, further complicated by China-Pakistan proximity and India-China hostility. A new dimension has been added with souring of Pakistan-Bangladesh relations and the India-China tug of war over Bangladesh. Time has come… Read More

Migration benefits all of us. These stories show how

In the last two years, international media has been full of stories of migrants and their hardships, accompanied by grim photographs splashed across their front pages. The content is almost identical: bleak tales of migrants from war-torn countries entering Europe in search for a better life, and the challenges for both the migrants and the… Read More

The ASEAN embrace

India can act as a vital bridge between South and East Asia Prime Minister Narendra Modi used India’s Republic Day to host heads of state/government of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As India’s ‘Look East Policy’, matures into an ‘Act East Policy’, a strong relationship with ASEAN is no… Read More

#MeToo momentum shows there’s much more to do for gender equality before #Time’sUp

Sex abuse scandals have hit the headlines because of star power, both in the film and sports industry. However, ordinary women who have been subject to similar abuse relive the same moments every day, without it being reported or prosecuted. In many Asian countries, the culture of male sexual entitlement and the social norms empower… Read More

Pushing Trump’s button: How Mueller’s investigation could prompt North Korea conflict

US President Donald Trump talks to the media at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on December 24. Trump’s recent message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un about the size of his “nuclear button” stirred concern throughout much of the world. Photo: AP While North Korean leader Kim Jong-un struck a conciliatory note in… Read More

Connectivity and Trading in Power & Energy: A Regional and International Dimension

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