The spectre of deportation

The outcome of the NRC exercise has implications for India’s ties with Bangladesh   The last date for filing claims and objections for Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been extended by the Supreme Court to December 31, from December 15. This exercise of compiling the NRC in the first place has sparked a debate… Read More

Asean’s cyber defences in need of more guards

Just weeks ago, the Marriott hotel group disclosed that it had been the victim of a massive data breach, with the loss of records on more than 500 million guests to hackers. Investigations are continuing and signs point to the breach being a state-sponsored operation. Whatever the outcome of the probe, the scale of the… Read More

Migration — the forgotten part of ASEAN integration

Time for Southeast Asian states to develop better rules and practices to protect migrants While leaders of ASEAN spoke eloquently about mutual trade and investment at their summit in Singapore this month, they had little to say about another key flow in the region — migration. Admittedly, they did express collective concern about the Rohingya… Read More

Pieces of the Asian dream

India should maximise its soft power in South, East and Southeast Asia even as it resets ties with China This has so far been the year of the India-China reset. From the informal Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping summit at Wuhan on April 27-28 to Prime Minister Modi’s keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 1,… Read More

Southeast Asian fund can complement Chinese investment by boosting self-reliance

Thailand and allies right to cooperate despite the growing ties with Beijing The countries of Southeast Asia have rarely found it easy to cooperate, despite founding one of the world’s best-known regional clubs — the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — over 50 years ago. With the members in very varied political and economic positions, they… Read More

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