US rivalry with Russia and China is reawakening the politics of non-alignment

Following the end of World War II, with the world split into a Western bloc led by the US and an Eastern bloc led by the Soviet Union, nations torn between the two established a new alliance known as the non-aligned movement. At the height of the Cold War and amid the rise of global… Read More

A G20 presidency to amplify South Asia’s voice

At a time of both potential and peril, India has taken over the G20 presidency. The global food, energy, and financial crises have been exacerbated by the climatic crisis and India has a unique opportunity to lead from the front of one of the most influential global platforms. India has identified several priorities, i.e. green development,… Read More


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India must play to its strengths to lead the G20 through another year of geopolitical challenges

  On December 1, India took over the G20 leadership from Indonesia. A member of the group since its founding in 1999, India will now preside over the G20 into 2023. With its entrepreneurial spirit, abundance of talent, and ambitious foray into the global economy, India has solidified its position as a leader among developing… Read More

Japan’s history and G7 presidency make it an ideal champion of denuclearisation

  The United States and the Soviet Union started developing fusion weapons after US atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Nuclear stockpiles peaked in 1986 with more than 64,000 warheads. Today, the US and Russia own around 90 per cent of all nuclear warheads. The US, Russia, China, France, Britain, Pakistan, India, Israel… Read More

COP27: absent leaders and fossil fuel lobby weaken climate change fight

The latest UN climate change conference, COP27, is taking place with record-breaking drought in the Horn of Africa, famine warnings in Somalia and one-third of Pakistan devastated by deadly floods. One of the central issues being debated is challenges that many developing countries face on the front lines of the climate disaster, despite accounting for a relatively smaller percentage of global emissions…. Read More

Amid global divisions, Indonesia faces a daunting task to achieve G20 consensus

For the first time, Indonesia holds the G20 presidency. Its motto, “Recover Together, Recover Stronger,” selected in light of the pandemic, calls for collaborative and inclusive efforts for global recovery. Strengthening cooperation between the world’s major established economies and emerging economies is the G20’s main goal this year. Specialised task forces are working to identify gaps in… Read More

Japan should bridge gap between G-7 and G-20

Syed Munir Khasru and Tetsushi Sonobe                                                                                                   … Read More

G20 Leadership Summit 2022

Prof. Khasru is the only one who is Co-chair of two G20 Task Forces i.e. Task Force 2 (TF2) on Digital Transformation and Task Force 9 (TF9) on SDG under the G20 Indonesian Presidency for the G20 Leadership Summit 2022. TF9 will look into SDGs blended financing, strengthening Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) etc.

Policy Brief-How AI can Change the Development-Technology Landscape in the Post Pandemic Era

Link:   Abstract Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have played a vital role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. AI advancement also has the potential to support the global pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In developed economies, AI has already been widely adopted into businesses and hospitals. However, as AI grows, emerging challenges should… Read More