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Requiem for the IC Engine Analyses & Assessments

Requiem for the IC Engine

Fossil fuel-based internal combustion engines may see their demise sooner than expected, as the call for net-zero emissions by 2050 intensifies.

A Graveyard of Automobile Empires? Analyses & Assessments

A Graveyard of Automobile Empires?

With the much-publicised departure of Ford and General Motors, has the Indian market sealed its reputation as the graveyard of automotive manufacturers?

Guardrails for the Payment Ecosystem Analyses & Assessments

Guardrails for the Payment Ecosystem

By introducing card-on-file tokenisation, the RBI has sought to strike a balance between the protection of financial data and the ease of online card payments.

Marshalling Counterterrorism Tools Analyses & Assessments

Marshalling Counterterrorism Tools

While fears about the resurgence of cross-border terrorism have underscored the need for NATGRID, it needs to be tempered with privacy safeguards.

Srilanka: Economy in Doldrums Analyses & Assessments

Srilanka: Economy in Doldrums

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, there are a number of structural factors that cannot be ignored.

The Wildcard in Afghanistan? Analyses & Assessments

The Wildcard in Afghanistan?

As its fellow NATO members make a rather humiliating retreat, all eyes are on Turkey to see if it can play a stabilising role in the aftermath of Taliban victory.

Great Game Redux Analyses & Assessments

Great Game Redux

The emergence of the Taliban as masters of Afghanistan has created new equations for regional geopolitics with global resonance.

Economics of Robust Defence Analyses & Assessments

Economics of Robust Defence

Strategic alliances apart, India must look at its security needs through the prism of self-reliance, bolstered by robust economic growth.

The Finger of Blame Analyses & Assessments

The Finger of Blame

While the Afghanistan crisis may represent a collective failure of the western coalition forces and their chosen Afghan political elites, the U.S. will have to share a greater degree of blame.

Hyperpower on the Wane? Analyses & Assessments

Hyperpower on the Wane?

The U.S. has its work cut out to convince its allies that even after the embarrassment in Kabul, it remains a staunch and dependable strategic partner.

The Web of Israeli Politics Analyses & Assessments

The Web of Israeli Politics

Israel, despite its small population and a compact landmass, is a bewilderingly complex nation to comprehend

Call a Spade a Spade Analyses & Assessments

Call a Spade a Spade

Notwithstanding its grand proclamations, Taliban 2.0 is little removed from its original avatar.

An End to the Afghan Saga Analyses & Assessments

An End to the Afghan Saga

Despite accusations of mismanaging the final chapter of the Afghanistan imbroglio, most Americans endorse the strategic decision to withdraw.

The Retrospective U-turn Analyses & Assessments

The Retrospective U-turn

By abolishing retrospective taxes, India has sought to project itself as a pragmatic and investor-friendly regime devoid of regulatory uncertainty.

The Politics of Jihad Analyses & Assessments

The Politics of Jihad

Despite the ideological rivalry between the Taliban and the ISIS-K, the two sides have occasionally cooperated with each other to attain political objectives.

The Golden Age of Hydrogen? Analyses & Assessments

The Golden Age of Hydrogen?

The Vernian vision of a hydrogen economy may soon come to pass as countries adopt strategies to mitigate climate change and democratise energy sources.

Surviving Humanoids Analyses & Assessments

Surviving Humanoids

The vast landscape of future human-machine interplay is limited only by the discrepancies in our knowledge of the human brain.

Mercenaries of Disinformation Analyses & Assessments

Mercenaries of Disinformation

Although influence operations are almost as old as human history, the pervasive presence of social media has allowed private agencies to monetise disinformation.

Factory Reset for Surveillance Tech Analyses & Assessments

Factory Reset for Surveillance Tech

The NSO surveillance controversy not only indicates an erosion of basic privacy, but also a broader, more troubling trend of authoritarian cyber surveillance.

India’s Presidency at the UNSC Analyses & Assessments

India’s Presidency at the UNSC

As India assumes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council, it will focus on three issues - maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism.