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Through the Prism of Indian Experiences Analyses & Assessments

Through the Prism of Indian Experiences

India can ill-afford to ignore the state of affairs in Afghanistan, which is a pivotal part of the country’s immediate neighbourhood.

Surviving the Chip Crisis – Part I Analyses & Assessments

Surviving the Chip Crisis – Part I

As automotive companies seek to bounce back from the disruptions in semiconductor supply chains, it is important to recognise that microcontrollers are not a ‘just-in-time’ industry.

Vpns: a Double-edged Sword? Analyses & Assessments

Vpns: a Double-edged Sword?

As the government contemplates a ban on VPNs, it is important to not reduce the debate to a trade-off between privacy and national security interests.

Chinks in Asia’s Armour Analyses & Assessments

Chinks in Asia’s Armour

Asia is buffeted by a wave of security challenges, which makes it imperative for India to be at the forefront of a global concert of nations that ensure lasting stability.

Heated Skies Around Taiwan Analyses & Assessments

Heated Skies Around Taiwan

Increased aerial provocations by the PLAAF within Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), while avoiding actual intrusion of its airspace, is being taken as a bellwether for its ultimate…

The Traffic-light Coalition Analyses & Assessments

The Traffic-light Coalition

The 2021 German elections usher in a new post-Merkel era, breaking the power status quo and giving rise to a coalition that could potentially create a new liberal consensus.

Historical Allies Join Forces, Again Analyses & Assessments

Historical Allies Join Forces, Again

Reinforcing their military bonds tempered over the heat of many conflicts, the U.S., UK and Australia have come together to confront emerging threats.

A Flag-bearer in Tech? Analyses & Assessments

A Flag-bearer in Tech?

While the QUAD’s efforts to align technical standard-setting is praiseworthy, it is not without its challenges.

In the Docks Analyses & Assessments

In the Docks

The Pandora Papers have blown the whistle on several powerful individuals who use a complex network of offshore firms to conceal their wealth.

A Muted Call for Help Analyses & Assessments

A Muted Call for Help

As the Taliban threatens to end the short era of hope for Afghan women, the international community must employ innovative strategies to come to their aid.

A ‘virtual’ Standstill Analyses & Assessments

A ‘virtual’ Standstill

The Facebook outage has highlighted the vulnerability of digitally-mediated economies, which are precariously dependent on a few servers or platforms.

Honouring Warriors of Free Press Analyses & Assessments

Honouring Warriors of Free Press

In a world awash with misinformation, it is important to recognise the few brave-hearts amidst journalists who prevent the truth from getting suppressed.

Fall of a Behemoth Analyses & Assessments

Fall of a Behemoth

As Evergrande teeters on the precipice of default, there is immense strain on China’s outsized property sector, fuelling concerns about a liquidity crunch.

West Africa: Democratisation in Peril? Analyses & Assessments

West Africa: Democratisation in Peril?

The lack of democratic institutions and overbearing militaries have left West African countries bereft of true democracy, endangering regional stability.

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.

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.