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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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?

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