BACKGROUNDER

China’s First Cyber Security Law

December 23, 2016

China has justified the passage of the new law as an ‘objective need’ for national security considering its large cyber infrastructure and its vulnerabilities.

ICANN57: A Backgrounder

November 04, 2016

This backgrounder examines the current structure of ICANN, the intricacies of the IANA transition, and the way it will impact the architecture of cyberspace in the future.

Political Transition, Tatmadaw and Challenges for Myanmar’s Democracy

July 26, 2016

This backgrounder offers an overview of the two most challenging concerns for Myanmar’s democracy – ethnic unrest and economic hardships – and how the new government is planning to address these issues in particular and also more generally the influence of the Tatmadaw in politics.

South Pacific: Gaining Prominence in Indian Foreign Policy Calculations

May 10, 2016

This backgrounder explores three issues: the strategic significance of the South Pacific for India, the advantages that India enjoys over China in the region, and the status of India’s relationship with Papua New Guinea in the light of the recent visit by President Mukherjee.

Myanmar in China’s Push into the Indian Ocean

March 14, 2016

China wants to regain the position it once enjoyed under the military government in Myanmar. However, its efforts at securing a direct access to the Indian Ocean through Myanmar are unlikely to see an early fruition.

US-Cuba Relations: From Breakdown to Breakthrough

August 07, 2015

The Obama administration has acknowledged that their policy on Cuba has been the most outdated one, considering it has been more than two decades since the Cold War got over. The biggest knot in their relationship has been untied, but that doesn’t spare the leaders from confronting some age-old pinpricks.

The 2014 Mid-term Elections in the United States

December 17, 2014

There are many reasons for the decision of the people to vote for the Republican Party in these elections ranging from economy,
governance, foreign policy decisions, the mid-term factor and mostly President Obama's unpopularity

2014 General Elections in Kashmir Valley: Incidents of Violence and its Impact

September 25, 2014

The background study looks at incidence of violence in the Kashmir Valley during the 2014 parliamentary elections and the correlation of violence to voter turnout. This study also lists out various actors responsible for violence and the trends in voting patterns from different regions of the Valley.

A primer on the Indian Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010

September 23, 2014

During PM Modi’s visit to US, one of the topics that is likely to be high on the agenda will be the still incomplete US-India nuclear cooperation by way of sales of nuclear reactors to India because of the Indian Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010.

1st US-Africa Leaders Summit: A New Chapter in the US-Africa Relations

August 20, 2014

The summit is seen as one of the major initiatives of the Obama administration towards the African continent and being the first US President to hold the largest event with the African head of states and governments.

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