China’s Hydro Ambitions and the Brahmaputra

The upper riparian China is uniquely positioned to influence the flow of Yarlung Tsangpo/Brahmaputra into lower riparian India. In the absence of a water sharing treaty, the Chinese decision to build more dams on Yarlung/Brahmaputra and continued evasiveness on its long-term plans would remain an issue of major concern for India.

July 23, 2018

India and the International Solar Alliance

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit on 11 March marks an important milestone in India’s leadership efforts to build a clean and sustainable global energy future.

March 16, 2018

The Food versus Fuel Debate

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has proposed that the terms of the debate be moved from food versus fuel to food and fuel.

January 04, 2018

Astana Talks: A Prelude to Peace in Syria

The tangible results of the Astana process lie in the reduction in violence and functioning of de-escalation zones.

November 27, 2017

India’s Membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: An Appraisal

This Backgrounder evaluates the possible advantages and challenges stemming from India’s membership in SCO.

August 29, 2017

FATA’s Merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The idea of abolishing FATA as a distinct administrative entity and merging it with KP led to a country-wide debate, with some commentators pointing to the futility of the merger and others advocating its early implementation in the interest of peace and stability in the region.

August 29, 2017

Quantum Computing and its Impact on Cryptography

Advances in technology has brought into focus the need to have double assurance on data security, especially with the world moving from classical to Quantum Computing, which latter has the power to unlock the toughest of cyber-locks.

July 19, 2017

The Petya Cyber-Attack

Most attacks prior to Petya were carried out by criminals for financial gain, but some characteristics of the Petya malware have led to doubts as to whether the culprits are state actors.

July 13, 2017

Outer Space Treaty: 50 years later

There is a need to rework the Outer Space Treaty and contemporize it to deal more directly with issues of the current era.

January 27, 2017

China’s First Cyber Security Law

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

December 23, 2016