IDSA COMMENT

COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on South Africa

South Africa has utilised the opportunity provided by the COVID-19 pandemic to consolidate its regional leadership and augment connections with major external partners like India.

May 26, 2020

US-Iran Hostilities in Times of Pandemic

The uncertainty brought about by the pandemic would at best have a limited and short-term impact on the US-Iran hostilities. For the time being, the chances of escalation may be limited but the rivalry is here to stay.

May 22, 2020

Hara-kiri Multilateralism: United Nations Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities of the international system, particularly those of multilateral institutions. When the much spoken borderless threat became a reality, the multilateral institutions were found not only unprepared but acting in a self-destructive mode.

May 21, 2020

Defence Sector Reforms: A Long Haul

Although the new measures announced to fast-track the defence sector are significant, they do not add up to a comprehensive and overarching reforms package.

May 20, 2020

Petersberg Climate Dialogue and Post COVID-19 Green Recovery

An informed scenario would be to release the weight of unsustainable debts, allowing the developing countries to focus on domestic sustainable development aimed at achieving climate neutrality, instead of developed countries’ over-emphasis on fossil fuel in their economic recovery packages.

May 19, 2020

India and GCC Countries Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic challenges for India emanating from the Gulf region are highly imminent and discernible.

May 13, 2020

Virus As Bio-Weapon: Contested Origins of Novel Coronavirus

It might be difficult to prove any weaponisation intent or man-made origins to the SARS-CoV-2. Yet, the mass deaths and disruption caused by the virus forebodes imminent exploitation of biological agents for political ends.

May 12, 2020

RMB Goes Digital: Economic Imperatives or Ambitions?

Riding the technology wave, China eyes global dominance of RMB as a reserve currency and a favourable international monetary environment for its economic development.

May 12, 2020

Draft DPP 2020: Post-Contract Management

Redrafting the chapter on post-contract management, expatiating the concept of contract operating officers and clearly defining their role and responsibilities vis-à-vis the other agencies, could go a long way in serving its purpose.

May 08, 2020

Time to Call Pakistan’s Bluff

In the last 20 months of his rule, Prime Minister Imran Khan has not only failed to solve his people’s problems but also has made the life of the common man miserable.

May 05, 2020

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