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  • Dr Swasti Rao is Associate Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for detailed profile.

    ‘Macron's Africa Visit: What lies ahead’ Published in Africa Trends Journal

    January 01, 2023

    Associate Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘Macron's Africa Visit: What lies ahead’ has been published in Africa Trends Journal, Volume 12, Issue 1, January-June 2023.

    How far will China go to help Russia? Xi’s in no mind to prioritise Moscow’s economic woes

    December 30, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s opinion piece ‘How far will China go to help Russia? Xi's in no mind to prioritise Moscow's economic woes’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 30 December 2022.

    Russia expected help from China in three sectors—high tech, finance, and energy. That is where China's coming out as a pragmatic player, dipping business activity, says Dr Rao.

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    European Sky Shield Initiative: Reinforcing Europe’s Air Defences

    The European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) seeks to develop a common air and missile defence system to defend NATO and European airspace.

    December 28, 2022

    Ukraine Now A Bottomless Pit for Western Aid. With No Attention to Its Chronic Corruption

    December 16, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘Ukraine now a bottomless pit for Western aid. With no attention to its chronic corruption’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 16 December 2022.

    The longer the war stretches, the more Ukraine's ability to fight systemic corruption gets diminished as more money and weapons will flow to sustain the country, says Dr Rao.

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    G-20 Presidency: Can India reverse the Discontentment with Multilateralism

    December 15, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘G-20 Presidency: Can India reverse the Discontentment with Multilateralism’ has been published in the annual edition of the Diplomatist, on 15 December 2022.

    India’s presidency of the G20 will be focused on these issues. Differences over energy diversification and the emerging challenges in trade and technology will also need reconciliation by a credible player like India. Policy coherence in macroeconomics and trade shall be a key ponderable, says Dr Rao.

    Shrewd Oil Politics Played Out in Europe with Ramifications for All

    December 14, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s Opinion Piece ‘Shrewd oil politics played out in Europe with ramifications for all’ has been published in ‘The New Indian Express’ on 14 December 2022.

    The chessboard of geopolitics and geo-economics is being played out at its shrewdest best in Europe with ramifications for all, says Dr Rao.

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    Who will pay the bill for rebuilding Ukraine? The answer lies in unfreezing Russian assets

    December 02, 2022

    Swasti Rao's Opinion Piece 'Who will pay the bill for rebuilding Ukraine? The answer lies in unfreezing Russian assets' Published in The Print

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao's opinion piece 'Who will pay the bill for rebuilding Ukraine? The answer lies in unfreezing Russian assets' has been published in 'The Print' on 02 December 2022.

    The rebuilding load will have to be shared among the western allies but the West is also keen on making Russia foot the bill for its destruction of Ukraine, says Dr Rao.

    Industrial Closures add to Growing Signs of Stress in Europe’s Economy

    November 18, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘Industrial closures add to growing signs of stress in Europe’s economy’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 18 November 2022.

    Economic concerns are to take precedence before the EU can form a consensus on further assistance to Ukraine, says Dr Rao.

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    G20 fault lines making it hard to walk its talk. India’s presidency a chance to plug gaps

    November 04, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s Opinion Piece ‘G20 fault lines making it hard to walk its talk. India’s presidency a chance to plug gaps’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 04 November 2022.

    G20 meetings are more important for their sidelines than their outcomes. One sideline will be the first in-person meeting of UK PM Rishi Sunak and PM Modi, says Dr Rao.

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    Europe is discarding human rights concerns and reaching out to energy-rich Middle East

    October 21, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s opinion piece ‘Europe is discarding human rights concerns and reaching out to energy-rich Middle East’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 21 October 2022.

    Gulf States’ refusal to side with the West and ramp up oil production is less about Russia and more about a fundamental tenet of pursuing national interest, says Dr Rao.

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