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  • A Defining Moment for France and Europe

    Two clashing visions of France were before the French voters. They chose, with many reservations, Macron and rejected Le Pen, but not wholly, for, her opposition to the EU, in some measure, enjoys the support of a sizeable section of French society.

    May 09, 2017

    The Uncertain Overhang on Scotland of the Brexit Process

    In the face of Brexit, the continued union of UK and Scotland hinges on arriving at a suitable political accommodation between the UK and the broad spectrum of the Scottish polity and the public.

    April 03, 2017

    Wither CARICOM? – Prospects Post-Brexit

    Wither CARICOM? – Prospects Post-Brexit

    “Brexit” has led to much concern within the Caribbean Community, as it assesses its possible impact upon its plans for greater regional integration. One cannot completely rule out the possibility of some of the member-states of CARICOM going the British way.

    July 11, 2016

    Iran Sanctions and India: Navigating the Road Blocks

    Iran Sanctions and India: Navigating the Road Blocks

    The monograph examines UNSC, US and EU sanctions targeting Iran as a result of concerns emanating from its nuclear programme and the implications they have had for India.

    2016

    BREXIT: Complications, Repercussions, and Implications

    BREXIT: Complications, Repercussions, and Implications

    Just as Pandora opened the box she was warned not to open, Cameron went for a referendum that common sense would have told him not to go for, or to do it later

    July 01, 2016

    Brexit: Does it matter for India?

    While Brexit would provide a fillip for an India-UK FTA, Britain staying on in the EU is also likely to be of value given its role as a gateway to Europe.

    June 17, 2016

    Will the EU-Turkey Deal Work?

    Will the EU-Turkey Deal Work?

    The only effective way to stop the flow of refugees is for Turkey to confiscate all boats or use brute force to prevent Syrians from going to the coast.

    March 23, 2016

    Narendra V.: Are there any international agreements on dealing with the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe or is it just a moral binding on the European nations?

    Nachiket Khadkiwala replies: The legal regime for treatment of refugees is a combination of international and domestic legal regimes. There are various international laws that govern the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers such as the Geneva Convention. In the European Union (EU), there is the Dublin Convention which was adopted in 1990. According to this law, the application of those who are seeking asylum is processed by the first country that they enter within Europe.

    Tanmay Vashistha Sharma asked: Why is India developing its own navigational system when it can collaborate with the US or EU or Russia? Also, since the IRNSS is capable of covering South Asian region only, how much strategic advantage will it give?

    Abhijit Singh replies: To begin, it is important to point out that a satellite navigational system is an onerous enterprise that takes enormous capital and technological investment - not to mention years of research and experimentation - to fully operationalise. The high investment needed is one reason why countries favour developing navigation systems on a shared basis, so that the labour and costs involved can be distributed among the various partner.

    EU–China and EU–India: A Tale of Two Strategic Partnerships

    More than a decade has passed since the European Union (EU) signed strategic partnerships with China (2003) and India (2004). The EU’s ‘honeymoon’ with China was over within a few years while cooperation on truly strategic issues with India is yet to emerge. The core of both these relationships is still economics.

    July 2014

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