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  • A Lack Of Focus
    August, 2009 By Anumita Raj

    After winning the election in November of ’08, Barack Obama set out to form the best team to run policy in America in what was an increasingly troubling time, both within the country and in the rest of the world. As talk turned to one of the highest profiles in the new cabinet, Secretary of State, Obama achieved a coup of sorts by recruiting Hillary Clinton, former presidential rival and First Lady. Where people had hoped for her to be Vice President, they felt that she would be an even more effective Secretary of State and lend the Obama team some much needed experience. 

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  • Nature: The Final Frontier of Politics
    July, 2009 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Two transformative books - Robert Frenay’s "Pulse" and  Julie Catterson Lindahl’s "On My Swedish Island"-  begin at two different ends , but arrive at the same conclusion that nature will be the final frontier of politics...

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  • Asia, Europe and Unity of Vision
    June, 2009 By Sundeep Waslekar

    When I began my career as a young researcher a little over two decades ago, I concentrated on South Asian Regional Cooperation. I had the privilege to attend the Second SAARC Summit in Bangalore, which was an exhilarating experience for someone who had just started a research career....

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  • US Foreign Policy: What’s Next for Iran?
    June, 2009 By Anumita Raj

    The world has watched as Iran has rather rapidly devolved over the last month. As a civilization that is known to prize its democracy and for a people that fiercely value the exercise of their franchise, it appears to the entire world that the Iranians have now been robbed of its promise. While the media, the governments of various countries, the heads of various states, the blogosphere, and numerous social networking sites have been inundated with views and reviews about the status quo, the United States has been beyond cautious and measured; wait and watch has been their mantra. 

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  • Water Wars – The African Angle
    June, 2009 By Joyanto Mukherjee

    When President Anwar Sadat signed the peace treaty with Israel in 1979, he said that Egypt would never go to war again except to protect its water resources. King Hussein of Jordan said that he will never go to war with Israel again except over water and the former United Nation Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali had warned that the next war in the area will be over water. 

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  • India: Climate Diplomacy
    June, 2009 By Sowmya Suryanarayanan

    As the countdown to the Copenhagen UN Climate Summit begins, India’s role in building a framework for the new global climate change regime becomes pertinent for two reasons. First, India is the fourth largest carbon dioxide emitter after United States, China and Russia. Hence, with rising global temperatures, the pressure is mounting on India to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Any binding emission reduction measures will have a significant impact on India’s economy given the strong linkages between energy consumption, economic growth and environmental pollution. Second, the impact of climate change will be detrimental on the livelihoods of people and on food security. Given this conundrum, what are India’s options to effectively mitigate greenhouse gases and at what costs to the economy? 

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  • Land deals: Securing food or bartering future?
    June, 2009 By Sahiba Trivedi

    In the wake of global problems such as growing water scarcity, teeming populations, increasing demand for food and bio-fuels, and climate change impacting arable land and its productivity, governments around the world are purchasing land for agricultural purposes in developing nations. It is a question of food security and it is abundantly clear that food is no longer a soft policy issue. 

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  • Water and Westphalia in the 21st Century
    May, 2009 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Sundeep Waslekar examines one of the biggest questions of the 21st century: what will happen to the Treaty of Westphalia when it celebrates its 400th anniversary in 2048 ?

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