How to get India back on track
A playbook for how Indian policymakers can return the country to a path of high and sustained economic growth.
While Washington’s reliance on existing aid systems and structures is administratively and politically convenient, it reduces strategic effectiveness and undercuts long-term development efforts.
It is unrealistic to expect all NATO allies to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense. Yet the metric persists—and it has assumed a significance beyond its face value.
While it is difficult to predict the nature and timing of the shocks buffeting China’s economy, China’s difficult economic situation makes such crises inevitable.
Purposeful engagement with religious communities around the world can increase the efficacy of India’s international relations, but only when handled with great care and diplomatic competence.
A communiqué issued by Pyongyang and Seoul to de-escalate tensions could pave the way for improved inter-Korean relations. But the real negotiations are just beginning.
In response to the slowing growth of China’s GDP, Beijing should make reforms that would spur more production.
If Congress prevents the United States from implementing its part of the deal, it would undercut not only Obama in attempting to a secure a better deal with Iran, but also any future president seeking to prevent proliferation through diplomacy.
If Germany gets too strong, it will be isolated. But if it is not strong enough, it can’t lead.
What would a United States under President Trump look like?
Pakistan’s military leadership can choose to accept success in achieving a “strategic” deterrent against India, or it can choose to continue to compete with India in the pursuit of “full spectrum” deterrence.
Congress’ possible disapproval of the deal will have repercussions beyond Washington that ought to be factored in.
The newest Russian territorial claim in the Arctic is not so much an attempt at further expansionism as it is a theatrical means of distracting from growing economic and social problems at home.
Gujarat, the first state to fight caste-based reservations, may also be the first to reinvent the system in response to the mass mobilization of the Patidars.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has signed a deal with Kazakhstan, a former member of the Soviet Union. It will open the first internationally-run bank for low-enriched uranium, the fuel for nuclear power plants.
Pakistan’s path to join the mainstream of the international nuclear order faces many obstacles.
Despite ongoing geopolitical tensions between the West and Russia, cooperation is still possible—and necessary—on long-term issues critical to the Arctic region.
It is too early to tell whether or not the recently signed Iran deal will have a drastic effect on Iran’s domestic political climate.
Internationalizing the renminbi would make sense as the outcome of a long-term process of opening up capital markets and liberalizing exchange and interest rates, but it should not be driving near-term policy choices that must respond to cyclical market shifts.
While a rapprochement between the United States and Iran is unlikely, a warming of relations between Europe and Iran is at least as promising.
India and Pakistan cannot afford to stay away from each other for too long. But they cannot stay with each other either.
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