Stakeholders’ Consultation: Bridging Infrastructural Deficits at Select Trade Ports in India

As part of its ongoing study on ‘Bridging Infrastructural Deficits at Select Trade Ports in India,’ Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF) organized a regional Stakeholders’ Consultation on 18 November 2015 in Mumbai. The Consultation was aimed at bringing together key stakeholders from the ports sector (Land and Sea) to deliberate upon […]

Seven years of cross-LoC trade

Shujaat Bukhari Veteran journalist, Convener of Kashmir Initiative Group On October 21, the cross Line of Control (LoC) trade will complete seven years of existence. On face value not much has been achieved in institutionalising this trade, yet in the absence of a proper mechanism (required for such a trade) and continued hostilities between India […]

Raising the State in India’s Foreign Policy

Tridivesh Singh Maini Senior Research Associate, The Jindal School of International Affairs, OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat In recent years, state governments have begun to be acknowledged as important stakeholders in foreign policy, not just by scholars, but by successive central governments. This, in spite of the fact that matters pertaining to foreign policy fall […]

An eastern road to Indian and regional prosperity

Afaq Hussain Director, BRIEF Riya Sinha Research Assistant, BRIEF Of late, India has adopted a ‘diplomatic détente’ approach for fruition of her Act East Policy, and the latest developments along the eastern border, both domestic and international, have been significant steps towards India’s ambition of becoming a regional and global power. Domestically, the north-east plays […]

Understanding The North East: Time for a New Approach?

Manoj Pant Professor, Centre for International Trade and Development School of International Studies, JNU It took some rather unfortunate incidents of unprovoked violence  on kids from the North East in cities like Delhi and Bangalore for the North East Region (NER) to become the focus of national media attention. It is often forgotten that there […]

Bangladesh-India relationship: A new dimension in the region

Nafees Imtiaz Islam Senior Assistant Director, Daffodil International University (DIU) Note: This article has been co-authored by Mohammad Monir Hossan, Assistant Director, Daffodil International University (DIU) India-Bangladesh relationship have witnessed significant upswing over the last decades. Recent visit of the Indian Prime Minister at Dhaka (6-7 June, 2015) accelerated and deepened the relationship between India […]

Land Boundary Agreement: Ending the Radcliffe Impasse & Beyond

Shawahiq Siddiqui Environmental lawyer specializing in trans-boundary water and land disputes in South Asia Advisory member, BRIEF The partitioning of India in 1947 and its aftermath changed the South Asian sub-continent forever. Amongst the worst implications of the partition was the hastily drawn up border (Radcliffe line) as a result of the Award by the […]

Shakti Sinha: The Changing Strategic Environment in India’s North West neighbourhood

Shakti Sinha Director, South Asian Institute of Strategic Affairs The long-awaited visit of President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan was unusual in that the expectations were low, the opposite of what we would normally expect. The Indian strategic community was not particularly enthused with Ghani’s perceived tilt towards Pakistan and China. And the leadership in the […]

Usman Khan: The balancing act in India-Pakistan Trade

Usman Khan Adjunct Faculty, Department of Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences Policy Expert, DEVNEX (Pvt.) Limited Even though both India and Pakistan are members of the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA), established in January 2006, trade between them is strikingly small. Total trade (exports plus imports) between the two countries in 2011-12 averaged […]

India’s ‘SAARC Yatra’

The new government is approaching its first anniversary very soon. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, after coming to power initiated a series of new policies and reform agendas. For a long time India’s foreign policy was leaning towards the Western markets and focussed on tariff reduction, then India adopted […]