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Deal or No Deal: How To Negotiate Successful Nuclear Agreements

When are nuclear agreements successfully negotiated? A combination of factors—technical, domestic political, and strategic—enabled Washington and New Delhi to conclude a civil nuclear accord in 2008. The US-India case offers useful lessons for negotiations in progress with Iran, and for possible future nuclear accommodation with Pakistan and North Korea (along with other cases such as South Korea, which seeks reprocessing rights). What conditions would enable such agreements to advance through the US political system and that of its negotiating partners?

The Rebalance Within Asia: The Evolution of Japan-India Relations

Japan and India are the two largest democracies in the most populous and dynamic region in the world. Both countries are also facing the challenge of dealing with rapidly changing security as well as economic realities. While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has looked increasingly toward greater multilateral cooperation to ensure regional stability, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to develop closer ties in East Asia through Japan.

Laying the BRICS of a New Global Order: From Yekaterinburg 2009 to eThekwini 2013

The meteoric rise of the BRICS group has led to an unprecedented increase in partnership, trade, and investment among some of the world’s most dynamic economies. Yet this increase in cooperation should not be allowed to obscure the complexities and contradictions inherent within this cohort of emerging global actors.

Three Reasons for John Kerry to Be in India While the Rest of the World Burns

It’s a tough time to be the top diplomat representing the world’s sole superpower.

Israelis and Palestinians are at war. Iraq and Syria are convulsed by civil strife. Libya’s security situation is rapidly deteriorating. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine threaten to explode. Afghanistan is enmeshed in an election crisis. A nuclear agreement with Iran remains elusive.

And at this crucial juncture, Secretary of State John Kerry has jetted off to New Delhi for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on Thursday.

Kesavan discusses 2013 Japanese imperial visit to India

In late 2013, Japanese Emporer Akihito and Empress Michiko visited India, a return visit after they toured the country in 1960 after their marriage. In an analysis for the Observer Research Foundation, former public policy scholar K.V. Kesavan looks at both Imperial visits to India, and discusses their context within the bilateral relations between India and Japan.

Nutrition and the Continuum of Care: Pre-Conception to the Post-Natal Period

When Dr. Ranu Dhillon stumbled upon baby Reena during a routine visit to a clinic in India, she was almost comatose and unable to get the care she needed. Dhillon traveled with Reena and her mother from hospital to hospital, but left again and again without finding treatment.

Former Scholar Kalyani Shankar Discusses Her Book Pandora's Daughters

The Sunday Indian spoke with journalist and former public policy scholar Kalyani Shankar about her book, Pandora's Daughters and her work writing about women leaders:

"Let me explain the concept of Pandora’s Daughter. When Pandora’s Box was opened so many things, mostly evil things, were found. In the end there was a small box and it contained hope. Of course these women leaders are hope and not in any derogatory sense. I think all these leaders will bring hope to the country." -Kalyani Shankar

Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing

Rapid growth and environmental change are creating new challenges for urban areas around the world. From climate change adaptation and crime prevention to the integration of new residents, much is being asked of municipal governments. At the same time, new technologies – from data collection and real time monitoring to sophisticated “control centers” – are being developed that could help inform urban decision making and improve city management. Four essays present perspectives on the ideas behind smart cities from New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing.

Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing (Report Launch)

Rapid growth and environmental change are creating new challenges for urban areas around the world. By 2050, as many as 7 out of 10 people on Earth will live in cities, with the vast majority of growth occurring in today’s developing countries

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