• A New EU Team at the Helm

    Global Centre Stage

    The year 2014 witnessed sweeping leadership changes in the European Union, with new faces in key positions of the EU governance structure. These include changes in the European Parliament and the Commission, as well as new leaders appointed as foreign policy chief and European Council president. With these changes comes a chance to set course in new directions, but many challenges remain for the Union, believes Dr Matthew A Rosenstein […]

  • Catalonia: Spain's Scotland?

    Global Centre Stage

    Vicenç Villatoro charts the divergent roads to independence in the Western world in an attempt to understand the principal difference between the Catalan and Scottish cases […]

  • Secession and Liberal Democracy: The Catalan Case

    Global Centre Stage

    The current political situation in Catalonia is an example of tension between legality and democratic legitimacy. The future prospects of Catalan and Spanish politics regarding the territorial question remain open. Spanish opposition to a referendum in Catalonia leads the current political process into unknown territory. This case constitutes a clear, empirical point of reference within the sphere of comparative politics on secessionist processes in liberal democracies, and constitutes a dynamic element in the European Union in an increasingly globalised world, insists Professor Ferran Requejo […]

  • A New Era in the Global Climate Regime

    Global Centre Stage

    In November 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change emphatically warned of ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible (climate) impacts’ in the Climate Change Synthesis Report. Referring to this report, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.” The Lima Call for Climate Action mirrors this urgency and establishes the foundation of new dynamics to fast track climate resilience across the world, believes Dr Kavita Rattan […]

  • Internet Governance Surrendering National Sovereignty to Information Policy

    Global Centre Stage

    The Internet revolution really means that public communication is no longer a domain subject to national sovereignty. It is a fully globalised arena where national boundaries are irrelevant and people can, in the famous words of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘seek, receive and impart information through any medium regardless of frontiers.’ In this new world, sovereignty belongs not to the state, but to the individual users of the Internet, insists Dr Milton L Mueller, who suggests the formation of an alliance among transnational civil society and business to confront the pressures from national governments to control the Internet […]

  • Tunisia's Democratic Learning Curve

    Africa Digest

    Nothing refutes orientalist stereotypes about Arabs and doubts about the prospects of good governance than the institutionalisation of free elections and the recalibration of political behaviour in the direction of toleration of difference, deep participation, fair competition, and gradual ‘meltdown’ of authoritarian practices and attitudes in institutions, elites, individuals and groups, as evident in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, avers Larbi Sadiki […]

  • Burkina Faso: Lessons from the Constitutional Crisis

    Africa Digest

    Blaise Compaoré, former president of Burkina Faso, came to power through a military coup, failed to advance the country’s democratic transition, monopolised power for 27 years, and only left office because he was violently forced out. So, despite the fact that the country’s acting Prime Minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, and the military chiefs have promised that the November 2015 election and the preparations leading to it, would be fair, free, and credible, one has to wonder whether this will actually happen, especially given Burkinabè military’s opportunistic past believes Dr John Mukum Mbaku, as he explains two important lessons that Africans can learn from the constitutional crisis in Burkina Faso […]

  • Redefining Enduring Ties in the New Year

    Cover Story

    Even though President Barack Obama will create history by becoming the first US president to visit India twice in his two terms and the first president to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade, Ambassador (Retd) Surendra Kumar believes that both he and Prime Minister Modi will have to produce concrete results to make Indo-US relations the defining relationship of the 21st century […]

  • India Calling

    Cover Story

    Dr Veena Ravikumar says that India awaits President Obama’s Republic Day visit with friendship and realistic expectations of elevating the Indo-US relationship […]

  • Rise of Global Actors


    Russia and India signed long-term defence, nuclear energy and oil delivery agreements during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi earlier in December as part of Russia’s broader shift towards Asia. This is a clear indication that Moscow’s relations in the East are going from strength to strength, insist Prof Leonid Fituni and Prof Irina Abramova […]

  • Remarkable Prospects for Cooperation


    Despite its brevity, the annual India-Russia summit once again proved that both nations enjoy a special relationship and the existing gaps between New Delhi and Moscow can be bridged easily, writes Yury Barmin […]

  • A Long Way to Go


    Ali Riaz insists that the decision of the Narendra Modi government to implement the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh is a step in the right direction. It was long overdue, but there is still a long way to go […]

  • Regional Cooperation Reinforced


    Analysing the recently concluded SAARC summit in Kathmandu, Ambassador (Retd.) Sheel Kant Sharma maintains that the summit marks a forward movement of much significance in South Asian regional cooperation […]

  • Investing in a Profitable Future


    Chaarvi Modi finds out how trade ties between the two emerging economies can be turned into a highly profitable venture. […]

  • We are not Jealous of Indo-US Ties: Russia


    Addressing a press conference ahead of the Russian leader's visit, H.E. Kadakin said: "We have big plans on nuclear energy cooperation. Trial run for unit 2 of Kudankulam nuclear power should start in March, and efforts are on to resolve the technical glitches. Russia had agreed to help India build 14-16 nuclear units. Now it seems that the demand of India is much bigger and this may rise to 20-24 units." […]

  • Shaping India Diaspora Holds the Key

    Special Report

    The issues of social security, labour issues and employment should be taken up with these countries through modifying existing agreements or striking new ones […]

  • Rebranding India in the 21st Century

    Special Report

    India's vision of sustainable growth in the agriculture sector is a level-headed proposal that need cooperation from all sections of society. India’s aim for investment in manufacturing is meaningful, but aim for investment in the low carbon emission sector will be much more prudent for improving health and well-being by following age old […]

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