Articles

December 20, 2019

Stemming the tide: India’s geopolitical future in IOR

When it comes to the geopolitics and control over the seas, Alfred Thayer Mahan—the renowned geopolitical and naval strategist—comes to mind. His theory of control over the sea—a determinant of global predominance—is very much relevant today. In 19th century, British […]
December 19, 2019

Rafale Aircraft—the Untold Story: Part I

Rafale Aircraft: Untold Story–Part I’, written by Cdr Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), is first in the three-part series that discusses various characteristics of the aircraft and gives readers an opportunity to know more about this war machine. Introduction ‘Rafale Aircraft’ […]
December 16, 2019

City roads should be transformed into public spaces

The miserable condition of the city roads can be solved to an extent with improved construction methods and better coordination between the agencies concerned. But roads are not just for vehicles to travel. They should also cater to the needs of […]
December 6, 2019

The Politics of NRC and its Pan-Indian Dimensions

The issue of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which still continues as a Gordian knot in Assam, is gradually getting pan-Indian dimensions with the recent announcement of Union Home Minister Amit Shah that NRC would be carried out across […]
December 4, 2019

A second Arab Spring brewing?

What has been happening in Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria and Sudan for the past one and half months is nothing short of Arab Spring 2.0 in the making. Who would have thought that the spark left unquenched a decade earlier will […]
November 25, 2019

World without Walls

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. — African Proverb The Indian public opinion on India opting out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Bangkok last week remains distinctly […]
November 21, 2019

City roads demand more than just carriageway

The miserable condition of the city roads can be solved to an extent with improved construction technology and better coordination of responsible agencies. But it does not end here. Roads are not just a medium for vehicles to travel but […]
November 19, 2019

Is Kochi Corporation solely accountable for waterlogging in the city?

Recently, the Kerala High court pulled up the Kochi Municipal Corporation for being ‘inactive’ and held it responsible for the waterlogging that happened in the city. Is the Municipal Corporation solely accountable for it? The article looks into it and […]
November 1, 2019

Syria’s Northeast — An Emerging Geopolitical Morass

While the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib was mired in conflict, the northeastern region was relatively calmer. But with the Turkish attack on Kurds and Trump’s backpedaling of re-deploying the troops for securing oil fields have made the region a new flashpoint of geopolitical […]
October 28, 2019

Modi-Xi Mamallapuram Summit: Testing the Waters?

The second Modi-Xi informal summit in Mamallapuram showed that the leaders are keen to maintain high-level dialogue to enhance their bilateral relations. But the ‘differences’ over the Jammu and Kashmir issue and China’s support for Pakistan were prevented from turning […]
October 26, 2019

The Regional Scenario and India’s National Security Challenges

Transcript of the lecture delivered by former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM at the 16th edition of CPPR Quarterly Lecture Series, on the topic ‘India’s Security Challenges’, held on 15 October, 2019 at Kochi […]
October 17, 2019

Smart Cities Mission Requires Smart People: Dr M Ramachandran

Transcript of the Keynote address delivered by Dr M Ramachandran, former Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, at the “Smart Cities Workshop: Sustainable Urban Development” held in Kochi on September 20, 2019.The workshop was organised by South […]
October 14, 2019

Afghan Quandary: Peace Talks Amidst the New Great Game

With the US–Taliban peace talks shaping the future course of Afghan conflict, the main stakeholders China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and India driven by their geopolitical pursuits and vested interests jostle for influence over the final endgame of Afghanistan.  By Mona […]
October 11, 2019

India China Informal Summit

From border skirmishes to UNSC, China has consistently taken positions unfavorable to India. As PM Modi meets Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram, Mr Muraleedharan Nair, Senior Fellow CPPR explores whether the meeting can melt the ice between the two nations. This article was […]
October 9, 2019

Feasibility of Electric Vehicles in India

Facing an air pollution epidemic, India has its eyes set on an electric future. With a flurry of proposals from both the centre and various state governments, questions over the implementation of this relatively new technology arise. This article looks […]