Articles

April 23, 2020

US–China Trade amid COVID-19

Devassy Auseph   It is a fact that the US has the greatest trade deficit with China, with over 22 per cent[i] of annual US imports from China. In 2019, the US imported Chinese goods worth around US$ 452.2 billion, […]
April 22, 2020

Will COVID-19 Shift the Power Balance in the Middle East?

The coronavirus, relentlessly spreading and rampaging across the globe, will have an enormous impact on the region of the Middle East which is already embroiled in multiple problems including a series of conflicts, sectarian violence, economic crises, refugee problem and […]
April 21, 2020

COVID-19 and US Presidential Polls: A Catatonic Phase

Abhirami B  The coronavirus outbreak has pushed some of the important events of this year including the Olympics and the UN’s Cop26 Climate Conference. Keeping in mind how the events have turned out in the past couple of months amidst […]
April 20, 2020

COVID-19: Cruise Industry and its Future

In the wake of COVID-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended its March 14 No Sail Order (NSO) for cruise ships operating in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States. The NSO makes note […]
April 17, 2020

COVID-19: Why is it Still Unwise to Bet against America?

Rakesh Neelakandan The coronavirus pandemic is raging globally and the US is heaving for breath. It is fighting a fractured and fragmented battle with individual states vying for essential medical supplies even as fatalities and new positive cases continue to […]
April 10, 2020

How Geographical Mapping Is Helping India In Its Fight Against COVID-19

From contact tracing to creating buffer zones around #COVID19 clusters, India is using mapping and location-tracking technology to fight the pandemic. Maps have been used to assess and tackle diseases at least since the 1850 cholera outbreak in London. IndiaSpend looks at […]
April 6, 2020

COVID 19: A Time to Rethink Kerala’s Liquor Policy

Liquor dependence is not just a problem of the consumers in Kerala, but a problem of the State government too. Each time, during a crisis, and many times even without a crisis, any policy on liquor has often led to […]
April 3, 2020

India’s Healthcare System and Response to COVID-19

Swapna Jambhekar The situation has never been so fluid. The number of COVID-19 cases is constantly changing and as new data is collected, responses to the pandemic are evolving. It is still too early to comment on or analyse either […]
April 2, 2020

Fate of Global Oil Sector amid COVID-19

In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, many countries are under lockdown and this has resulted in a reduced demand for fuel to a considerable level with prices falling to their lowest in 18 years, dropping below […]
March 31, 2020

Will COVID-19 Reshape the Global Health System?

The article tries to look at the need for large-scale investments in the health sector, funding the research and management of pandemics; role and use of artificial intelligence to create a more efficient health system to manage and control pandemics; […]
March 30, 2020

COVID-19 and an Emerging Win-Win Situation

There is an urgent need to move at least parts of the manufacturing industry out of China to new manufacturing centres in other parts of the world, including India, to avoid the type of disruptions that were witnessed following the […]
March 28, 2020

COVID-19: Time to Review Governance Structure of Global Institutions?

The article looks into the need for reforming and restructuring global institutions like WHO and make them more effective in taking prompt decisions during emergencies like COVID-19 and face new challenges of the twenty-first century.  Today, most nations (over 196) of the world […]
March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Relief Package: Can India Tide Over the Crisis?

Within 36 hours of the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Finance Minister announced a slew of measures to avert economic distress that the COVID-19 pandemic would bring to many. The relief package announced by the […]
March 27, 2020

Middle East Trade: A Political Enigma

The Middle East has always been a region of contention which posits diplomatic hurdles and strategic challenges. Analysts often try to make sense of the conflict in the region resulting from competing socio-economic and religious identities. An overlooked aspect is […]
March 26, 2020

India’s Healthcare Needs a ‘Healthy’ Balance between Federalism and Decentralisation

With the line of accountability between the State and the Centre regarding healthcare blurring time and again, is a judicious mix of federalism and decentralisation the key to addressing the sector’s woes? The highly decentralised healthcare model of Kerala holds […]