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Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations is a foreign policy think-tank in Mumbai, established to engage India's leading corporations and individuals in debate and scholarship on the country's foreign policy and the nation's role in global affairs. It is a membership-based, independent, non-partisan and nonprofit organization. Its goal is to create public awareness and debate and make policy recommendations flowing from serious scholarship in international affairs.
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Should India Prioritize its Relations With Saudi Arabia?

With a new king on the Saudi throne, India must engage with Riyadh as soon as possible. Saudi Arabia intruded on India in the most unexpected of ways: by provoking US President Barack Obama to cut short his visit to India and instead visit Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. It could not have been otherwise, given the historicity of US-Saudi relations and... Continue Reading

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India-US BIT: Not a Done Deal Yet

Some clauses in India's revised bilateral investment treaties are unlikely to be accepted by either US negotiators or corporations without dilution. US President Barack Obama’s second visit to India has resurrected hopes that the two countries will revive talks on the dormant but in-progress Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). A BIT is being eagerly sought by both sides — from the United... Continue Reading

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Obama’s Visit to India: What’s At Stake?

Obama’s visit to India as the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations underscores the determination of both administrations to revitalize the bilateral relationship. US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to India, his second as a serving president, is historic for both its optics and the potential to fast track the slow moving train of India-US relations. Obama as the chief... Continue Reading

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India’s Foreign Policy Priorities 2015

What lies ahead for Indian foreign policy in 2015? In 2014, India saw a more dynamic foreign policy than in the preceding decade. Shortly after his swearing-in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a series of international visits, in order to chart an ambitious new foreign policy course to power India’s economic development and enhance its global standing. With some of the... Continue Reading

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Afghanistan: At a Turning Point

The presidential election is vital not only for Afghanistan’s future, but also for the region's stability. Vivek Katju Afghanistan goes to the polls on April 5 to elect a president who will succeed Hamid Karzai. The election will mark a political transition from the Karzai-era. The incumbent Afghan president, who led the country after the Taliban was ousted in November 2001, is... Continue Reading

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India and the US: Divided Over Dhaka

India and the US have yet to develop a synergy in their policies towards Bangladesh.    By Seema Sirohi As a dangerous storm brews in Bangladesh in the run up to the polls on January 5, India and the United States stand far apart on how best to deal with the protracted political crisis. A spate of violence unleashed as a result of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s... Continue Reading

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An Unseen Revolution in Indian Manufacturing?

Competitive pressure is forcing a transformation of Indian manufacturing. By George Wyeth As China turned itself into the manufacturing center of the world over the past decade, many expected India to follow – but it never happened. The Indian economy did take off, but largely in services such as software development. For years, manufacturing’s share of GDP has been flat at 15-16... Continue Reading

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Time to Back the Anti-Wahhabi Tide

Wahhabism cannot be a moderated geopolitical asset for the West. By Madhav Das Nalapat In 1933, German President Paul von Hindenburg was advised by Franz von Papen and others that the best way to deal with the unrest in Germany caused by economic catastrophe, was to bring the NSDAP (commonly known as the Nazi Party) into the government, with Adolf Hitler as Chancellor. That the ideology of the... Continue Reading

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Zimbabwe: The Road to Stability?

How will Mugabe’s re-election impact relations with South Africa? By Michael Kahn Robert Gabriel Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), won a seventh term as leader of the government of Zimbabwe. In polls on July 31, ZANU-PF received around 61% of the votes. The victory surprised only those who lost in the elections. Most independent observers agreed... Continue Reading

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India-Africa: Beyond Historical Ties

As India looks towards Africa to expand its economic ties, it faces many challenges. By Karan Pradhan Africa’s growing importance as a trade and investment destination was highlighted by the US president’s recent visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. At the second meeting of the India-Africa trade ministers in 2012, India and Africa set a target of $90 billion in trade and... Continue Reading

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