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China’s New Rules for Algorithms

A set of draft rules released by the Cyberspace Administration of China, to regulate algorithm-empowered recommendation activities on the internet, are congruent with the demands made by civil societies worldwide and more substantive than the actions proposed or taken by the governments in western liberal democracies.

Quad and Quasi-alignment with the United States

The long-term costs of quasi-alignment with the United States need to be assessed by the Government of India.

Is AUKUS is driven by strategic concerns or entrenched interest of military industrial complex?

AUKUS—the new trilateral security arrangement between the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom has increased the chances of a split in the transatlantic alliance by making a clear distinction between the roles of the maritime and continental spheres. The military pact has reduced the military role of Quad in the Indo–Pacific. A ruptured West and a weak Quad are likely to make China and Russia happy.

Cryptocurrency: Confusing Signals

Can cryptocurrencies emerge as a competition to national currencies?

Using Public Procurement Strategically

The article examines policy decisions and practices in public procurement in India during the pandemic, and finds that bureaucracy could not use public procurement strategically and relied upon archaic and centralised management of procurement to (mis)handle the pandemic. The article also offers some lessons from China’s procurement designs and calls for a major reform in this sector in India.

India’s Afghan Policy: Challenges and Anxieties

India can only wait patiently and watch the situation in Afghanistan before initiating any action.

Bombay as Archive and Muse

Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos edited by Prashant Kidambi, Manjiri Kamat and Rachel Dwyer, Penguin Random House India, 2019; pp 428, ₹ 999 (hardbound).

Looking Back at the Indo–Soviet Treaty

The Indo–Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation was signed in August 1971, 50 years ago. Significance of the treaty in its own time is explained along with the contemporary relevance of its underlying motives for a vision of a plural, multipolar world. United States (US) President...

Afghanistan: Present Tense, Future Imperfect

The Taliban takeover cannot be understood outside the hegemonic economic and geopolitical interests.

India and the RCEP

COVID-19 has widely affected global supply and value chains, and specific sectors around the world. In this scenario, the options for India to optimise its regional and global value chain linkages with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership are examined, which in turn could aid in its post-pandemic recovery.

G-7 and NATO Rhetoric against China

China’s role in reconfiguring global interdependence has evoked renewed imperialist paranoia.

Knowing Contemporary China

India’s China Challenge: A Journey through China’s Rise and What It Means for India by Ananth Krishnan, New Delhi: HarperCollins, 2020; pp 417, ₹ 599.

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