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  • Dr Swasti Rao is Associate Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for detailed profile.

    Challenges of Space Debris and Space Drag: Building an International Climate Change Regime

    January 30, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao and Kunwar Alkendra Pratap Singh’s co-authored Chapter, ‘Challenges of Space Debris and Space Drag: Building an International Climate Change Regime’ has been published in ‘Politics of Climate Change: Crises, Conventions and Cooperation’, published by World Scientific, Singapore; ISBN: 978-981-126-374-3 (hardcover).

    Green hydrogen defines EU’s energy security goals. India is its gateway to achieve them

    January 27, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s Opinion piece ‘Green hydrogen defines EU’s energy security goals. India is its gateway to achieve them’ has been published by ‘The Print’ on 27 January 2022.

    With rising cooperation between India and European partners, the road to the EU's transition to renewables will pass through trusted connections such as New Delhi, says Dr Rao.

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    Japan, the only country merging two security theatres in Europe and Indo-Pacific

    January 13, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘Japan, the only country merging two security theatres in Europe and Indo-Pacific’ has been published by ‘The Print’ Swasti Rao’s article ‘Japan, the only country merging two security theatres in Europe and Indo-Pacific’ has been published by ‘The Print’ on 13 January 2023.

    If there is one Indo-Pacific player with the economic heft and strategic capabilities to truly champion the merging of the two security theatres, it is Japan, says Dr Rao.

    ‘EU’s Indo Pacific Outreach: Strategy, Economy and the China Factor

    January 11, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s chapter ‘EU’s Indo Pacific Outreach: Strategy, Economy and the China Factor’ has been published in the special issue of Organisation for Research on China and Asia (ORCA)-WICCI (India-EU business Council) on ‘Building the Future of EU-India Strategic Partnership’ on 11 January 2023.

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    How far will China go to help Russia? Xi’s in no mind to prioritise Moscow’s economic woes

    December 30, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s opinion piece ‘How far will China go to help Russia? Xi's in no mind to prioritise Moscow's economic woes’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 30 December 2022.

    Russia expected help from China in three sectors—high tech, finance, and energy. That is where China's coming out as a pragmatic player, dipping business activity, says Dr Rao.

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    European Sky Shield Initiative: Reinforcing Europe’s Air Defences

    The European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) seeks to develop a common air and missile defence system to defend NATO and European airspace.

    December 28, 2022

    Ukraine Now A Bottomless Pit for Western Aid. With No Attention to Its Chronic Corruption

    December 16, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘Ukraine now a bottomless pit for Western aid. With no attention to its chronic corruption’ has been published in ‘The Print’ on 16 December 2022.

    The longer the war stretches, the more Ukraine's ability to fight systemic corruption gets diminished as more money and weapons will flow to sustain the country, says Dr Rao.

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    G-20 Presidency: Can India reverse the Discontentment with Multilateralism

    December 15, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s article ‘G-20 Presidency: Can India reverse the Discontentment with Multilateralism’ has been published in the annual edition of the Diplomatist, on 15 December 2022.

    India’s presidency of the G20 will be focused on these issues. Differences over energy diversification and the emerging challenges in trade and technology will also need reconciliation by a credible player like India. Policy coherence in macroeconomics and trade shall be a key ponderable, says Dr Rao.

    Shrewd Oil Politics Played Out in Europe with Ramifications for All

    December 14, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao’s Opinion Piece ‘Shrewd oil politics played out in Europe with ramifications for all’ has been published in ‘The New Indian Express’ on 14 December 2022.

    The chessboard of geopolitics and geo-economics is being played out at its shrewdest best in Europe with ramifications for all, says Dr Rao.

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    Who will pay the bill for rebuilding Ukraine? The answer lies in unfreezing Russian assets

    December 02, 2022

    Swasti Rao's Opinion Piece 'Who will pay the bill for rebuilding Ukraine? The answer lies in unfreezing Russian assets' Published in The Print

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Swasti Rao's opinion piece 'Who will pay the bill for rebuilding Ukraine? The answer lies in unfreezing Russian assets' has been published in 'The Print' on 02 December 2022.

    The rebuilding load will have to be shared among the western allies but the West is also keen on making Russia foot the bill for its destruction of Ukraine, says Dr Rao.

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