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  • March 2011
    Vol.6 No.1
    A Passage to Power:
    How India Is Engaging the World
    Letter to Readers
  • Cover Story
    A Passage to Power: How India Is Engaging the World

    It is commonplace these days to talk of ‘the Chinese Century,’ such has been the speed and force of that nation’s rise. But in recent years India has shown similar strides, and within a few years is all but certain to become the world’s third-largest economy. But what can the world expect of its newest superpower, what does its ascendancy mean for the US and China, and what obstacles could stand in its way?

    • Jyotiraditya M. Scindia
      India Engages the World: The View From New Delhi

      India’s domestic growth, economic reforms, integration with the global economy and vibrant democracy make it increasingly likely that 21st century will come to be described as the “Indian Century,”

    • Anil K. Gupta
      India in 2025: What Kind of a Superpower?

      India's sustained economic growth, entrepreneurial society and young population have it poised to become an economic superpower within the next 15 years, argues Professor Anil K. Gupta.

    • Daniel Twining
      Not a Chinese Century, An Indo-American One

      China's three decades of explosive growth and increasing influence on the global stage have often led to talk of the country dominating the 21st century.

    • Rajiv Kumar
      International Role and Respect? Not Without Economic Prosperity

      For India to emerge as a global force, its economy must grow rapidly while expanding benefits for its people, says economist and foreign policy expert Rajiv Kumar. Continued global clout is a direct result of progress at home.

    • Anmol Vanamali
      Climate Strategy Is Critical for India's Future

      Recently, India moved away from its inflexible approach to climate change by helping to build a compromise at last year's Cancun talks.

    • Kavery Ganguly, Ashok Gulati
      Feeding India: Vast Challenges, Vast Opportunities

      Years of underinvestment by the government in India's agricultural sector have been reversed, but the country still faces the Herculean task of ensuring adequate food supplies for its huge population.

  • The Debate
    Should Diplomacy Be Conducted in the Open or in Secret?
    • Walter C. Clemens, Jr
      History Shows Us That Open Diplomacy Is Best

      The rise of social media and the power of organizations such as WikiLeaks to reveal state secrets raise major questions for the conduct of diplomacy.

    • Gregory F. Treverton
      The Wiki Paradox: The Leaks Erode Transparency

      These are challenging times for secrecy, with diplomats confronting the real possibility that anything they commit to digital form can be made public at any time.

  • Features
    • John Berthelsen
      Growing a New Green Revolution

      With attention focused on rising prices and fears of food scarcity, scientists have collaborated to produce Green Super Rice - resistant to drought and pests, does not need high fertilizer inputs and can deliver huge yield increases.

    • Lee Chor Pharn
      China's New Silk Railroads

      China's new high-speed rail system, projected to span the country by 2020, will do more than just whisk passengers from one place to another, write Lee Chor Pharn and Sim Phei Sunn. It can be expected to usher in major sociological and economic changes as

    • Zhang Baohui
      Taiwan & China: The Honeymoon That Never Got as Far as Finland

      The strains that arose in Beijing's relationship with Taipei in 2009 have been largely overcome, and Taiwan has avoided being sucked into China's orbit as Finland was into Russia's prior to World War II, argues Baohui Zhang.

    • Asger Røjle Christensen
      Cool Japan, Soft Power

      Just how far can the soft power of comics and costume play be stretched in giving Japan a comeback on the world stage? It is a question of compensating for the hard power that Japan lost in World War II and its long economic downturn of the 1990s.

    • Rennie Silva
      Back From the Brink: Ending the Conflict at Preah Vihear

      The bitter struggle over a 1,000-year-old Khmer temple on the Cambodia-Thailand border could be solved without continuing bloodshed through a common-sense solution, writes Rennie Silva, who lived in Cambodia from 2007 to 2009 as a Peace Corps volunteer.

    • Georgiy Voloshin
      Don't Expect Mideast-Style Revolution in Central Asia

      With the Arab world gripped by turmoil as one autocratic regime after another falls, Georgiy Voloshin, a field reporter for the Central Asia-Caucus Analyst, asks whether this chain of revolutions could extend to Central Asia.

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