Category Archives: Europe

Little Things Make it Big: By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0146/2016 Courtesy: DNA India  Infrastructure is a long, boring word. Yet life could be impossible without infrastructure. The everyday essentials — water, food, shelter, electricity, petrol, roads, bridges, schools, colleges, hospitals, trains, buses, planes, phones, telecom, internet and so much else — add up to infrastructure. Perhaps, it is not a coincidence that, through artefacts, when civilisations are re-imagined and re-constructed, they are marvelled at for the… Read Article →

ASEM, Connectivity and Media; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0083/2016 Courtesy: China.org Twenty years of striving to strengthen understanding, trust and cooperation between two continents through political dialogue, economic cooperation and socio-cultural exchange is a remarkable effort. In the course of these two decades, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), as the pre-eminent trans-regional forum in this part of the world, has come a long way for its modest beginnings in Bangkok in 1996 attended by 25 Asian… Read Article →

Vietnamese Diplomacy, 1975-2015: From Member of the Socialist Camp to Proactive International Integration; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no:  0004/2016 Courtesy: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1(3), 2015. 194-214. Introduction This paper presents a broad overview of the evolution of Vietnamese diplomacy from national reunification in 1975 to the present. This forty-year timeframe is sub-divided into three parts. The first part studies Vietnam’s shift from a member of the socialist community led by the Soviet Union to a member of the international community from 1975-91. This… Read Article →

Anaemic Global Recovery: What has not been Right with Public Policy; By V. K. Sharma

CAS article no:  0012/2015 Courtesy: Business Standard It is both common and easy to pontificate on what has been wrong, and not right, with public policy after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. But moral legitimacy imperatives demand that foresight be demonstrated at the time of rollout of public policy and not several years later by which time actual outcomes, as opposed to intended policy outcomes, become widely known…. Read Article →