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    India’s foreign policy in West Asia: Managing the three poles of power

India’s foreign policy in West Asia: Managing the three poles of power

Up until now India has been largely successful in balancing Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel. In recent years economic collaboration has increased significantly, as all three powers have recognised the advantages of engaging with the growing Indian market. Although this offers India a great opportunity to make inroads into the region, Kabir Taneja notes significant domestic institutional reform will be needed if New Delhi […]

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    Book Review: The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia’s Evolving Balance of Power by Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi

Book Review: The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia’s Evolving Balance of Power by Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi

In their new book The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy, Pant and Joshi explore India’s response to the USA’s strategic balancing approach in the Asia-Pacific region. Raj Verma finds the book a wide-ranging examination of US-China-India relations but argues it would have benefitted from a more focused approach.

The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia’s Evolving Balance of […]

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    A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy

A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy

The Supreme Court of India’s ruling that privacy is a fundamental right is a victory for privacy advocates. However, by questioning the foundations of India’s unique identity scheme it may prove a roadblock to fighting corruption and modernising the economy, writes Abhishek Parajuli.

On 24th August, India’s Supreme Court decided that India’s 1.3 billion citizens have a fundamental right […]

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    China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room for more

China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room for more

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka has grown significantly in the last five years but it continues to remain low as a share of GDP and in comparison to other countries in the region. In this article, N.P. Ravindra Deyshappriya analyses China’s spending, and discusses how policymakers in Sri Lanka could expand FDI inflows from its East Asian neighbour.

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    Rising to the SDGs: How can Nepal make meaningful progress by 2030?

Rising to the SDGs: How can Nepal make meaningful progress by 2030?

Nepal has committed to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals but this will be no easy task. Ashutosh M Dixit outlines how collaborative approaches which acknowledge the interlinkages between the SDGs and good monitoring and evaluation will be essential to achieving meaningful outcomes within the next decade and a half.

The UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, with its Sustainable Development Goals […]

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    Book Review: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait by Attiya Ahmad

Book Review: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait by Attiya Ahmad

In Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait, Attiya Ahmad explores experiences of conversion to Islam amongst South Asian women who have migrated to Kuwait as domestic workers. Emphasising these conversions as everyday processes rather than inherently dramatic turning points, Attaya’s book offers a holistic and intimate portrait grounded in her interlocutors’ narration of their own experiences, writes Dannah Dennis.  
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    Cultural appropriation: Analysing the use of Hindu symbols within consumerism

Cultural appropriation: Analysing the use of Hindu symbols within consumerism

The use of Hindu symbols in the media and within consumer culture has led to tensions as symbols become dislocated from their religious or socio-political meaning and are perceived to be distorted. In this context Rina Arya discusses the need for greater scholarship to explore notions of appropriation and cultural boundaries.

Cultural appropriation is a topic that is often discussed […]

Has GSP plus status improved Pakistan’s garments exports?

Pakistan has had preferential access to the European market since 2013 but Zara Salman argues it has not fully exploited the potential benefit of its special status. In order to achieve higher exports, key steps need to be taken to improve Pakistan’s business environment.

In December of 2013, Pakistan acquired the GSP plus status from the European Union, granting member states duty-free […]

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    “The goal is to create a relationship with people on a mass level through art” – Farida Batool

“The goal is to create a relationship with people on a mass level through art” – Farida Batool

In April, Pakistani academic and artist Farida Batool spoke on the Art and Modernity panel at the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017. Afterwards, Sonali Campion interviewed her about her work with the Awami Art Collective, a group which protests, reclaims public space and builds community using art.
SC: You co-founded the Awami Art Collective, a group of artists and activists which […]

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    Book Review: Ethnography at the Frontier: Space, Memory, and Society in Southern Balochistan by Ugo E.M. Fabietti

Book Review: Ethnography at the Frontier: Space, Memory, and Society in Southern Balochistan by Ugo E.M. Fabietti

In this rare anthropological study based on extensive fieldwork in Balochistan, Ugo Fabietti explores the question of social change in this ‘peripheral’ region of Pakistan which is negotiating with both new forces and reformulations of its past. Hammal finds the book an ambitious and path breaking work which seeks to understand the region on its own terms.

Ethnography at the […]

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