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    Youth, democracy and dialogue are the keys to the future of Pakistan

Youth, democracy and dialogue are the keys to the future of Pakistan

In its second year, the Future of Pakistan Conference was co-organised by LSESU Pakistan Development Society, LSE South Asia Centre and LSE Pakistan Society at the Shaw Library, LSE. The conference had panel discussions on politics, economy and foreign policy, with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi delivering the keynote address at LSE. Mahima A. Jain reports.

On 4 November 2017, […]

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    How safe are EU-designated “safe areas” in Afghanistan for returning asylum seekers?

How safe are EU-designated “safe areas” in Afghanistan for returning asylum seekers?

Last year, the EU signed a deal with the Afghan government to start deporting failed asylum seekers back to “safe areas” in Afghanistan. But Sayed Jalal Shajjan asks, how safe are the “safe areas”? In recent months the security situation has deteriorated, and it is unlikely that Donald Trump’s Afghan policy will do much to improve this in the […]

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    Marriage, love, caste and kinship support: Lived experiences of the urban poor in India

Marriage, love, caste and kinship support: Lived experiences of the urban poor in India

Following the publication of a new revised edition of her book Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support Shalini Grover discusses her study of conjugal relationships and love among New Delhi’s urban poor. She highlights how the research challenges common stereotypes relating to marriage and local arbitration, and how the new edition engages with debates around how India’s modernising impulses […]

August 21st, 2017|Featured, Gender, Law, LSE|Comments Off on Marriage, love, caste and kinship support: Lived experiences of the urban poor in India|
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    The disqualification of Pakistan’s Prime Minister is a positive step for democracy

The disqualification of Pakistan’s Prime Minister is a positive step for democracy

It has been more than a week since Nawaz Sharif stepped down as Prime Minister but the national and international debates over the political consequences continue to rage. Here, Hamza Siddiq challenges the view that the Supreme Court’s decision is a blow to Pakistan’s fragile democracy, arguing that it is in fact a milestone in the popular campaign for […]

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    India’s choice: The United States and the end of non-alignment

India’s choice: The United States and the end of non-alignment

Earlier this month, an article on The Diplomat suggested that India is confronted with the choice of siding with either China or the US, or to uphold a strategy of non-alignment in the 21st century’s new Cold War. Here, Pieter-Jan Dockx argues that India has already chosen its preferred strategy. Current events such as the increased tension between Delhi […]

Book Review: Prison Narratives by Akhtar Baloch

Prison Narratives is a translation of a diary by Akhtar Baloch, an 18-year-old female Sindhi activist. Asad Abbasi finds the core of the book, which documents the period in 1970 when Baloch was imprisoned for leading a protest, to be insightful, imaginative and full of interesting characters, yet finds the contextualising additions to be deeply partisan. Nevertheless, he writes […]

July 28th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, Gender, History, LSE, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book Review: Prison Narratives by Akhtar Baloch|
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    Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Modi’s World, a collection of newspaper articles by veteran journalist C. Raja Mohan, traces how Modi’s foreign policy has compared with that of his predecessor and how it evolved during his first nine months in power. Raj Verma finds the book an easy read with great journalistic flair, but notes that this does come at the price of academic […]

July 21st, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, LSE, Media, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan|
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    Despite security challenges, Afghanistan’s education system has come a long way

Despite security challenges, Afghanistan’s education system has come a long way

On 10 July 2017, the LSE’s Department of International Development hosted an event on The Role of Higher Education in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Prosperous Future. The participants included Dr Kenneth Holland, President at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF); Dr Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UK; and award winning anchor and correspondent Yalda Hakim. Here, the co-chair […]

July 17th, 2017|Education, Events, Featured, LSE, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Despite security challenges, Afghanistan’s education system has come a long way|
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    Shifting gears: Randomised Control Trials and the future of development evaluation

Shifting gears: Randomised Control Trials and the future of development evaluation

The use of Randomised Control Trials to evaluate development policies has garnered significant attention in the last decade. In this article, Mridulya Narasimhan and Advitha Arun take a closer look at the strengths and pitfalls of RCTs, and the potential to integrate these with approaches such as rapid fire testing. 

In addition to clinical biologists (and probably their assistants), every […]

July 11th, 2017|Development, Featured, LSE|Comments Off on Shifting gears: Randomised Control Trials and the future of development evaluation|

A murder is a murder, whatever the context

The death of Junaid Khan at the hands of a mob sparked rallies, followed by widespread criticism of the protesters. Maitreesh Ghatak writes that the danger of dismissing reactions against mob violence is that it  perpetuates the view that everything is partisan political fight and references to human rights are just ruses to gain an advantage. He argues that while it is […]

July 7th, 2017|Featured, Law, LSE, Media, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on A murder is a murder, whatever the context|

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