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In search of a contemporary narrative for Kashmir

Following low turnout in last month’s by-election in Kashmir Ankur Datta calls for new frames of reference through which to interpret the conflict in Kashmir today. He writes that analysing the insurgency as an unfinished agenda of the Indian partition overlooks new categories and formations that have emerged since the 1990s.

On 9 April 2017, a by-election was held in […]

Power struggles beneath Myanmar’s peace process

Ahead of the second round of the Union Peace Conference in Myanmar, scheduled for 24 May, David Brenner draws on his own research to show how internal divisions within the Karen insurgency are central to the trajectory of peace and conflict in Myanmar. 

As Myanmar’s government prepares for a long-delayed second round of its Union Peace Conference, also known as the ‘21st Century […]

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    Afghanistan: Losses, setbacks and impending challenges (Part 2)

Afghanistan: Losses, setbacks and impending challenges (Part 2)

Ahead of the critical NATO Summit in Belgium on 25 May, 2017, Dr Sajjan Gohel discusses the security conditions and challenges in Afghanistan. In this post, he discussed how the Haqqani Network and the ISIS-affiliated Wilayat Khorasan are making their sizeable presence felt, and the geo-strategic agendas of Afghanistan’s neighbours which are further complicating the situation. In this context, […]

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    Afghanistan: Losses, setbacks and impending challenges (Part 1)

Afghanistan: Losses, setbacks and impending challenges (Part 1)

Ahead of the critical NATO Summit in Belgium on 25 May Dr Sajjan Gohel discusses the security conditions and challenges in Afghanistan which have been exacerbated by the emboldened Taliban who now control more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since October 2001. He also outlines proposals by U.S. General John W. Nicholson Jr. to stem the deterioration, […]

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    Violent extremism in Pakistan: A failure of public education

Violent extremism in Pakistan: A failure of public education

Following the murder of Mashal Khan on a university campus in northern Pakistan, Hamza Siddiq explores the link between Pakistan’s public education system and incidents of violence motivated by intolerance. He argues that in order to promote tolerance, the curriculum needs to be reformed to promote critical thinking and informed debate.

Pakistan is a country beset with complex social, economic […]

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    “Increased connectivity and economic integration between South and Southeast Asia would create significant opportunities for both regions” – Ganeshan Wignaraja

“Increased connectivity and economic integration between South and Southeast Asia would create significant opportunities for both regions” – Ganeshan Wignaraja

At the end of March Ganeshan Wignaraja spoke at the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre on the topic of infrastructure for integrating South and Southeast Asia. Sonali Campion caught up with him after the presentation to discuss the opportunities and barriers to greater regional integration, with a specific focus on the South Asian countries.

SC: Why are South Asia-Southeast Asia discussions […]

April 26th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Interviews, LSE, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on “Increased connectivity and economic integration between South and Southeast Asia would create significant opportunities for both regions” – Ganeshan Wignaraja|
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    What does it take for a woman in rural Bangladesh to break out of poverty?

What does it take for a woman in rural Bangladesh to break out of poverty?

Lower female labour force participation is common across the South Asia and MENA regions but analysis of this issue often misses important factors. Here, Naila Kabeer and Lopita Huq draw on the case study of Hafiza Begum to highlight that women’s unpaid productive work often slips under the radar, and that recognition of this could help to advance the women’s empowerment agenda.

How does a […]

April 18th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, LSE|Comments Off on What does it take for a woman in rural Bangladesh to break out of poverty?|
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    Paradiplomacy and the Teesta river water dispute: National interest vs regionalism

Paradiplomacy and the Teesta river water dispute: National interest vs regionalism

As the Prime Minister of Bangladesh visits India, Falguni Tewari takes stock of the Teesta river water dispute which is a key discussion point. She writes that the stalemate over water sharing has highlighted the limitations of subnational diplomacy, and that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee must recognise the need to balance state and national priorities in negotiations.

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    India @ 70: Constraints and opportunities for an emerging superpower

India @ 70: Constraints and opportunities for an emerging superpower

Panel 3 at India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 explored India’s evolving foreign policy and the challenges that could disrupt its emergence as a superpower in the medium term. In this post, Arjun Bhatia presents an overview of the key arguments presented by the panellists.

For a country of over 1.25 billion people, superlatives come in abundance. India is […]

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    India @ 70: Is ‘virtual water’ a useful concept for India?

India @ 70: Is ‘virtual water’ a useful concept for India?

The second panel at the LSE India Summit 2017, presented by Apollo Tyres Ltd, reflected on India’s water security and understanding how water is used – or indeed overused – in certain sectors. Arjun Bhatia offers a summary of the session.

India is home to nearly a fifth of humanity, but it only holds four per cent of the world’s […]

April 2nd, 2017|Environment, Events, Featured, LSE|Comments Off on India @ 70: Is ‘virtual water’ a useful concept for India?|

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