Politics

IT lay-offs reveal the dangers that lie beneath

As layoffs from the IT sector hit the headlines, Maitreesh Ghatak discusses the current employment crisis in India, where the creation of formal jobs has slowed at the same time that the numbers of young people joining the workforce every year is rising. In the face of rising automation, he writes that the government must do more to prioritise […]

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    “I don’t see what is happening within universities as separate from what is happening in the political arena” – Kalpana Kannabiran

“I don’t see what is happening within universities as separate from what is happening in the political arena” – Kalpana Kannabiran

Following the Constitution panel at India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 Rebecca Bowers interviewed panellist Kalpana Kannabiran about the narrowing space for freedom of expression on Indian university campuses, the teaching of constitutional law, and the new Disabilities Act.
RB: Given a growing number of incidents on university campuses what can be done to ensure that freedom of expression […]

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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    “New visions of control over the environment really shook the way political orders were created on both sides of the border after Partition” – David Gilmartin

“New visions of control over the environment really shook the way political orders were created on both sides of the border after Partition” – David Gilmartin

At the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 David Gilmartin gave a talk on ‘The Indus and its Peoples’. Afterwards, Sonali Campion asked him to elaborate on some of the themes raised, from the division of the river basin during Partition and the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty, to the inter- and intra-national tensions that have played out since 1947.

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    The Panama Papers verdict and political accountability in Pakistan

The Panama Papers verdict and political accountability in Pakistan

Zahra Dsouza highlights key aspects of the Supreme Court ruling on the Panama Papers case, highlighting the concerns raised over the transparency of the Prime Minister and his family and the criticisms levelled at the regulatory agencies put in place to rein in corruption. She writes the establishment of a Joint Investigation Team is to be welcomed, but that […]

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    ‘Diplomacity’ in the 21st century: Why Sri Lanka’s local mayors must become global players

‘Diplomacity’ in the 21st century: Why Sri Lanka’s local mayors must become global players

Rapti Ratnayake makes the case for why Sri Lanka should pursue ‘diplomacity’, where mayors and municipal leaders take a more active role in foreign policy by forging collaborative partnerships with other cities. She writes that if Colombo is to achieve its aspiration of becoming a globally competitive metropolis, embracing the opportunities afforded by paradiplomacy will be essential.

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    No turning back: Why Nepal’s upcoming local elections matter more than ever

No turning back: Why Nepal’s upcoming local elections matter more than ever

With less two weeks to go until the first local elections in almost 20 years, Bishal K. Chalise and George Varughese discuss the significance of this poll which – if successful – will help instil confidence in the new constitution and the democratic process in Nepal.

On 14 May, Nepalis will go to elections for newly-delineated local (village and municipal) governments. These comprise […]

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    The role of election competition in strengthening Pakistan’s fledgling local democracy

The role of election competition in strengthening Pakistan’s fledgling local democracy

Using results and original survey data from the November 2015 local government elections in the Sargodha District of rural Punjab, Pakistan, Asad Liaqat, Michael Callen, Ali Cheema, Adnan Khan, Farooq Naseer and Jacob N. Shapiro offer insights into the institutional and organisational responses that can help strengthen local democracy. 
Building a strong democracy through local elections
The strength of local democracy depends on the stability and […]

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