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A new layer of exclusion? Assam, Aadhaar and the NRC

Could over one million people in Assam be on the verge of being effectively locked outside India’s social benefit architecture? Silvia Masiero (Loughborough University) reflects on the prospects for those excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and how they could become ineligible for Aadhaar – the Government’s digital identification project linked to access to […]

September 12th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|

Managing the Rohingya refugee crisis: Who holds power?

From 2015, huge numbers of Rohingyas started arriving on the Bangladesh border fleeing persecution from the Myanmar military. Arnab Roy Chowdhury (Moscow, Russia) and Ahmed Abid (Sydney, Australia) explain how by stepping in to support Bangladesh to cope with the refugee crisis, intergovernmental organisations and NGOs have shaped new processes, norms, and institutions of policy advice and refugee management […]

September 11th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
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    Sri Lanka: Remittances and the failed promise of ‘Migration-Development’

Sri Lanka: Remittances and the failed promise of ‘Migration-Development’

What are the impacts of migrant workers’ remittances for Sri Lanka’s economy? Matt Withers (Macquarie University, Australia) argues that temporary labour migration between Sri Lanka and West Asia has resulted in uneven and unsustainable economic returns that warrant greater scrutiny of the presumed relationship between migration and development.

In Sri Lanka, as throughout most of South Asia, low-waged temporary […]

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    Why Bangladesh’s dependence on FDI means low wages and poor working conditions for garment workers will continue

Why Bangladesh’s dependence on FDI means low wages and poor working conditions for garment workers will continue

Bangladesh’s Ready-Made Garment sector continues to be a large employer in the country despite suppressing worker’s rights, fostering exploitation and promoting glaring inequities. Adil Khan (University of Queensland, Australia) and Grace Milne (KU Leuven, Belgium) argue how the sector’s muddled engagement with the three components of global governance have resulted in such an unfair status quo.

Bangladesh’s Ready-Made Garment sector […]

September 5th, 2019|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Long Read: ‘Collective punishment and imprisonment’: What is life really like inside the Kashmir state lockdown?

Long Read: ‘Collective punishment and imprisonment’: What is life really like inside the Kashmir state lockdown?

The political situation between India and Pakistan has nearly reached boiling point. It’s the people living in Kashmir who are stuck in the middle, writes Rajesh Venugopal (LSE).

“Why have you come here?” asked the policeman in Hindi. He was genuinely puzzled and concerned. It was 5.45pm on a sunny Friday afternoon, and I was the only civilian in the middle […]

September 2nd, 2019|Featured, Politics|1 Comment|
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    Absence of local government in Balochistan: Where is government of the people?

Absence of local government in Balochistan: Where is government of the people?

Social Policy and Development Expert, Asmat Kakar, reports on the role of local government in delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Balochistan. 
Buzi Pass, Makran Coastal Highway, Balochistan. Image credit: umairadeeb
Participatory grassroots local government is inevitable for delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly in poor and marginalised areas. It not only ensures improving access to basic services but provides an effective platform to […]

August 30th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
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    Long Read: Are the peace talks between the United States and the Taliban fundamentally flawed?

Long Read: Are the peace talks between the United States and the Taliban fundamentally flawed?

With the United States and the Taliban close to reaching a conclusion to nearly 10 years of peace talks, it is becoming increasingly likely that the United States will announce the complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan after nearly two decades. Here Barbara Kelemen (Central European Institute of Asian Studies, Bratislava, Slovakia) and Terra Schroeder (Asia-Pacific Foundation, London) explain five […]

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    A balance between threats and reassurance: How India threatens but also reassures Pakistan in times of crisis

A balance between threats and reassurance: How India threatens but also reassures Pakistan in times of crisis

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan have been involved in several intense crises in recent years. During these crises however it is not simply the presence of a threat which defines their disputes. Looking at India’s behaviour towards Pakistan Karthika Sasikumar (San Jose State University, USA) explains how during a time of crisis, threatening behaviour is matched with acts of reassurance.

Analysts tend […]

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    The dream of local government in Bangladesh: Challenges, improvements and policy reforms

The dream of local government in Bangladesh: Challenges, improvements and policy reforms

Bangladesh’s constitution states that its citizens should have direct pathways for participation in and management of local government. Pranab Kumar Panday (University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh) argues how the structures of local government need to first be strengthened and the challenges of public participation at the rural level addressed before such ambitions are realised.

While decentralisation involving local governments has […]

August 28th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
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    Coronation Park and the forgotten statues of the British Raj

Coronation Park and the forgotten statues of the British Raj

What should a country do with its monuments that celebrate figures from controversial periods in their history? Taking Coronation Park in New Delhi as an example, Tom Wilkinson (LSE) examines how India has memorialised statues of leaders from the British Raj. 
Photo: In Coronation Park. Credit: Author
There is a park in New Delhi that commemorates the British Raj. Dilapidated effigies of British monarchs […]

August 28th, 2019|Featured, History|0 Comments|

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