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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Youth key to success of peace processes: Myanmar’s stalling democracy and the fight for youth voice in political decision-making
Myanmar’s national peace process, simultaneously initiated with the opening of the country and transition from a military regime towards a civilian government in 2011, continues to face multidimensional complex challenges in seeking to end over six decades of conflict. Irena Grizelj (Independent Researcher, Myanmar) explores the role of young people in seeking inclusion in Myanmar’s ceasefire and peace negotiations, […]
Borders in 2019 do not just represent territorial frontiers but are sites where ideas of nationalism are performed on a daily basis. Taking the Afghanistan-Pakistan border as an example Sanaa Alimia (Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) looks at how the introduction of ID cards has come to symbolise more than just the the control of a border.
Walls. Fences. Checkpoints. These […]
Mohd Tahir Ganie (Dublin City University, Ireland) argues that while the Indian state has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to quell the anti-India political mobilisations in Kashmir, the policy has been only marginally successful. This is primarily because the narrative of Kashmiri self-determination is stronger than ever among the new generation of Kashmiris that has emerged as the most significant actor […]