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    Long Read: The politics of legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process

Long Read: The politics of legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process

The Myanmar government, international donors and aid agencies need to move beyond standard peace-building and development packages based on strengthening the state, if they want to see Myanmar’s Peace Process succeed, argues Ashley South (Chiang Mai University).  It’s time for a more conflict-sensitive approach, including principled engagement with Ethnic Armed Organisations and other non-state actors.
Photo: UN and Myanmar flags […]

January 18th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Long Read: The politics of legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process|

Shadows of colonialism: The Adivasi in Madhya Pradesh

Over one-hundred million Adivasis call India home, however many of them have been deprived of their constitutionally mandated rights and dispossessed of their lands. Focusing on the Bhil and the Gond communities in Madhya Pradesh, Ashish Vaidya (Colorado State University), argues that they are not just systemically disadvantaged, but victims of a form of structural colonial violence that grew […]

January 17th, 2019|History, Human Rights, Politics|Comments Off on Shadows of colonialism: The Adivasi in Madhya Pradesh|

Bangladesh Elections: Sheikh Hasina wins, but at what cost?

In the final days of 2018, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won her third consecutive term in an election marred by violence, accusations of intimidation and vote rigging. Now she has been sworn back into power, M Mizanur Rahman asks what does her contested victory mean for democracy in Bangladesh?

The 11th General Election was held on the 30th December 2018 […]

January 11th, 2019|Politics|Comments Off on Bangladesh Elections: Sheikh Hasina wins, but at what cost?|
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    Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future

As the repatriation process of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar continues to come under pressure, Nasir Uddin looks at what will be asked of Bangladesh if the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar becomes a long-term rather than temporary feature on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border

After Myanmar’s brutal military crackdown in 2017 triggered more than 700,000 Rohingya people to flee Rakhine […]

The Second Coming of Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa

An extraordinary political crisis was triggered in Sri Lanka on 26 October 2018 when President Maithripala Sirisena stealthy dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The stage is now set for a prolonged period of instability. With events moving quickly, Rajesh Venugopal, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Development (LSE) looks at what’s at stake if Mahinda Rajapaksa returns to power.
Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at an election […]

November 12th, 2018|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on The Second Coming of Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa|

Myanmar 2020 – Rohingya Citizenship: Now or Never?

Myanmar’s 1982 Citizenship Law is not just a tool for denying the Rohingya their rights, it has also contributed to the military’s acts of genocide against them. With elections in two years, the next 12 months may be the last chance to reform the law, give the Rohingya their long overdue citizenship rights, and help create conditions for the safe […]

November 2nd, 2018|Featured, Human Rights, Law, Politics|Comments Off on Myanmar 2020 – Rohingya Citizenship: Now or Never?|
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    The electoral victory of Imran Khan: diffusing the dynasties of control in Pakistan?

The electoral victory of Imran Khan: diffusing the dynasties of control in Pakistan?

The outward perception that the newly elected Imran Khan is a military puppet is overly simplistic, failing to acknowledge the public’s backlash against the Bhutto and Sharif dynasties, writes Saloni Kapur.   

Imran Khan’s victory in the general elections held in Pakistan in July 2018 was met with cynicism in Western journalistic and policy circles. The New York Times reported […]

September 3rd, 2018|Featured, Politics|2 Comments|

Rahul Gandhi town hall: feature length special

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi was on a short visit to London last week. This feature length special is a report of the town hall event organised by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union, and the LSE South Asia Centre, using a selection of Salil Tripathi’s tweets and observations of the discussion.

The townhall event, like Rahul Gandhi’s […]

August 31st, 2018|Events, Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Rahul Gandhi town hall: feature length special|

Pakistan Election Special: the usual manifestos

As we look to today’s elections, there have been substantial promises made by all parties. Whilst Asad Abbasi argues in this feature length special that manifestos are unlikely to sway electoral outcomes, if these ordinary promises are fulfilled, much can change for the citizens of Pakistan. 

The political slogans drip with emotive sentiments. ‘Honour the vote’, says Nawaz Sharif. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asks […]

July 25th, 2018|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Pakistan Election Special: the usual manifestos|

India’s global outreach from the regional level

While national discourse often restricts regional leaders to their respective states or regions,  Tridivesh Singh Maini argues that their global vision must be invited onto the world stage by Prime Minister Modi. 

There are a number of developments over the past few days which yet again send a strong message that states are bound to play a substantial role in India’s ties […]

July 19th, 2018|Economy, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on India’s global outreach from the regional level|

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