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    High on inaction: Why the international community fails to take Afghanistan’s illegal opium economy seriously

High on inaction: Why the international community fails to take Afghanistan’s illegal opium economy seriously

Afghanistan’s opium economy continues to flourish. At the same time, the country has seen the largest international military and civilian missions in recent history. How is that possible? Several attempts were made to link illicit drugs with insurgency and terrorism. But why haven’t states taken this seriously? Jorrit Kamminga (Clingendael Institute & Oxfam Novib) discusses his research into securitisation […]

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    The meaning of ID cards on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: performance, nationalism and control

The meaning of ID cards on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: performance, nationalism and control

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 […]

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    Can confidence-building measures repair the mistrust between India and Pakistan?

Can confidence-building measures repair the mistrust between India and Pakistan?

One of the features of the Indo-Pakistani rivalry that receives little attention is the impressive array of bilateral confidence-building measures. Here Ryan French explains how such confidence-building measures could be strengthened to build trust and disincentivise armed conflict between the two countries.

Just a few months ago, the world held its breath as India and Pakistan exchanged blows from the […]

June 6th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Can confidence-building measures repair the mistrust between India and Pakistan?|

Long Read: Modi’s foreign policy performance

As Indians vote through the rest of April and the first half of May, former-Financial Times journalist and author of Implosion: India’s Tryst with Reality John Elliott, assesses India’s foreign policy over the last five years. Looking at role of the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who is currently seeking re-election) Elliott argues why Modi’s achievements have failed to […]

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    Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan

Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan

Since the Taliban Regime was ousted by the US-led coalition forces, international initiatives have been trying to rebuild Afghanistan as a democratic and liberal state for a long-lasting peace. However, despite all efforts, Afghanistan is still far from being stable. As a significant reason, Emrah Ozdemir (Karatekin University, Turkey) investigates to what extent the interveners could understand the situation […]

April 16th, 2019|Development, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan|

China to Afghanistan’s rescue with pressure on Pakistan?

China has become an increasingly active player in attempts to stabilise Afghanistan and curb militancy in Pakistan. But to what extent has China offered tangible and effective contributions to stability? Saira Basit (Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies), Neil Macfarlane (University of Oxford) and Stina Torjesen (University of Agder) argue that the evidence so far is mixed: Chinese diplomacy has […]

April 8th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on China to Afghanistan’s rescue with pressure on Pakistan?|

Afghanistan: How US Military Aid Can Backfire

Can military forces mitigate insurgent activity—“win hearts and minds”—by implementing small, localised aid projects? Evidence from the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has provided contradictory answers to the question of aid’s ability to mitigate violence. Taking the two countries as case studies Daniel Karell (New York University, Abu Dhabi) and Sebastian Schutte (Peace Research Institute, Oslo) explore the role of […]

April 1st, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Afghanistan: How US Military Aid Can Backfire|

Pakistan: Suicide bombing’s deadliest victim?

Suicide bombing has sadly become a key feature of political violence in Pakistan since 2001. Luqman Saeed (Royal Holloway) looks at the historic data on suicide bombings, the victims of the attacks and the type of attacks to determine whether Pakistan is afflicted by this form of political violence more than any other country around the world – even […]

March 27th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Pakistan: Suicide bombing’s deadliest victim?|

Security challenges along the India-Myanmar border

The India-Myanmar border has recently made the headlines after the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) reportedly conducted counter insurgency operations against Indian insurgents groups. But cross border movement of insurgents is only one of several security challenges facing the policing of the border. Pushpita Das (Research Fellow, IDSA) examines the other security challenges currently emanating across the India-Myanmar border.

In February 2019 […]

March 20th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Security challenges along the India-Myanmar border|

Bangladesh and Bhutan: A strategic development partnership

Neighbours by geography, the foundations of their friendship were laid down by visionary leaders of both Bangladesh and Bhutan, based on their common aspirations for peace, mutual respect, collective prosperity and deeper integration, writes Mohammad Tarikul Islam (Jahangirnagar University).

Bangladesh and Bhutan are currently leveraging their opportunities and elaborating methods to handle their competitive advantages. These are primarily factor-advantages, among which […]

March 18th, 2019|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Bangladesh and Bhutan: A strategic development partnership|

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