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    Bangladesh’s response to one of the biggest refugee crises of the century (Part 1) 

Bangladesh’s response to one of the biggest refugee crises of the century (Part 1) 

LSE South Asia Centre hosted  Mr Md. Shahidul Haque, Hon’ble Foreign Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh, to speak on the issue of the ‘Rohyngia Humanitarian Crisis’ on the 15 March 2018. The event took place following the second Strategic Dialogue earlier that day between the UK and Bangladesh.  Dominique Dillabough-Lefebvre writes about his interaction with Mr Haque and the event proceedings, where the foreign secretary gave an insightful, humble and compassionate […]

April 19th, 2018|Events, Featured, Human Rights, Politics, Religion, Religion, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Bangladesh’s response to one of the biggest refugee crises of the century (Part 1) |
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    The India-Pakistan-China triangle: a need for forward thinking development

The India-Pakistan-China triangle: a need for forward thinking development

One of the major bones of contention between India and Pakistan relations has been Beijing’s close ties with Pakistan. However, the possibility of India joining CPEC should not be ruled out, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini. 

If one were to look at the India-China relationship, apart from territorial disputes, one of the major bones of contention between both countries has been […]

Why has Pakistan sent troops to Saudi Arabia?

Following the recent development of Pakistan sending military personnel to Saudi Arabia, Umer Karim explores this new chapter in the Pakistani-Saudi relationship and its place in a changing Middle East.

Pakistan recently announced that it will send military personnel to Saudi Arabia. The details of the deployment remain elusive, but a composite brigade of the Pakistani military will reportedly fulfil advisory and training […]

April 12th, 2018|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Why has Pakistan sent troops to Saudi Arabia?|

Maldives Crisis: A Catch-22 Situation for India 

The current crisis in the Maldives can be seen as an opportunity for India to regain its lost influence in the country, and subsequently in the region. Although challenges are far greater than opportunities writes Sarral Sharma.

Despite outpouring domestic and international pressure, the Abdulla Yameen government on 20 February approved a 30-day extension of the state of emergency in the Maldives. President Yameen has not budged under growing domestic politico-economic concerns and possible diplomatic alienation […]

March 30th, 2018|Economy, Featured, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Maldives Crisis: A Catch-22 Situation for India |

Assam against itself: a reply to Sanjib Baruah

In response to Professor Sanjib Baruah’s article ‘Stateless in Assam’ which discussed a new focus on detention camps for ‘stateless citizens’, Suraj Gogoi, Gorky Chakraborty and Parag Jyoti Saikia reflect on the implications of reducing people to ‘bare life’.

The Concentration camps that came to the fore during the Holocaust, left a deep impact on human history. It showed us that […]

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    Reviving the thaw? Punjab’s potential in improving India-Pakistan relations

Reviving the thaw? Punjab’s potential in improving India-Pakistan relations

Indian and Pakistani Punjab should explore potential opportunities together, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini. All stakeholders including political parties, the business community, religious organisations, and civil society should be involved in this process if Pakistan and India are to move beyond the current climate. 

After taking over as Chief Minister of Punjab (India), Captain Amarinder Singh, March 2017, took up the issue […]

March 20th, 2018|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Reviving the thaw? Punjab’s potential in improving India-Pakistan relations|
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    Navigating India’s interests in the labyrinth of the Arab Gulf’s internal rivalries

Navigating India’s interests in the labyrinth of the Arab Gulf’s internal rivalries

What should be India’s response to deal with the situation in the Arab Gulf? While taking stock of India’s interests in each of these countries, Shelly Johny uses the example of two other Arab Gulf countries, Kuwait and Oman, to understand how India can navigate the complex geo-political maze in the region.

Since the outbreak of political protests in various Arab states at the end of […]

March 16th, 2018|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Navigating India’s interests in the labyrinth of the Arab Gulf’s internal rivalries|
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    The winds of change in Sri Lanka? Rajapaksa’s charisma and foreign factors in Sri Lankan politics

The winds of change in Sri Lanka? Rajapaksa’s charisma and foreign factors in Sri Lankan politics

Whilst the external support received by the government in Sri Lanka from India and the West may play a pivotal role in the coming months in terms of securing the grip of power in the parliament, the outcome of the local elections in Sri Lanka has created a political storm in the island, write Eshan Jayawardena and Punsara Amarasinghe.  

The local […]

March 13th, 2018|Featured, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on The winds of change in Sri Lanka? Rajapaksa’s charisma and foreign factors in Sri Lankan politics|
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    From South Asia @ LSE archives: 10 articles on Sino-South Asia relationship

From South Asia @ LSE archives: 10 articles on Sino-South Asia relationship

In the last few years, China has increased its geo-political influence in South Asia through its systematic investments in infrastructure and trade agreements in the region. From the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the proposed project of a Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM) to the 99-year lease of Sri Lanka’s port of Hambantota, China has marked its presence significantly. To encourage debate […]

March 4th, 2018|Events, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on From South Asia @ LSE archives: 10 articles on Sino-South Asia relationship|
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    The shape of water in transboundary river basins of South Asia 

The shape of water in transboundary river basins of South Asia 

In the colonial era, rivers were primarily seen through an engineer’s technocratic eye. With the examples of Pancheshwar Dam and projects on river Kosi, Raj Kaithwar explains how the view persists in post-colonial South Asia. 

Himalayan watershed consists of three major transboundary river basins: the Indus, the Ganga and the Brahmaputra, which are fed by both glacial melt and annual precipitation, producing a large amount of freshwater. However, the South Asian region only accounts for 4 percent of world’s […]

March 1st, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, Human Rights, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on The shape of water in transboundary river basins of South Asia |

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