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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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    Good governance, the best counter narrative and antidote to radicalisation 

Good governance, the best counter narrative and antidote to radicalisation 

Nearly a month ago, Pakistan launched a religious fatwa against terrorism and use of violence against the government. Pieter-Jan Dockx on why this is a narrow understanding of counter narratives and the only solution to radicalisation and fundamentalism can be found in good governance.

On January 16, Pakistan’s President, Mamnoon Hussain, launched the national counterterrorism narrative, Paigham-e-Pakistan. The announcement sparked wide debate about counter narratives in the country. Simply put, Paigham-e-Pakistan entails a religious fatwa against terrorism and against the use of violence in […]

February 28th, 2018|Featured, Human Rights, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Good governance, the best counter narrative and antidote to radicalisation |

Should India amend its nuclear doctrine?

Against the backdrop of a muscular posturing of Modi’s foreign policy towards Pakistan, there have been clamours from various quarters for India to abandon its no-first-use nuclear policy and project a more aggressive nuclear stance to match Mr. Modi’s vision of foreign policy. Suyash Saxena writes. 

Against the backdrop of a muscular posturing of Modi’s foreign policy towards Pakistan, there have been […]

February 20th, 2018|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Should India amend its nuclear doctrine?|

Liberal democracies, don’t give up on the Maldives 

If the Yameen government survives the current political crisis unscathed, it would set a dangerous precedent, only encouraging authoritarian-minded leaders in other nations to reveal their true selves when the timing is ripe for them. Arafat Kabir traces why the Maldives is in this situation, China’s strategic response to the crises and what other democracies need to do now. 

Known for its sun-kissed white […]

February 16th, 2018|Featured, Human Rights, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Liberal democracies, don’t give up on the Maldives |

Indian labourers, the invisible class of Bhutan  

Indian labourers, along with the aid from India, are integral to Bhutanese economy. In this photo essay, Jaquelyn Poussot explores the problems they face — from local to geo-political level. 

Indian labourers are everywhere in Bhutan. On roadsides, in tents, cutting boulders down to gravel sized pebbles, or moving large objects using make-shift devices.  But what is their impact on Bhutanese society?  Why are there so many of them and how are their facilities are permitted to be quite so tragic?

On visiting the housing of the construction workers I […]

Running hot and cold: Bhutan-India-China relations

What will the new year bring for the three countries? Even though the Doklam issue was solved peacefully, its occurrence shows that a frozen conflict can run hot now and again. Looking ahead, the new year may bring new challenges, a continued status quo, and/or new opportunities writes Sarina Theys.

The summer of 2017 was marked by a frozen border dispute that turned […]

January 25th, 2018|Featured, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Running hot and cold: Bhutan-India-China relations|

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