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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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    Will Sri Lanka manage to perform the balancing act between China and India?

Will Sri Lanka manage to perform the balancing act between China and India?

Given the strategic competition and growing rivalry between China and India, it is inherently in the island’s national interest to have a balanced approach while dealing with the two powers.  As China exerts more power in South Asia, raising India’s concerns of a ‘Chinese Threat’, Sri Lanka needs continue to be on good terms with both nations writes Shakthi De […]

January 19th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Will Sri Lanka manage to perform the balancing act between China and India?|
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    India-Russia relations are evolving and strengthening  

India-Russia relations are evolving and strengthening  

This New Year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to strengthen India-Russia relations. From several senior level bilateral meets in 2017 to increasing trade, India-Russia relations have already regained momentum. Apart from shared worldview and strong military-technical partnership, the two countries need to now look at strengthening economic and cultural relations writes Uma Purushothaman.

In 2017, India and Russia started paying more attention to their bilateral relations, reviving a stagnant relationship and recovering some of the momentum that was lost over the past […]

January 18th, 2018|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on India-Russia relations are evolving and strengthening  |
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    How the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman impacts India  

How the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman impacts India  

As the new Saudi Crown Prince gains more control, Pieter-Jan Dockx writes that India has a new balancing act to play between the House of Saud and the Islamic Republic. While counter-terrorism cooperation may increase, other indicators foretell a gloomy future.

In June 2017, King Salman bin Abdulaziz ousted, heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, replacing him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). The […]

January 11th, 2018|Featured, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on How the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman impacts India  |
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    To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

Despite improved education, highways, and myriad other rural development projects, Afghanistan continues to face grave security issues. Rustam Ali Seerat argues that a government drive towards urbanisation may be the solution instead of trying to control sparsely populated territories. 

On October 7, 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of airstrikes targeting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. […]

January 10th, 2018|Development, Featured, Rural Areas, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation|

2017 in review: Top articles on security and foreign policy

The year 2017 has brought new foreign policy and security challenges for the region of South Asia, including the domestic incursion of terrorist groups and the growing role of China in the Indian Ocean and beyond. We take a look at the top security and foreign policy articles of the year. 

Pakistan in the eyes of the world: a new perspective […]

December 27th, 2017|Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on 2017 in review: Top articles on security and foreign policy|

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