What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?
Politics,South Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Nov 2018

What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?

Ranil Wickremesinghe was fired as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on October 26, 2018. Shortly before sacking Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and suspended the parliament.
The Modi-Abe Meeting and the Emerging Strategic Equation
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

By Paras Ratna - 20 Nov 2018

The Modi-Abe Meeting and the Emerging Strategic Equation

The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 08 Nov 2018

The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India
Politics,South Asia

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India

In October 2018, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa won the general elections of Bhutan while the governing party was eliminated. Many analysts believed that the new government would reduce dependence on India while strengthening cooperation with China.
By Nian Peng - 06 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh
Politics,Economy,South Asia

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh

On October 23, 2018, Saudi Arabia kicked off the “Future Investment Initiative” conference, showcasing the country’s progress and reforms. One of the high-profile guests at the conference was Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections
Politics,South Asia

Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections

The recent by-election results in Pakistan should serve as a wake-up call for the PTI government led by Imran Khan. While renegotiation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with China has helped in the long run, the economy is in the doldrums and patience is clearly wearing thin.
India and Uzbekistan Look to Deepen Bilateral Ties
Politics,Central Asia,South Asia

India and Uzbekistan Look to Deepen Bilateral Ties

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived on September 30, 2018 on his first official visit to India. This visit came soon after the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Uzbekistan, as part of her visit to the Central Asian Region.
US-Pakistan Ties: Re-negotiating the Terms of Engagement
Politics,South Asia

US-Pakistan Ties: Re-negotiating the Terms of Engagement

In September and October 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held two meetings in Islamabad and Washington to renegotiate the terms of engagement.
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Purchase of Missile Defense System Seals India-Russia Cooperation
Politics,South Asia

Purchase of Missile Defense System Seals India-Russia Cooperation

In July 2018, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that India was going ahead with the purchase of the S-400 Triumf missile shield from Russia. The US had on numerous occasions conveyed its discomfort with India’s decision to make this purchase.
Maldives’ Presidential Election: A Dawn for Change
Politics,South Asia

Maldives’ Presidential Election: A Dawn for Change

Amidst political turmoil and deadlock, Maldives voted in its third democratic election on September 23, 2018. Opposition leader Ibrahim Solih secured 58.3 percent against President Abdul Yameen, a strongman politician who conceded defeat with 41.7 percent vote share.
By Rishi Gupta - 01 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Pakistan
Politics,South Asia

Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Pakistan

The US decision to cancel USD 300 million in military aid on September 1, 2018, just four days before Pompeo’s visit, came in for heavy criticism from sections of the Pakistan media as well as the political class.
Afghanistan’s Irresolvable Conflict: Destructive Obsession with Everything Strategic
Politics,South Asia

Afghanistan’s Irresolvable Conflict: Destructive Obsession with Everything Strategic

The strategic prioritization of Afghanistan for the world over its political, economic and cultural development for itself has been at the heart of the things that continue to go wrong here.
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