India-Iran Ties: Economic and Strategic Significances
Economy,South Asia
By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 24 May 2017

India-Iran Ties: Economic and Strategic Significances

India’s relationship with Iran is important for a myriad of economic and strategic reasons. Firstly, India is amongst the largest importers of oil, second after China, from Iran. Secondly, India is helping Iran in the development of Chabahar Port.
The Pakistan Factor in India-Turkey Relations
Politics,South Asia

By Bawa Singh - 15 May 2017

The Pakistan Factor in India-Turkey Relations

The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy
Politics,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 04 May 2017

The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy

Three Recent State Visits and India’s Act East Policy
Economy,South Asia

Three Recent State Visits and India’s Act East Policy

Recently, there have been three significant state visits to India by Malaysian PM Najib Razak, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. All three countries are vital players in what the Modi Government has dubbed as India’s “Act East Policy.”
The Murder of Mashal Khan and its Implications for the CPEC
Economy,Security,South Asia

The Murder of Mashal Khan and its Implications for the CPEC

The recent lynching of a university student in Pakistan who had been falsely accused of blasphemy highlights the fact that terrorist and separatist violence are not the sole security threats facing the successful completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Security,South Asia

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Terrorist networks can recover from territorial setbacks, infrastructural damage, and manpower losses, but ideological de-legitimization neutralizes their popular appeal. The Pakistani government must challenge the militants in the realm of ideas as well.
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On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid
Economy,South Asia

On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid

India’s key challenge is to come up with a rational response to CPEC, and not allow any one strand to influence its approach towards this project, which seeks to connect Kashgar in Xinjiang with Gwadar in Balochistan.
Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy
Politics,South Asia

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s position has been consolidated with the BJP’s convincing triumphs in two North Indian states, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The question on many people’s minds is whether he will utilize his political capital for reorienting ties with countries in the neighborhood.
How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan
Security,South Asia

How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

In February 2017, three terrorist groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and the Islamic State of Khurasan carried out multiple attacks on Pakistan’s major cities. The spate of attacks indicated an urgent need to revisit existing counter-terrorism policies.
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Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box
Politics,Security,South Asia

Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box

India needs to act fast and come up with innovative methods to deal with the US President. It is likely that during his visit to the US, the Indian PM will be accompanied by top business leaders from various industries including the IT and pharmaceutical sectors.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects
Economy,China,South Asia

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

Athough CPEC offers more opportunities to Pakistan given the global connectivity of trade and investment expanded by China, yet the major question is how Pakistan and China can bring this vision into reality keeping in view the changing geopolitics in the South Asian region.
Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?

In recent days, India’s attention has been on some of the changes introduced by the administration of US President Donald Trump. They include restrictions on H1-B visas, as well as the US’ attempt to get the UN to impose a ban on Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-E-Mohammed.
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