A Nobel Peace Prize for India’s Election Commission?
Politics,Society,South Asia
By Narayanan Balakrishnan - 29 May 2019

A Nobel Peace Prize for India’s Election Commission?

India’s Election Commission has carried out the largest democratic elections in the world by relatively free and fair means. It may be a good time for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the upcoming Peace Prize to India’s Election Commission.
Islamic State: From Territorial to Spiritual Caliphate
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 13 May 2019

Islamic State: From Territorial to Spiritual Caliphate

Bhandari’s Visit Signals Deeper Nepal-China Engagement
Politics,Economy,South Asia

By Rishi Gupta - 09 May 2019

Bhandari’s Visit Signals Deeper Nepal-China Engagement

Differences between Afghanistan and the US over the Peace Talks
Politics,South Asia

Differences between Afghanistan and the US over the Peace Talks

Peace talks were held between the United States and the Taliban in March 2019. There are two differences between the Afghan government and the US that compelled the Afghans to raise objections to the peace process.
In a Time-Warped Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

In a Time-Warped Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, things appear to be as stuck as they were back in 2011 or as further back in 2001 when the search for peace began. In 2019, the negotiations to negotiate the end of the conflict have once again been halted by different parties who do not want to see eye-to-eye.
India’s General Election Won’t Alter Ties with China
Politics,China,South Asia

India’s General Election Won’t Alter Ties with China

China is understandably keeping a close watch on India’s general election in April-May 2019. Irrespective of the election results, India’s policy towards China is not likely to change significantly.
South Asia’s Militant Landscape After the Pulwama Attack
Politics,South Asia

South Asia’s Militant Landscape After the Pulwama Attack

The Pulwama attack has again exposed the vulnerability of India and Pakistan to terrorist blackmail, bringing the two to the brink of war. The aftermath of the attack underscores a new phase of militancy in Kashmir and renewed hostilities between India and Pakistan.
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The International North-South Transport Corridor
Economy,Central Asia,South Asia

The International North-South Transport Corridor

The International North-South Transport Corridor is a transit route designed to facilitate the carriage of goods from Mumbai in India to Helsinki in Finland, using Iranian ports and railroads, which Tehran plans to connect to those of Azerbaijan and Russia and its Baltic ports.
What’s Behind the India and Pakistan Conflict in Kashmir
Politics,South Asia

What’s Behind the India and Pakistan Conflict in Kashmir

India and Pakistan have been fighting over Kashmir since their independence and the situation is exacerbating with time. Tensions flared once again on February 14, 2019, when more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in India-administered Pulwama.
India May Hold the Keys to a Critical US Defense Base
Politics,South Asia

India May Hold the Keys to a Critical US Defense Base

An International Court of Justice ruling has put the UK’s colonial claims to the Chagos in doubt. It is the US that has the most to lose, since it relies upon a long term lease from the UK to support its continued occupation of Diego Garcia, an important base in the Indian Ocean.
The Afghan Endgame in the Eyes of the US
Politics,South Asia

The Afghan Endgame in the Eyes of the US

Afghanistan enters into its 18th year of conflict since America responded to the September 11 attacks in 2001. The US is planning to exit from Afghanistan by 2024.
The Sino-Indo-US Great Game in the Indian Ocean
Politics,China,South Asia

The Sino-Indo-US Great Game in the Indian Ocean

China’s growing economic and naval presence in the Indian Ocean region challenges India, the major South Asian power in the Indian Ocean area, and the US, the primary power since 1945. The question is why.
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