BIMSTEC and People-to-People Connectivity
Economy,South Asia
By Sampa Kundu - 24 May 2018

BIMSTEC and People-to-People Connectivity

In the context of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, there are a few approaches that can be adopted to rejuvenate the sense of a common identity within the sub-region.
Between the Barbs: Afghanistan in the US-Iran Tussle
Politics,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 23 May 2018

Between the Barbs: Afghanistan in the US-Iran Tussle

China-India Border Dispute: Stabilizing Military Relations is Key to Peace
China,South Asia

By Amrita Jash - 16 May 2018

China-India Border Dispute: Stabilizing Military Relations is Key to Peace

The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recently met with US Vice President Mike Pence. One of the challenges which the US is facing is that despite taking tough measures on Pakistan lately, there has been no visible change in Islamabad’s approach towards terror groups.
Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan
Politics,Society,South Asia

Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan have made use of democratic practices, such as popular sit-ins, social media activism, and even satire, as ways to make themselves heard even if their faith in the government and the administration continues to diminish by the day.
How India Should Deal with Developments within SAARC
Politics,South Asia

How India Should Deal with Developments within SAARC

What India should be closely observing is not just China’s steady clout in the region, but also Pakistan’s ties with other countries in India’s immediate neighborhood and attempts by Islamabad to revive the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation process.
TAPI has Potential but Challenges Remain
Politics,Economy,South Asia

TAPI has Potential but Challenges Remain

On February 23, 2018, the representatives of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the TAPI gas pipeline, which is intended to transfer 33 billion cubic feet of natural gas from Turkmenistan to the three countries.
What India Really Needs Is Better Population Policy
Politics,Economy,South Asia

What India Really Needs Is Better Population Policy

Economist Paul Krugman told the News18 Rising India Summit that India needed to expand manufacturing to put more people to work, but a closer look at China’s growth trajectory showed that population policy was the key.
US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties
Politics,South Asia

US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties

Both the US and Pakistan seem to be in damage control mode, and they have been making efforts to send a clear message: that while they have significant differences on important strategic issues, neither side can allow the relationship to drift any further.
The Kabul Peace Process: Can it Deliver the Final Push?
Politics,South Asia

The Kabul Peace Process: Can it Deliver the Final Push?

In a bid to secure reconciliation, the Afghan government continued the Kabul Peace Process with both international and regional involvement. It extended an olive branch to the Taliban by agreeing to hold talks with it “without preconditions.”
India-Pakistan Ties: Domestic Politics and External Players
Politics,South Asia

India-Pakistan Ties: Domestic Politics and External Players

Bilateral ties between India and Pakistan have been on a consistent downward spiral since 2016. Some recent developments have been important, raising renewed hope that both countries are looking at a revival of engagement.
What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?
Politics,Economy,South Asia

What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?

Bhutan and Nepal, categorized as Least Developed Countries, rank second and third best among South Asian countries in the 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report. This points to differences in the way “development” is defined.
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