Will Trump’s New Afghan Policy Deliver?
Security,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 25 Aug 2017

Will Trump’s New Afghan Policy Deliver?

US President Donald Trump unveiled his Afghan policy on August 21, 2017, announcing to ramp up the war effort in Afghanistan. The policy seems to be a compromise between Trump (who wanted complete withdrawal) and his generals (who wanted to ramp up the war effort).
India-ASEAN at 25: What’s Next?
South Asia,Southeast Asia

By Sovinda Po - 16 Aug 2017

India-ASEAN at 25: What’s Next?

Crisis Governance in Afghanistan and Need for Devolution
Politics,Central Asia,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 09 Aug 2017

Crisis Governance in Afghanistan and Need for Devolution

Pakistan’s Efforts in Mainstreaming Minorities
Society,South Asia

Pakistan’s Efforts in Mainstreaming Minorities

In Pakistan, there have been very few efforts to address the continuous betrayal of the underprivileged segments of society. The current government is trying to mainstream minorities, and even that takes few bold steps in the age of social media and ripening sectarianism.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits India to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties
Politics,South Asia

Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits India to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, held a meeting with the Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, testifying to the fact that oil is high on the India-Iraq agenda. Iraq, which has always been a major source of crude for India, is back again as India’s largest crude supplier.
India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond

The India-Japan Nuclear Deal came into force on July 20, 2017. With the deal, Japan can export nuclear power plant technology to India and help India with nuclear waste management. They can also jointly manufacture nuclear power plant equipment.
Nawaz Sharif’s Fall from the Pinnacle
Politics,South Asia

Nawaz Sharif’s Fall from the Pinnacle

In the Panama Case verdict, the House of Sharif, Pakistan’s first family, has been ousted from the power-equation. This is a major blow to Nawaz Sharif’s 35-year political career and legacy.
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Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?
Politics,South Asia

Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been entangled in the Panamagate scandal revealed on April 3, 2016. The eight offshore companies listed in the Panama Papers are linked to his family members, including a daughter, two sons, and the in-laws of his brother.  
By Bawa Singh - 28 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China, India and the Panchsheel Agreement
Security,China,South Asia

China, India and the Panchsheel Agreement

Despite the agreement being in place for peaceful coexistence and respect for each other’s sovereignty, if their armies are standing eyeball-to-eyeball for whatever reasons, then China and India need to revisit the Panchsheel Agreement.
Pakistan’s Middle East Predicament
Politics,South Asia

Pakistan’s Middle East Predicament

In recent years, the downward spiral in Saudi-Iran relations, the worsening Syrian conflict, the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the rise of new diplomatic rivalries between the Sunni Arab states have created new complications for Pakistan.
By Abdul Basit - 13 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Emerging India-Japan-Africa Triangular Cooperation
Economy,East Asia,South Asia

Emerging India-Japan-Africa Triangular Cooperation

India and Japan have joined hands in engaging in economic diplomacy with Africa and the rest of Asia, with the goal of social and economic development of the developing countries in these two continents.
China’s New Role in Afghanistan
China,South Asia

China’s New Role in Afghanistan

The drawdown of the American-led NATO forces from Afghanistan in December 2014 has resulted in the stepping-up of Chinese interest and investment. This time, the investment and interest are more diplomatic, political, and geared toward restoring peace in Afghanistan.
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