Protest Erupts in Sri Lanka's Hambantota over Chinese Megaproject
Economy,China,South Asia
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 13 Jan 2017

Protest Erupts in Sri Lanka's Hambantota over Chinese Megaproject

A Chinese megaproject in Sri Lanka has encountered violent resistance from angry local residents who fear forced eviction from their land. The protesters are also worried that Hambantota will become a Chinese colony over time.
Modi’s Demonetization of Rupee Banknotes: Bold Reform or Reckless Adventure?
Economy,South Asia

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 23 Nov 2016

Modi’s Demonetization of Rupee Banknotes: Bold Reform or Reckless Adventure?

India-UK Economic Relations and Impact of Brexit
Economy,South Asia

By Rashmi Singh - 25 Oct 2016

India-UK Economic Relations and Impact of Brexit

Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction
Security,South Asia

Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction

On September 29, 2016, it was announced that India had carried out “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control and destroyed so-called “terror launch pads” where terrorists had allegedly assembled to infiltrate Indian-administered Kashmir. Pakistan responded by rejecting them as an over-exaggeration and fabrication of the truth.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Oct 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
India-Nepal Ties: The Imprint of the “Modi Doctrine”
Politics,South Asia

India-Nepal Ties: The Imprint of the “Modi Doctrine”

On his first visit abroad after assuming office, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal visited India from September 15-18. The choice of India for the first visit by the prime minister of Nepal was a smart move to reinforce India-Nepal special relations.  
Modi’s “Make in India” Faces Tough Challenges
Economy,South Asia

Modi’s “Make in India” Faces Tough Challenges

The primary goal of “Make in India” is to make India a global manufacturing hub. Manufacturing currently occupies a 16 percent share of India’s GDP but the government hopes to raise it to 25 percent by 2025.
Dialogue and Water Cooperation in the Brahmaputra River Basin
Economy,Security,South Asia

Dialogue and Water Cooperation in the Brahmaputra River Basin

The key challenge in the Brahmaputra River Basin is the rising suspicion and distrust, and the lack of open communications between the countries. Negotiations that have happened so far are essentially bilateral and confidential with no public participation.
Terrorism and Geopolitics in South Asia
Politics,Security,South Asia

Terrorism and Geopolitics in South Asia

2016 has proven to be a busy year thus far for diplomats of the major world powers as they flew into South Asia’s capitals to cut deals and cooperate in combating terrorism as well as extending areas of cooperation with geopolitical implications.
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The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
Security,China,South Asia

The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

On August 8, 2016, over 70 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a suicide bombing in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. As Balochistan is the location of Gwadar Port, the southern terminus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the massacre highlights the security risks facing CPEC.
Pakistan’s Unenviable Position in the Intra-Arab Rift
Politics,Hotspots,South Asia

Pakistan’s Unenviable Position in the Intra-Arab Rift

On June 12, 2017, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Jeddah to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He was reportedly bluntly asked by King Salman: “Are you with us or with Qatar?”
Center-State Ties in India and Their Impact on Foreign Policy
Politics,South Asia

Center-State Ties in India and Their Impact on Foreign Policy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 3 years in office has repeatedly urged the Indian states to contribute to the country’s growth story, and to also play their rightful role in strengthening ties with the outside world.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Two Years On
Economy,China,South Asia

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Two Years On

In the two years since Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official announcement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor during his state visit to Pakistan on April 20, 2015, the first slate of “early harvest” CPEC projects are poised to be completed.
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