Imran Khan’s China Visit: A Much-needed Reality Check
Politics,China,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 29 Nov 2018

Imran Khan’s China Visit: A Much-needed Reality Check

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan went to China eyeing immediate financial assistance to negotiate a bailout package from the International Monitory Fund. The joint statement issued marking the end of Khan’s visit did not mention any assistance package.
China and India Border Talks: A Way Forward or Still a Dilemma?
China,South Asia

By Amrita Jash - 23 Nov 2018

China and India Border Talks: A Way Forward or Still a Dilemma?

Will Pakistan Stop Appeasing the Religious Right?
Politics,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 22 Nov 2018

Will Pakistan Stop Appeasing the Religious Right?

What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?
Politics,South Asia

What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?

Ranil Wickremesinghe was fired as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on October 26, 2018. Shortly before sacking Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and suspended the parliament.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Modi-Abe Meeting and the Emerging Strategic Equation
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

The Modi-Abe Meeting and the Emerging Strategic Equation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan on October 28, 2018 as part of the 13th annual summit between the two countries had brought to the fore the dynamics of the Indo-Japan bilateral relationship amidst the shifting contours of global politics.
The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan

Middle fingers painted in blue ink, millions of Afghans went to the polls, electing people to the lower house of the Parliament and the District Councils. Aside from macro implications, these elections demonstrated popular faith in the strengths of institutional democracy.
Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India
Politics,South Asia

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India

In October 2018, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa won the general elections of Bhutan while the governing party was eliminated. Many analysts believed that the new government would reduce dependence on India while strengthening cooperation with China.
By Nian Peng - 06 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh
Politics,Economy,South Asia

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh

On October 23, 2018, Saudi Arabia kicked off the “Future Investment Initiative” conference, showcasing the country’s progress and reforms. One of the high-profile guests at the conference was Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections
Politics,South Asia

Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections

The recent by-election results in Pakistan should serve as a wake-up call for the PTI government led by Imran Khan. While renegotiation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with China has helped in the long run, the economy is in the doldrums and patience is clearly wearing thin.
India and Uzbekistan Look to Deepen Bilateral Ties
Politics,Central Asia,South Asia

India and Uzbekistan Look to Deepen Bilateral Ties

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived on September 30, 2018 on his first official visit to India. This visit came soon after the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Uzbekistan, as part of her visit to the Central Asian Region.
US-Pakistan Ties: Re-negotiating the Terms of Engagement
Politics,South Asia

US-Pakistan Ties: Re-negotiating the Terms of Engagement

In September and October 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held two meetings in Islamabad and Washington to renegotiate the terms of engagement.
By Abdul Basit - 12 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Purchase of Missile Defense System Seals India-Russia Cooperation
Politics,South Asia

Purchase of Missile Defense System Seals India-Russia Cooperation

In July 2018, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that India was going ahead with the purchase of the S-400 Triumf missile shield from Russia. The US had on numerous occasions conveyed its discomfort with India’s decision to make this purchase.
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