China’s New Role in Afghanistan
China,South Asia
By Chayanika Saxena - 05 Jul 2017

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.
 Does India Have What It Takes to be a Knowledge Superpower?
Society,South Asia

By Romi Jain - 03 Jul 2017

Does India Have What It Takes to be a Knowledge Superpower?

Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations
Politics,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 28 Jun 2017

Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations

GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now
Politics,Security,South Asia

GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now

A major concern for India is Pakistan’s involvement in the Saudi-led Islamic military coalition. After all, India had expended considerable political and diplomatic capital to isolate Pakistan for terror attacks emanating from its territory which target India and Indian interests.
India, Nepal and the Belt and Road Initiative: A Triangular Analysis
Economy,China,South Asia

India, Nepal and the Belt and Road Initiative: A Triangular Analysis

In a surprising move on May 12, 2017, just a day before the opening of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, Nepal signed the framework agreement in Kathmandu. However, this has raised strategic apprehensions in India.
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New Measures to Lessen Negative Aspects of Belt and Road Initiative
Economy,South Asia

New Measures to Lessen Negative Aspects of Belt and Road Initiative

India, a notable absence from the BRI, raised the issues that the projects do not follow internationally-recognized norms of good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency, and equality.  
Great Power Rivalry in Afghanistan: Challenges for India
Politics,South Asia

Great Power Rivalry in Afghanistan: Challenges for India

During the recent visit of US National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster to South Asia, he had stated that “the best way to pursue Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through the use of diplomacy, and not through the use of proxies that engage in violence.”
India-Iran Ties: Economic and Strategic Significances
Economy,South Asia

India-Iran Ties: Economic and Strategic Significances

India’s relationship with Iran is important for a myriad of economic and strategic reasons. Firstly, India is amongst the largest importers of oil, second after China, from Iran. Secondly, India is helping Iran in the development of Chabahar Port.
The Pakistan Factor in India-Turkey Relations
Politics,South Asia

The Pakistan Factor in India-Turkey Relations

Although India and Turkey have enjoyed civilizational and geo-cultural relations since recorded history, the relations between both countries have been paralyzed due to the Pakistan factor in the post-colonial era.
By Bawa Singh - 15 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy
Politics,South Asia

The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy

With the completion of the power transition in Washington DC, the Trump administration is adopting a more assertive and muscular regional policy to fill the diplomatic void and power vacuum created in South Asia during the 2016 US presidential election.  
By Abdul Basit - 04 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Three Recent State Visits and India’s Act East Policy
Economy,South Asia

Three Recent State Visits and India’s Act East Policy

Recently, there have been three significant state visits to India by Malaysian PM Najib Razak, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. All three countries are vital players in what the Modi Government has dubbed as India’s “Act East Policy.”
The Murder of Mashal Khan and its Implications for the CPEC
Economy,Security,South Asia

The Murder of Mashal Khan and its Implications for the CPEC

The recent lynching of a university student in Pakistan who had been falsely accused of blasphemy highlights the fact that terrorist and separatist violence are not the sole security threats facing the successful completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
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