Implications of Islamic State’s Expansion in South Asia
Politics,Security,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 19 Jun 2019

Implications of Islamic State’s Expansion in South Asia

Following territorial losses in Syria, the Islamic State declared Wilayahs in India and Pakistan on May 10 and 15, 2019, respectively. In a recent statement, IS also threatened a fresh wave of attacks in India and Bangladesh.
India-Pakistan Relations after Modi’s Re-election
Politics,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 11 Jun 2019

India-Pakistan Relations after Modi’s Re-election

The Iran-Pakistan-India Triangle
Politics,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 04 Jun 2019

The Iran-Pakistan-India Triangle

India-Pakistan Relations: Who Won the Diplomatic War?
Politics,South Asia

India-Pakistan Relations: Who Won the Diplomatic War?

Imran Khan unconditionally announced the release of an Indian pilot who was captured in Pakistani territory. The media was effusive with praise for Khan. The optics would suggest Pakistan won this round. Yet, analysts believed that India had the edge in this entire crisis.
Sri Lanka Bombings and the Spreading Arc of ISIS in India
Politics,South Asia

Sri Lanka Bombings and the Spreading Arc of ISIS in India

A series of blasts in the island country of Sri Lanka targeting three churches and two five-star hotels resulted in the death of 253 people. Given the magnitude of the attack, it could easily be categorized as one of the deadliest in South Asia.
A Nobel Peace Prize for India’s Election Commission?
Politics,Society,South Asia

A Nobel Peace Prize for India’s Election Commission?

India’s Election Commission has carried out the largest democratic elections in the world by relatively free and fair means. It may be a good time for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the upcoming Peace Prize to India’s Election Commission.
Islamic State: From Territorial to Spiritual Caliphate
Politics,Security,South Asia

Islamic State: From Territorial to Spiritual Caliphate

Following recent battlefield losses, IS has compressed its various wilayats (provinces) in Iraq and Syria into two and moved away from the proto-state model of the Caliphate. In other words, IS has pivoted from a territorial to a spiritual Caliphate.
By Abdul Basit - 13 May 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Bhandari’s Visit Signals Deeper Nepal-China Engagement
Politics,Economy,South Asia

Bhandari’s Visit Signals Deeper Nepal-China Engagement

Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was on a nine-day state visit to China which concluded on April 30, 2019. Invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Bhandari also attended and addressed the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
By Rishi Gupta - 09 May 2019 | 1 comments Read more...
Differences between Afghanistan and the US over the Peace Talks
Politics,South Asia

Differences between Afghanistan and the US over the Peace Talks

Peace talks were held between the United States and the Taliban in March 2019. There are two differences between the Afghan government and the US that compelled the Afghans to raise objections to the peace process.
In a Time-Warped Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

In a Time-Warped Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, things appear to be as stuck as they were back in 2011 or as further back in 2001 when the search for peace began. In 2019, the negotiations to negotiate the end of the conflict have once again been halted by different parties who do not want to see eye-to-eye.
India’s General Election Won’t Alter Ties with China
Politics,China,South Asia

India’s General Election Won’t Alter Ties with China

China is understandably keeping a close watch on India’s general election in April-May 2019. Irrespective of the election results, India’s policy towards China is not likely to change significantly.
South Asia’s Militant Landscape After the Pulwama Attack
Politics,South Asia

South Asia’s Militant Landscape After the Pulwama Attack

The Pulwama attack has again exposed the vulnerability of India and Pakistan to terrorist blackmail, bringing the two to the brink of war. The aftermath of the attack underscores a new phase of militancy in Kashmir and renewed hostilities between India and Pakistan.
By Abdul Basit - 17 Apr 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
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