Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Security,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 18 Apr 2017

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Terrorist networks can recover from territorial setbacks, infrastructural damage, and manpower losses, but ideological de-legitimization neutralizes their popular appeal. The Pakistani government must challenge the militants in the realm of ideas as well.
On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid
Economy,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 14 Apr 2017

On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy
Politics,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 30 Mar 2017

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan
Security,South Asia

How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

In February 2017, three terrorist groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and the Islamic State of Khurasan carried out multiple attacks on Pakistan’s major cities. The spate of attacks indicated an urgent need to revisit existing counter-terrorism policies.
By Abdul Basit - 17 Mar 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box
Politics,Security,South Asia

Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box

India needs to act fast and come up with innovative methods to deal with the US President. It is likely that during his visit to the US, the Indian PM will be accompanied by top business leaders from various industries including the IT and pharmaceutical sectors.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects
Economy,China,South Asia

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

Athough CPEC offers more opportunities to Pakistan given the global connectivity of trade and investment expanded by China, yet the major question is how Pakistan and China can bring this vision into reality keeping in view the changing geopolitics in the South Asian region.
Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?

In recent days, India’s attention has been on some of the changes introduced by the administration of US President Donald Trump. They include restrictions on H1-B visas, as well as the US’ attempt to get the UN to impose a ban on Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-E-Mohammed.
Modi’s Job Creation Promise for India
Economy,South Asia

Modi’s Job Creation Promise for India

During Narendra Modi’s campaign for the 2014 general elections, he promised to create 10 million jobs for India’s youth if elected. However, job creation, badly impacted by the fall in exports caused by the global economic slowdown, is now at its “lowest in seven years.”
Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India
Society,South Asia

Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India

The popularity of the Singam movies in India suggest a thirst in the audience for their justice system to perform a thorough and righteous cleansing of the corrupt and criminal elements which they have to live with in their everyday lives.  
South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists
Society,Security,South Asia

South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists

In the last two years, since the advent of the Islamic State terrorist group, a new breed of educated jihadists from the urban middle and upper middle class has emerged in South Asia. This new breed has two nodes of presence: self-radicalised cells and lone-wolf individuals.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Protest Erupts in Sri Lanka's Hambantota over Chinese Megaproject
Economy,China,South Asia

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

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

Modi explained that the demonetization was to stop counterfeiting of the current banknotes, as these had allegedly been used for funding terrorism. It was also designed to crack down on black money, a term which refers to income illegally obtained or undeclared for tax purposes.
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