How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan
Security,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 17 Mar 2017

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.
Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 15 Mar 2017

Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects
Economy,China,South Asia

By Pervaiz Ali Mahesar - 03 Mar 2017

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

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

India-UK Economic Relations and Impact of Brexit

There is no significant negative impact of Brexit on the Indian economy as both are historical trading partners and both are keen to strengthen and deepen their economic relationship, which is apparent from the fact that both are looking to establish a Free Trade Agreement in merchandise goods.
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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.  
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