The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia
By Chayanika Saxena - 08 Nov 2018

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

By Nian Peng - 06 Nov 2018

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh
Politics,Economy,South Asia

By Aditi Bhaduri - 29 Oct 2018

“Davos in the Desert” Brings Islamabad Closer to Riyadh

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.
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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.
Maldives’ Presidential Election: A Dawn for Change
Politics,South Asia

Maldives’ Presidential Election: A Dawn for Change

Amidst political turmoil and deadlock, Maldives voted in its third democratic election on September 23, 2018. Opposition leader Ibrahim Solih secured 58.3 percent against President Abdul Yameen, a strongman politician who conceded defeat with 41.7 percent vote share.
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Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Pakistan
Politics,South Asia

Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Pakistan

The US decision to cancel USD 300 million in military aid on September 1, 2018, just four days before Pompeo’s visit, came in for heavy criticism from sections of the Pakistan media as well as the political class.
Afghanistan’s Irresolvable Conflict: Destructive Obsession with Everything Strategic
Politics,South Asia

Afghanistan’s Irresolvable Conflict: Destructive Obsession with Everything Strategic

The strategic prioritization of Afghanistan for the world over its political, economic and cultural development for itself has been at the heart of the things that continue to go wrong here.
Kerala Floods: Charting New Grounds for Harmony?
Politics,Society,South Asia

Kerala Floods: Charting New Grounds for Harmony?

During the recent floods in Kerala, a number of countries offered assistance, but two GCC countries, the UAE and Qatar, were the fastest to react. The UAE offered aid to the tune of INR 7 billion while Qatar pledged USD 5 million.
Opportunities and Challenges at the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu
Politics,Economy,South Asia

Opportunities and Challenges at the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu

Nepal will be holding the 4th summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in the capital city Kathmandu between August 30-31, 2018.
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