Maldives Mends Ties with India
Politics,South Asia
By Aditi Bhaduri - 25 Jan 2019

Maldives Mends Ties with India

Maldives is a mere 700 km away from India’s Lakshwadeep island chain. Located along major sea lanes in the Indian Ocean through which much of the world’s trade takes place, it has been traditionally considered to be part of India’s sphere of influence.
2018: A Year of Elections in South Asia
Politics,South Asia

By Rishi Gupta - 23 Jan 2019

2018: A Year of Elections in South Asia

US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 22 Jan 2019

US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the pullout of 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan took both his allies and adversaries by surprise. It will change the calculus on the ground in Afghanistan with far-reaching consequences for regional peace and security.
By Abdul Basit - 16 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?

On my first trip to Afghanistan which I had, so far, researched from distance, both the urgency of negotiations and the deteriorating security situation were palpable. One’s stay in Kabul is enough for one to realize that peace and stability are still a far cry for this country.
Modi-Solih Pact: A Challenge to China in the Maldives
Politics,China,South Asia

Modi-Solih Pact: A Challenge to China in the Maldives

Maldives’ President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to India marks a new line of engagement in strengthening the two countries’ bilateral relations, which had fallen under the shadow of a Chinese stronghold under former President Abdulla Yameen.
By Rishi Gupta - 10 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
India-Pakistan Trade and the China Factor
Politics,Economy,South Asia

India-Pakistan Trade and the China Factor

The Kartarpur Corridor would not just provide opportunity to Sikh pilgrims to pay obeisance at one of their holiest shrines, but could also give a fillip to economic linkages between both Punjabs. China was supportive of the initiative.
Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?

It would certainly seem so. After years, nay decades, of refusal to talk to the Taliban, India sent its representatives to Moscow on November 9, 2018 to finally sit at the same table as the representatives of the militant organization at the “Moscow format.”
The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan

Following the Islamic State’s battlefield and territorial losses in the Middle East, its franchise in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Islamic State of Khorasan, has emerged as the group’s most brutal iteration.
By Abdul Basit - 03 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
India’s Budding Relationship with Myanmar: What It Means to China
Politics,South Asia,Southeast Asia

India’s Budding Relationship with Myanmar: What It Means to China

In December 2018, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind paid a five-day visit to provide assistance to Myanmar in terms of the planned repatriation of Rohingya refugees and to enhance the trade cooperation between the two countries.
By Nian Peng - 31 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The 2018 Bangladesh Elections
Politics,South Asia

The 2018 Bangladesh Elections

Amidst political turmoil and deadlock of the past decade, the people of Bangladesh will elect their representatives for the Jatiya Sansad on December 30, 2018. This will be the 11th parliamentary election for a total of 350 seats.
By Rishi Gupta - 28 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Sino-Indian Great Game in Iran: Why China has the Advantage
Politics,China,South Asia

The Sino-Indian Great Game in Iran: Why China has the Advantage

US decision to grant exemptions from sanctions to India, China and six other countries importing Iranian oil reveals how the quest for energy security, enhanced connectivity and economic progress are intertwined with strategy in the Sino-Indian Great Game in Iran.
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