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  • India fears a poison harvest from Afghanistan0

    The Lowy Institute AARTI BETIGERI The Taliban takeover forces a regional realignment andhas left New Delhi wondering about its past investment. Afghans residing in India demonstrate outside the UN Refugee Agency office in New Delhi on 23 August to protest against the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan (Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images) 24 Aug 2021

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  • Afghanistan holds lessons for American power in Asia0

    SAM ROGGEVEEN The US will one day ask the same question about itspresence in Asia that it did of Afghanistan: is it still worth it? Should America’s partners in Asia conclude, based on the US military’s ungainly and humiliating retreat from Kabul, that the United States will be a less reliable security partner from now

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  • Mango diplomacy is more than low-hanging fruit in South Asian politics0

    Lowy Institute MUBASHAR HASAN ZAHID SHAHAB AHMED Bangladesh has used a national icon to signal a fresh appetitefor improved ties with Pakistan – just as China looms. A mango seller in Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nayeem Kalam via Getty Images) 13 Aug 2021 10:00  Recently Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent a local variant of sweet mangoes known

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  • Afghanistan’s collapse shifts strategic dynamics in South Asia0

    Lowy Institute STUTI BHATNAGAR If the Taliban’s return is seen a plus for Pakistan, India appears to be the loser. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid makes his first-ever public appearance to address concerns about the Taliban’s reputation with human and civil rights during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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  • Is Pakistan fuelling a Taliban takeover?0

    HUSSAIN NADIM The Afghan government points a finger at Pakistan in atactic to divert attention from its own colossal failures. It is hard to separate fact from fiction at a time when information amounts to heavy artillery in a broader political battle for support (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Published 5 Aug 2021 As districts

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  • The battle for Myanmar’s seat in the UN General Assembly0

    CATHERINE RENSHAW An empty chair in New York would be a potent reflectionof the situation on the ground in post-coup Myanmar. The General Assembly Hall in the United Nations headquarters, New York (Cia Pak/UN Photo) Published 10 Aug 2021  Across Myanmar, the battle continues between the military and those opposed to the military coup d’etat

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  • Another proxy war in Afghanistan?0

    Lowy Institute AARTI BETIGERI India and Pakistan both have deep ties to Afghanistan andas US troops withdraw, a fresh conflict may fill the void. An Afghan cadet takes part in a firing exercise during a training programme at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai, India, in February (Arun Sankar/AFP with Getty Images) Published 26 Jul

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  • India: A very colonial hangover0

    Lowy Institute EDMOND ROY The Pegasus spyware saga puts a spotlight, again, on alack of parliamentary accountability for intelligence agencies. A colonial-era intelligence gathering edifice, shrouded in secrecy, cannot continue unchecked in a modern democratic nation (Punit Paranjpe/AFP via Getty Images) Published 28 Jul 2021 In the 1830’s Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay set about drafting a piece

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  • India: Central Vista Project: Raining on Modi’s parade0

    AARTI BETIGERI Politicians, historians and intellectuals have lined up inopposition to New Delhi’s reimagined grand boulevard. India Gate, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, in New Delhi (Daniel Mennerich/Flickr) 30 Jun 2021   The face of New Delhi’s political heart, Lutyens Delhi (named after the British architect Edwin Lutyens who designed it) is a place of

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  • A rising Bangladesh starts to exert its regional power0

    DAVID BREWSTER Dhaka is increasingly confident in an emerging role. Therest of the world would benefit to pay close attention. Empty oil drums at a warehouse in Narayanganj on 19 May (Ahmed Salahuddin/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Published 10 Jun 2021   The recent announcement that Bangladesh would provide US$200 million in aid to Sri Lanka is an

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  • Indians are becoming visible in Australia like never before0

    AARTI BETIGERI Outrage over the two-week India travel ban is another markerof the diaspora’s growing influence in Australian politics. Returning Australians touch down in Darwin from Delhi in May (Defence Department) Published 28 May 2021 Two weeks after the end of the hiatus on flights from India to Australia, the repatriation of the 9,000-plus Australian

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  • WHAT CAN THE WORLD DO ABOUT THE MYANMAR CRISIS?0

    When Myanmar’s military seized power on 1 February, it sent the country spiralling into a political and economic crisis. Despite killing hundreds of peaceful protesters and detaining thousands of activists and politicians, the military has been unable to break the civil disobedience movement. It is unable to govern Myanmar, and risks turning the country into

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  • THE CRISIS AFTER THE CRISIS: HOW LADAKH WILL SHAPE INDIA’S COMPETITION WITH CHINA0

    6 MAY 2021 The border crisis in Ladakh may end in war or peace — or it may never end. ARZAN TARAPORE KEY FINDINGS The still-unresolved Ladakh crisis has created a new strategic reality for India, marked by renewed political hostility with China, and an increased militarisation of the Line of Actual Control. This new

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  • India’s Covid-19 danger is spreading south0

    The Lowy Institute Lesley Branagan Will South India’s health system hold up to its promise in the second wave of Covid? Relatives mourn a loved one who died of Covid-19, outside a mortuary in Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, 5 May 2021 (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images) Published 12 May 2021 Images of the pandemic in

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