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  • Can China be a peacemaker in Afghanistan?0

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    • October 21, 2020

    Naweed Jafari China has so far stayed on the sidelines of the intra-Afghantalks, but it could play a big role in ending the conflict. The Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan, near the border of China (Pe3check/Getty Images) Published 20 Oct 2020 “China would be welcomed as an arbitrator in negotiations [for peace in Afghanistan] and should

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  • Afghanistan and Iran: From water treaty to water dispute0

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    • October 16, 2020

    Lowy Institute      14 October 2020   Said Hashmat Sadat  and Nasrat Sayed A dam near completion on the Helmand River in Afghanistanis at the centre of a disagreement over water rights. The Helmand River in Afghanistan (Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images) Published 14 Oct 2020   With an estimated 75 billion cubic metres

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  • A third aircraft carrier for India: Budget versus necessity0

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    • October 14, 2020

    14 October 2020 M Matheswaran Concerns about cost overruns should be kept in perspective.The need for naval power projection is only growing. INS Vikramaditya, India’s domestically constructed aircraft carrier (STR/AFP via Getty Images) Published 13 Oct 2020   The Indian military is undergoing what may be its most significant reorganisation since India’s independence, with considerable

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  • In Bangladesh, Covid adds to a list of maladies0

    Syed Badrul Ahsan      7 October 2020 A stalling economy, climate challenges, a refugee crisis,and now a spat with Saudi Arabia make for troubling times. Dhaka, Bangladesh during relief distribution in May (UN Women Asia and the Pacific/Flickr) Published 1 Oct 2020 The Lowy Institute The Covid-19 situation has had a devastating effect on

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  • China-India: Talk is cheap, but never free0

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    • September 30, 2020

    Oriana Skylar Mastro Temper the negotiation hopes. States often worry a willingnessto talk will communicate weakness to an adversary. An Indian fighter jet on 2 September flying over a mountain range in Ladakh (Mohd Arhaan Archer/AFP via Getty Images) Published 29 Sep 2020   There is no end in sight for the ongoing China-India border

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  • Intra-Afghan talks and future of Pakistan-Taliban relations0

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    • September 30, 2020

    Abdul Basit    30 September 2020 Long regarded as the not-so-invisible hand behind theTaliban, Pakistan has steadily lost its influence over the group. Taliban negotiator Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai arrives for intra-Afghan talks in Doha, Qatar, 12 September 2020 (Karim Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images) Published 25 Sep 2020 The reshuffling of the Taliban leadership ahead of

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  • For real peace, Afghanistan needs a Plan B0

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    • September 17, 2020

    Lowy Institute   Nishank Motwani      16 September 2020 A US exit opens the way to complete takeover by the Taliban,precisely what they – and Pakistan – have long wished for. The site of a bomb explosion in Kabul which targeted the first vice president and killed 10 people, 9 September 2020 (AFP via

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  • Bangladesh: Fight the power or shut up?0

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    • September 16, 2020

    Lowy Institute Mubashar Hasan     16 September 2020 In a climate of fear and repression, Bangladeshi hip-hopartists are caught between self-expression and survival. Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 2014 (Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Published 16 Sep 2020 06:00   0 Comments   Hip-hop artists have long used rap music to launch cultural protests about social

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  • Where to for Sri Lanka’s foreign policy?0

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    • September 2, 2020

    Shakthi De Silva         2 September 2020 “India first” is the message, but economic reality will guidethe direction Colombo charts. That points to China, too. Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the national parliament in Colombo (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP via Getty Images) A much-anticipated general election in Sri Lanka last month ended with

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  • Kashmir, a year on from the change0

    Roshni Kapur Revoking special status hasn’t resolved militancy or improvedthe local economy – both supposed goals of the move. Gantamula area of District Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, India (Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Published 24 Aug 2020 It has been a little over a year since the Indian government under Narendra Modi curtailed the semi-autonomous

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  • The delusion of India trying to throttle China’s maritime trade0

    Lowy Institute Sudarshan Y. Shrikhande Rowdy debates about going for China’s “jugular” in theMalacca Strait should not obscure the practical difficulties. Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images Published 25 Aug 2020 The current phase of the Sino-Indian border conflict which began in May this year may go on for quite some time. India seems to be

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  • Decolonise Diego Garcia: Why America should not fear Mauritius0

    Lowy Institute  15 July 2020 Peter Harris Only a deal with Port Louis can put the future of the USbase beyond question and preserve a crucial staging post. The Pentagon’s long-term access to Diego Garcia should be based upon consent rather than colonialism The United States military base on Diego Garcia has a problem: it

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  • Twisting India’s Chicken’s Neck0

    Lowy Institute   15 July 2020 Syed Fazl-e-Haider The Siliguri Corridor in north-eastern India poses a major defence challenge. Lachung, in India’s Sikkim state, near the border of Tibet Indian officials claim that China is continuing its build-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border between India and China in the Galwan

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  • Finding compromise in the Chagos Islands saga0

    David Snoxell      1 July 2020      Lowy Institute The US base on Diego Garcia needn’t be an obstacle to anegotiated settlement of a longstanding sovereignty dispute. A 90-year-old woman who was exiled from the Peros Banhos Atoll of the Chagos Archipelago stands by the sea in March 2015 in Port Louis, Mauritius

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