• The Water Security Gamble in the Greater Himalayan Watershed

    The Water Security Gamble in the Greater Himalayan Watershed0

    Introduction   At the end of July 2012, India was hit with the world’s largest ever blackouts during which nearly 670 million people were without power. The lack of power for only two days brought one of the world’s fastest growing economies to a grinding halt, with financial losses estimated to be equivalent to 1.5% of

  • Displaced Rohingya at the Margins

    Displaced Rohingya at the Margins0

    This past summer marked a disturbing escalation of the persecution of the minority Muslim Rohingya population in Burma’s Arakan state. The Rohingya are commonly referred to as one of the world’s most persecuted communities – in their native Burma (now officially known as Myanmar) they have faced a slowly escalating complex of discriminations including forced

  • An Interview with Jeet Thayil

    An Interview with Jeet Thayil2

    Jeet Thayil’s incendiary debut novel, Narcopolis, reveals the drug culture of Bombay from the 60s to the present, with a lyrical, hallucinatory intensity both seductive and frightening. Drawing comparisons to the works of Burroughs and Rushdie, the novel has garnered plaudits for its stylistic invention and uncompromising portrayal of the vice teeming just below the

  • Washington’s Afghan Cottage Industry

    Washington’s Afghan Cottage Industry0

    In a paper written for the U.S. Institute of Peace, Noah Coburn, a professor at Skidmore College, noted that the United States and others in the NATO coalition trying to bring stability to Afghanistan have relied on warlords and powerbrokers that actually benefit from instability. As they skim off wealth because of the corrupt Karzai

  • Circling the Issue: South Asian connections to Tibet

    Circling the Issue: South Asian connections to Tibet0

    The town was under complete lock down that cold January day when two young Tibetan men ducked into the courtyard of a hotel, doused their bodies in kerosene and set themselves alight. Running out into the streets of Ngaba in Sichuan province they shouted “His Holiness the Dalai Lama must return to Tibet” and “May

  • Holding Serve: Tennis’ Leander Paes

    Holding Serve: Tennis’ Leander Paes0

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  • Water Under the Bridge? Int’l Resource Conflict and Post-Treaty Dynamics in South Asia

    Water Under the Bridge? Int’l Resource Conflict and Post-Treaty Dynamics in South Asia0

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