• Kashmir: Into the Fire

    Kashmir: Into the Fire0

    • Blog
    • November 14, 2016

    Since seven decades we are witnessing a struggle for freedom by people of Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOK). They have been suppressed mercilessly with curfews, arrests, Lathi charge, tear gas, rubber bullets by more than half a million Indian military troops. It seems torturing Kashmiris has become a favorite model for Indian paramilitary forces. During

  • Donald Trump’s Defence Plans and Implications for Asia

    Donald Trump’s Defence Plans and Implications for Asia0

    As US President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to secure his seat in The White House, international observers and many of his fellow countrymen are busy trying to understand the complex and unpredictable dynamic that has been the unusual characteristic of these American presidential elections. For security analysts the world over, political rhetoric matters little when

  • Unfolding Nuclear Supplier Group

    Unfolding Nuclear Supplier Group0

    In the early 70’s Indian tests created unrest in the Asian region. These experiments by Indians forced the international community to make a regulatory body to keep a check on nuclear business in the name of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG). Since the beginning of this year, this NSG debate is getting INTO more despicable situation

  • Whose Trump?

    Whose Trump?0

    It’s surprising that much of America and all of the rest of the world seems surprised at Donald Trump’s election as the next US President. Barring party-partisan Americans, there should have been no surprise at the result. Either it had to be America’s first woman President, or had to be an ‘unconventional’ man who appealed

  • Myanmar and its Militias

    Myanmar and its Militias0

    • Blog
    • November 12, 2016

    In late August, over 1,000 representatives from Myanmar’s ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), political parties, military, and the government met in Naypyidaw for the second Union Peace Conference, dubbed the 21st Century Panglong (in reference to a meeting held at Panglong located in Burma’s Shan State in 1947 between the leaders of Burman, Shan, Kachin, and

  • Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan

    Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan0

    • Blog
    • November 12, 2016

    The dusty, narrow streets of Kabul are congested most days, packed with vehicles and bicyclists angling for space. Panhandlers take advantage of the frequent standstills—constantly moving from car to car, tapping on windows and asking for change. These panhandlers are homeless for a variety of complex reasons and include men, women, and children of all

  • The Future of South Asia and the Role of the United States

    The Future of South Asia and the Role of the United States0

    With economic growth averaging 6 percent over the last two decades, South Asia has one of the world’s most dynamic economies, yet its member states have failed to reap the full benefits by developing strong commercial relations with each other. South Asia took its first concrete step toward regionalism more than 30 years ago, with

  • South Asian Regionalism: What Hopes After SAARC Meltdown?

    South Asian Regionalism: What Hopes After SAARC Meltdown?0

    • Blog
    • November 11, 2016

    According to a new World Bank report, South Asia has solidified its rank as the world’s fastest growing economic region in 2016, and is expected to hold this spot at least through to 2017. With growth in the offing, a young population of 1.6 billion people, and a burgeoning consuming class, every global producer is


  • India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 2015

    India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 20150

      The Policy Outlook Indian policymakers have long used India’s poverty as an excuse to not take concrete action on climate change. Limiting carbon emissions is a costly proposition, they argue, and these costs will impede development and push the common man further into poverty. As a result, unlike the developed countries of the west,

  • Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia

    Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia0

    All eyes were on Kathmandu last week as Nepal hosted the 18th annual SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit from Nov. 22-27, 2014. The annual meeting, convening the heads of state of the eight member nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – focused this year on the

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