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  • Pakistan’s Water: A Political-Economy Perspective0

    June 20, 2018 By Farid Alam (This article originally appeared, in longer form, in Hilal, the magazine of the Pakistan Armed Forces. It is reprinted by permission.) Pakistan receives average rainfall of not more than 250mm per year, making it one of the most arid and most water-stressed countries on the planet. A 2016 WaterAid

  • By the Numbers: Freedom of Expression and Voter Turnout in Afghan Elections0

    June 20, 2018 By Fahim Ahmad Yousufzai Elections in Afghanistan, a hallmark of Western aid to that country, have been marred repeatedly by voter fraud. With the next round of parliamentary elections now delayed until October, fixing Afghanistan’s voter registry is an increasingly urgent priority for the Afghan government. But the success of democratic governance

  • India’s Indo-Pacific Embrace0

    By Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy      21/6/2018 Synopsis India’s perspective on peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific was outlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visits to New Delhi’s maritime neighbours – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Commentary THE INDO-PACIFIC was the focus of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to three nations in Southeast

  • Supporters demand release of Sri Lankan Buddhist monk0

    Fellow monks claim govt trying to silence leader of hard-line Sinhalese nationalist group ‘Buddhist Power Force’ Buddhist monks stage a peaceful protest in Colombo on June 18 seeking the release of Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera from prison. He was ordered to serve six months of rigorous imprisonment and pay damages for threatening the wife of a missing journalist. (Photo by Quintus Colombage/ucanews.com).

  • India’s Strategy of Connectivity and Autonomy0

    By P S Suryanarayana     12/6/2018 Synopsis China and Russia’s outreach towards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created space for him to explore a new ‘Connect East’ strategy towards ASEAN and seek nuanced ‘strategic autonomy’ in engaging big powers. Commentary RESPONDING TO China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Southeast Asia, Indian Prime Minister

  • BJP ready to play religious card in Indian election0

    Coalition government in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state collapses after pro-Hindu party withdraws its support Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaks during a press conference after submitting her resignation in Srinagar on June 19. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP) ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi  India June 21, 2018 The government in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state has collapsed

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  • Understanding Bharat-Pakistan Bilateral relations through Cinema0

    Abstract Films are just like textbooks, by reading dialogue, songs and different situation depicted in the film explored a lot during its definite period and left few impacts on viewer. In framing our perception films play very crucial role. In South-Asian territory Bharat and Pakistan are two permanent rivals neighboring nations from their emergence after

  • The significance of Nuclear Information Sharing in South Asia0

    by Asma Khalid  29/4/2018 The regional competitive environment of South Asia has fueled the diplomatic tension and security anxieties between India and Pakistan. Both countries share a history of hostile relations which have been strained by some historical and political issues. Due to prioritization of security concerns of regional states, South Asia is undergoing a

  • India and China: The Risks of a Reset0

      Asia’s Game of Thrones by Aparna Pande   27/4/2018 Modi’s visit to China this week could lead to an easing of their strained ties—but any reset will benefit Beijing far more than New Delhi. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Wuhan, China on April 27, many will be waiting with bated breath to see whether

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