South Asia

July, 2020

  • 3 July

    Book Review: The New Himalayan Great Game

    Timely new book warns India and China about dangerous manipulations in the Buddhist Himalaya.

  • 3 July

    Pakistan, India Report Unusual Rise in Casualties in Kashmir Skirmishes

    A leading Pakistani think tank reports unusual rise in the civilian cost of conflict between Pakistan and India along the Line of Control. Almost 550 civilians and military personnel have been killed in skirmishes between the two South Asian rivals in the past four years, says Center for Research and Security Studies in its latest report.

June, 2020

  • 30 June

    Post-Corona Pakistan

    The Covid-19 global shock will bring to an end the western predominance and should awaken Pakistan to finally decolonize its thinking and the concepts it follows. During the last twenty to thirty years regional and global power relations have changed decisively and they still keep changing.

  • 27 June

    View from Bangladesh: India’s Need for Soul Searching

    India’s relations with its South Asian neighbors are on a free fall at present while their own relations with China are on an upward trajectory. The freefall in India’s relations with its South Asian neighbors has come at a time when ironically prime minister Narendra Modi has been pursuing a ‘neighbors first’ policy in his second term; an irony indeed.

  • 25 June

    Corruption Could Push Afghanistan Back to Civil War, Top US Official Warns

    America's top official overseeing Afghanistan's reconstruction warns return of civil war if President Ghani's government stops "lip service" to international donors and gets serious in fighting the endemic corruption in his country.

  • 19 June

    Rhetoric Cant Defeat Pandemic, Cooperation Can!

    One big lesson that we all should draw from the covid19 crisis – as witnessed in USA, Brazil, Russia, India and Pakistan, is that pandemics know now borders and that they require trans-border cooperation instead of finger-pointing. Political rhetoric in one country will never be able to stop adverse winds – calamity, pandemic – from outside. Cooperation can, nevertheless, help in prevention and protection.

  • 16 June

    China-India Tensions Have a Long History

    Tensions are simmering between India and China, following their first deadly conflict in at least 45 years, resulting in death on 20 Indian soldiers, has pushed the bilateral relationship to an all-time low. But did the two Asian giants ever had cordial relations?

  • 13 June

    What is Stoking Nepal-India Tensions?

    A full-blown war remains a distant possibility, because India is in no position in the new strategic realities to assert its military muscles against Nepal.

  • 10 June

    Can an Association of Eastern States of South Asia Become a Reality?

    Can ‘Gujral Doctrine’ be transformed into a regional grouping comprising of culturally close territories of northeast India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan, the political status of which would have to be negotiated between the states to which the territory belongs today?

  • 4 June

    India’s (Possible) China War

    While the border conflict between India and China is a long-standing one and has been flaring up from time to time for different reasons the situation now has changed fundamentally with the US dominant military role in the world lessening and a new cold war looming between the old and the upcoming new major powers.