• India: Beyond the Binary of Whether to Talk to the Taliban
    Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy    ·   10 Jul, 2020    ·    #5704    ·    Commentary    
    In the backdrop of a US-backed negotiated settlement attempt in Afghanistan gaining momentum, the debate on talking to the Taliban has resurfaced in India, particularly through May 2020. There may be some potential advantages India could gain b...
  • The India-Nepal Dispute: What, and Why Now?
    Yash Vardhan Singh    ·   10 Jul, 2020    ·    #5703    ·    Commentary    
    The India-Nepal territorial dispute around the Kalpani-Limpaidhura-Lipulekh trijunction area stems only in part from the ambiguity around the original boundary settlement. The present flare up is a result of a combination of factors: India’s ...
  • In Context: COVID-19 and Iran
    Majid Izadpanahi    ·   30 Jun, 2020    ·    #5702    ·    Commentary    
    After China, Iran was the among the first countries that emerged as an epicentre of COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic. However, Iran’s response to the pandemic was different from those of other countries, and consequently, its imp...
  • Afghanistan: Concerns Regarding Political Prospects and Washington-Kabul Relations
    Fawad Poya and Bushra Tariq    ·   29 Jun, 2020    ·    #5701    ·    Commentary    
    Developments in the run up to and post the signing of the February 2020 US-Taliban agreement have generated considerable concern regarding the political future of Afghanistan as well as regarding the prospects of the US-Afghanistan partnership...
  • What are the Key Tenets of China’s Propaganda Regime?
    Atharv S Desai    ·   24 Jun, 2020    ·    #5700    ·    Commentary    
    China has unleashed an international propaganda offensive, and demonstrated its ability to obscure truth while changing narratives, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beijing is efficiently exploiting the platforms of journalism and social...
  • East Asia Compass
    Understanding Pyongyang’s Belligerence towards Seoul

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   23 Jun, 2020    ·    #5699    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    On 16 June, North Korea blew up the Inter-Korean Liaison Office in Gaeseong. This is being seen as symbolic of South Korea’s failure to engage North Korea over the past few years. Effectively, North Korea has walked out of all agreements and ...
  • Strategic Space
    North Korea and the US Disembark from a Summit Train Going Nowhere

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   23 Jun, 2020    ·    #5698    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    China has dominated headlines across the world in June 2020. This is not just because of the global fight against COVID-19, whose virus originated in China, but also because the country has simultaneously activated prickly issues with India, th...
  • Red Affairs
    COVID-19 and its ‘Low’ Impact on the LWE Movement

    Bibhu Prasad Routray    ·   22 Jun, 2020    ·    #5697    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks widespread socio-economic disruption across India, what could be its impact on the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE-affected) theatres? Would the pandemic affect the fighting potential of the extremists? Would it aid th...
  • A History of Prejudice: COVID-19 and Domestic Work in India
    Akanksha Khullar    ·   18 Jun, 2020    ·    #5696    ·    Commentary    
    Domestic workers in India have historically struggled for visibility and formal recognition of their service category. While the challenges they face are long-standing, the COVID-19-related lockdown has brought these into sharper focus. Amb...
  • The China Factor in Pakistan’s Media Landscape
    Nowmay Opalinski    ·   31 May, 2020    ·    #5695    ·    Commentary    
    Chinese inroads into Pakistan’s mainstream media, and state-level bilateral cooperation on telecommunications infrastructure and surveillance is growing. These developments are taking place against a backdrop of Pakistani state’s growing at...