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  • What does the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan Mean for China?
    Cherry Hitkari    ·   13 Oct, 2021    ·    #5792    ·    Commentary    
    The return of the Taliban in Afghanistan marks the commencement of a new chapter in Asian geopolitics. China, as an aspiring superpower and Kabul's largest neighbour, sees both opportunities to be seized and risks to be staved off on the Afghan...
  • Afghanistan’s Education Sector: Prospects Under Taliban Rule
    Fazlullah Akhtar and Amit Ranjan    ·   11 Oct, 2021    ·    #5791    ·    Commentary    
    Two decades of war conducted by the US and its allied forces against the Taliban ended in August 2021 with the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. If precedents are any indication, the Afghan education sector is one of the key sectors se...
  • Why is China Interested in Africa’s Ports?
    Rahul Karan Reddy    ·   08 Oct, 2021    ·    #5790    ·    Commentary    
    Ports are critical to the success of China’s Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative, linking the mainland to large and untapped markets across the Indian Ocean. Beijing’s extensive investments in Africa’s seaports are driven by a blend of lu...
  • Red Affairs
    Left-wing Extremism: A Tentative Pathway to a Solution

    Bibhu Prasad Routray    ·   06 Oct, 2021    ·    #5789    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    “I request all Hon'ble Chief Ministers to focus on what we term as good governance. The Hon'ble Home Minister has also laid emphasis on this aspect of the management and containment strategy. This would include effective implementation of dev...
  • Strategic Space
    North Korea’s Missile Missives: Is President Biden Listening?

    Manpreet Sethi    ·   29 Sep, 2021    ·    #5788    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    President Biden’s administration concluded its North Korea policy review in May 2021. It recommended a calibrated, practical approach towards Pyongyang—somewhere between a grand bargain and strategic patience. However, since then, many other ...
  • COVID-19: Impact on Women in the Philippines
    Akanksha Khullar    ·   25 Sep, 2021    ·    #5787    ·    Commentary    
    This article aims to map the repercussions of COVID-19 on women and girls in the Philippines, based on qualitative and quantitative data collected—over the period of 2019 and 2020—by IPCS’ South East Asia Research Programme (SEARP). The ...
  • Women and the Kashmir Conflict
    Zoya Raj Singh    ·   24 Sep, 2021    ·    #5786    ·    Commentary    
    The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) conflict witnessed an evolutionary turn with the onset of militancy in the region from the late 1980s onwards. The women of J&K took on multitudinous roles as the conflict progressed. These roles often varied...
  • East Asia Compass
    A Change of Leadership in Japan

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   24 Sep, 2021    ·    #5785    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    On 3 September 2021, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he would not contest his party’s leadership position and that his term would end on 29 September 2021. This announcement comes nearly a year into Suga’s assumption ...
  • Russia’s SolarWinds Hack: Explaining President’s Biden Retaliatory Measures
    Pieter-jan Dockx    ·   09 Sep, 2021    ·    #5784    ·    Commentary    
    In December 2020, the US government revealed that it had been the victim of a cyber offensive that compromised agencies such as the Pentagon and the State Department. The SolarWinds hack, as it came to be known, was allegedly carried out by Ru...
  • East Asia Compass
    Chinese Diplomacy and the Taliban in Afghanistan

    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra    ·   31 Aug, 2021    ·    #5783    ·    Commentary    ·   Column
    It is becoming increasingly obvious what kind of superpower China might be. Even as the international community watches the unfolding events in Afghanistan with concern, China has moved quickly to further its interests in the region. For Beijin...
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