12 Years After Mumbai, the Fight Against Terrorism Continues

Nov 25, 2020

The 12th anniversary of the November 26, 2008, Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks in Mumbai is an apt occasion to evaluate not only India’s struggle against terrorism but also how other major countries have dealt with this menace. Nine gunmen traveled from Karachi to Mumbai by boat to unleash...

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia
Sep 01, 2020

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Mar 02, 2020

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

How International Media Cover Kashmir
Dec 17, 2019

How International Media Cover Kashmir

India Must Be Included in the Afghan Peace Process

India Must Be Included in the Afghan Peace Process

Aug 07, 2019

Despite being a key contributor to rebuilding Afghanistan, India was elbowed out from the four-party meeting held in Beijing in July to advance the Afghan peace process. Earlier talks with the Taliban in Doha and Moscow already hinted at the sidelining of New Delhi from future peacebuilding...

Without Curbing the Opium Trade, Afghanistan Is Unlikely to See Peace

Without Curbing the Opium Trade, Afghanistan Is Unlikely to See Peace

May 31, 2019

The question of drugs is one that will determine Afghanistan’s future. While the talks between the United States and the Taliban continue, one key factor contributing to Afghanistan’s instability is not discussed — opium cultivation and drug trafficking. Afghanistan is the top producer of...

India’s 2019 Election Is a Choice between a Strong and a Helpless Government

India’s 2019 Election Is a Choice between a Strong and a Helpless Government

May 16, 2019

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen and Varuna Shunglu talk to Maheish Girri, the national secretary of the BJP. In 2014, the world’s largest democracy elected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power, with Narendra Modi as the prime minister. Modi came to victory on the...

The Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban

The Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019

The prospect of a peaceful Afghanistan is only realistic if the Taliban breaks ties with other terrorist groups, agrees to a ceasefire and joins the intra-Afghan peace talks. The Afghan government has been calling for peace talks for many years, yet only in November 2018 did the Taliban agree to...

Can an Interim Government Provide a Peaceful Solution to the War in Afghanistan?

Can an Interim Government Provide a Peaceful Solution to the War in Afghanistan?

Apr 10, 2019

It is important that any peace deal should further legitimize the current state, strengthen the post-2001 democratization process and include all the parties involved in the conflict. With the US stating its intention to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the doors have opened for political...

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan

Mar 18, 2019

In the shifting sands of the power play unfolding in Afghanistan, New Delhi remains a mere spectator. The latest round of US negotiations with the Taliban in Doha has garnered considerable international attention, with the group’s co-founder, Mullah Baradar, leading the insurgent team. As the...

The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

Mar 14, 2019

Kashmir is the only place in the world where three nuclear powers have a border dispute. In the beautiful and terrifying novel The City of Devi, communal hatreds escalate in India and Pakistan until the two countries feel compelled to threaten each other with nuclear weapons. At least, it...

Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It’s Too Late

Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It’s Too Late

Mar 12, 2019

The world’s major nuclear powers are treaty-bound to move toward disarmament. The India-Pakistan clash underscores the need to get moving. The recent military clash between India and Pakistan underscores the need for the major nuclear powers — the US, Russia, China, Britain and France —...

India and Pakistan Have a Choice to Make

India and Pakistan Have a Choice to Make

Mar 06, 2019

India and Pakistan can either make peace or continue in an endless cycle of violence.  On February 14, a suicide bomber killed more than 40 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a militant group based in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack....

India Fears Revival of Sikh Militancy

India Fears Revival of Sikh Militancy

Jan 29, 2019

Fears resurface of Pakistan stoking Sikh separatism in the Indian state of Punjab. In November 2018, an attack against the premises of the Sant Nirankari Mission in the Indian state of Punjab has once again brought back fears of the revival of Pakistan-backed Sikh separatism, known as the...

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