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
May 31, 2019

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

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

The Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban
Apr 30, 2019

The Afghan Peace Process: Two Phases of the Taliban

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...

Making India Relevant at the G-20 Summit

Making India Relevant at the G-20 Summit

Nov 30, 2018

The G-20 summit offers India a strategic opportunity to emerge as one of the stabilizing poles in a world with growing geopolitical uncertainty. Foreign policy has been a key highlight of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term. In the last four years, India’s global standing and...

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump

Nov 01, 2018

The demonization of Muslims may be less a cudgel to wield against the small Muslim-American community than against Democratic opponents who can be lambasted as “soft on terrorism.” These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually...

Understanding India’s Hindu-Muslim Divide

Understanding India’s Hindu-Muslim Divide

Oct 11, 2018

The question that still haunts rational minds is whether Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s two-nation theory — one that Islam and Hinduism constitute two incompatible cultural, social, political and religious systems — was right or wrong. A journey back in time exploring the motives both of...

Money Can’t Buy Love: The Failure of US-Pakistan Relations

Money Can’t Buy Love: The Failure of US-Pakistan Relations

Sep 13, 2018

Washington and Islamabad see the threat of terrorism, the role of Afghanistan and the larger world in fundamentally different ways. For an administration accustomed to public backlash, the Pentagon’s recent decision to withhold $300 million set aside for Pakistan has received relatively little...

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