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India’s Changing Political Fortunes
by Ronojoy Sen
“[T]he principal opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seems much better positioned than the Indian National Congress to win power in this year’s elections.”
Is the US Drone War Effective?
by Michael J. Boyle
“Particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, drones have stirred up new levels of hostility against the United States and endangered the stability and cooperation of the local governments, with potential long-term consequences for the stability of the South Asian region.”
The Struggle for Women’s Empowerment in India
by Indrani Bagchi
“As more women get educated and move to the cities, they become the face of a society in transition. Tragically, they also become targets in the conflict that accompanies this transition.”
A Crisis of Democracy in Bangladesh
by Ali Riaz
“If the ruling party continues to marginalize the opposition, deny it the space for peaceful protest, and disregard the need for a political roadmap for moving forward, it will encourage extremists to take over.”
Indian Soft Power in a Globalizing World
by T.V. Paul
“Contemporary India’s key values and institutions hold great promise for managing multiethnic societies, especially in the developing world.” Seventh in a series on soft power around the world.
Perspective: Sri Lanka’s Lingering State of War
by Sharika Thiranagama
Civil war ended in mass slaughter five years ago. Since then, the militarization of Sri Lankan society has intensified, and violence against civilians continues.
Books: The Pathological Alliance
by Sumit Ganguly
In his new book, Husain Haqqani dissects the mutual delusions that have long shaped the dysfunctional relationship between Pakistan and the United States.
Drift and Confusion Reign in Indian Politics
by Eswaran Sridharan
“[T]he prospect of India without a stable governing coalition—whether established by the Congress Party, by the BJP, or by regional parties supported by either the Congress or the BJP—is not beyond the realm of possibility.”
Pakistan on the Brink of a Democratic Transition?
by C. Christine Fair
“Whoever wins in the upcoming elections, the loser will most certainly be the Pakistani voter, who can expect little improvement in governance or accountability."
India’s Inequality: An Uneasy Reconciliation With Economic Growth
by Roberto Zagha
“Inequality in India could be much more efficiently reduced through reforms that shrink the costly system of transfers, increase the role of markets in resource allocation, expand infrastructure investments, and improve the delivery of education and health care.”
Nepal’s Constitutional Crisis
by Aditya Adhikari
“[T]he struggle for power between the Maoists and the traditional political parties has dominated much of Nepal’s politics for the past seven years.”
Perspective: In Pakistan, a New Focus for Counterterrorism
by Shamila Chaudhary
A spike in Sunni-Shiite violence, increasing collaboration between sectarian and insurgent groups, and US forces’ drawdown in neighboring Afghanistan warrant a fresh review of counterterrorism strategy in Pakistan.
Books: Afghanistan’s Unpromising Endgame
by William W. Finan Jr.
Three new books examine how it happened that, 12 years after going to war in Afghanistan, the United States and its allies are preparing to withdraw from a nation still largely ungovernable and pervaded by corruption, warlordism, and insecurity.
The Fate of India’s Strategic Restraint
by Sunil Dasgupta
“Managing New Delhi’s participation in the Afghan endgame will be critical, and it will require a review of US-India policy in Washington.”
The Enduring Madrasa Myth
by C. Christine Fair
“[W]idespread acceptance of the purported ties between Islamic schools and militancy in Pakistan relies on a number of empirically flawed assumptions and assertions….”