Reflections on Pulwama-Balakot at Five Years

Reflections on Pulwama-Balakot at Five Years

Pakistan is almost entirely absent from India’s strategic discourse in the contemporary moment. Indian interlocutors mention this absence occasionally—either with modest lament or more often with some pride, depending on their strategic worldview. Virtually no Indian strategic analyst believes Pakistan…

Pakistan’s Post-Election Environment: Experts React

Pakistan’s Post-Election Environment: Experts React

Pakistan held general elections on February 8, almost two years after Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was ousted in a no-confidence vote. Since then, PTI politicians and supporters have experienced a crackdown from police and the military…

Making Sense of India’s Muted Response to the Red Sea Crisis

Making Sense of India’s Muted Response to the Red Sea Crisis

Editor’s Note: A version of this piece originally appeared on The Diplomat and has been republished with permission from the editors. The global repercussions of the recent Houthi attacks on international maritime vessels in the Red Sea are becoming apparent. As shippers globally are…

Hurdles and Opportunities for the India-U.S. Defense Partnership

Hurdles and Opportunities for the India-U.S. Defense Partnership

During the Cold War, divergences in geopolitical outlooks meant that India-U.S. ties were estranged, with non-existent defense cooperation. Today, the convergence of interests between India and the United States, coupled with the challenge of a rising China’s military adventurism, has…

SAV Collection: South Asian Perspectives on the Israel-Hamas War

SAV Collection: South Asian Perspectives on the Israel-Hamas War

On October 7, terror group Hamas killed more than 1,200 Israelis and took some 240 citizens hostage. In response, Israel declared war against Hamas and has proceeded to deploy a ground attack in Gaza. More than 11,000 Palestinians have been killed, according…

Striking Back: Is Pakistan Putting Military Strikes on the Table?

Striking Back: Is Pakistan Putting Military Strikes on the Table?

The recent tit-for-tat strikes between Iran and Pakistan indicate a consolidation of Pakistan’s crisis response policy. In recent years, the 2019 Pulwama-Balakot crisis was the first time that Pakistan resorted to the use of force in response to India’s attack…

Navigating the India-Maldives Diplomatic Spat

Navigating the India-Maldives Diplomatic Spat

The Maldives, often depicted in the news as a tropical paradise, recently had a less idyllic appearance in the headlines. President Mohamed Muizzu's government ruffled feathers in New Delhi by asking India to withdraw its military personnel by March 15,…

The Pannun Case is a Temporary Distraction in the Indo-U.S. Strategic Partnership

The Pannun Case is a Temporary Distraction in the Indo-U.S. Strategic Partnership

On November 29, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment alleging that an Indian national, Nikhil Gupta, had conspired to commit murder for hire against Gurupatwant Singh Pannun, the leader of a…

The Quad Must Tackle Nuclear Threats in the Indo-Pacific

The Quad Must Tackle Nuclear Threats in the Indo-Pacific

The leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, popularly known as the Quad, have consistently reaffirmed their commitment to “the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” first through a statement issued in Hiroshima, then at the Shangri-La Dialogue in 2023, where…

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China in South Asia: 2023

SAV presents an updated series on China’s role in South Asia, in which our contributors analyze developments in the economic, military, and geopolitical goals of China in their respective countries.

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