Improving India-Turkey Relations

Improving India-Turkey Relations

On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his UNGA speech criticized India for failing to resolve ties with Pakistan and establish a “fair, permanent peace and prosperity in Kashmir.” Indian…

ISKP’s Propaganda Threatens Asia’s Security Apparatus

ISKP’s Propaganda Threatens Asia’s Security Apparatus

On September 5, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) launched a suicide bombing attack in front of the Russian embassy in Kabul, leaving more than four dead. The attack underscored ISKP’s continued forays targeting civilians and Taliban security forces across…

Empowering Women in Pakistan’s Economy: Lessons from Bangladesh

Empowering Women in Pakistan’s Economy: Lessons from Bangladesh

Although celebrating its 75th year of independence this August, Pakistan has yet to capitalize on its youthful population, especially its female youth, to further economic progress and expand its skilled workforce. Currently, roughly 44 percent of Pakistan’s population is counted…

China-Taliban: An Uncomfortable Marriage of Convenience

China-Taliban: An Uncomfortable Marriage of Convenience

On September 13, the first containers departed China en route to Afghanistan via Central Asian countries. The launching of the new railroad line is likely to open economic trade routes for the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan. As the West adheres…

افغانستان میں ہندوستان کی عملیت پسندی کیوں کام کر سکتی ہے؟

افغانستان میں ہندوستان کی عملیت پسندی کیوں کام کر سکتی ہے؟

 اگست ۲۰۲۲ میں، ہندوستان کے وزیر خارجہ ایس جے شنکر نے بنگلورو میں میڈیا سے بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ہندوستان کابل میں اپنی سفارتی موجودگی کو بڑھانے کا ارادہ رکھتا ہے۔ طالبان کے ساتھ کھلے روابط سے گریز کرنے…

Why Sri Lanka’s Default was not Caused by China

Why Sri Lanka’s Default was not Caused by China

Sri Lanka is facing its first debt default since its independence. On 12 April 2022, the Sri Lankan government announced that it will suspend all foreign debt repayments, except to multilateral development banks. It is now seeking a bail-out from…

Western Indian Ocean: The Missing Piece in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

Western Indian Ocean: The Missing Piece in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

In a long-delayed move, the White House announced its intent to integrate African states into Indo-Pacific forums, according to its latest strategy document for Sub-Saharan Africa from August 2022. The Biden administration’s expansion of the geographic definition of the Indo-Pacific…

طالبان کے قبضے کے ایک برس بعد: علاقائی خطرات و اثرات

طالبان کے قبضے کے ایک برس بعد: علاقائی خطرات و اثرات

ایک برس پہلے، ۱۵ اگست ۲۰۲۱ کو طالبان نے کابل پر قبضہ کر لیا اور امریکہ اور اس کے اتحادیوں کے ہاتھوں اپنی گزشتہ حکومت گرائے جانے کے دو دہائی بعد افغانستان میں دوبارہ اقتدار میں آگئے۔ اقتدار میں ان…

Pakistan’s Floods and the Role of Media

Pakistan’s Floods and the Role of Media

Pakistan has been experiencing one of the worst floods in its history, with over 33 million citizens affected. Some 1,500 have lost their lives and many more are in danger due to the spread of dengue fever and other infectious…

The Geopolitics of India’s Refugee Policy

The Geopolitics of India’s Refugee Policy

On August 17, Indian Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, sparked a Twitter controversy on the presence of Rohingya refugees in the capital. Puri tweeted that Rohingya in New Delhi would be relocated from slum-like camps to…

Before Nepal Graduates to a Developing Country

Before Nepal Graduates to a Developing Country

At the 40th plenary of the 76th session of the United Nations in February 2021, the UN General Assembly recommended graduating Nepal from Least Developed Country (LDC) status to Developing Country (DC) in 2026. Though Nepal originally planned to graduate…

Strategic Autonomy: Comparing India and Pakistan

Strategic Autonomy: Comparing India and Pakistan

Global division following Russia’s war in Ukraine has rekindled the public debate on ‘strategic autonomy’ in South Asia. According to S. Kalyanaraman, “strategic autonomy denotes the ability of a state to pursue its national interests and adopt its preferred foreign…

India and the Russia-Ukraine War: The Need for a Proactive Approach

India and the Russia-Ukraine War: The Need for a Proactive Approach

In a recent bilateral meeting between India’s Prime Minister Modi and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the SCO summit in Uzbekistan, Modi made headline-making comments on the war in Ukraine, stating that “now is not an era of war” and…

The Economic Costs of Pakistan’s Floods

The Economic Costs of Pakistan’s Floods

Over the past month, Pakistan has been hit by the worst flooding in the country’s modern history. The floods have put "one-third of the country underwater" and the deaths of close to 1,500 people. Estimates note a further 33 million…

Nepal’s Delicate Foreign Policy Balancing Act

Nepal’s Delicate Foreign Policy Balancing Act

Over the last few weeks, Nepal has witnessed several developmental gains. During the recent official visit by Nepali Foreign Minister Dr. Narayan Khadka on August 9, China announced an approximately USD $117 million grant and several infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, India…

India-Bangladesh Relations – Conditional to a Sheikh Hasina Government?

India-Bangladesh Relations – Conditional to a Sheikh Hasina Government?

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina traveled to India for an official visit from September 5th-8th, where she inked several important agreements with her Indian counterpart. The India-Bangladesh bilateral relationship has immensely improved in the last decade, seemingly signaling the success…

پاکستان کی خارجہ پالیسی میں شناخت کا تعین

پاکستان کی خارجہ پالیسی میں شناخت کا تعین

 پاکستان کی قومی شناخت آزادی کے وقت سے ہی اسرار کے پردوں میں چھپی ہوئی ہے حالانکہ مذہبی نظریہ، ریاست کے وجود کے لیے بنیادی توجیح فراہم کرتا ہے۔ تقسیم کے موقع پر مذہبی تفریق کے لیے پائی جانے والی…

Pakistan Floods & Climate Security: Rethinking Comprehensive National Security

Pakistan Floods & Climate Security: Rethinking Comprehensive National Security

The ongoing floods in Pakistan devastated communities and the country’s infrastructure and economy. The rising frequency of floods, extreme rainfall, and heatwaves has moved climate change from a theoretical discussion point to a palpable burden on the country and its…

Policy Lessons from the Front Lines: Tackling Extreme Heat in India

Policy Lessons from the Front Lines: Tackling Extreme Heat in India

Extreme heat is wreaking havoc across India. During the March-April 2022 heatwaves, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded the hottest March on record, with temperatures soaring as high as 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) and impacting 15 states and…

Is There Any Strategy Left for Washington in Afghanistan?

Is There Any Strategy Left for Washington in Afghanistan?

If there is one picture that describes the failure of Washington’s War on Terror policy in Afghanistan, it is the viral image of Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Yaqoob in a military parade during the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.…

Geopolitical Maneuvering of Nepal’s Tourism Sector

Geopolitical Maneuvering of Nepal’s Tourism Sector

On August 16, Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University inaugurated Nepal’s second Confucius Institute—one of the many such planned institutes to be built across Nepal with Chinese government funding. Located in over 100 countries worldwide, Confucius Institutes serve to promote Chinese culture through…

Press Freedoms in Pakistan: As Polarization Deepens, Journalism Pays the Price

Press Freedoms in Pakistan: As Polarization Deepens, Journalism Pays the Price

Last month, Pakistani police charged former Prime Minister Imran Khan under the anti-terrorism act, in addition to placing a sweeping ban on live telecasts of his speeches. The charge comes after Khan vowed to sue police officers and a judge…

The Crisis of Elite Capture in Pakistan and Sri Lanka

The Crisis of Elite Capture in Pakistan and Sri Lanka

In July, Pakistan and Sri Lanka met on the cricket pitch for a match that had been quietly moved from Colombo to Galle. While international broadcasters aired visuals of ocean waves crashing onto Galle Fort’s once tourist-frequented beaches, Sri Lankans…

Framing Identity within Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

Framing Identity within Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

Since independence, Pakistan’s national identity has remained enigmatic despite religious ideology informing the fundamental rationale for the state’s existence. This enigma can be understood by examining the excessive infatuation with religious differentiation at the time of Partition which led to…

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Remembering Michael Krepon 

South Asian Voices contributors, former Visiting Fellows, and editors reflect on Michael Krepon’s mentorship, impact, and role in shaping SAV. 

 

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