The Untenable TTP-Pakistan Negotiations

The Untenable TTP-Pakistan Negotiations

For much of the duration of the Afghan Taliban's insurgency against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)–formed officially in 2007 and one of Pakistan's deadliest terrorist groups–was a force multiplier for the Taliban. While the Taliban and Pakistan…

Trade In The New Indo-Pacific: Moving Towards Gender Inclusivity and Openness

Trade In The New Indo-Pacific: Moving Towards Gender Inclusivity and Openness

As countries in the Indo-Pacific progress towards rebuilding the region’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital to lay a foundation for a more equitable and sustainable future. The global economy suffers in entirety when women…

Climate Change and Conflict Resolution in South Asia’s Highlands

Climate Change and Conflict Resolution in South Asia’s Highlands

The contested highlands of the Himalaya-Karakoram-Hindukush (HKH) mountain ranges—spanning across South Asia through Ladakh, Aksai Chin, Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan—remain highly vulnerable to climate change and kinetic conflict. These highlands are the globe’s third pole, harboring more ice in…

The Impact of Russia’s War in Ukraine on India’s Food Insecurity

The Impact of Russia’s War in Ukraine on India’s Food Insecurity

As a country where the farmers had grown “enough food” to fill in the gap left in the food market due to the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war and emerge as a “reliable alternate source for steady food supply”, the sudden U-turn…

Center-Provincial Frictions and Imran Khan’s Ouster

Center-Provincial Frictions and Imran Khan’s Ouster

The PTI led by Imran Khan came into power with a consistent narrative that promised to eliminate elite-led corruption—allegedly rampant among opposition leaders—which would inevitably revive Pakistan’s economy. However, this narrative began to falter as the PTI’s central and provincial…

U.S. Foreign Policy and Democratic Erosion in Allied States

U.S. Foreign Policy and Democratic Erosion in Allied States

The war in Ukraine has underscored the dangers of Russian authoritarianism and the destabilizing potential of totalizing nationalist ideologies. Vladimir Putin’s Russia employs propaganda domestically to justify the invasion, radicalize Russians against the West, distort historical narratives, and prime citizens for war.…

Disinformation and Crisis Escalation in South Asia

Disinformation and Crisis Escalation in South Asia

Perhaps the most notable global shift in the past decade has been the sheer speed at which information travels. While this has exciting prospects for knowledge sharing and innovation, it has also contributed to the multifaceted challenge that disinformation poses…

Beyond the Brink: Can an Old Face Save a Country in Freefall?

Beyond the Brink: Can an Old Face Save a Country in Freefall?

On May 16, Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, declared that Sri Lanka only had enough petroleum stocks for one day. In a special statement, he outlined the island’s economic challenges in light of its first-ever sovereign default. The…

The Impact of the War in Ukraine on the Indian Economy

The Impact of the War in Ukraine on the Indian Economy

The Indian Rupee recently plunged to a record low of 77.9 against the US Dollar amidst growing uncertainty within domestic equity markets. Two principal factors are directly responsible for this decline in the value of the Indian Rupee. First, the…

South Korea’s New Foreign Policy: Opportunities for India

South Korea’s New Foreign Policy: Opportunities for India

Since Yoon Suk-yeol took oath as the 20th President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on May 10, 2022, many have expected him to pursue his vision for South Korea to expand its cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region (IPR), aligning…

Explaining the Role of the Supreme Court in Imran Khan’s Ouster

Explaining the Role of the Supreme Court in Imran Khan’s Ouster

After midnight on April 9th, Imran Khan became the first Prime Minister in Pakistan’s history to be ousted through a Vote of No-Confidence (VoNC), passed against him by a majority of the members of the National Assembly. The role of…

SAV Webinar: Disinformation and Crisis Escalation in South Asia

SAV Webinar: Disinformation and Crisis Escalation in South Asia

Disinformation, especially spread through the proliferation of new media technologies, has played an increasingly important role in crisis dynamics within South Asia. In this South Asian Voices webinar, experts in Washington D.C. and the subcontinent will discuss how disinformation and…

Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis: Foreign Policy Amidst Domestic Tumult

Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis: Foreign Policy Amidst Domestic Tumult

Since the start of the new year, Sri Lanka has fallen deeper into an economic crisis. The crisis has led to protests across the country, the resignation of its Prime Minister, and its first debt default since independence. Ranil Wickremesinghe…

Russia-Ukraine War: Lessons for South Asia

Russia-Ukraine War: Lessons for South Asia

The transformation in military affairs is rooted in the analyses of previous armed conflicts—each involving a different kind of revolution that trimmed flawed traditional war-patterns and identified new operational concepts and technologies for integration in military doctrines. The ongoing Russia-Ukraine…

Russia-Ukraine War: Military Modernization and Operational Challenges for India

Russia-Ukraine War: Military Modernization and Operational Challenges for India

It has been over two months since the Russia-Ukraine War began, and the conflict shows little signs of slowing. Beyond the immediate devastation of the war, the fighting in Europe has once again highlighted the strategic dilemma of foreign dependence…

The National Resistance Front: A New Chapter in the Afghan War?

The National Resistance Front: A New Chapter in the Afghan War?

The Taliban’s narrative of restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan post-takeover of Kabul is falling short on various fronts. Ramped-up attacks by the Taliban’s archfoe, the Islamic State of Khorasan (ISKP), have confronted the Taliban with serious security challenges. The…

Fake News, Escalation, and Polarization: Pakistan’s Disinformation Vulnerabilities

Fake News, Escalation, and Polarization: Pakistan’s Disinformation Vulnerabilities

As Russia launched its attack on Ukraine, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin justified the invasion using the baseless claim of undertaking a “denazification” campaign. In the months since, the war has brought a renewed focus to the role of disinformation in…

Resuming Pakistan-India Relations: Opportunities and Challenges

Resuming Pakistan-India Relations: Opportunities and Challenges

In the past month, Pakistan has experienced considerable tumult in its domestic politics as former Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed from office through a vote of no-confidence. India is reportedly watching Shehbaz Sharif’s assumption of power as the new…

Imran Khan and Populist Rhetoric: Demagogue or Messiah?

Imran Khan and Populist Rhetoric: Demagogue or Messiah?

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, a Prime Minister has been deposed through the Vote of No Confidence (VoNC). The no-confidence motion placed in Pakistan National Assembly on March 8, which required 172 votes in the 342-seat parliament to…

What Political Change in Pakistan Could Mean for its Relationship with India

What Political Change in Pakistan Could Mean for its Relationship with India

On April 11, Shehbaz Sharif was sworn in as Pakistan’s 23rd Prime Minister after Imran Khan’s ouster through a Vote of No Confidence. Among the first international leader to congratulate Prime Minister Sharif was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime…

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From the Editors: The Ukraine Crisis and Implications for South Asia 

In this collection, SAV Editors reflect on the crisis in Ukraine and discuss the way it may shape crisis dynamics, global norms, and politics in South Asia.

 

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