S. Jaishankar’s U.S. visit: Five Key Takeaways

S. Jaishankar’s U.S. visit: Five Key Takeaways

At the end of May, India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar wrapped up a five-day visit to the United States—the first cabinet-level visit from India to the Biden administration. There are five key takeaways from this visit, which came…

Comparing India and Pakistan’s Approaches to a Possible Iran-Saudi Rapprochement

Comparing India and Pakistan’s Approaches to a Possible Iran-Saudi Rapprochement

A few months into President Biden’s presidential term, reports emerged that Saudi Arabia and Iran, traditional adversaries, were now sitting across the table in Baghdad negotiating improvement in ties. A few days later, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince…

The Great Power Competition of Vaccine Diplomacy in Pakistan

The Great Power Competition of Vaccine Diplomacy in Pakistan

While video-chatting with an American friend from my home in Pakistan, I excitedly told her that I got the second dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. She incredulously asked what Sputnik was. I immediately realized that we lived in…

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Sri Lanka

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s initial successes in curbing COVID-19 spread a year ago are now a distant memory. The Sri Lankan government hoped to vaccinate at least 60 percent of its adult population by the end of the year. Like most other…

India, China, and the Stalemate beyond Ladakh

India, China, and the Stalemate beyond Ladakh

After a major breakthrough in February when Chinese and Indian troops withdrew from the north and south banks of the Pangong Tso in Ladakh, the disengagement process appears to have lost some steam in the past months. With talks at…

Indian Fusion Center-Indian Ocean Region: Security and Stature

Indian Fusion Center-Indian Ocean Region: Security and Stature

Australian and Japan recently posted liaison officers to the Indian Fusion Center-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) in 2021, where the U.S. liaison officer has served since 2019. IFC-IOR, a maritime information hub initiated by India, brings all Quad members under one roof to exchange vital maritime…

Nepal’s Devastating Second COVID-19 Wave: Internal Political Turmoil and Ignored Pleas for International Support

Nepal’s Devastating Second COVID-19 Wave: Internal Political Turmoil and Ignored Pleas for International Support

More than 87 percent of globally administered vaccines have gone to high and upper-middle-income countries, and low-income countries such as Nepal constitute just 0.2 percent of the 700 million doses. The distribution of vaccines has only exacerbated the vast existing…

Pakistan-United States Relations: A Rocky Road Ahead

Pakistan-United States Relations: A Rocky Road Ahead

In his book entitled “No Exit from Pakistan”, Daniel Markey writes that, “both sides [the United States and Pakistan] failed repeatedly to build a relationship to serve beyond the immediate needs of the day.” This phenomenon is likely to be…

COVID-19 Vaccination in Afghanistan

COVID-19 Vaccination in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is in the first phase of a COVID-19 vaccine rollout, having received only a half million doses of vaccines from India, and 468 thousand under the COVAX program, while around 35 million people are in the queue to receive…

Geopolitics and the Sino-Indian Border

Geopolitics and the Sino-Indian Border

It has been a year since Chinese and Indian troops began engaging in aggressive face-offs at the disputed Sino-Indian border, including several locations in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Today, the tension between the two has not…

India-China Strategic Competition and the Costs of the Ladakh Crisis

India-China Strategic Competition and the Costs of the Ladakh Crisis

The Ladakh crisis is not over yet. Disengagement from front-line positions, begun with fanfare in February, has since stalled. Chinese troops remain encamped in several positions on previously Indian-controlled territory and talks to dislodge them have been fruitless. Quite apart…

The Clock is Ticking for the Taliban

The Clock is Ticking for the Taliban

Following announcement of U.S. troops’ departure from Afghanistan, the world has been left to hypothesize what may come next. The current reluctance of the Taliban to come to the negotiation table might be attributed to their misperception that regional support…

Negotiation and Negation: India’s Post-Galwan Diplomacy vis-à-vis China

Negotiation and Negation: India’s Post-Galwan Diplomacy vis-à-vis China

After almost a year-long military stand-off at their disputed border, a complex military disengagement is still underway between India and China in the eastern Ladakh region. The latest press release from India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), following a phone…

Watch the SAV Webinar "One Year Since Galwan"

SAV Series: One Year After Galwan

In this SAV series, Arzan Tarapore, Antara Ghosal Singh, Jagannath Panda, and Yubing Sheng analyze the roots of the year-long India-China border standoff in Ladakh, discuss how the standoff has shaped strategic priorities and perceptions, and examine the potential trajectory of the bilateral relationship in the years ahead. 

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