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The Subcontinental is a podcast of South Asian Voices (SAV) featuring discussions on security, strategy, politics and history with analysts and scholars of South Asia.

Episode 1 – A Conversation with Dr. Rabia Akhtar – 18 March 2016 

This episode of The Subcontinental features guest Dr. Rabia Akhtar, the founding Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Policy Research at the University of Lahore. A contributor for SAV, she holds a PhD in security studies from Kansas State University. Rabia joins Host Sameer Lalwani to discuss a number of contemporary issues on the subcontinent including strategic dialogues, counterterrorism, nuclear summits, and intelligence cooperation. Rabia also discusses her current book project on Pakistan’s nuclear history counternarrative. Questions submitted by listeners on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SAVPodcast are also featured!

Episode 2 – Discussion with Dr. Rajeswari Rajagopalan – 5 April 2016 

This episode of The Subcontinental features guest Dr. Rajeswari Rajagopalan, a Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. She previously acted as Assistant Director of the National Security Council Secretariat in India. She is the author of four books, including Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity Among Asian Great Powers and has a PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dr. Rajagopalan joins Host Dr. Sameer Lalwani to discuss a number of contemporary issues on the subcontinent including her takeaways from the recently concluded Nuclear Security Summit, India’s defense modernization and the US role, challenges to regional stability in South Asia, space security, and a new segment, “Something or Nothing”. Questions submitted by listeners on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SAVPodcast are also featured! 

Episode 3 – Discussion with Dr. Stephen Cohen – 8 June 2016 

This episode of The Subcontinental features guest Professor Stephen Cohen, a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution. He joined Brookings after a career as a Professor of political science and history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Cohen joins Host Dr. Sameer Lalwani to discuss a number of contemporary issues on the subcontinent including: civil-military relations, U.S.-Pakistan relations, U.S.-India defense cooperation, and Chinese regional expansion. Professor Cohen also answers questions about his newly released bookThe South Asia Papers: A Critical Anthology of Writings by Stephen Philip Cohen. Questions submitted by listeners on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SAVPodcast are also featured!

Episode 4 – Discussion with Salman Ahmad – 21 June 2016

This episode of The Subcontinental features guest Salman Ahmad, the founder of Pakistani rock band Junoon. Salman and his wife, Samina, run the Salman & Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI), dedicated to increasing understanding, cooperation and mutual enrichment among cultures. He recently produced the film Open Your Eyes, a documentary about love and life in Nepal, and is the author of Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution

Salman joins Host Dr. Sameer Lalwani to discuss a number of contemporary issues on the subcontinent including: art as a bridge for building peace with India, social initiatives and domestic insecurity, and the future of Pakistan. Questions submitted by listeners on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SAVPodcast are also featured! Plus, Salman previews the upcoming silver anniversary album of Junoon, set to come out in August! Want to hear more from Salman and Junoon? Well, Salman graciously allowed The Subcontinental to take its theme music from Junoon‘s famous “musical conversation” “Jugal Bandi” and #Junoon25 album is set to be released in August! 

Podcast Short – The SAV Visiting Fellowship – 25 July 2016

This special short podcast on The Subcontinental features discussion on the South Asian Voices Visiting Fellowship. The month-long SAV Visiting Fellowship combines writing and research with exposure to the D.C. security community. Fellows meet with senior scholars at universities and think tanks along with leading practitioners working on South Asian security issues in the U.S. government. Research begun by Fellows during their month in D.C. culminates in presentation in Washington, D.C. and a short co-authored report published by the Stimson Center. Fellows also contribute analysis to SAV during the Fellowship. Twice a year he SAV Editorial Team invites outstanding, regular SAV contributors to apply for a Visiting Fellowship with the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program in Washington, D.C.

Read an example of a report published by past Fellows here. Check out the full SAV in DC article on the Timbie Forum where Intern Richa Bhatia interviewed Rose Gottemoeller here.

 

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