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Obstacles to Social Mobility in India—And the Way Forward
by Anirudh Krishna
“For many ... significant upward mobility remains a doubtful prospect, while substantial downward mobility is a real possibility.” Eighth in a series on social mobility around the world.
Made in Bangladesh: Homegrown Development in a Global Economy
by Naomi Hossain
“Few big countries ... have had their fortunes so profoundly shaped by a weak position in the global system.”
Sri Lanka’s Post–Civil War Problems
by Neil DeVotta and Sumit Ganguly
“Sri Lanka’s ethnoreligious divisions are bound to continue as long as the likes of Rajapaksa dominate the island’s political scene.”
The Making of the Rohingya Genocide and Myanmar’s Impunity
by C. Christine Fair
“Myanmar has consolidated its impunity, making its crimes a fait accompli. To do so, it first destabilized the legitimacy of the Rohingya as a group…”
Perspective: The Death Wish in Pakistan’s Aid Dependence
by S. Akbar Zaidi
Pakistani elites’ aversion to paying taxes leaves the country dependent on foreign aid and beholden to donors. As Washington cools on its old ally, the Chinese and Saudis may fill the void.
Books: The Long Struggle to Master the Monsoon
by Eric Tagliacozzo
For centuries, India searched for ways to escape the deadly cycle of too little water and too much. Pollution and climate change threaten to undo the progress it has made.
The Struggle for Control of Pakistan’s Fragile Democracy
by Umair Javed
“While Sharif’s disqualification was certainly not as egregious as an outright coup or any other extraconstitutional intervention, the nature and process of his removal amounts to another setback for democracy in Pakistan.”
Bangladesh Copes With the Rohingya Crisis By Itself
by Navine Murshid
“Bangladesh has neither the military nor the diplomatic power to force a solution on Myanmar.”
Nepal’s Towering Climate Adaptation Challenges
by Andrea J. Nightingale
“Clearly, Nepalis have to adapt to climate change. It is less clear what precisely the challenges are and who is best positioned to lead the response.” Seventh in a series on climate adaptation around the world.
China’s South Asian Miscalculation
by Raffaello Pantucci
“Beijing’s miscalculations regarding India have created conflict with a regional power that has the capability and desire to disrupt China’s outward push.”
Perspective: Rising Religious Intolerance in South Asia
by Neeti Nair
Whether in India, Pakistan, or Myanmar, governments have failed to protect minorities, and too often politicians have pandered to agitators stirring up sectarian hatred.
Books: India’s Turbulent Ascent
by Sumit Ganguly
India has emerged onto the global stage after decades of adherence to strategic nonalignment and protectionist trade rules limited its influence. But triumphalism is premature.
Books: Living the Pious Dream in Lahore
by Joshua Lustig
A rising middle class in Pakistan is striving to reconcile aspirations for a modern lifestyle with a desire for a deeper embrace of Islam as a guide to everyday ethics.
From the Archives: India’s Economic Liberalization; Pakistan at Fifty
by Shalendra D. Sharma and Samina Ahmed
Excerpts from Current History essays on major milestones, published two decades ago.
Seasons of Discontent and Revolt in Kashmir
by Chitralekha Zutshi
“Caught between two feuding countries, neither of which has truly incorporated Kashmir into its nationalist imagination or institutional structures, Kashmiris have developed their own nationalist narrative to assert their distinctiveness and desire for freedom.”