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Democracy Deadlocked in Bangladesh
by Aqil Shah
“The prospects for successful democratic consolidation in Bangladesh will depend on the political elites’ ability to abandon their zero-sum rivalry and demonstrate commitment to democratic norms in their attitudes and behavior.”
Afghanistan’s Arduous Search for Stability
by Thomas Barfield
“What divides Afghans more than ethnicity or ideology is an unwillingness to share power and a winner-takes-all approach to politics.”
Can Civil Society Tame Violent Extremism in Pakistan?
by Anita Weiss
“[L]ocal people acting within civil society groups are responding to violent religious extremism in unprecedented ways.”
Caste, Representation, and Enduring Inequality
by Kanchan Chandra
“Although the majority of elected members of Parliament in India now come from subaltern categories, they belong to parties that are dominated by the Hindu upper castes.”
Perspective: Nationalism and Exclusion in Postwar Nepal
by Amanda Snellinger
Nepal’s new constitution was supposed to cap a momentous decade that saw the end of the monarchy and civil war. But identity politics and economic discontent have called national unity into question.
Books: Small Lamps of Environmental Heroism
by Sheila Jasanoff
India’s long-held penchant for big development projects has worsened its severe ecological problems. A new book draws attention to the promise of smaller-scale solutions.
Can Modi Deliver a New India?
by Siddharth Varadarajan
“[D]espite the global goodwill, economic good fortune, and political triumphs Modi has enjoyed, questions are increasingly being asked about his capacity to deliver on the promises that won him the election.”
War-Weary Pakistan’s Internal Divides
by Humeira Iqtidar
“[T]he decade and a half of demands placed on the army since the start of the war have opened up a growing chasm within the ranks that is beginning to threaten its viability as the main arm of American influence . . . ”
The Other Drawdown in Afghanistan
by C. Christine Fair
“If the international community wants to secure the real gains it has made in Afghanistan, it needs to stop obsessing about the troop drawdown and begin figuring out how to avert the funding drawdown that is the single biggest threat to Afghanistan’s future.”
Bangladesh and the Global Climate Debate
by Masroora Haque and Saleemul Huq
“Bangladesh, which is particularly exposed to the consequences of climate change and suffered two devastating cyclones in recent years, has taken a leading role . . . in advocating new international commitments to support countries that bear the heaviest burden of loss and damage.”
South Asia in Dark Times: Homogenizing Nation-States and the Problem of Minorities
by Vazira Zamindar
“As we witness growing chauvinism and violence toward minorities in India and Pakistan alike, we must ask what price we are willing to pay for the homogenizing wrath of Partition’s nation-states.” Seventh in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.
Perspective: Citizenship Reborn in Sri Lanka
by Nira Wickramasinghe
The unexpected ouster of an authoritarian president in January’s election was the result of a slow-burning citizens’ uprising. Will this revival of civil society lead to lasting progress?
Books: Freedom and Faith in India
by Neeti Nair
A new volume of essays edited by Wendy Doniger and Martha C. Nussbaum examines the Hindu right’s influence throughout Indian society—a trend perhaps abetted by liberal taboos.
India’s Changing Political Fortunes
by Ronojoy Sen
“[T]he principal opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seems much better positioned than the Indian National Congress to win power in this year’s elections.”
Is the US Drone War Effective?
by Michael J. Boyle
“Particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, drones have stirred up new levels of hostility against the United States and endangered the stability and cooperation of the local governments, with potential long-term consequences for the stability of the South Asian region.”
The Struggle for Women’s Empowerment in India
by Indrani Bagchi
“As more women get educated and move to the cities, they become the face of a society in transition. Tragically, they also become targets in the conflict that accompanies this transition.”