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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.”
A Crisis of Democracy in Bangladesh
by Ali Riaz
“If the ruling party continues to marginalize the opposition, deny it the space for peaceful protest, and disregard the need for a political roadmap for moving forward, it will encourage extremists to take over.”
Indian Soft Power in a Globalizing World
by T.V. Paul
“Contemporary India’s key values and institutions hold great promise for managing multiethnic societies, especially in the developing world.” Seventh in a series on soft power around the world.
Perspective: Sri Lanka’s Lingering State of War
by Sharika Thiranagama
Civil war ended in mass slaughter five years ago. Since then, the militarization of Sri Lankan society has intensified, and violence against civilians continues.
Books: The Pathological Alliance
by Sumit Ganguly
In his new book, Husain Haqqani dissects the mutual delusions that have long shaped the dysfunctional relationship between Pakistan and the United States.
Drift and Confusion Reign in Indian Politics
by Eswaran Sridharan
“[T]he prospect of India without a stable governing coalition—whether established by the Congress Party, by the BJP, or by regional parties supported by either the Congress or the BJP—is not beyond the realm of possibility.”
Pakistan on the Brink of a Democratic Transition?
by C. Christine Fair
“Whoever wins in the upcoming elections, the loser will most certainly be the Pakistani voter, who can expect little improvement in governance or accountability."
India’s Inequality: An Uneasy Reconciliation With Economic Growth
by Roberto Zagha
“Inequality in India could be much more efficiently reduced through reforms that shrink the costly system of transfers, increase the role of markets in resource allocation, expand infrastructure investments, and improve the delivery of education and health care.”
Nepal’s Constitutional Crisis
by Aditya Adhikari
“[T]he struggle for power between the Maoists and the traditional political parties has dominated much of Nepal’s politics for the past seven years.”