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The Tangled Politics of Postwar Justice in Sri Lanka
by Jonathan Goodhand and Oliver Walton
“It was perhaps naive and overly optimistic to believe that regime change was the answer to a problem that has much deeper structural roots.”
Pakistan’s Deadly Grip on Afghanistan
by C. Christine Fair
“Unless the United States rights its policies with respect to Pakistan, it has no hope of bringing even a modicum of stability to Afghanistan…”
India’s Weakened Unions Face a Push for Reform
by Emmanuel Teitelbaum
“Ironically, the interests and objectives of union leaders may align with those of the ruling coalition: employment growth in the organized sector is essential to the labor movement’s survival in the coming decades, just as it is for the survival of the Modi government.” Seventh in a series on labor relations around the world.
Can South Asia Share Its Rivers?
by Gareth Price and Sonali Mittra
“[D]isputes have deepened to the extent that water is seen as inherently a source of conflict rather than productivity or cooperation.”
Perspective: Demonetization in India: One More Rock in the River
by Anirudh Krishna
An attempt to curb tax evasion by taking large-denomination bills out of circulation overnight imposed new hardships on an Indian populace long accustomed to capricious government initiatives.
Books: Brutal Realities of British Rule in India
by Sumit Ganguly
A new book on Britain’s reign in the subcontinent, departing from earlier generations of scholarship, does not sanitize the brutality and racism that undergirded the colonial enterprise.
The Rise of Hindu Populism in India’s Public Sphere
by Arvind Rajagopal
“The public sphere of debate and discussion predicated on transparency has given way to a public sphere of image and spectacle.” Sixth in a series on public spheres around the world.
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.”