South Asia

    • Book

    When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

    • Milan Vaishnav
    • January 24, 2017
    • Yale University Press and HarperCollins India

    The first comprehensive study of the nexus between crime and democracy in India.

    • Op-Ed

    Reclaiming the Gulf

    The fact that a small military contingent from the United Arab Emirates will join the military march on Republic Day is a powerful reminder of India’s historic role as a security provider in the region and the opportunity today for reclaiming that role.

    • Op-Ed

    Way Forward as Trump Turns America Inward

    In his inauguration speech, Donald Trump described a new, protectionist America. India must prepare for a United States that does not plan to mess around with other people’s affairs.

    • Op-Ed

    The Trump Discontinuity

    Trump’s efforts to change America’s trajectory will have huge economic and political consequences for India. Prime Minister Modi must engage in intensive bargaining to close potential deals.

    • Avoiding the Labors of Sisyphus: Strengthening U.S.-India Relations in a Trump Administration

      Trump’s “America First” strategy has the potential to damage the U.S.-India relationship. Trump should instead strengthen the India alliance to cope with the challenges posed by China.

      • Op-Ed

      Raja-Mandala: Emperor Xi in Davos

      As one of the world’s oldest civilizations whose comprehensive national power has rapidly risen, China has the right to play a leading role in shaping the global order. Beijing’s current unilateralism, however, is likely to limit China’s global possibilities.

      • Why Money and Muscle Still Rule in Indian Politics

        Failures in governance in India have given criminal politicians currency with the masses. Political finance reform and improvements in governance are needed to stop the influence of money and muscle.

        • People Choose Criminal Politicians as They’re Seen to Get Things Done

          In India, criminal politicians are fielded because their wealth appeals to political parties, and elected because voters see criminality as as sign of their credibility to “get things done.”

          • Event

          Has Pakistan’s Democracy Turned a Corner?

          Pakistan’s 2013 general election marked the country’s first civilian transfer of power following the completion of an elected government’s full term. However, questions linger over the country’s democratic durability as next year’s election will occur against a challenging backdrop.

          • Op-Ed

          Moscow and New DC

          New Delhi must be prepared for a major discontinuity in the way America and Russia deal with each other and Eurasia.

        Carnegie Experts on
        South Asia

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          Sarah Chayes
          Senior Fellow
          Democracy and Rule of Law Program
          Sarah Chayes is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation.
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          Gilles Dorronsoro
          Nonresident Scholar
          South Asia Program
          Dorronsoro’s research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan. He was a professor of political science at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes.
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          Frederic Grare
          Nonresident Senior Fellow
          South Asia Program
          Grare is a nonresident senior fellow in Carnegie’s South Asia Program. His research focuses on security issues and democratization in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Previously, he led the Asia bureau at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs in the French Ministry of Defense.
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          Christophe Jaffrelot
          Nonresident Scholar
          South Asia Program
          Jaffrelot’s core research focuses on theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and Dalits (ex-untouchables) in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.
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          C. Raja Mohan
          Carnegie India
          A leading analyst of India’s foreign policy, Mohan is also an expert on South Asian security, great-power relations in Asia, and arms control.
        • expert thumbnail - Perkovich
          George Perkovich
          Vice President for Studies
          Perkovich works primarily on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation issues, and on South Asian security.
        • expert thumbnail - Shah
          Aqil Shah
          Nonresident Scholar
          South Asia Program
          Aqil Shah is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
        • expert thumbnail - Tellis
          Ashley J. Tellis
          Senior Fellow
          South Asia Program
          Tellis is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.
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          Milan Vaishnav
          Senior Fellow
          South Asia Program
          Vaishnav’s primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption, ethnic politics, governance and state capacity, election finance, and distributive politics.
        • expert thumbnail - Yang
          Xiaoping Yang
          Visiting Scholar
          South Asia Program
          Yang Xiaoping is a visiting scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

        About the Program

        Carneige India The Carnegie South Asia Program informs policy debates relating to the region’s security, economy, and political development. From the war in Afghanistan to Pakistan’s internal dynamics to U.S. engagement with India, the Program’s renowned team of experts offer in-depth analysis derived from their unique access to the people and places defining South Asia’s most critical challenges.

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