South Asia

    • Op-Ed

    Soldiers and Businessmen

    Corruption in the Pakistani military has been coming to light in recent months. It is still an extremely popular institution, but the balance of power in the country depends on the military maintaining a clean image.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: The Great Wall of China

    India claims it will “look east” in its foreign policy, but it continues to be distracted by the West. Meanwhile, China is becoming a more attractive partner for others in the region.

    • Op-Ed

    Contest on Two Fronts

    By seeking more space with China and Pakistan at the same time, some believe Prime Minster Modi could be creating a strategic nightmare for India. Others suggest the two fronts are no longer separate.

    • ‘Redrawing Boundaries Would Open Pandora’s Box’

      Despite uncertainty in terms of future leadership, relations with Russia and China, and domestic opinion on global trade, the U.S.-India relationship is in an extraordinary place.

      • Op-Ed

      Britain Could Join India in a Maritime Coalition

      As one of the world’s largest economies with an expeditionary military tradition and deep resources of soft power, Britain can be a productive and long-term partner for a rising India.

      • Op-Ed

      The Balochistan Gamble

      In his speech for India’s Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi criticized Pakistan, while reaffirming his commitment to promoting regional cooperation and developing a joint struggle against terrorism.

      • Op-Ed

      India’s Taxing Tax System

      India passed a historic tax bill which will simplify inter-state commerce. Ratification is a daunting next step.

      • Op-Ed

      Chinese Foreign Minister’s Delhi Visit Is an Occasion to Start a Conversation With Beijing

      India might think of itself as equal to China, but the realists point to the power shift that has begun to express itself in Beijing’s ties with New Delhi.

      • Act East, Act West

        India seeks a “non-obligated” relationship with the United States to promote economic development and secure global status. This creates a constantly shifting equilibrium between the United States, India, and China.

        • Op-Ed

        Raja Mandala: Pragmatic About SAARC

        Arguments about the diplomatic process in South Asia demonstrate how dysfunctional the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation has become. India must be patient with Pakistan, while remaining engaged with others in the region.

      Carnegie Experts on
      South Asia

      • expert thumbnail - Chayes
        Sarah Chayes
        Senior Associate
        Democracy and Rule of Law Program
        South Asia 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.
      • expert thumbnail - Dorronsoro
        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.
      • expert thumbnail - Grare
        Frederic Grare
        Nonresident Senior Associate
        South Asia Program
        Grare is a nonresident senior associate 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.
      • expert thumbnail - Jaffrelot
        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.
      • expert thumbnail - Mohan
        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 Associate
        South Asia Program
        Tellis is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.
      • expert thumbnail - Vaishnav
        Milan Vaishnav
        Senior Associate
        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.
      • 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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