South Asia

    • 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.

        • Op-Ed

        Raja Mandala: The Myth of a Political Bond

        Despite India’s insistence that it shares a political bond with China, the global interests of the two countries are actually very different.

        • Op-Ed

        Narendra Modi and the Diaspora: From the Indian to South Asian

        Prime Minister Modi hopes the wider South Asian diaspora will contribute to India’s economic development, act as a bridge to the nations that host them, and help promote broader international goals.

        • Op-Ed

        Purify the Parties

        Prime Minister Modi has pitched demonetization as a fight against corruption in India. But to truly free politics from black money, the government must take concrete steps to reform political finance.

        • Op-Ed

        India Has an Opportunity to Shape the Future of War

        • Shashank Reddy
        • January 05, 2017
        • Hindustan Times

        India’s elevation as chair of a group designed to kick-start talks on lethal autonomous weapon systems gives it the unique opportunity to take a leadership role in global debates on the issue.

        • Op-Ed

        A Familiar Story: Donald Trump and India’s Criminal Politicians

        In India, distrust of government and social cleavages encourage voters to support those who bend the rules to defend their communities. Similar conditions in the United States contributed to Trump’s election.

      Carnegie Experts on
      South Asia

      • expert thumbnail - Chayes
        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.
      • 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 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.
      • 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 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.
      • expert thumbnail - Vaishnav
        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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