• Commentary

    Why Small Island States Are Vulnerable but Not Powerless

    • Abdulla Shahid
    • September 27, 2022

    “The continued stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region is heavily influenced by the actions of small island states,” says Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shadid.

    • Commentary

    The Contradiction at the Heart of U.S. Policy Toward the Pacific Islands

    While Washington and Beijing focus on defense and security-related issues, the islands are demanding action on climate change.

    • Research

    From Revolutionaries to Visionless Parties: Leftist Politics in Bangladesh

    • Tahmina Rahman
    • September 06, 2022

    Bangladeshi opposition parties have failed to support the country's democratic consolidation since 1990. Explanations can be found from the colonial era to the present day.

    • Multimedia

    Crime and Politics with Milan Vaishnav

    In today’s episode, Milan helped us unpack this uneasy balance by exploring why political parties give tickets to criminals, why people continue to vote for them and whether this status quo is likely to change.

    • Research

    Data Governance, Asian Alternatives: How India and Korea Are Creating New Models and Policies

    Many observers posit that a stark contest between democracy and autocracy will shape the governance of technology and data. But two Asian democracies, India and Korea, are carving out distinctive paths on data policy, not just following Western or Chinese models.

    • Commentary

    Corruption and Accountability

    In many troubled democracies, the executive branch has altered the appointment powers of referee institutions, rewritten their constitutional mandates, or terminated meddlesome agencies. In India, however, many institutions have chosen to cede ground without formal legal or constitutional changes to their powers.

    • Multimedia

    Christophe Jaffrelot on Modi's India

    The guest today is Christophe Jaffrelot, a CERI-CNRS Senior Research Fellow who teaches in three different schools at Sciences Po in Paris. He is a world-leading scholar of Indian politics, from its foreign policy to its political sociology.

    • Multimedia

    It’s Time: Quit India

    In this episode, the eminent historian Srinath Raghavan reconstructs India’s tremendous contributions to the war, the nationalist dilemma, the roots and impact of the movement, and how the war years Quit India hastened independence but also deepened India’s internal divisions.

    • Commentary

    How Twitter Became the New Medium for Diplomacy

    First, it shows that the government sees foreign policy as a tool with domestic political implications. This has been the case with the BJP since 2014. The massive media coverage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign trips is a case in point.

    • Research

    Striking Asymmetries: Nuclear Transitions in Southern Asia

    The competitive and often antagonistic relationships among China, India, and Pakistan have roots that predate their possession of nuclear weaponry. Yet the significant transformation of the nuclear capabilities that is now underway in all three countries simultaneously complicates and mitigates their geopolitical rivalries.

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