Could a New Agreement Defuse India-China Border Tensions?

    Tensions along the de facto India-China border have long been simmering, but past agreements have failed to permanently lower the heat. Can a new agreement succeed?

    The Decline of Parliament

    "In any democracy, parliaments are the institutions where the two mainstays of democratic culture that Levitsky and Ziblatt mention in their book— “mutual toleration and institutional forbearance”—are supposed to flourish, for the simple reason that the opposition is also represented in these aptly named representative assemblies."

    Caste Quandary

    From the very start, the Hindu nationalist movement has been borne by the upper castes due to the social conservatism it promotes. Indeed, while in theory it aims to abolish the “nation-dividing” caste system, such an ambition does not rule out a strong adherence to Brahminical values and the Hindu traditional social order.

    India Between Solar Energy and Coal: From a “Green Image” to a “Green Façade”?

    What’s more, even if India did meet these objectives, its current policies and actions are only in line with a limitation of global temperatures under the 2°C mark, which stands above the Paris agreement’s 1.5°C goal.

    Who Rallies Around the Flag? Nationalist Parties, National Security, and the 2019 Indian Election

    National security crises often generate a ‘rally-around-the-flag’ effect, especially under nationalist administrations, but the salience of a security crisis varies within a country.

    Addressing China’s Influence in South Asia

    • Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, Rasheeda Mohamed Didi, Pramod Jaiswal, Deep Pal, M. Masrur Reaz
    • October 28, 2021
    • Live Online

    While this Chinese engagement in South Asia often targets the needs of specific countries, even states with relatively robust state institutions and civil society struggle to grapple with the implications of China’s expanded footprint.

    Relief Is Not Enough: A Mandate for Diplomacy in Afghanistan

    The only way to forestall the looming humanitarian and economic crisis in Afghanistan is to move beyond immediate emergency measures and evacuations, and even purely humanitarian aid, and open up a broader political discourse with the Taliban.

    China’s Impact on Strategic Regions

    • Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Evan A. Feigenbaum, Mary Kay Magistad, Georgios Papakonstantinou, Eka Tkeshelashvili
    • October 21, 2021
    • Live Online

    China’s global footprint has expanded exponentially in recent years, becoming a source of investment for countries around the world. But notably, many nations have struggled to grapple with the accompanying implications and political risks.

    'There is growing concern in US about democracy in India'

    There are three pillars of concern: The expansion of Hindu majoritarianism, the concentration of executive power and decay of independent institutions, and curbs on free expression and dissent.

    India’s Fog of Misunderstanding Surrounding Nepal–China Relations

    New Delhi’s close relationship with Nepal, bound in history and culture, and the misperception about China’s relations with Nepal before 1950 have contributed to a skewed understanding of Sino-Nepali relations.

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