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What the Taliban–IS rivalry means for South Asia (Kabir Taneja, ORF)

Afghanistan has vacated the front pages of the global news cycle as the Taliban consolidates its hold on the country after 20 years of war. However, the crisis points in the State and the conflicts that surround it are evolving in a fast-paced and erratic manner, highlighting developing challenges from the perspective of terrorism in […]

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The Status and Potential of Regional Conflicts in South Asia (Muhammad Athar Javed, Valdai Discussion Club)

Intensifying economic and strategic competition, between China and the United States on the one hand and India-China on the other, has pushed all of South Asia to the verge of permanent instability, especially in the wake of the US/NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Status and Potential of Regional Conflicts in South Asia — Valdai Club

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India is struggling to keep its financial promises to South Asia (Kazi Mohammad Jamshed, East Asia Forum)

In 2010, India promised to finance US$7.36 billion in development projects in Bangladesh through lines of credit (LOC). So far, only 10.57 per cent of the total funds committed have been disbursed. Although the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Everyone Together, Everyone’s Development, Everyone’s Trust’ vision are integral components of its foreign policy, India is struggling […]

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India-South Asia. India’s New Consulates and Subnational Diplomacy in South Asia (Constantino Xavier, Nitika Nayar, Stimson Center)

Following the Taliban’s sudden takeover in Afghanistan in August, India closed its five diplomatic missions in the country. However, this was a rare exception to India’s recent trend of expanding its diplomatic network in South Asia. Our ongoing research finds that over the last 20 years, India opened or reopened thirteen new consulates in seven of its […]

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Russia/Pakistan/South Asia – Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline: Russia’s Key to South Asia? (The Jamestown Foundation)

Sergey Sukhankin writes: Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov and Pakistan’s ambassador to Moscow, Shafqat Ali Khan, signed a revised agreement on May 28 that initiates the construction of the planned Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline (PSGP) (Minenergo.gov.ru, May 28) go to The Jamestown Foundation: Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline: Russia’s Key to South Asia? – Jamestown

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(Uzbekistan/Central Asia/South Asia/Pakistan) Uzbek President’s Call for Connectivity, Cooperation, Dialogue and Trust in Central Asia-South Asia Region: Pakistan’s Obduracy is the Obstacle (VIF)

Amb Skand Ranjan Tayal writes for VIF: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan hosted an important conference ‘Regional Connectivity Between Central Asia and South Asia – Challenges and Opportunities’ in Tashkent on 15-16 July 2021. The conference was proposed by the Uzbek President in his statement at the UNGA last September, but the weeks before the […]

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South Asia – Unlocking and Safeguarding Human Potential Across South Asia (Hartwig Schafer, World Bank blogs)

Samina rose from humble beginnings in Karachi, Pakistan to become a proud woman business owner employing nine people. Her embroidery business helped pay for her kids’ school and made her the primary earner in her household. Then COVID hit, trampling on her sales and dreams. She now struggles to make ends meet. Unlocking and Safeguarding Human […]

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South Asia – How air pollution is accelerating Himalayan glaciers melt (Muthukumara Mani, World Bank blogs)

Local women is standing in the mountains holding a shovel in Muktinath, Nepal. Photo: Shutterstock/Oleskaus Kumik village sits in the picturesque Zanskar valley high in the Himalayas. Travelers had long considered this valley an oasis amid the barren mountain ranges. Once home to one of the oldest and most remote civilizations on the planet, agriculture […]

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Nuclear Deterrence/South Asia – Comments on the IISS paper of May 2021 titled: “Nuclear Deterrence and Stability in South Asia: Perceptions and Realities” (VIF)

Amb Satish Chandra, Vice Chairman, VIF Comments on the IISS paper of May 2021 titled: “Nuclear Deterrence and Stability in South Asia: Perceptions and Realities”<sup>1</sup> | Vivekananda International Foundation (vifindia.org)

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India/China/Russia/South Asia – Authoritarians seek advantage in India’s Covid crisis (The Interpreter)

MUBASHAR HASAN China and Russia are on a vaccine drive across South Asia to deliver on India’s fast-vanishing promises. https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/authoritarians-seek-advantage-india-s-covid-crisis

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(South Asia) UN sounds alarm over COVID deaths of children in South Asia (Al Jazeera)

Pandemic may have indirectly contributed to around 228,000 additional child deaths in 2020, UN report says. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/17/un-sounds-alarm-over-covid-deaths-of-children-in-south-asia

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(China/India/South Asia) South Asia deftly navigates China–India tensions (East Asia Forum)

Rohan Mukherjee, Yale-NUS College China–India relations took a turn for the worse in 2020. Intrusions by the People’s Liberation Army along the contested border led to a military standoff and skirmishes, the likes of which had not been seen for decades between the two countries. Only recently have they begun the process of disengagement.