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Someone's got to clean toilets and fetch water for Islamic State militants, but a would-be Indian jihadi who traveled all the way to Iraq to fight for the armed group came home i...(full article)

For a brief moment after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election victory, there was optimism in both India and Pakistan. In an unprecedented move, Modi invited his Pak...(full article)

At a time when we are reflecting on the lessons from the Cold War amid growing concern about the current U.S.-Russia relationship, we should be looking ahead to anticipate how chan...(full article)

On the face of it, it is hard to understand the appeal of the world’s largest democracy for a Communist country like Vietnam. Yet New Delhi’s appeal for Vietnam stems f...(full article)

How did Indian tradition transform the Bhagavad Gita (the “Song of God”) into a bible for pacifism, when it began life, sometime between the third century BC and the th...(full article)

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18 Maps that Explain Maritime Security in Asia - CSIS

The Indo-Pacific region consists of over 20 countries. It spans from Russia in the North to Australia and New Zealand in the South, and from India in the West to Papua New Guinea i...

A Deal With U.S. Puts India Trade on Track - The Hindu

The deal with the U.S. now provides for an indefinite peace clause until a permanent solution is found to the farm subsidy issue....

The Politics of PDA in India - Tanya Basu, The Atlantic

On October 23, about 20 activists whom police said belonged to the youth wing of India’s ruling, Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) barged into a cafe in Kozhikode,...

The Risk of Nation-State Conflict - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

While it is difficult to see into the future at all and impossible to make detailed predictions, everything we know about history and human development suggests that the 21st centu...

36 Million Live in Slavery - BBC News

According to the report, more than 14 million people live as slaves in India. Next in the index comes China, with more than 3 million slaves, followed by Pakistan, Uzbekistan....

Narendra Modi, the Once-Reviled Rock Star - Ben Doherty, The Guardian

Ostracised after the Godhra riots of 2002, the newly minted PM of the world’s largest democracy is the man other leaders are seeking out this week....

Bangladesh's Energy Bonanza - Jack Detsch, The Diplomat

After a favorable UN settlement in June, Bangladesh stumbled upon a wealth of energy. Will investors buy in?...

India's Rape Victims Turn to Revenge - Murali Krishnan, Vocativ

Vigilante castrations, murders and other forms of retribution are becoming more and more commonplace as the country's rape problem continues....

UAE Blue Collar Jobs Transform Lives - The National

Remittances made by this country’s 2.2 million Indians residents to their home country amount to $15 billion (Dh55bn) per annum, a staggering figure by any estimation. The go...

The Critical Bay of Bengal - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The Bay of Bengal is starting to become whole again and is returning to the center of global history. The bay that once divided the Indian subcontinent from the Far East is now uni...

The Huge Task of Ridding India of Corruption - The National

The good news for Indians is that, ranked against other nations, their country is not apparently so corrupt. Transparency International, a global NGO, ranked India 94th out of 177 ...

The King of Indian Pulp Fiction - Sonali Kokra, Ozy

“We Hindi writers are not the big fish of the literary world,” he tells me with a twinkle, calling himself a “lowly Hindi whodunit writer.”...

How to Rebalance India-Pakistan Relations - Jordan Olmstead, The Diplomat

Is there a way to avert the constant derailing of bilateral relations?...

Vietnam Looks to India for Military Modernization - S. Haidar, The Hindu

The two countries signed several agreements, including a memorandum of understanding for exploration by ONGC Videsh Limited in two blocks in the South China Sea....

The End of the Middle East? - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

There is an ongoing evolution in America's relationship with the region, and attrition of the same can add up to big change....

Cyber Security Can Boost India-U.S. Ties - Lisa Curtis, RealClearWorld

India boasts the world's third-largest population of online users, and Indians' increasing reliance on the internet leaves the country increasingly vulnerable to cyber warfare....

Working Towards Stability and Security in Asia - Michael Auslin, AEIdeas

News that India will now provide naval vessels to Vietnam continues a trend of diversifying and evolving security relations in Asia. Earlier this year, Japan announced it was givin...

Capitalism's New Fans - Washington Times

Emerging economies have produced an appreciation of the free market....

China Launches Its World Bank Alternative - Reuters

Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Weste...

India: Illusory Rise of a Democratic Power - R. Menon, National Interest

The ubiquitous reports of India’s emergence as a great power are bogus. The road is long, the advance slow and the arrival date uncertain....

India, Pakistan Inch toward Nuclear Standoff - Bruce Riedel, Daily Beast

A crisis is brewing between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan that could be their most dangerous ever....

India's Modi Wave Keeps Rolling - Economist

The BJP did well in Maharashtra despite failing to put forward an obvious, strong candidate to be chief minister. Nor did the party have a particularly powerful local organisation....

5 Places Where WW3 Could Break Out - James Hardy, National Interest

It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continue...

Asia's Concern over an American Decline - Roger Cohen, NY Times

Outside China, there is a consistent theme in Asia. It is concern that declining American power, credibility and commitment will leave the way open for Beijing to exercise dominanc...

Here's a Map of Ebola's Likely Travels - German Lopez, Vox

Outside of Africa, the risk is relatively high in the UK and France, but thankfully very low in India and China....

India and Pakistan's Children Push for Peace - Indian Express

Yet, one should welcome an idea of “peace” that is not restricted to the cessation of wars and violence, but recognises the devastation of young lives by the inequaliti...

A Tenuous Peace in Kashmir - Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times

No incident of firing has been reported from across the border with Pakistan in J&K since Thursday evening, said BSF sources. The sources added that they believed Pakistan was forc...

India Is Growing Bolder on the Seas - C. Raja Mohan, Indian Express

Given India’s growing trade and its increasing dependence on the sea for the import of vital energy resources, India’s interests are similar to those of the US, the wo...

Is the Cease-Fire in Jammu & Kashmir Breaking Down? - The Hindu

It is only by talking to Pakistan that India can ensure that the question of saving the truce, and all other issues between the two countries, remains strictly between them....

Modi Takes a Star Turn in America - Tunku Varadarajan, Open Magazine

America had not seen an Indian Prime Minister like him. America, in fact, had not seen a visiting head of government like him - from anywhere in the world - since Fidel Castro, a v...

Culture's Growing Role in Foreign Affairs - K. Pethiyagoda, The Diplomat

Thus far, most non-Western countries have operated using European sourced institutions of statecraft, within a Western-style nation-state system. This made predicting their foreign...

India-U.S. Defense Cooperation Is Growing - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

The statement isn’t revolutionary on security matters; it is rather evolutionary, signaling the broad contours of where U.S.-India cooperation on security might head in the M...

If Pakistan Doesn't Counter Militants, Others Will - Dawn

Pakistan's drift towards international isolation is only matched by the state’s denial of this truth....

What Happened to Asian Century? - Matt Wade, Sydney Morning Herald

When I returned home from a three-year stint as Fairfax's India correspondent, shortly before the white paper's release, I was struck by how ill-prepared Australia seemed to be for...

Hitler's Strange Popularity in India - Josh Scheinert, Jerusalem Post

It’s hard to miss Mein Kampf on the shelves of India’s bookstores....

Modi's Reset of U.S.-India Ties - Deccan Chronicle

It does seem that President Obama is taking an extra step for Mr Modi. He will be aware it may not be easy to make India swerve from its international policy orientation on key iss...

Why Indian-Americans Love Modi - Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi arrived in New York last Friday for a long awaited visit to the United States. On Sunday, Modi addressed a 20,000 strong crowd – mostly compr...

A New Authoritarianism Is Growing - Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register

Increasingly, authoritarian regimes are rising around the world, led by a pesky, resource-rich Russia and a new full-blown superpower, China. Today, few regimes are becoming more d...

India, U.S. Should Address Divisions - Bloomberg

When they meet at the White House tomorrow, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will celebrate all that unites their nations -- one the world's most powe...

India-China Relations Stumble Forward - A.G. Noorani, Dawn

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India, from Sept 17 to 19, was successful in some important respects but not so in others. On matters economic, success was predictable an...

Narendra Modi Tries to Escape His Past - Joshua Keating, Slate

We may someday get to the point where what happened in Gujarat in 2002 no longer colors the international perception of Modi, but we’re not there yet....

Israel's Struggle to Turn Trade to Diplomacy - Rory Miller, Foreign Affairs

Israel’s economics minister Naftali Bennett argued last year that “diplomacy can follow economy.” Trade, he said, would help Israel “deemphasize” the ...

Fixing the Absurd India-Bangladesh Border - M. Phillips, The Diplomat

Resolving the border crisis would grease the wheels for future cooperation, development, and trade in the region. In this respect, India’s regional objectives complement the ...

And Yet the West Remains Strong - Jan Techau, Carnegie

Is this a time of Western weakness? Many are convinced it is. In his latest book World Order, former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger gives a bleak outlook on the West's abi...

The Forces That Bind and Rend Nations - Zhixing Zhang, Stratfor

"Here begins our tale: The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been." This opening adage of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, China's classic ...

Mumbai's Evolving Urban Form

The continuing dispersion of international metropolitan areas is illustrated by recently released 2011 Census of India preliminary data for the Mumbai "larger" metropolitan area...

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