EU Albania Nomad Tales Courtesy: Nomad Tales/Flickr
22 July 2013

The “Albanian Question” – The Turn in Tirana

Without a realistic prospect of an EU membership soon, Albanian nationalism could gain an upper hand, resulting in chaos in south-eastern Europe. Why must the EU, despite having lesser influence on the region than the U.S., initiate accession negotiations with all countries in the region willing to join the union?

dhasa protest Wen Courtesy: Wen-Yan King/Flickr
17 May 2013

Great wall of Tibet

India should recognise the importance of Tibetans for India’s security. Security in the Himalayan borderlands does not come only from only a military build-up in which India cannot surpass China, or new border infrastructure, but also from the pro-India sentiments of its inhabitants.

Bahrain protest1 Courtesy: Al Jazeera English/Flickr
16 May 2013

Policy and Prejudice: Shia Divisionism in Bahrain

Two years ago, during the Arab Spring uprisings in several West Asian nations, youth and pro-democracy movements flared up on the Persian Gulf island of Bahrain. In light of these events, this paper assesses how Bahrain’s policies toward its Shia constituency have affected relations between Sunni and Shia groups.

Ministry Of External Affairs, India Courtesy: Ministry Of External Affairs, India
29 March 2013

India-Myanmar: a balance of interests

As a neighbour, India has legitimate interests in Myanmar, especially for peace and progress in its North East. More recently though, the Myanmarese are looking to imbibe democratic values from India, learn about regulations, banking systems, commodities exchanges, media councils, software and telecom skills

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22 February 2013

Military Deployment in Afghanistan is not in India’s National Interests

In 2014, the departing U.S. troops will leave behind in Kabul, a frail government susceptible to attacks – and a potential collapse – from various insurgent groups operating in the nation, threatening stability in South Asia as a whole. How should India involve itself in the reconstruction process in Afghanistan?

Lessons from the Chin-Mizo experience
22 February 2013

Lessons from the Chin-Mizo experience

The experience between the people of Myanmar’s Chin Hills and of Mizoram’s Lushai Hills shows that increased cross-border interaction has influenced the economic situation on both sides of the border. Sanjay Pulipaka blogs about the challenges and opportunities that come with increased exchanges across the border.

myanmar poor Courtesy: Nomad within/Flickr
19 February 2013

Regional Investment in Burma’s Borderlands

Unless foreign direct investment in Burma's war-torn borderlands is refocused towards people-centered development, it is likely to deepen disparity between the region’s most neglected peoples and Burma's new military, business and political elite, and exacerbate a decades-long civil war.

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18 February 2013

Refusing to See the Obvious in Afghanistan

Although in the recent weeks, there has been an apparent goodwill in the Afghan-Pakistan relationship, there still exists severe volatility on the ground in both nations. Unless the two nations overcome their mutual distrust and work together, post-2014, one can expect dramatic instability in the war-torn nation.

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12 September 2011

Kyrgyzstan: The road to stability

Kyrgyzstan has remained politically unstable for the past few decades and many of its leaders have been ousted, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev being the most recent. What makes Kyrgyzstan this unusual place, with an ability to chase out its leaders when so many others in the world cannot succeed in doing so?