Neighbourhood Studies
Colombo Port City Project and Indian Concerns

India and Sri Lanka as two immediate neighbours enjoy broad sustained bilateral ties. Over the two thousand years of coexistence, whole range of issues have dominated the bilateral ties many arising out of the dynamic domestic environment and some f....

Nepalese Budget 2021-22: Whiter Madhesh?

As the parliament in Nepal was dissolved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on May 22 to pave the way for the mid-term elections in November, a week later, on May 29, in a televised address Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel presented the annual budget pl....

Penpa Tsering, the New President of the Central Tibetan Administration, Calls on China to Grant ‘Genuine Autonomy’ to Tibet

Penpa Tsering has been elected as the new Sikyong or President of 17th Tibetan government-in-exile (TGiE), formally known as the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). This write-up explores the life and policy stance of the newly elected Sikyong, his....

Comments on the IISS paper of May 2021 titled: “Nuclear Deterrence and Stability in South Asia: Perceptions and Realities”1

The recent IISS paper titled “Nuclear Deterrence and Stability in South Asia: Perceptions and Realities” is something of a letdown. Though it contains some nuggets of value such as the assessment that, given the China factor, the conventional arm....

Surely not a Faux Pas-China warns Bangladesh against Joining the QUAD

It is out in the open and it took a Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh to say it straight. China does not want Bangladesh to join the QUAD. On 10 May 2021, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming said Beijing-Dhaka ties would be “substantially dam....

Taliban Faultlines: Pakistan’s ISI Elevates Haqqani Network Front And Centre

NEW DELHI: The Taliban may have forced the U.S. and NATO forces to withdraw from Afghanistan but there is no guarantee that it will have a free run post-September, long time watchers of the country say. Pakistan’s ISI, suspicious of the Taliban’s....

Sanctions: An Ineffective Tool in Myanmar

Imposing sanctions is not new to Myanmar and its economy and people. Since independence, the country has been under the impact of ethnic conflicts and a continuous fight for civilian versus the military rule. It took its worst shape in 1988, and sinc....

China and South Asian Neighborhood

In an effort to build stronger linkages with South Asian countries China has emerged as a major supplier of economic resources that is infrastructure projects investments as well as military hardware and technology. This is understood in terms of Chi....

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