A few months back, the World Affairs Journal commissioned a piece on Afghanistan. The paper discusses New Delhi and Islamabad’s roles in Afghanistan—and the burgeoning cooperation between the two countries.
For a long time, Afghanistan was a battle ground in which India and Pakistan tussled. But more recently, as the two countries are increasingly focused on new horizons—particularly India, which is looking beyond South Asia for its strategic needs—Afghanistan appears to be less zero-sum than it once was; India and Pakistan are starting to cooperate over trade and stabilization of the region. More than mere political posturing, we’re seeing structural change in that direction. In fact, we may be seeing the beginning of an India-Pakistan detente.
Please see the entire paper at http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/india-and-pakistan%E2%80%99s-afghan-endgames-what-lies-ahead
I eschew any responsibility for the less-than-creative title.
Posted in Afghanistan, Central Asia, Diplomacy, India, Pakistan, South Asia, Strategy, Uncategorized
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I’ve got a new article in Pragati Magazine that discusses an important form of Indian soft power: Indian Islam.
In “The Case for Indian Islam,” I discuss how India’s Muslims have lived under stable, pluralist democracy for decades, and argue that they ought to reclaim their syncretic narrative and project it to the rest of the Islamic world. This narrative is particularly important during this time of tumult, awakening, and recalibration in the Muslim world known as the “Arab Spring”.
The piece is available at http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/2012/11/the-case-for-indian-islam/ and in-text below.
I’ve got a new article out in Pragati Magazine that discusses “India’s Involvement in the Sudan.” It argues that India’s engagement in the region—from investments in energy infrastructure to its involvement in a peace process between Juba and Khartoum—demonstrates an important union of New Delhi’s strategic interests and ‘soft’ power.
It explores a potentially important role India is playing in the political and economic development of Africa, particularly South Sudan’s development, burgeoning independence, and peace process. The article is available here and below. Continue reading
I’ve co-authored a slightly more personal piece in The Huffington Post with one of my best friends, Colin Christopher. It discusses one of the main sources of religious conflict in the world: the idea of exclusivism, and how some religions feel they are superior to others.
The article is available at the Huffington Post’s website, here.
The Christian Science Monitor recently asked me to write a short piece on the recent nuclear talks with Iran. From America’s perspective, these talks have been about the nuclear program. But from Iran’s point of view, there can be no resolution of the nuclear program without resolving Iran’s broader insecurity. Ultimately, these talks must be a part of a broader realignment of the US-Iranian relationship. I outline four ways to move forward: acknowledge assumptions; reconcile interests, not positions; remain committed to a process of diplomacy; and include participants that can bridge the gaps.
The article’s available here or in full at http://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/print/content/view/print/529780
I have an article out in Pragati: The Indian National Interest that discusses US-India relations in the wake of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to India. The situation in Afghanistan may be the biggest stumbling block to closer ties between Washington and Delhi, but a burgeoning detente between India and Pakistan may change that. So while tactical approaches divide India and the US, the strategic fundamentals—on China, markets, and AfPak—remain.