Hello! I (Neil Padukone) am a Fellow for Geopolitics at the Takshashila Institution, and a Public Service Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. I'm currently writing a book on the future of conflict in South Asia. This blog is a public platform for some of my writings and thoughts on international relations, geopolitics, public management, security and conflict, identity studies, urban development, complexity theory, and religion, among other topics.
- #HongKong's subway provides affordable, impeccable service while turning an 85% profit. My piece in @TheAtlantic theatlantic.com/china/archive/… #MTR 2 months ago
- RT @PiaPadukone: No, I will not wish you a Happy International Women's Day, because as far as I'm concerned, that's EVERYDAY. 9 months ago
- Almost all the world's diamonds--legal and not--pass through Surat in Gujarat, India foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/… 11 months ago
- Paper in the World Affairs Journal – India and Pakistan’s Afghan Endgames: What Lies Ahead?
- The Case for Indian Islam – Article in Pragati
- “India’s Involvement in the Sudan” – Article in Pragati Magazine
- Op-Ed in the Christian Science Monitor – “America’s way out of dependence on Pakistan: Iran”
- Article in the Huffington Post – Do Abrahamic Faiths Have a Monopoly on Truth?
Category Archives: Central Asia
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
I recently did a phone interview with Stephanie Nolen, the South Asia Bureau Chief of Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. We talked about the US-India-Iran dynamic and how it fits into some of New Delhi’s broader strategic concerns in the … Continue reading
I have an article out in Pragati: The Indian National Interest, the magazine put out by the Takshashila Institution. In the US-Iran standoff, India appears to be a potential spoiler, but remains torn between the two sides. The piece looks … Continue reading
A few months back I traveled to Turkey with my family. After the trip, I penned a short article comparing Turkey’s development with India’s. Rather than any pointed analysis, it’s more of a meditation on the pasts and futures of … Continue reading
I was recently invited to give a presentation on India’s power projection at a SATSA conference at Syracuse University. My presentation was part of a panel on Rising Powers Projecting Influence Abroad that also included Luce Foundation Vice President Dr. Terry … Continue reading
I’ve written an article in Newsweek’s Daily Beast called “So What if Iran Goes Nuclear?” which poses some questions that have gone largely unasked by the media: Does Iran even have a nuclear weapons program? Why might it want one? … Continue reading
Foreign Policy magazine just published an edited version of the following article. “All Silk Roads Lead to Tehran” describes America’s ‘New Silk Road’ strategy in Central Asia, and in particular the role of Iran. I argue that Iran, through its … Continue reading
The November/December 2011 issue of the World Affairs Journal contains a paper of mine on militancy in South Asia. “The Next Al Qaeda: Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Future of Terrorism in South Asia” describes a major shift in South Asian militancy … Continue reading
A briefing of mine was published in the World Politics Review on June 27th, 2011. I argue that, instead of continuing a military aid-based relationship that only empowers Pakistan’s military and militants, Washington should encourage a longer-term solution: reintegrate the … Continue reading