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.
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- Review of “The Pashtuns” by Abubakar Siddique for Open Magazine
- Why is soccer called football? (And vice versa).
- South Asia Institute Grant to study Mumbai’s metro system
- Paper in the World Affairs Journal – India and Pakistan’s Afghan Endgames: What Lies Ahead?
- The Case for Indian Islam – Article in Pragati
- Central Asia
- Climate Change
- Complexity Theory
- Media Appearance
- South Asia
- Studies and Pedagogy
- Terrorism and Militancy
- United States
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