The partnership can help India build up its capacity to deter potential conflicts with China (and Pakistan) and become a net security provider with the US. This is vital for India and global security

Apr 25, 2016
WPS Sidhu
Pakistan, South Asia

After the December 2014 Army Public School (APS) massacre in Peshawar, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised there would be “no differentiation between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Taliban”. In February 2015, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif announced in Kabul that “the enemies of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan”. Sartaj Aziz, advisor to the prime minister on national security, repeated the same sentiment in May that year.

Feb 18, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Islamabad has to remove terrorism from the India-Pakistan relationship, and India’s restraint is helping it. But that restraint can continue only as long as Pakistan takes firm measures against those guilty of anti-Indian terrorism

Feb 09, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

The Chinese president’s visit to Iran (after summits in Saudi Arabia and Egypt) is of strategic significance

Feb 01, 2016
WPS Sidhu

As a bloody offensive by the Taliban spreads in Afghanistan and with American combat operations there officially ended, anxious Chinese leaders find themselves under pressure to take a more active role in the long-stalled peace process, according to scholars and current and former diplomats.

Jan 24, 2016
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

As the battlefield losses in Afghanistan mount and entire swathes of the country that cost hundreds of U.S.-led coalition and Afghan military lives to secure slip back into Taliban hands.

Jan 11, 2016
Barnett Rubin

Remember Afghanistan? From 2006 to 2011, while Canadian troops in Kandahar were fighting Taliban insurgents, Afghanistan dominated debate about Canadian foreign and defence policy. In the years since, the political and security problems of the troubled Central Asian crossroads have mattered less directly to Canadians.

Jan 11, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

When - or if - completed, a new natural gas pipeline would carry 33 billion cubic metres of gas from Turkmenistan through three South Asian countries. 

Pakistan and India would each purchase 42 percent of the gas; the remaining 6 percent would go to Afghanistan. Afghanistan would receive about $400 million per year in transit fees, equal to about 25 percent of the state's total domestic revenue in 2015.

Jan 04, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

Cultural, diplomatic, and economic exchange has proliferated between India and the Middle East since ancient times. This engagement has continued into the modern era. India has maintained a strong relationship with Egypt, particularly since both countries became the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement during the Cold War. India also maintains bilateral relations with Iraq, Iran, Syria, and the Gulf states, dating back to when the area was known as the Fertile Crescent and when the Arab spice trade dominated the region.

Dec 18, 2015
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India, Pakistan

2015 will be remembered for bold initiatives at the bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral level

Dec 21, 2015
WPS Sidhu
South Asia, India, Pakistan