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India in Afghanistan

02.28.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

The release of a 2011 speech by new U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, in which he says that India has been “financing problems” against Pakistan in Afghanistan, has set off a predictable storm in India. But several observers – in Pakistan, but also in the United States and India – are far from surprised. ...

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Recommendations for Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi

02.22.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

What Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi should read and watch on international affairs and security. A recent panel discussion in Washington on Indian politics inevitably resulted in a discussion on the relative strengths and weaknesses of two personalities: Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. It reflected the growing consensus that one or the other will be ...

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Da Game is to Be Told, Not to Be Sold

11.28.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

…or how to get a job in a Washington foreign policy think tank without a Ph.D. For the second time in about as many weeks I am going to break with past practice and write from a more personal standpoint, this time about getting a job in a foreign policy think tank in DC. The ...

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Lessons from Gaza

11.16.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Watching news footage of the latest Israel-Hamas conflagration, I can’t help but think back upon my visit to the Gaza frontier last year, as part of a trip to Israel sponsored by an American Jewish organization. Our group stopped by the Israeli village of Sderot, known throughout the country for being the settlement closest to ...

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How to be the next Mishra or Subrahmanyam

09.30.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Like many others, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Shri Brajesh Mishra, India’s first national security advisor, who—let us not forget—was also principal secretary to the prime minister and before that a veteran Indian diplomat. In my handful of experiences interacting with him, I found him to be a thoroughly decent individual, ...

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Why is India’s Middle Class So Ambivalent about Economic Liberalization?

09.28.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Since the UPA government announced its intention to ease restrictions on foreign direct investment in the multibrand retail sector, we’ve seen a vigorous—if not terribly sophisticated—debate take place about the merits of this step, and what it might mean for India’s future growth prospects. Only the latest to weigh in against this move (in one ...

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Young Indians

08.21.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Chetan Bhagat's "young India" will be a politically frustrated minority. ...

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Integrating South Asia

South Asian economic integration should not be held hostage to India-Pakistan relations. A commonly-heard truism is that South Asia is the least integrated region in the world. True, trade figures are nothing to call home about and there are literal and figurative roadblocks due to the absence of adequate infrastructure across the region. At another ...

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