Indian Subcontinent

India, Turkey and the dark beginnings of the 21st century


Pankaj Mishra’s elaborate review of India’s elections (Guardian Review, May 17) was a sad read for me, especially in these troubled days of democracy in Turkey. As Mishra states, although newly-elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi brings to mind early 20th century authoritarian demagogues, he “also belongs to the dark days of the early 21st century.”

The deniers club: bowing to Turkey and Sri Lanka

Bob Carr visits a school in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2012. 

By Simon Tatz
original post date 16/4/2014
The 'Israel lobby' is second tier compared to the Turks and Sri Lankans, who wield significant sway over Australia's domestic and foreign policy, writes Simon Tatz.

The Indian election


An Indian election is a marathon, not a sprint. The voting will start in a month’s time, on 7 April, but the voting will move around the country on nine phases, ending on 12 May.

Syria, Iraq, Lebanon: The New AfPak

Anno Bunnik, The National Interest

Developments in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are so deeply intertwined that we might start speaking about these countries as a common space, as we do now with “AfPak.”

India and Japan Draw Closer: Risks and Rewards

Taylor Washburn, The National Interest

In a thoughtful commentary for The National Interest published on January 24 (“A Fine Balance: India, Japan and the United States”), Dhruva Jaishankar used the occasion of a New Delhi visit by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the evolving relationship between Asia’s second- and third-largest economies.

Pakistan Taliban eyes Afghan-style takeover


By Tanveer Jafri

Pakistan has increasingly become a target for terrorist violence, particularly sectarian attacks, over the last two decades. As security forces prove no match for the insurgents, the wealthy and intellectual elites are fleeing the country.

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