India

Secularism and India’s Electoral Democracy

On the eve of India’s first general elections in 1951, the first to be held in free India, and on the basis of a universal adult franchise, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, former minister in Jawaharlal Nehru’s government and former president of the right-wing Hindu Mahasabha, extolled the virtues of a multiparty democracy, and urged the formation of a new “national political party with faith in India’s culture and traditions.” Mukherjee would go on to found the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, predecessor of today’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Deepening a Natural Partnership? Assessing the State of U.S.-India Counterterrorism Cooperation

Nearly a year after the Washington summit meeting between U.S. President and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S.-India relations, and particularly bilateral security relations, are making ample progress. One critical area of the security partnership lies in counterterrorism cooperation. At this event, security analyst Amit Kumar will discuss recent developments in U.S.-India counterterrorism cooperation, highlight any potential obstacles for deeper cooperation, and consider the implications of this collaboration for Pakistan and South Asia more broadly.

India’s Nuclear Policy: China, Pakistan, and Two Distinct Nuclear Trajectories

In May 1998, India and Pakistan conducted the twentieth century’s last nuclear tests.

'A Man of Supreme Patience': Rajeshwar Dayal, Hammarskjöld's Envoy

Rajeshwar Dayal, former Indian Foreign Secretary, played an important role in two UN missions, one in Lebanon in 1958 and the other in the Congo in the early 1960s. Dayal’s notes and correspondence regarding these assignments can be found in the Cordier Papers and in the fonds pertaining to the missions in the UN archives.

Trump and South Asia, One Year On: A Case of Policy Continuity With the Past

Despite several notable differences, President ’s policy in the region—so far—has largely been strikingly similar to that of President Barack Obama’s.

When assessing President ’s efforts abroad over his first year in office, there are copious examples of major foreign policy breaks with his predecessor, Barack Obama. has taken a hard line on Iran, backed out of the Transpacific Partnership agreement, cracked down hard on immigration, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and rejected the idea of climate change.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Can the U.S. Influence Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Efforts?

Can the United States influence Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts? Wilson Asia Program Deputy Director Michael Kugelman discusses the recent suspension of U.S. security aid to Pakistan and where U.S.– Pakistan relations might be headed. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Energy Geopolitics in Asia

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a mammoth $62 billion transport corridor project. It entails the construction of roads, power projects, ports and other infrastructure across Pakistan. CPEC is part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an even more ambitious envisioned transport corridor that aims to facilitate China’s access to far-flung global markets in order to satiate the voracious demand of the growing Chinese economy.

2018: The Year Ahead in Asia

What to Watch in 2018

The coming year is shaping up to be highly consequential for the Asia-Pacific. The distribution of the region’s economic, political, and military power is evolving rapidly, which will have profound implications for regional stability and for American interests. To inaugurate the Wilson Center Asia Program’s new blog Dispatches, the program’s staff has compiled brief analyses of what we believe to be some of the most critical issues to watch in 2018.

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