Delhi to Rawalpindi

C. Rajamohan, Indian Express 11 Dec 2015 After much trial and error, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have found an appropriate framework for engaging Pakistan. New Delhi’s challenge now is to hold its nerve, amid the reflexive criticism at home of the government’s Pakistan policy, and make something of the political space that Modi and…

A Fillip for the TAPI Pipeline

Michael Tanchum, The Diplomat 3 Dec 2015 Construction on the long-stalled Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline will soon commence with ground-breaking ceremonies scheduled for December 13. In the run-up to the start of construction the previously troubled pipeline project is poised to receive new financial backing from an international oil company based in the United…

The ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference: A Fresh Start?

Habib Wayand, The Diplomat 7 Dec 2015 A regional conference in Islamabad this week offers another chance at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Pakistan will be soon hosting a crucial regional conference in Islamabad. The conference will discuss the situation in Afghanistan with particular focus on helping the war-torn country’s economy, although the security situation…

NSG eyes Indian inclusion, but risks Pakistan’s ire

  Reuters, 24 November, 2015 Diplomats have quietly launched a new push to induct India into a club of nuclear trading nations, but rather than increasing stability in South Asia, the move could escalate strains with rival Pakistan. The chairman of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) visited New Delhi recently to meet Foreign Minister Sushma…

Factoring in Pakistan

@The Hindu, 26 October, 2015 Read the article here The joint statement by Mr. Sharif and Mr. Obama indicates a broad continuity in U.S. policy in South Asia. The visit and its stated outcomes undermine an increasingly fashionable strategic theory that an emerging polarisation is giving shape to two axes in South Asia – Pakistan…

US-Pakistan joint statement: concerns for Indian strategic interests

@ The Hindu US-Pakistan joint statement: Indian strategic concerns Key statements over which objection is raised by India – 1. Hydroelectric projects in PoK/Gilgit-Baltistan President Obama expressed support for Pakistan’s efforts to secure funding for the Diamer Bhasha and Dasu dams to help meet Pakistan’s energy and water needs. -Proposed dams are located in territory claimed…