Modi’s BJP Seeks Inroads in Kashmir Elections

By The Editors

The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir’s phased voting process for local elections continued over the weekend. In an email interview, Sten Widmalm, professor at Uppsala University in Sweden and author of “Kashmir in Comparative Perspective,” discussed politics in Kashmir.

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Putin Courts Modi to Advance Russia-India Economic Ties

By Richard Weitz
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On Dec. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin became the latest suitor to court Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi on the latter’s home territory. While New Delhi has ended its Cold War alignment with Moscow, India and Russia still share many overlapping interests, as the visit clearly illustrated. more

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Taiwan’s Local Elections Likely to Have Regional Impact

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Last month, Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party lost local elections, receiving only 40 percent of the vote. In an email interview, Joel Atkinson, research fellow at the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development at Yonsei University, South Korea, discussed Taiwan’s domestic politics. more

China’s Marshall Plan: All Silk Roads Lead to Beijing?

By Michele Penna
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Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $40 billion for the creation of a Silk Road Investment Fund to “break the connectivity bottleneck” in Asia. It is just one part of Beijing’s ambitious “Silk Road” projects to boost China’s global trade links and, it hopes, reorient geopolitics. more

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Domestic Concerns Drive Indonesia’s Naval Expansion

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Last month, Indonesia announced that it will create a coast guard in an effort to reduce smuggling and piracy. In an email interview, Brian Harding, director for East and Southeast Asia at the Center for American Progress, discussed Indonesia’s naval capabilities. more