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EFSAS Commentary

EFSAS Commentary

 

Weekly analytical commentary - EFSAS Commentary -  by the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) on news, current affairs and political developments in South Asia.  

Publication: India’s expanding diplomatic footprint in a fast paced and rapidly shifting international environment

India’s expanding diplomatic footprint in a fast paced and rapidly shifting international environment

The pace and scale of Indian diplomatic activity has picked up consistently over the past several years...
Publication: The Taliban skips the Doha United Nations conference even as the Durand Line dispute heats up again

The Taliban skips the Doha United Nations conference even as the Durand Line dispute heats up again

Within Afghanistan, recent statements by senior Taliban officials rejecting the contentious Durand Line…
Publication: Pakistan elections | a split verdict despite accusations of mass rigging has made the military establishment more vulnerable

Pakistan elections | a split verdict despite accusations of mass rigging has made the military establishment more vulnerable

Amid nationwide protests over allegations of vote rigging and result manipulation after authorities switched…
Publication: The US’s sale of Predator drones to India: a reaffirmation of strong bilateral ties that provides New Delhi key strategic benefits

The US’s sale of Predator drones to India: a reaffirmation of strong bilateral ties that provides New Delhi key strategic benefits

The sale of the advanced and time-tested Predator drones is primarily aimed at enhancing India’s surveillance…
Publication: President Xi Jinping’s acceptance of the Taliban Ambassador’s credentials opens the gate for broader diplomatic acceptability

President Xi Jinping’s acceptance of the Taliban Ambassador’s credentials opens the gate for broader diplomatic acceptability

Xi told the new Ambassadors that China is seeking deep friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation…
Publication: Bhutan’s recently held elections demonstrate that democracy, ushered into the country only in 2008, has taken firmer root

Bhutan’s recently held elections demonstrate that democracy, ushered into the country only in 2008, has taken firmer root

PDP leader Tshering Tobgay, 58, who was earlier Prime Minister from 2013 to 2018, became the new premier…
Publication: Permissive policies towards terrorism lead to Iran and Pakistan attacking each other with missiles, endangering regional peace

Permissive policies towards terrorism lead to Iran and Pakistan attacking each other with missiles, endangering regional peace

The military attacks have led to consternation across South Asia, and beyond...
Publication: The ruling Awami League’s victory in the 7 January elections has given Sheikh Hasina a record fifth term as Prime Minister

The ruling Awami League’s victory in the 7 January elections has given Sheikh Hasina a record fifth term as Prime Minister

This week’s electoral victory has given the Awami League the opportunity to work towards turning its…