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How Asia is crucial in the battle against climate change

The Economist – 30 October 2021 Despite clear directions of change, it is evident that vested interests in Asia will act to slow cooperation on climate change solutions. This article on The Economist looks at the reliance on coal consumption in Asia and explains why the region is vital in climate stabilisation. Read the full…

Climate threat over South Asia

Jawed Naqvi, Dawn – 26 October 2021 In this article on Dawn, the author explains why the SAARC member countries should “wake up” to the imminent threat of climate change on their livelihoods, and put aside their chronic political differences to cooperate on solutions. Read the full article here.

Adapt or Abandon? Hard Choices in the Himalayas

T.V. Padma, Sapiens – 27 October 2021 “Home or away, then, these Himalayan communities find that maintaining their cultural identity, heritage, and way of life is an uphill task.” This article on Sapiens documents the struggles of people in the Himalayas as climate change disrupts their livelihoods. Read the full article here.

Tokyo Olympics: Indian women athletes fight sexism, poverty to reach sporting dreams

Neeta Lal, South China Morning Post – 25 July 2021 Despite the odds stacked against them, Indian women have managed to challenge patriarchal attitudes by representing the largest share of female athletes at the Olympics ever fielded by the country. This article in SCMP looks at some of these female athletes and what their achievements…

Will India Balance China in Asia? The U.S. Can Only Hope

Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg – 22 May 2021 Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg Opinion, talks with Tanvi Madan, director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, about whether or not India can really help the U.S. to balance China in Asia. Madan states, “questions about India’s trajectory as a pluralistic democracy could affect the pace…

Pakistan’s top diplomat warns China could fill void left by US

Wajahat Khan, Nikkei Asia – 26 May 2021 In a recent interview at Pakistan’s consulate in New York, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the country’s foreign minister, answered questions on the country’s relationship with its previous ally, the U.S., and its new investor, China. Also discussed was Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan, India and the Indo-Pacific’s Quad. Read…

America’s Central Asian Dilemma

Charles E. Ziegler, The National Interest – 23 May 2021 Exhausted by years of instability in the Middle East, the U.S. is removing its troops from Afghanistan and gradually disengaging from Central Asia. However, as the author of this article states, Washington must still uphold key relationships within the region to help them achieve the…

Heriot-Watt University Dubai Launches COVID-19 Relief Scholarship For India

India Education Diary – 10 May 2021 The pandemic has swept through India at a staggering pace, with the country now reporting over 250,000 deaths. Many prospective international students may now have their study plans suspended, however Heriot-Watt University Dubai have launched a Covid-19 Relief Scholarship for Indian students who have been hit financially by…

Human Rights and US Foreign Policy: Implications for India and China

Ayjaz Wani and Kashish Parpiani, Observer Research Foundation – 28 April 2021 This Observer Research Foundation paper by Ayjaz Wani and Kashish Parpiani examines the Trump administration’s approach to human rights within India and China and how the approach compares to the current one under the Biden administration. The paper’s main findings note “an emergent…