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Laborers work at the construction site of a metro rail station in Kolkata, India, July 2, 2018. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Development and the Indian Elections

General elections for India’s lower house of  parliament began on April 11 and will last through May 19, with all ballots counted on May 23. This is the world’s largest democratic exercise. I had the chance to ask Dr. Aseema Sinha, Wagener Family professor of South Asian politics and George R. Roberts fellow at Claremont McKenna College, about India’s political economy, and development as an issue for voters. Read More

April 10, 2019

India
National Security and the Indian Elections

India begins elections for its lower house on April 11.

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April 4, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
Continuity and Change: The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policies

Since President Donald J. Trump assumed office, U.S. foreign policy has seen major shake-ups: withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris accord, a dramatic down-to-the-wire renegotiation of North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, a trade war with China, and tensions in the longstanding transatlantic alliance. By contrast, South Asia has been one region where Trump’s declared policies have hewed in great part to those of prior administrations, especially in the defense and strategic realms.

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April 3, 2019

Southeast Asia
The State of Global Democracy Today is Even Worse Than It Looks: V-Dem’s New Democracy Research

It has become accepted, among most experts on democracy, and among policymakers, that democracy worldwide is in increasing peril. This year’s Freedom in the World annual report on the state of democracy, produced by Freedom House (for whom I have consulted on reports on Southeast Asian states) noted that democracy had declined globally for thirteen years in a row.

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