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Despite regional rivalries and political instability, South Asia has considerable momentum and great promise for becoming a hub of growth and prosperity. Indeed, a prosperous and secure South Asia is vital to the future of Asia as a whole. Through policy dialogues and solution-oriented recommendations papers, public events, and expert commentary, ASPI furthers understanding of the region in the rest of the world. ASPI has conducted several projects to assess the region’s challenges and to develop recommendations on policies to help South Asia’s countries pave a path toward stability and development. ASPI has also engaged in work to help improve relations between the United States and countries in the region.

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Reports

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ASPI report on how to strengthen regional institutions in the Asia-Pacific to manage peace and security in increasingly turbulent times.
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In this ASPI paper, Marshall Bouton argues that the Trump administration should move rapidly to secure closer cooperation with India.
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This ASPI report examines the benefits of and obstacles to India's membership of APEC and outlines steps that would help build support for India's inclusion in the forum.
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An Asia Society Policy Institute issue brief makes the case for India joining the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
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This report offers new ideas on how to integrate competing U.S. interests in South Asia, encourage stronger interagency collaboration across the East Asia-South Asia divide, and expand expertise on South Asia in the U.S. government.
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Report: Improving Pakistan's police force

Commentary

President Sirisena's decision to overthrow the prime minister and install a political rival has thrown the country's fragile democracy in disarray.
Anubhav Gupta speaks to James Crabtree, author of a new book on India's super-rich, on how the affluent may influence India's economic trajectory.
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Visiting India, Kevin Rudd spoke on issues such as growing Chinese influence in South Asia, Doklam, and Pakistan-China and India-China relations.
Anubhav Gupta writes that Pakistan has confirmed the bugs in the architecture of China’s ‘Belt and Road’.
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Anubhav Gupta tells us why it's an open secret in both Washington and New Delhi that Trump’s Indo-Pacific strategy was little more than a branding exercise.
The controversial cricketer-turned-politician takes office at a turbulent time in his country's history.
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A little late to the game, India certainly has the talent and expertise to be an AI power.
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Experts, including ASPI's Anubhav Gupta on the state of the Sino-India relationship a year after the Doklam standoff.
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Anubhav Gupta describes the goals and accomplishments of India's Act East policy.
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Anubhav Gupta on the implications of the Modi-Xi informal summit in China on April 27-28.
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The Trump administration’s new Indo-Pacific vision needs a more coherent narrative and an operational strategy to back it up.
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Given the Trump Administration's new "Indo-Pacific" policy, the U.S. should support India's membership in APEC.
Anubhav Gupta writes that Trump's regional strategy for Afghanistan needs to grapple with the reasons the U.S. has failed to change Pakistan's behavior in the past.
What the standoff in the Himalayas means for relations between Asia's two powers
Anubhav Gupta writes that the border standoff between India and China in Doklam represents a shift in ties between Asia’s two primary powers.

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Video

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A panel discussion on power in the region marked the launch of the Asia Power Index.
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Ashraf Ghani and Fareed Zakaria discuss the prospects for peace and security in Afghanistan.
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Khawaja Muhammad Asif responds to criticism from President Trump and others that Pakistan is complicit in its neighbor's troubles.
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The Pakistani foreign minister discusses a range of subjects with Steve Coll at Asia Society.
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The CNN correspondent explains how low-cost smartphones have changed India's political, economic, and social environment.
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Kevin Rudd explains why India joining the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation would be a win-win for all parties.