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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.

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

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Anubhav Gupta joins Times Now to discuss Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at the United Nations General Assembly.
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Anubhav Gupta explains why the U.S. president is befriending Prime Minister Modi.
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Anubhav Gupta writes that India has faced limited international pushback to its actions in Kashmir.
For the first time in years, all eyes are on Kashmir. What do India’s actions mean for Jammu and Kashmir and its people? And what does Narendra Modi hope to accomplish?
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India's actions open an uncertain new chapter in Indian-administered Kashmir, with reverberations far beyond its contested borders.
Data Visualization  /  Asia's New Pivot
The prime minister's overwhelming electoral victory gives him a mandate to reshape India. Will he succeed?
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Anubhav Gupta joins Bloomberg to discuss India's election and the future of India's economy.
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Anubhav Gupta joins Bloomberg Daybreak Asia ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's re-election.
In the opening pages of 'Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India’s Global Ambition,' author Bharat Karnad bluntly describes Modi’s foreign policy as “inept” and “short-sighted.”
As the world's largest election moves forward, here’s everything you need to know about the vote and its potential impact.
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India's Narendra Modi out-maneuvered his domestic political opponents in the war of narratives during and after the latest India-Pakistan crisis.
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Kevin Rudd penned an op-ed for the Nikkei Asian Review on this history of the 'Quad,' and what it means today.
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Sri Lanka recently emerged from a dangerous political crisis with its democracy and constitution miraculously intact.
President Sirisena's decision to overthrow the prime minister and install a political rival has thrown the country's fragile democracy in disarray.

Featured Countries

  • ASPI's projects and analysis on India.
  • ASPI's projects and analysis on Pakistan.
  • ASPI's projects and analysis on Afghanistan.

Featured Initiatives

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.