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Bangladesh: Will the new cabinet overcome the political deadlock?
Nov 25, 2013

Bangladesh: Will the new cabinet overcome the political deadlock?

Politics in Bangladesh got a new twist this week following the formation of a new poll time government. The main purpose behind the formation of this government was to ease up the political crisis regarding the nature of government to supervise the general elections.

Bangladesh’s economic future: A seven-point agenda
Jan 11, 2024

Bangladesh’s economic future: A seven-point agenda

With Awami League winning the 4th consecutive term, this re-election opens up interesting implications for the country’s economic future

Bengal through the Decades: The More Things Change, Have They Stayed the Same?
Apr 20, 2021

Bengal through the Decades: The More Things Change, Have They Stayed the Same?

West Bengal is conducting a massive, potentially historic eight-phase state legislative assembly election between March and April 2021. This paper gives a historical account of the different factors that are influencing the conduct of the elections, including the economic challenges facing the state, unabated political violence, and the plight of religious minorities. It also examines so-called ‘Hindu nationalist’ and ‘Bengali sub-n

Besieged Musharraf Left With Few Options
Aug 24, 2007

Besieged Musharraf Left With Few Options

Pakistan is today dangling between hope and despair, propelled largely by President Pervez Musharraf's inability, and refusal, to gauge public sentiments for free and fair elections in the coming months. Discontentment, once confined to media and courtrooms, has spilled out into the streets, creating a stifling atmosphere of anxiety and doubt across the country. Political, economic and social differences have sharpened in the past eight years. Re

BEST’s road to financial recovery may face potholes of populism
Sep 23, 2019

BEST’s road to financial recovery may face potholes of populism

With most of the grant money being used to settle loans and pay salaries, populist moves ahead of the state election may prove to be counterproductive

Between a Republic and an Emirate: The Future of Afghanistan
Dec 17, 2020

Between a Republic and an Emirate: The Future of Afghanistan

This special report was written before the 2020 United States presidential elections. Under the incoming Biden administration, the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is likely to be more gradual and “responsible”, despite the President-elect being in favour of American troops exiting the war-weary country soon. In retrospect, Donald Trump’s insistence on pulling out all US troops from Afghanistan by Christmas 2020 was not misguided, si

Between the lines: How the BJP and Congress manifestos hold up on national security
Apr 12, 2019

Between the lines: How the BJP and Congress manifestos hold up on national security

Against the backdrop of the Pulwama suicide bombing and the Balakot air-strikes, national security has acquired a political salience that it might not have otherwise. This is reflected in the manifestos of both the main national parties, the BJP and the Congress.

Bhutan: New leadership has its task cut out
Aug 23, 2013

Bhutan: New leadership has its task cut out

A new leadership has assumed office in Bhutan defying all pre-poll surveys that were predicting an adverse result for the country's opposition party. The People's Democratic Party (PDP), led by Tshering Tobgay won the elections by winning 32 seats out of 47.

Bhutan: Politics without political-divide yet
Jan 18, 2013

Bhutan: Politics without political-divide yet

As Bhutan prepares for its second general elections this year, the political landscape of the nation has yet to undergo significant change from the first one. While being active, democracy in the Himalayan Kingdom is still State-centric,

Bhutan: Where from here, 'all the king's men' ?
Nov 16, 2012

Bhutan: Where from here, 'all the king's men' ?

'Election fever' has descended on the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, but it is not inspired by the political class and the masses but by the State. The notification of the Election Commission on limiting the role of religion.

Biden will not bid for war to contain China
Aug 18, 2020

Biden will not bid for war to contain China

If Biden wins in the upcoming elections, a shift in America’s China policy is on the cards.

Biden’s criticism of India indicative of political bargain with progressives
Jul 07, 2020

Biden’s criticism of India indicative of political bargain with progressives

In its attempt to assimilate the progressive faction of the Democratic Party, the former vice-president’s campaign is ceding ground on its promise o

BJP manifesto outlines Modi’s vision of Indian nation
Apr 10, 2019

BJP manifesto outlines Modi’s vision of Indian nation

The BJP manifesto promises to launch a set of initiatives that include "Jal Jivan Mission” under which a special programme will be introduced to ens

Blame game continues in Nepal
Jan 23, 2015

Blame game continues in Nepal

Nepali political leaders have missed a self-imposed deadline for promulgation of the country's new Constitution. Last year, in the wake of the election to the second Constituent Assembly (CA), the lawmakers had kept January 22 as the deadline.

Brazil's own Donald Trump
Oct 30, 2018

Brazil's own Donald Trump

Like Trump’s campaign style, Bolsonaro has launched an effective social media campaign to reach out to ordinary Brazilians.

Broadcasting standards and TV channels
Feb 25, 2014

Broadcasting standards and TV channels

The NBSA process needs to keep pace with the fists of fury that politicians are unleashing on each other. Particularly so as the level of unsubtantiated allegations is getting worse as we're getting closer to the General Elections 2014.

Budget 2019: A trimurti of troikas
Feb 01, 2019

Budget 2019: A trimurti of troikas

It is a budget whose politics overrides its economics, whose economics plays with politics, and whose pitch is sharply focused on Elections 2019.

Budget 2019: A trimurti of troikas
Feb 01, 2019

Budget 2019: A trimurti of troikas

It is a budget whose politics overrides its economics, whose economics plays with politics, and whose pitch is sharply focused on Elections 2019.

Budget 2024: Sri Lanka’s road to economic recovery?
Jan 17, 2024

Budget 2024: Sri Lanka’s road to economic recovery?

Sri Lanka’s Budget 2024 has ambitious proposals that could push the country forward, however, it continues to stare at a long road to economic recov

Budgetting for the Poor
Jun 28, 2004

Budgetting for the Poor

The accompanying politico-administrative changes apart, Elections-2004 has caused the mid-course review of the economic reforms, seeking to introduce the missing "human face", about which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had begun talking about while in the Opposition.

Building on foundations: Kishida’s premiership post-Abe
Jun 21, 2024

Building on foundations: Kishida’s premiership post-Abe

As the PM, Kishida has upheld Abe's legacy by maintaining Japan's focus on regional security and economic resilience, while introducing initiatives to

Building on friendships and solidarity: How the gender gap in voting was closed
Apr 20, 2024

Building on friendships and solidarity: How the gender gap in voting was closed

The trend of women's mass involvement in electoral politics in India indicates their readiness to narrow the significant gap in political participatio

Bush: Looking Ahead?
Nov 03, 2004

Bush: Looking Ahead?

The final announcement of the results of the US Presidential elections are expected to be announced only after the completion of the counting of the provisional votes in the State of Ohio, which may take some days unless Senator John Kerry decides to concede victory to George Bush without waiting for the completion of the counting.

Campaign Finance Reforms in India : Issues and Challenges
Feb 13, 2013

Campaign Finance Reforms in India : Issues and Challenges

The essence of any democratic system is the healthy functioning of political parties and consequently free and fair elections. Free and fair elections imply not only a legal institutional framework for the conduct of elections and a transparent electoral process.

Can Europe survive the populist revolt?
Sep 14, 2018

Can Europe survive the populist revolt?

The elections in Sweden are maybe a last reminder that the EU needs to renew its foundational narrative.

Can Macron’s vision prevent the death of Europe?
May 01, 2024

Can Macron’s vision prevent the death of Europe?

Macron’s recent speech prior to the European elections has reiterated his ideas on defence, and his fervent push for European strategic autonomy and

Can PMJAY fix India’s healthcare system? Crossing five hurdles on the path to universal health coverage
Aug 11, 2023

Can PMJAY fix India’s healthcare system? Crossing five hurdles on the path to universal health coverage

Arguably the most ambitious health insurance programme in the world today, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) gives India the chance to transform its healthcare infrastructure. Launched in September 2018 and foreshadowing the general elections of 2019, PMJAY is equal-parts political and economic. It aims to address the healthcare needs of India’s poorest 100 million households and has the potential to deliver what its predecessors ove

Can Priyanka Gandhi bring back ‘good old days’ for Congress?
Feb 11, 2019

Can Priyanka Gandhi bring back ‘good old days’ for Congress?

The next general elections are a litmus test for both Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Captain, my captain! An army behind him
Jul 23, 2018

Captain, my captain! An army behind him

More than the Pakistani elections of 2018, it is the Indian General Elections 2019 that could see some movement on the Indo-Pak track, if at all.

Cause and Effect: The Factors that Make Pakistan's Military a Political Force
Feb 28, 2024

Cause and Effect: The Factors that Make Pakistan's Military a Political Force

This issue brief assesses the enduring political influence of the military in Pakistan. It delves into the historical, social, and geopolitical factors that have propelled the military's rise in the nation's governance structure. The brief also examines the military-bureaucratic nexus and its role in perpetuating military dominance, and the implications of a weak civil society and its constrained ability to counterbalance military power.

Change-of-guard in Maldives: Implications for India
Feb 07, 2012

Change-of-guard in Maldives: Implications for India

Under the 2008 Constitution, President Nasheed is to be succeeded by Vice-President Mohammed Waheed Hassan, who would complete the remaining two-and-half years of the presidency, until elections in October 2013.

China and the New Leadership in Myanmar
May 25, 2011

China and the New Leadership in Myanmar

As part of its political transition from military to "civilian" rule, Myanmar adopted a new constitution through a national referendum in 2008 and conducted its first national elections in two decades in November 2010.

China’s massive attack against India: A looming possibility
Jun 17, 2024

China’s massive attack against India: A looming possibility

India might be deceiving itself by believing China will limit itself to "grey-zone operations" along the Sino-Indian border, avoiding all-out war. Thi

CJ becomes now Govt Head in Nepal: But will he be able to hold polls in June?
Mar 14, 2013

CJ becomes now Govt Head in Nepal: But will he be able to hold polls in June?

Nepal's Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi has been appointed the Head of the interim government. His main mandate is to hold elections for the CA. But 22 opposition political parties have begun their protest programmes against the new government, raising doubts whether polls can be held in June this year.

Clash of visions: Biden vs. Trump in high-stakes debate
Jun 28, 2024

Clash of visions: Biden vs. Trump in high-stakes debate

The first direct showdown between Biden and Trump in 2024 demands attention as it will set the tone for the presidential campaign.

Cloud of doubt shadows EC
Oct 27, 2017

Cloud of doubt shadows EC

The Gujarat poll date controversy demands urgent reforms to the Model Code of Conduct

Clueless opposition on road to self-destruction
Oct 07, 2019

Clueless opposition on road to self-destruction

The upcoming assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra will result in victory for the BJP — requiring opposition unity to balance power dynamics

Coalition government and future of South Africa’s foreign policy
Jun 18, 2024

Coalition government and future of South Africa’s foreign policy

With some political manoeuvrability and the strong leadership of President Ramaphosa, the ANC is expected to continue to remain in power.

Cold War 2.0: The US-DragonBear standoff in a bifurcated global system
Feb 21, 2024

Cold War 2.0: The US-DragonBear standoff in a bifurcated global system

As the world navigates through Cold War 2.0, the interplay between the US and the DragonBear alliance will underpin much of the global and regional te