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Supporters of Nepal's Maoist Party celebrate outside a vote counting center in Katmandu following their election victory in April.


Analysis & Opinions - The Providence Journal

South Asia, A New Center of Democracy?

| May 6, 2008

Thus far this year we’ve seen elections in Pakistan, Bhutan, and Nepal. Elections have been promised in Bangladesh and the Maldives later this year, and scheduled in India and Afghanistan for next year. Yet, barring India, we rarely think of these nations as democracies. Could this then be the next wave?

Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, left, welcomes Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mahdi Safari in New Delhi, India, Sept. 7, 2007

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Policy Brief

India-Iran Relations: Key Security Implications

| March 24, 2008

While India and the United States have embarked on a campaign to strengthen their bilateral relations, as symbolized by the proposed US-India civilian nuclear deal, it appears as though New Delhi has similarly begun to pursue a more robust relationship with another major power: Iran. The two states have recently expanded cooperation in a number of key areas, including counterterrorism, regional stability, and energy security. What are the implications of this "New Delhi-Tehran Axis" for the United States, and how should Washington respond to growing ties between India and Iran?

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Pakistan Election Update and Analysis: The Polls

| Feb. 15, 2008

Pakistan's election will take place on Monday, and the army has been activated to ensure security: this security, however, is lacking. Parts of the FATA are restricted, so it's not clear how - or whether - polling will take place in some towns. Even within Pakistan, the election campaign weeks have been made most notable, not by the speeches of the candidates, but by the suicide bombings and those killed at events.

Supporters of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf pass through metal detectors to join a rally for the ruling party in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 11, 2008.

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Policy Brief

Pakistan Political Stability

| February 11, 2008

Since March 2007, tensions in Pakistan have been rising: the political instability surrounding both the presidential and parliamentary elections is commingling with the increase in militant activity within Pakistan proper, which led to around 60 suicide attacks in Pakistan in 2007. Following Benazir Bhutto's assassination on December 27, the extremists have upped the ante, perhaps hoping to disrupt the February 18 elections. Is Pakistan becoming the world's "most dangerous nation"?

Lawyers chant slogans opposing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, Feb. 7, 2008.

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Magazine Article - Harvard International Review

A Pakistani Revolution

| February 2008

The lack of predictability and transparency through both the presidential and parliamentary elections have compounded the confusion, the instability, and Musharraf's loss of credibility. Is Pakistan becoming "the world's most dangerous nation"?