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- August 05, 2012

South Asia

With the projected increase in demand for UN peace operations worldwide, and the increasingly transnational nature of threats to human security — including climate change, terrorism, organized crime and armed conflict — there are opportunities for the UN and South Asia to develop stronger cooperation to address transnational security threats.

To that end, IPI's South Asia-related programming seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the region, and better connect the UN community to regional research and policy networks through a series of policy research projects and by using IPI's convening capacity to advance informal dialogue among scholars, practitioners and diplomats.

 
 

 

Speaker Events - January 26, 2012

Kai Eide: Peace Can Only Be Made By Afghans

“There is no other way. The United States, or NATO, or anybody else international, cannot make peace in Afghanistan,” Kai Eide, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan from March 2008-2010, told an IPI policy forum on January 26, 2012. “We can address some of the components perhaps, but peace in Afghanistan can only be made by the Afghans themselves, and therefore the Afghan government has to be brought on board.” 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - October 17, 2011

UN Counterterrorism Strategy in South Asia and the Role of Civil Society

Civil society faces a number of challenges in supporting counterterrorism efforts in South Asia despite an agreement among member states that it plays an important role. 

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - July 06, 2011

Risk of Accidental Escalation in the South China Sea

The risk of confrontation in the South China Sea (SCS) is increasing as a result of recent maritime encounters between China and Vietnam. During two incidents on May 26th and June 9th, Vietnamese oil exploration vessels conducting seismic surveys were harassed by Chinese ships. This has brought to a head the long-standing territorial dispute over the areas around the Paracel and Spratly Islands in the SCS.  

 
 

 

Podcasts - February 07, 2011

Podcast: Robert Kaplan Discusses the Last Phase of Western Dominance in the Indian Ocean

"What this book is really about is the last phase of Western dominance in the Indian Ocean," author Robert D. Kaplan told a Beyond the Headlines event audience at IPI featuring his book Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

 
 

 

Speaker Events - February 02, 2011

Kaplan: "Last Phase of Western Dominance in the Indian Ocean"

"What this book is really about is the last phase of Western dominance in the Indian Ocean," author Robert D. Kaplan told an audience at an IPI Beyond the Headlines event featuring his book Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

 
 

 

Books - September 15, 2010

Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia

Assassinations, riots, state violence—these are some of the topics addressed in a new book, Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia, which features a chapter about Bangladesh by IPI Senior Policy Analyst Naureen Chowdhury Fink

 
 

 

Policy Papers - February 09, 2010

IPI Publication: Bombs and Ballots in Bangladesh

In this policy paper, author Naureen Chowdhury Fink argues that the threats of terrorism and militancy in Bangladesh are best understood in relation to the political and socioeconomic challenges confronting the country. 

 
 

 

Comment & Analysis - January 19, 2010

Assessing the Terrorist Threat in Bangladesh

Moderate Muslims represent the majority in Bangladesh and Bangladeshis have shown little inclination to replace personal piety with theocratic government or religious violence. Instead, citizens have shown a fierce dedication to their democratic government despite several attempts to install an autocratic one. 

 
 

 

 

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