Matrilineal Tribal Communities

By Anushka Gupta

In India, an incredibly diverse nation consisting of thousands of communities that have various differing cultures and beliefs, the possible existence of an unusual practice does not seem astonishing. However observing the structure of the Indian society from an ancient time, the existence of a hierarchy between the two genders has always been explicit. In the northeast state of Meghalaya as well as the Minicoy island of Lakshadweep, the Khasi tribe and Muslims have apparently tried to pave a different path.

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Is a Neo- Cold War Preventing a Resolution to the Syrian Conflict?

By Zohra Abdullah and Gauri Kundalia

The end of the Second World War saw the rise of two superpowers- The United States of America and the United Soviet Socialist Republic. This was followed by a series of provocations, tension, competition and the rise of an ideological battle. This period was known as the Cold War. The two superpowers were backed by their respective allies and the world witnessed Bipolarity. The collapse of the Soviet Union saw the dominance of the United States in world politics. However, this paper follows the argument that Bipolarity never died down and merely subsided and has now re-emerged from the margins as a ‘Neo-Cold War’.   The two powers- US and Russia, as a successor of the USSR are struggling to carve out roles for themselves, manifestations of which can be seen in Crimea or the Syrian conflict. Continue reading “Is a Neo- Cold War Preventing a Resolution to the Syrian Conflict?”

Delivering On The New Silk Road Initiative Amidst Regional Political Rivalries

By Mansoor Saadat
April 16, 2017

 The end of 2014 brought Afghanistan to a crossroad, as the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) withdraw their combat forces from Afghanistan. The presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan played a significant role in its economy that plummet with the sudden decline of military spending. In 2011, the United States government adopted the New Silk Road initiative which aims at developing Afghanistan’s economy by developing energy, trade and infrastructure projects. It aims to improve regional trade between Central and South Asia – through the Afghanistan land-bridge – and thus allow for greater economic integration, peace and prosperity in the Afghan region.

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The Comfort Women Agreement and The Fate of Japan- Korea Relations

By Zohra Abdullah

The comfort women issue has been the defining point of Japan-ROK relations since the 1990s. Cooperation on many issues, including regional security, tackling the threat from North Korea trade ties and improving people to people relations between the two countries, has been hindered due to the persistence of the issue. This, along with domestic political pressures from within both the countries has encouraged South Korean President Park Gyun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to come up with a final and irreversible agreement, which was signed on December 28, 2015.

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