Successful funding application for a workshop on the Indo-Pacific

The South Asia Initiative has received 160 000 SEK from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for organizing the workshop “A new regional order with global consequences? Studying an emerging partnership in the ‘Indo-Pacific’” in Lund 7-8 Nov 2018. The application was co-written by Henrik Chetan Aspengren and Dr John Hennessey, Linnaeus University. The workshop will focus on the emerging geostrategic arena, referred to as the “Indo-Pacific”. The workshop … Continue reading Successful funding application for a workshop on the Indo-Pacific

Roundtable on India-US relations

A breakfast roundtable discussion on the theme “Where are US-Indian relations heading – and what are the implications for Europe?” was held at UI on 13 September, 2018 Two speakers – Dr. Anita Inder Singh and SASNET guest researcher Dr. Vittorio Felci, were invited to give their view on the historical and contemporary state of affairs between the two countries. Themes included: • How is … Continue reading Roundtable on India-US relations

Seminar at UI minority rights in India 27 September

One of the defining features of the Indian democracy has been its safeguarding of minority rights. Some observers now suggest that such rights are being challenged. The seminar will provide perspectives on the state of minority rights in India. Why did India constitutionalize minority rights in the first place, who argued for it and how were the ideas justified? How has the debate changed over … Continue reading Seminar at UI minority rights in India 27 September

Admir Skodo representing the South Asia Initiative was interviewed in Svenska Dagbladet

SASNET researcher Admir Skodo gave an interview on the security situation in Afghanistan in an article published by the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet. Skodo calls the situation in Afghanistan “an asymmetrical war which switches between high and low intensity.” He also points out that Afghanistan and its neighbors to the east and west face a water supply crisis which might have dire consequences in the … Continue reading Admir Skodo representing the South Asia Initiative was interviewed in Svenska Dagbladet

Podcast from Almedalen: Why India is important to Europe

On July 4 The South Asia Initiative organised a seminar in Almedalen on the theme “Why India is important to Europe”. The first panel analysed changes to the strategic environment in Asia. New US priorities, an active China, and India’s rise have contributed to new bilateral and multilateral partnerships taking shape. Current developments in Asia have global implications and will also affect Europe. How does … Continue reading Podcast from Almedalen: Why India is important to Europe

New report on India’s foreign policy (in Swedish)

Ännu har Indien inte lyckats bli den världsmakt som premiärminister Narendra Modi och många indier drömmer om. Men landets inflytande växer − inom några år väntas det ha flest invånare i världen och den tredje största ekonomin. https://www.ui.se/butiken/varldspolitikens-dagsfragor/2018/indien—stormakt-pa-tillvaxt/ Continue reading New report on India’s foreign policy (in Swedish)

Podcast: Challenges to democracy in South Asia – Afghanistan and Sri Lanka

This discussion focuses on the challenges to democracy facing Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, two countries with the experience of internal conflict and civil war, with speakers Dr. Vagisha Gunasekara, Executive Director, American Institute for Lankan Studies, Sri Lanka and Admir Skodo, researcher at the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), Lund University. Henrik Chetan Aspengren, researcher fellow with the UI Asia programme and coordinator of … Continue reading Podcast: Challenges to democracy in South Asia – Afghanistan and Sri Lanka