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

First meeting of the research network EIRDN

On 29 May a scoping meeting was held in Brussels aiming to come up with an agreement on how to organise a Europe-India Research and Dialogue Network. The meetings was organised by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), Friends of Europe and Istituto Affari Internazional. What follows is a short summary of what was discussed and decided during the meeting. The aim of the … Continue reading First meeting of the research network EIRDN

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

Panel discussion on statebuilding in Afghanistan in a global context

On April 23 SASNET organized a panel discussion on statebuilding in Afghanistan in a global context. The panel consisted of Professor Robert Crews (Stanford University), Anna-Karin Johansson (formed General Secretary of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan), Dr. Admir Skodo (SASNET, Lund University), and Professor Sari Kuovo (Gothenburg University and Afghanistan Analysts Network). The panel was moderated by Professor Ted Svensson (Science, Lund University). The panelists … Continue reading Panel discussion on statebuilding in Afghanistan in a global context

Seminar on Challenges to Democracy in South Asia 7 May

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) invites you to a seminar on democracy in conflict and post-conflict countries. This seminar will take stock of the challenges to democracy facing Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, two South Asian countries that have or are currently experiencing internal conflict and civil war. How can insurgents be integrated into political processes nationally and locally? Which political reforms have been most … Continue reading Seminar on Challenges to Democracy in South Asia 7 May

Pragmatic and sub-regional – reflections on Modi’s visit to Stockholm

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sweden is over. It was surprisingly low key, at least if judged by the Swedish media coverage. That a leader of growing global importance, representing a population of 1,3 billion people and what is fairly soon to become the world’s third largest economy did not seem to impress the Swedish media. A short feature of the visit … Continue reading Pragmatic and sub-regional – reflections on Modi’s visit to Stockholm