South Asia Archive

36(3) Spring 2015, Asia, Global Notebook, Human Rights, Politics, South Asia

Shadows in Pakistan: Critiquing the Drone War

“It was Ramadan. We were about to break our fast with the children,” begins a somber thick-bearded Pakistani. “We took a bite, said our...
An Italian store inspired by the Addiopizzo movement to advertise that it refuses to pay "pizzo" - protection money to the Mafia by "Dedda71". CC-BY-3.0., accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Africa, Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, Eastern Africa, Europe, Human Rights, Middle East, Politics, Reviews, South Asia, Western Europe

Collective Action Against Corruption

Few global issues are as nonpartisan, universal, and severe as corruption.  Shaazka Beyerle articulates the importance of halting malfeasance in Curtailing Corruption: People Power...
Asia, Blog, Politics, South Asia

The Downfall of the ‘King’: A Victory for Democracy in Sri Lanka

A decade in power had clearly gone to the head of (the now former) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose supporters had recently taken...
Women participate in peaceful protest in Taksim Square, as part of the 2013-2014 protests in Turkey against government encroachment of free expression and secularism. By Mstyslav Chernov. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Americas, Asia, Features, Human Rights, Middle East, North America, Politics, Security, South Asia

Innovators of Inequality: Why the “Woman Solution” Does Not Work

The US government and the Western world have seldom hesitated to call for women’s rights in Muslim nations in recent years. With events ranging from Pakistani education...
Upasna Sharma, a Harvard College 2015 student, poses for an embodyINDIA photoshoot on Harvard's campus.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Asia, Features, Human Rights, South Asia, Southeast Asia

emBODY India

The State of Women’s Rights in India One of the biggest debates in international relations today is over the pros and cons of globalization....
Leaders of the five BRICS countries gather at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil on July 15th, 2014. CC-BY-3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Africa, Americas, Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, Economics, Europe, Global Notebook, Politics, South America, South Asia

New Development? The BRICS Bank and the International System

When Goldman Sachs traders coined the term BRIC—an acronym for the emerging Brazil, Russia, India, and China—in 2001, it was just handy shorthand for a flashy new investment opportunity. Now,...
Americas, Asia, Features, Human Rights, North America, South Asia

Gender & Human Rights: A series of poems

This atypical article for the HIR includes two poems from the South-Asian art and activist collaboration, Darkmatter, a group that is committed to an...
Asia, Global Notebook, Security, South Asia

Subcontinental Siblings Spar

Citizens on either side of the highly militarized, 2,192 kilometer border wave their flags, don their colors, scream their anthems, cheer their cricket teams,...
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, by Christopher Michel. CC BY 2.0
Americas, Analysis, Asia, East Asia, Europe, Global Notebook, North America, Politics, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Western Europe

An Inconvenient Guest: Who’s Been Denying the Dalai Lama a Visa and Why

South Africa’s government found itself in a bit of trouble this October. The Dalai Lama, scheduled to attend the 14th World Peace Summit in...
The Yal Devi train-Katorisi-CC-BY-SA-3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Asia, Economics, Global Notebook, Human Rights, South Asia

The Sri Lankan Phoenix: Growth and Reconciliation on a War-Torn Island

On a radiant Wednesday afternoon in October of 2014, a splendid yellow and blue “Yal Devi” train arrived at the Jaffna station in the...