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Akhilesh Pillalamarri

Akhilesh Pillalamarri

Akhilesh Pillalamarri is an international relations analyst, editor, and writer. He was previously an assistant editor at The National Interest and editorial assistant at The Diplomat. He received his Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he concentrated in international security. He mainly writes on South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.

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The Solution to Illiberal Democracy in the Age of Trump: Liberal Autocracy
November 18, 2016
The Solution to Illiberal Democracy in the Age of Trump: Liberal Autocracy
Recent events should make Western governments reexamine exactly what they are advocating for.
The Solution to Illiberal Democracy in the Age of Trump: Liberal Autocracy
Humans Arrived in Australia 49,000 Years Ago
November 04, 2016
Humans Arrived in Australia 49,000 Years Ago
New findings show that humans arrived in Australia more than 10,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Humans Arrived in Australia 49,000 Years Ago
Asia's New Democracies and the Liberal World Order
October 28, 2016
Asia's New Democracies and the Liberal World Order
The key to global order may lie with Asia's emerging democracies.
Asia's New Democracies and the Liberal World Order
Tracing the Quran's Journey
October 25, 2016
Tracing the Quran's Journey
A major exhibit in Washington, D.C., showcases the world's many Qurans.
Tracing the Quran's Journey
Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand
October 15, 2016
Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand
Rama IX served as a revered symbol and also shielded his country from the worst consequences of its political instability.
Bhumibol Adulyadej and Buddhist Kingship in Thailand
Imagining South Asia Without Pakistan
October 06, 2016
Imagining South Asia Without Pakistan
What are the geopolitical advantages and disadvantages of there being no Pakistan?
Imagining South Asia Without Pakistan
Will India Become the Pivot of Asian Security?
October 05, 2016
Will India Become the Pivot of Asian Security?
India for the most part has shed its aversion to power politics.
Will India Become the Pivot of Asian Security?
India's Capital City: Should We Call It Delhi or New Delhi?
September 29, 2016
India's Capital City: Should We Call It Delhi or New Delhi?
New Delhi is a smaller entity in the much larger urban mass that is the Indian National Capital Territory.
India's Capital City: Should We Call It Delhi or New Delhi?
One Step Further: It's Time for SAARC to Expel Pakistan
September 29, 2016
One Step Further: It's Time for SAARC to Expel Pakistan
South Asian regionalism can't progress as long as Pakistan's provocations toward India bog down SAARC.
One Step Further: It's Time for SAARC to Expel Pakistan
India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity
September 18, 2016
India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity
Geographic proximity meant that the histories of India and Sri Lanka were intertwined.
India and Sri Lanka in Antiquity
Just How Transformational Will India's GST Be?
September 16, 2016
Just How Transformational Will India's GST Be?
Three Indian MPs from different parties reflected on the challenges and opportunities inherent in India's Goods and Services Tax.
Just How Transformational Will India's GST Be?
The Tajik Tragedy of Uzbekistan
September 06, 2016
The Tajik Tragedy of Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan's past is closely intertwined with that of Tajikistan.
The Tajik Tragedy of Uzbekistan
It's Time to Make the G20 More Asian
September 02, 2016
It's Time to Make the G20 More Asian
The G20 is incomplete without more Asian powers.
It's Time to Make the G20 More Asian
3 Problems with War and Strategy in Medieval India
August 27, 2016
3 Problems with War and Strategy in Medieval India
Indian armies over the past millennium seemed to have constantly grappled with three primary problems.
3 Problems with War and Strategy in Medieval India
Explaining India’s Olympics Performance
August 20, 2016
Explaining India’s Olympics Performance
Why does India has such a hard time winning Olympic medals?
Explaining India’s Olympics Performance
When History Gets Political: India’s Grand 'Aryan' Debate and the Indus Valley Civilization
August 18, 2016
When History Gets Political: India’s Grand 'Aryan' Debate and the Indus Valley Civilization
India's politicized debate on history blurs the truth.
When History Gets Political: India’s Grand 'Aryan' Debate and the Indus Valley Civilization
Why Is Modern Iran So Sensitive to Treason? Ancient History.
August 09, 2016
Why Is Modern Iran So Sensitive to Treason? Ancient History.
Most countries don't tolerate traitors, but Iran is particularly sensitive.
Why Is Modern Iran So Sensitive to Treason? Ancient History.
Revealed: The Truth About China's Legendary Xia Dynasty
August 09, 2016
Revealed: The Truth About China's Legendary Xia Dynasty
New evidence suggests that the so-called "Xia" dynasty may not be a myth.
Revealed: The Truth About China's Legendary Xia Dynasty
India's Hindu Right Is Correct About One Thing: India's Muslim Rulers Did Destroy Hindu Temples
August 03, 2016
India's Hindu Right Is Correct About One Thing: India's Muslim Rulers Did Destroy Hindu Temples
India's Hindu right loves to exaggerate some things, but history leaves some things clear.
India's Hindu Right Is Correct About One Thing: India's Muslim Rulers Did Destroy Hindu Temples
Dear Steve King: Here's What Asia Contributed to Western Civilization
July 20, 2016
Dear Steve King: Here's What Asia Contributed to Western Civilization
Rep. Steve King's ahistorical commentary cannot go uncorrected.
Dear Steve King: Here's What Asia Contributed to Western Civilization
India and the Downsides of the South China Sea Decision
July 20, 2016
India and the Downsides of the South China Sea Decision
For India, July's South China Sea ruling by an arbitral tribunal is a complicated matter.
India and the Downsides of the South China Sea Decision
Japan's Emperor Wants to Abdicate, But That May Require Legal Reforms
July 15, 2016
Japan's Emperor Wants to Abdicate, But That May Require Legal Reforms
Emperor Akihito might want to abdicate, but other factors might prevent his wishes from coming to fruition.
Japan's Emperor Wants to Abdicate, But That May Require Legal Reforms
5 Ways India Can Become a Soft Power Superpower
July 06, 2016
5 Ways India Can Become a Soft Power Superpower
How can India work its way up global soft power rankings?
5 Ways India Can Become a Soft Power Superpower
Why Isn't Game of Thrones Asian?
June 30, 2016
Why Isn't Game of Thrones Asian?
HBO's hit show--steeped in European history--still borrows some notes from Asian history.
Why Isn't Game of Thrones Asian?
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