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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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With Dramatics in Bihar, the BJP’s March to Dominance in Indian Politics Continues
July 28, 2017
With Dramatics in Bihar, the BJP’s March to Dominance in Indian Politics Continues
A Machiavellian move in Bihari politics has jolted India into reckoning with the BJP's true political power.
With Dramatics in Bihar, the BJP’s March to Dominance in Indian Politics Continues
Why Is Afghanistan the 'Graveyard of Empires'?
June 30, 2017
Why Is Afghanistan the 'Graveyard of Empires'?
A brief history of the empires that were broken in the Hindu Kush.
Why Is Afghanistan the 'Graveyard of Empires'?
India's Ram Mandir Controversy Gains New Relevance. What Are the Stakes?
April 29, 2017
India's Ram Mandir Controversy Gains New Relevance. What Are the Stakes?
Should the Ram Mandir be built?
India's Ram Mandir Controversy Gains New Relevance. What Are the Stakes?
South Asia's Reckoning With Global Alignments in the Trump Era
April 19, 2017
South Asia's Reckoning With Global Alignments in the Trump Era
U.S. foreign policy might not change, but the world has and will -- especially in South Asia.
South Asia's Reckoning With Global Alignments in the Trump Era
Lessons From India’s Election for the Evolution of the Indian Political System
March 15, 2017
Lessons From India’s Election for the Evolution of the Indian Political System
India's state assembly elections suggest a clear path ahead for the country's politics.
Lessons From India’s Election for the Evolution of the Indian Political System
Does India's 2017 Budget Impress?
February 09, 2017
Does India's 2017 Budget Impress?
What's in India's 2017 budget?
Does India's 2017 Budget Impress?
Steve Bannon, <em>Dharma</em> Warrior: Hindu Scriptures and the Worldview of Trump's Chief Ideologue
February 03, 2017
Steve Bannon, Dharma Warrior: Hindu Scriptures and the Worldview of Trump's Chief Ideologue
Steve Bannon's appreciation for the Bhagavad Gita makes more sense than you might think.
Steve Bannon, Dharma Warrior: Hindu Scriptures and the Worldview of Trump's Chief Ideologue
India Must Adapt Quickly in the Age of Trump
January 26, 2017
India Must Adapt Quickly in the Age of Trump
As Trump shapes his foreign policy, India must remain nimble and ready to react.
India Must Adapt Quickly in the Age of Trump
Trump, Putin, Xi, and the Return of Kingship
January 19, 2017
Trump, Putin, Xi, and the Return of Kingship
A global surge in populist and strongman leadership may herald the return of a more "natural" state of politics.
Trump, Putin, Xi, and the Return of Kingship
Review: <em>International Affairs</em> on India's Rise and Foreign Policy
January 10, 2017
Review: International Affairs on India's Rise and Foreign Policy
A new issue of International Affairs focuses on India's rise and Modi's role in that rise.
Review: International Affairs on India's Rise and Foreign Policy
Australia and the Crown
December 31, 2016
Australia and the Crown
Australia's debate on becoming a republic continues to rage on.
Australia and the Crown
The Geopolitics of India and Russia’s Disparate Interests
December 28, 2016
The Geopolitics of India and Russia’s Disparate Interests
How much do Indian and Russian interests converge in the 21st century?
The Geopolitics of India and Russia’s Disparate Interests
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
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
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