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Akhilesh Pillalamarri

Akhilesh Pillalamarri is an international relations analyst. He is a contributing editor at The Diplomat, writing on foreign policy, politics, history, culture, and geography. He is also a fellow at Defense Priorities, and was previously an assistant editor at The National Interest.

Pillalamarri 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. His research interests include U.S. foreign policy, and South Asian, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern politics, culture, and history.

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How India Influenced Southeast Asian Civilization
September 29, 2018
How India Influenced Southeast Asian Civilization
Indian cultural influences in parts of Southeast Asia have long been apparent.
How India Influenced Southeast Asian Civilization
India’s Foreign Policy in a Changing World
September 20, 2018
India’s Foreign Policy in a Changing World
What are the key factors limiting and driving Indian foreign policy?
India’s Foreign Policy in a Changing World
'Crazy Rich Asians': Who Is an Asian?
September 01, 2018
'Crazy Rich Asians': Who Is an Asian?
Who exactly qualifies as Asian? Depends on who you ask.
'Crazy Rich Asians': Who Is an Asian?
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Man Who Saw India's Entry Into the 21st Century, Dies
August 17, 2018
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Man Who Saw India's Entry Into the 21st Century, Dies
Vajpayee mainstreamed the BJP in Indian politics, ushered South Asia into the nuclear age, and charted a bold course for India.
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Man Who Saw India's Entry Into the 21st Century, Dies
South India’s Warrior Lords: The Telugus
August 10, 2018
South India’s Warrior Lords: The Telugus
The medieval legacy of Telugu warriors and peasants lives on.
South India’s Warrior Lords: The Telugus
India’s Evolving Linguistic Landscape: Beyond Hindi
July 30, 2018
India’s Evolving Linguistic Landscape: Beyond Hindi
Even as Hindi grows in India, other languages thrive.
India’s Evolving Linguistic Landscape: Beyond Hindi
India’s Evolving Linguistic Landscape
July 27, 2018
India’s Evolving Linguistic Landscape
Hindi continues to explode in India.
India’s Evolving Linguistic Landscape
What My DNA Says About India’s History
March 14, 2018
What My DNA Says About India’s History
What a dive into the past, as told through genetics, can reveal about South Asia's history.
What My DNA Says About India’s History
Why Iran's Monarchy Could Unite a Divided Country
January 13, 2018
Why Iran's Monarchy Could Unite a Divided Country
How the Persian monarchy once saved -- and may yet again save -- Iran.
Why Iran's Monarchy Could Unite a Divided Country
How Can India Leverage the Trump National Security Strategy?
December 29, 2017
How Can India Leverage the Trump National Security Strategy?
The Trump National Security Strategy document flatters India, but how can New Delhi reap the benefits from the United States?
How Can India Leverage the Trump National Security Strategy?
Afghanistan’s Persian Linguistic Identity
November 14, 2017
Afghanistan’s Persian Linguistic Identity
What's in a name when it comes to an official language? Quite a lot for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s Persian Linguistic Identity
The Consequences of America’s Unrestrained Foreign Policy
November 10, 2017
The Consequences of America’s Unrestrained Foreign Policy
The United States may learn some realism as a result of dealing with a new world order.
The Consequences of America’s Unrestrained Foreign Policy
Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
October 29, 2017
Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
Demography and history explain troubled attitudes toward Islam in Buddhist-majority Asian regions today.
Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
Trolls and a Controversial King: Indian History and Modern Scholarship
October 03, 2017
Trolls and a Controversial King: Indian History and Modern Scholarship
An interview with Audrey Truschke.
Trolls and a Controversial King: Indian History and Modern Scholarship
When Burma Was Still Part of British India
September 30, 2017
When Burma Was Still Part of British India
When Burma became Burma and India became India.
When Burma Was Still Part of British India
Could North Korea’s Example Inspire Iran and Pakistan?
September 21, 2017
Could North Korea’s Example Inspire Iran and Pakistan?
Is missile defense the way out for the United States?
Could North Korea’s Example Inspire Iran and Pakistan?
70 Years of the Radcliffe Line: Understanding the Story of Indian Partition
August 19, 2017
70 Years of the Radcliffe Line: Understanding the Story of Indian Partition
On its 70th anniversary, a review of the Radcliffe Line.
70 Years of the Radcliffe Line: Understanding the Story of Indian Partition
The British Raj’s Social and Institutional Impact on Indian Society
August 17, 2017
The British Raj’s Social and Institutional Impact on Indian Society
The legacy of empire was born of profit-seeking.
The British Raj’s Social and Institutional Impact on Indian Society
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?
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