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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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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?
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
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