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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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Discovering Cyrus the Great's Secrets in Modern Iran
February 19, 2016
Discovering Cyrus the Great's Secrets in Modern Iran
2,500 years after his death, Cyrus the Great's tomb in Iran remains a site of mystery and wonder.
Discovering Cyrus the Great's Secrets in Modern Iran
A Brief History of Balochistan
February 12, 2016
A Brief History of Balochistan
How did the Baloch nation come to be?
A Brief History of Balochistan
Hindu Marriages Will Be Legitimized in Pakistan
February 12, 2016
Hindu Marriages Will Be Legitimized in Pakistan
Pakistan’s Hindus will soon finally have a law that legitimizes their marriages.
Hindu Marriages Will Be Legitimized in Pakistan
The Weird Case of the Uzbek Language
February 08, 2016
The Weird Case of the Uzbek Language
Central Asia's history under the Soviet Union resulted in distorted nomenclature and language across the region.
The Weird Case of the Uzbek Language
Is India Considering Allowing Sex-Tests for Fetuses to Counter Sex-Selective Abortions?
February 04, 2016
Is India Considering Allowing Sex-Tests for Fetuses to Counter Sex-Selective Abortions?
Could a proposal to flip India's ban on testing the sex of fetuses help counter sex-selective abortions?
Is India Considering Allowing Sex-Tests for Fetuses to Counter Sex-Selective Abortions?
Revealed: Why ISIS Hates the Taliban
January 29, 2016
Revealed: Why ISIS Hates the Taliban
The Islamic State and the Taliban won't get along--and that's a good thing for South Asia.
Revealed: Why ISIS Hates the Taliban
India Is a Republic, But Could It Have Been a Monarchy?
January 27, 2016
India Is a Republic, But Could It Have Been a Monarchy?
It's not unimaginable that India could have emerged as a constitutional monarchy.
India Is a Republic, But Could It Have Been a Monarchy?
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
January 22, 2016
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
Why the 'Silk Road' is a massive misnomer, in more ways than one.
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
The January Harvest in South Asia
January 16, 2016
The January Harvest in South Asia
India's winter harvest is celebrated all across the country.
The January Harvest in South Asia
How South Asia Will Save Global Islam
January 08, 2016
How South Asia Will Save Global Islam
The South Asian traditions of Islam offer a compelling alternative to the religion's practice in the Middle East.
How South Asia Will Save Global Islam
The Truth Behind the Maratha Empire in India
January 05, 2016
The Truth Behind the Maratha Empire in India
A new film in India sparked a debate about the nature of the Maratha Empire.
The Truth Behind the Maratha Empire in India
Is India’s Judiciary Out of Control?
December 25, 2015
Is India’s Judiciary Out of Control?
In India, the judiciary is hermetically sealed off from democratic checks and balances.
Is India’s Judiciary Out of Control?
Understanding Pakistan’s Role in the Saudi-Led Anti-Terror Coalition
December 19, 2015
Understanding Pakistan’s Role in the Saudi-Led Anti-Terror Coalition
Islamabad is reportedly part of the new alliance. What might that mean?
Understanding Pakistan’s Role in the Saudi-Led Anti-Terror Coalition
Do US Presidential Candidates Care About South Asia?
December 16, 2015
Do US Presidential Candidates Care About South Asia?
There has been little mention of the region - and that's unlikely to change.
Do US Presidential Candidates Care About South Asia?
How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West
December 04, 2015
How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West
Asians' perceptions of seapower have changed over time, but not as much as you'd think.
How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West
Setting the Record Straight on Tipu Sultan's Legacy in India
November 30, 2015
Setting the Record Straight on Tipu Sultan's Legacy in India
Tipu Sultan is both demonized and glorified by different segments of Indian society. The truth is more complicated.
Setting the Record Straight on Tipu Sultan's Legacy in India
Colonial Diamonds Are Forever: India and the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
November 12, 2015
Colonial Diamonds Are Forever: India and the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
A group of prominent Indians want the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, which remains in the hands of the British monarchy.
Colonial Diamonds Are Forever: India and the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
300 Years Ago, Afghanistan's 'George Washington' Died
October 28, 2015
300 Years Ago, Afghanistan's 'George Washington' Died
How an Afghan tribal leader took on two of the most powerful empires in the world and won independence for Afghanistan.
300 Years Ago, Afghanistan's 'George Washington' Died
A Brief History of the US Navy in the Indian Ocean
October 14, 2015
A Brief History of the US Navy in the Indian Ocean
As it celebrates its 240th birthday, the U.S. Navy would do well to keep the Indian Ocean in mind.
A Brief History of the US Navy in the Indian Ocean
Will the US <em>Really</em> Offer Pakistan a Nuclear Deal? Don't Count On It
October 10, 2015
Will the US Really Offer Pakistan a Nuclear Deal? Don't Count On It
Pakistan won't get a nuclear deal. Even if it did, it wouldn't want one.
Will the US Really Offer Pakistan a Nuclear Deal? Don't Count On It
250 Years Ago, This Event Changed Everything in South Asia
October 08, 2015
250 Years Ago, This Event Changed Everything in South Asia
250 years ago, British rule over India began de jure.
250 Years Ago, This Event Changed Everything in South Asia
Here's the Most Disturbing Thing About the Taliban Takeover of Kunduz
October 02, 2015
Here's the Most Disturbing Thing About the Taliban Takeover of Kunduz
The Taliban is gaining currency outside of its traditional Pashtun base. This is troubling.
Here's the Most Disturbing Thing About the Taliban Takeover of Kunduz
Between Nepal and India: Echoes of 1971 in South Asia
September 25, 2015
Between Nepal and India: Echoes of 1971 in South Asia
The crisis in Nepal is eerily similar in some ways to Pakistan's schism in 1971.
Between Nepal and India: Echoes of 1971 in South Asia
Here's the <em>Real</em> Reason Why India's Economy Is Smaller Than China's
September 11, 2015
Here's the Real Reason Why India's Economy Is Smaller Than China's
Why did India's economy falter?
Here's the Real Reason Why India's Economy Is Smaller Than China's
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