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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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Why India Shouldn't Move Away From the Hindi Script
September 03, 2015
Why India Shouldn't Move Away From the Hindi Script
There's no reason for India to let go of its traditional scripts.
Why India Shouldn't Move Away From the Hindi Script
2015 Gujarat Protests: Caste, Reform, and Governance in India
August 28, 2015
2015 Gujarat Protests: Caste, Reform, and Governance in India
As recent riots in Gujarat show, India's reservation system continues to pose political challenges.
2015 Gujarat Protests: Caste, Reform, and Governance in India
August 15: Indians Remember Japan's Role in World War II Too
August 14, 2015
August 15: Indians Remember Japan's Role in World War II Too
On August 15, Indians will celebrate their independence--however, they too remember World War II.
August 15: Indians Remember Japan's Role in World War II Too
Tough Times in Indian Politics for the BJP and the Congress
August 07, 2015
Tough Times in Indian Politics for the BJP and the Congress
Both major Indian political parties have run into major stumbling blocks. Which will emerge on top?
Tough Times in Indian Politics for the BJP and the Congress
The Afghan Government Should Take Advantage of Mullah Omar’s Death ASAP
August 04, 2015
The Afghan Government Should Take Advantage of Mullah Omar’s Death ASAP
The Afghan government has a unique opening with Omar's death. It shouldn't squander it.
The Afghan Government Should Take Advantage of Mullah Omar’s Death ASAP
Troubled Today, China's Xinjiang Has a Long History
July 30, 2015
Troubled Today, China's Xinjiang Has a Long History
China's western province of Xinjiang has a long and fascinating history.
Troubled Today, China's Xinjiang Has a Long History
Sorry, the United Kingdom Does Not Owe India Reparations
July 24, 2015
Sorry, the United Kingdom Does Not Owe India Reparations
There are good reasons why Britain doesn't owe India reparations.
Sorry, the United Kingdom Does Not Owe India Reparations
No English Please, We're Pakistani
July 17, 2015
No English Please, We're Pakistani
Pakistan's government wants its officials to use Urdu in their official speeches, at home or abroad.
No English Please, We're Pakistani
Who Cares if Iran Gets A Nuke? (Lessons from Pakistan)
July 17, 2015
Who Cares if Iran Gets A Nuke? (Lessons from Pakistan)
Sure, we have an Iran deal now, but is a nuclear Iran really so unthinkable?
Who Cares if Iran Gets A Nuke? (Lessons from Pakistan)
'Not Indian Enough': Bobby Jindal, Heritage, and Politics
July 01, 2015
'Not Indian Enough': Bobby Jindal, Heritage, and Politics
U.S. politicians Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley offer two different models for immigrant assimilation.
'Not Indian Enough': Bobby Jindal, Heritage, and Politics
450 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Course of Indian History
June 20, 2015
450 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Course of Indian History
The Battle of Talikota is one of the most important battles in South Asia’s long history.
450 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Course of Indian History
The Future of Government: What We Can Learn from Asia
June 19, 2015
The Future of Government: What We Can Learn from Asia
Western democracy may not be the end of history after all -- Asia has another model in mind.
The Future of Government: What We Can Learn from Asia
India Proves its Great Power Status by Sending Troops into Myanmar
June 12, 2015
India Proves its Great Power Status by Sending Troops into Myanmar
What does India's recent use of force in Myanmar tell us about its power status?
India Proves its Great Power Status by Sending Troops into Myanmar
The Desolation of Merv
June 06, 2015
The Desolation of Merv
230 years ago, one of the Islamic world's most important cities was completely laid to ruin.
The Desolation of Merv
India's BJP Leaders Should Publicly Eat Meat
June 04, 2015
India's BJP Leaders Should Publicly Eat Meat
It's time for Indian leaders to pave a path forward and delegitimize the taboos surrounding meat consuption in the country.
India's BJP Leaders Should Publicly Eat Meat
What's Behind India's Deadly Heat Wave?
May 30, 2015
What's Behind India's Deadly Heat Wave?
A closer look at a hot topic.
What's Behind India's Deadly Heat Wave?
Robert Kaplan's Right About Imperialism, Wrong About the Middle East
May 28, 2015
Robert Kaplan's Right About Imperialism, Wrong About the Middle East
Imperialism can impose order. But that doesn't mean the U.S. should pursue empire in the Middle East.
Robert Kaplan's Right About Imperialism, Wrong About the Middle East
Sovereignty in the Himalayas
May 16, 2015
Sovereignty in the Himalayas
Historically, the Himalayan region has raised fascinating questions about the nature of state sovereignty.
Sovereignty in the Himalayas
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
May 09, 2015
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
Our current politico-geographic conception of "Central Asia" is nebulous and arbitrary.
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
South Asia Is Shooting Itself in the Foot on Trade
May 07, 2015
South Asia Is Shooting Itself in the Foot on Trade
South Asia's geography once encouraged regional trade. Geopolitical rivalries have wiped away that legacy.
South Asia Is Shooting Itself in the Foot on Trade
Exploring Nepal's Historic Treasures
May 02, 2015
Exploring Nepal's Historic Treasures
Nepal is rich with cultural heritage, as shown by its many monuments.
Exploring Nepal's Historic Treasures
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
April 30, 2015
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
George Washington University is showing us why the West needs to come to terms with the eastern origins of the Swastika.
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
200 Years Ago, Britain Recruited South Asia's Fiercest Warriors
April 25, 2015
200 Years Ago, Britain Recruited South Asia's Fiercest Warriors
200 years ago today, the legendary Gorkha rifles were formed.
200 Years Ago, Britain Recruited South Asia's Fiercest Warriors
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Is Easier Said Than Done
April 24, 2015
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Is Easier Said Than Done
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) raises several questions in the domestic Pakistani context.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Is Easier Said Than Done
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