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Krzysztof Iwanek

Krzysztof Iwanek

Krzysztof Iwanek writes for The Diplomat’s Asia Life section.
He is the chair of the Asia Research Centre at the National Defence University at Warsaw and a South Asia expert with the Poland-Asia Research Centre (Centrum Studiów Polska-Azja, www.polska-azja.pl). From 2014 to 2016 Krzysztof taught Hindi at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea. He holds two MA degrees: in History and in South Asian Studies, and a PhD in Cultural Studies.
His main area of interest is contemporary Indian politics and political ideologies.  He has also co-authored a book titled Indie. Od kolonii do mocarstwa. 1857-2013 (“India. From a Colony to a Power. 1857-2013″) with Adam Burakowski.
He tweets at @Chris_Iwanek
Narendra Modi Wins Again -- What Does That Mean for India?
May 24, 2019
Narendra Modi Wins Again -- What Does That Mean for India?
This time, Narendra Modi was the issue. And the electorate has issued him a fresh mandate.
Narendra Modi Wins Again -- What Does That Mean for India?
Russia’s Looming Arms Sale to Pakistan Sets Up a Dangerous Game
May 16, 2019
Russia’s Looming Arms Sale to Pakistan Sets Up a Dangerous Game
Will Russia sell the Pantsir missile system and T-90 tanks to Pakistan?
Russia’s Looming Arms Sale to Pakistan Sets Up a Dangerous Game
Fani: India Faces the Cyclone’s Bite, Again
May 06, 2019
Fani: India Faces the Cyclone’s Bite, Again
Better cooperation and communication, a more efficient warning system, and a massive evacuation helped in tackling the cyclone.
Fani: India Faces the Cyclone’s Bite, Again
Is Avengers: Endgame a Masala Movie?
May 01, 2019
Is Avengers: Endgame a Masala Movie?
A formula made up of mixed genres that is sometimes viewed by outsiders as awkward in Indian movies works fine for Marvel.
Is Avengers: Endgame a Masala Movie?
Under Modi, How Did Hindu Nationalism Affect India’s Foreign Relations?
April 27, 2019
Under Modi, How Did Hindu Nationalism Affect India’s Foreign Relations?
The spirit of nationalist ideology remained trapped in the body of the country’s pragmatic needs.
Under Modi, How Did Hindu Nationalism Affect India’s Foreign Relations?
What Does India’s Strategic Community Perceive As the Country’s Largest Challenge?
April 08, 2019
What Does India’s Strategic Community Perceive As the Country’s Largest Challenge?
Brookings’ Survey of India’s Strategic Community reveals a few interesting aspects of New Delhi’s foreign policy.
What Does India’s Strategic Community Perceive As the Country’s Largest Challenge?
Reviewing India’s Foreign Policy Toward Europe Under Narendra Modi
April 03, 2019
Reviewing India’s Foreign Policy Toward Europe Under Narendra Modi
France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Russia remain India’s four most important European partners.
Reviewing India’s Foreign Policy Toward Europe Under Narendra Modi
The Indian Heart: The Polish Singer Who Mastered Hindustani Music
March 30, 2019
The Indian Heart: The Polish Singer Who Mastered Hindustani Music
Michał Rudaś is yet another foreign artist drawn to classical Indian music.
The Indian Heart: The Polish Singer Who Mastered Hindustani Music
5 Kings and 1 Queen: Who Are the Most Powerful State Leaders in India?
March 25, 2019
5 Kings and 1 Queen: Who Are the Most Powerful State Leaders in India?
Which of India’s chief ministers are really chief? And how should we measure this?
5 Kings and 1 Queen: Who Are the Most Powerful State Leaders in India?
Authenticity Over Comfort: Why Indian Tourism Should Avoid Resort Complexes
March 04, 2019
Authenticity Over Comfort: Why Indian Tourism Should Avoid Resort Complexes
Culture is one of the greatest assets of Indian tourism, but it can’t be promoted through hotel towns.
Authenticity Over Comfort: Why Indian Tourism Should Avoid Resort Complexes
Is the Future Asian? An Interview With Parag Khanna
February 27, 2019
Is the Future Asian? An Interview With Parag Khanna
Krzysztof Iwanek talks to Parag Khanna about his new book 'The Future is Asian.'
Is the Future Asian? An Interview With Parag Khanna
Aung San Suu Kyi: A ‘Moral Democrat’ or a ‘Precolonial Queen’?
February 20, 2019
Aung San Suu Kyi: A ‘Moral Democrat’ or a ‘Precolonial Queen’?
Krzysztof Iwanek talks to Michał Lubina, author of a new book on Aung San Suu Kyi’s political thought.
Aung San Suu Kyi: A ‘Moral Democrat’ or a ‘Precolonial Queen’?
The Alliance of Indian Kings: Can a Coalition Defeat Modi’s BJP in the 2019 Elections?
February 13, 2019
The Alliance of Indian Kings: Can a Coalition Defeat Modi’s BJP in the 2019 Elections?
A few regional parties could potentially tip the scales in India’s upcoming elections.
The Alliance of Indian Kings: Can a Coalition Defeat Modi’s BJP in the 2019 Elections?
Defying Deification: Indian Politicians as Hindu Gods
February 01, 2019
Defying Deification: Indian Politicians as Hindu Gods
Don’t believe the hype; worshiping Indian leaders is not common.
Defying Deification: Indian Politicians as Hindu Gods
36 Things India Has Done for Afghanistan
January 08, 2019
36 Things India Has Done for Afghanistan
The U.S. president might find it interesting to learn just what India has done for Afghanistan.
36 Things India Has Done for Afghanistan
A Dam for Criticism? The Mohmand Dam Project and China-Pakistan Relations
January 06, 2019
A Dam for Criticism? The Mohmand Dam Project and China-Pakistan Relations
A Pakistani company went from losing five bids to Chinese companies to winning one jointly with a Chinese firm.
A Dam for Criticism? The Mohmand Dam Project and China-Pakistan Relations
Seeking Capital for the Capital: Will India and China Jointly Fund Amaravati?
January 03, 2019
Seeking Capital for the Capital: Will India and China Jointly Fund Amaravati?
The story of Amaravati went from a regional tussle to being part of global processes.
Seeking Capital for the Capital: Will India and China Jointly Fund Amaravati?
Adopt a Heritage: Who Will Save the Everest Estate in India?
January 02, 2019
Adopt a Heritage: Who Will Save the Everest Estate in India?
George Everest’s mansion is decrepit and New Delhi wants a private company to adopt it.
Adopt a Heritage: Who Will Save the Everest Estate in India?
Stirred, Not Shaken: Making Sense of the BJP's Performance in India's Latest Assembly Elections
December 12, 2018
Stirred, Not Shaken: Making Sense of the BJP's Performance in India's Latest Assembly Elections
The BJP lost 3 important states, but it still remains the main contender for 2019’s national polls.
Stirred, Not Shaken: Making Sense of the BJP's Performance in India's Latest Assembly Elections
The Temple Guardians: Is India’ Ruling BJP Becoming More Conservative?
December 04, 2018
The Temple Guardians: Is India’ Ruling BJP Becoming More Conservative?
Bharatiya Janata Party balances two ideologies: nationalism and conservatism.
The Temple Guardians: Is India’ Ruling BJP Becoming More Conservative?
The Sentinels of the Sentinelese
November 26, 2018
The Sentinels of the Sentinelese
India was right to deny access to one of the world’s last unresearched tribes.
The Sentinels of the Sentinelese
India and Iran: A Sanctioned Waiver Amid a Wave of Sanctions
November 09, 2018
India and Iran: A Sanctioned Waiver Amid a Wave of Sanctions
Partial exclusion from US sanctions gives India reasons to sigh with relief, but not to cheer.
India and Iran: A Sanctioned Waiver Amid a Wave of Sanctions
Aasia Bibi and the Plight of Pakistan’s Untouchables
November 05, 2018
Aasia Bibi and the Plight of Pakistan’s Untouchables
An altercation between a Christian woman and Muslim women was based on a Hindu custom.
Aasia Bibi and the Plight of Pakistan’s Untouchables
India’s Sabarimala Temple and the Issue of Women’s Entry
October 03, 2018
India’s Sabarimala Temple and the Issue of Women’s Entry
Another Hindu temple will open its gates to women, reigniting the debate on Indian secularism.
India’s Sabarimala Temple and the Issue of Women’s Entry
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