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Aparna Pande
Aparna Pande is a Research Fellow at Hudson Institute. Aparna wrote her PhD dissertation on Pakistan's foreign policy. Her major field of interest is International Relations with a special interest in foreign policy, security studies, religion in politics, political Islam, and South Asia. Aparna contributes to online newspapers such as The Weekly Standard, Pajamas Media, IndoLink, Outlook India and Chowk.

A 1993 graduate of Delhi University, Aparna holds a Master of Arts in History from St. Stephens College at Delhi University and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Aparna Pande received a Doctorate in Political Science from Boston University. Aparna Pande's book titled 'Explaining Pakistan's Foreign Policy: Escaping India' is set to be released in March 2011 by Routledge.

Entries by Aparna Pande

Modi Juggernaut Hits Bihar Roadblock!

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 1:47 PM

The recent election results in the critical northern state of Bihar, India's third most populous state, are the first big roadblock that has hit the Modi juggernaut. Out of a total of 243 seats, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) only won 58 seats of which the BJP...

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Poor Branding Is Not Pakistan's Biggest Problem

(52) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 1:27 AM

In anticipation of the visit to Washington by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, scheduled for October 21-23, Pakistan's public relations machinery has gone into over-drive to build expectations of a new partnership between Pakistan and the United States. Americans are expected to overlook everything that has happened in the...

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U.S. Should Stop Reinforcing Pakistan's Delusions

(136) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Susan Rice, the U.S. national security advisor, apparently traveled to Pakistan on Sunday August 30 to tell Pakistani officials that operations of militant jihadi groups like the Haqqani network from Pakistani soil were "absolutely unacceptable" to Americans. She is not the first official to convey that message to...

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Modi and His Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have pitched his legacy on an aggressive foreign policy but will that help him in the key arena of public opinion: building India's economy. In his first year as Prime Minister Mr Modi has traveled to 18 countries. He has visited both neighboring countries...

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Pakistan's Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

(13) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 7:49 PM

Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Several recent developments affirm the Pakistani military's belief that cosmetic changes or words alone will suffice to convince others, especially the...

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Obama and Modi: The India-US Moment?

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 4:25 PM

President Obama's participation in India's Republic Day celebrations on January 26 is more than a gesture. It is an attempt to advance the idea of a strategic partnership, which Washington has sought off and on since the 1950s but has not materialized partly because of India's preference for non-alignment in...

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Secular India vs. Hindu Nationalism

(41) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 3:36 PM

Six months into his post, India's Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi appears to be facing his worst nemesis, the resurgence of militant, chauvinistic and violent Hindu nationalism. It is ironic because, after all, Modi's politics is deeply rooted in the Hindutva movement. His election victory was attained with promises of...

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India's Social Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Indians voice indignation over highly publicized incidents of rape, like the recent one in Delhi of a young woman by an Uber driver, but there is little public discussion of the socio-cultural context of the rape epidemic. Statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau show that on average...

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India-US: Will a Strategic Partnership Emerge?

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 7:49 PM

Expectations are high about the meeting scheduled next week between President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Americans have pinned hopes on a strategic partnership with India and the prospect of large contracts for U.S. corporations, on several previous occasions. But the India-US relationship has moved forward by...

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How India-US can learn from US-Canada ties

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:06 PM

Co-authored with Chris Sands

Long term relationships are founded on core beliefs, understanding of the other's compulsions and an agreement to compromise. America's Atlantic partnership as well as its ties with its northern and southern neighbors (Canada and Mexico) are founded on these principles. However, when we turn to US...

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U.S.-India: Playing Down the Strategic Partnership?

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:26 PM

Has the United States abandoned the idea of a strategic partnership with India? It seemed so, based on what the new U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal told the foreign press in Washington D.C. recently. She said, "I come to the State Department with...

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Pakistan's Disconnect With Reality

(25) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 6:42 PM

The recent leak of the report of the Commission set up to investigate the May 2, 2011 raid and killing of Osama Bin Laden (also known as the Abbottabad Commission) has brought to the fore once more the growing radicalization and deepening cleavages within Pakistan.

After reading the 337-page

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Pakistan's Endgame in Afghanistan?

(27) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 12:06 PM

As preparations for the American draw down from Afghanistan get underway, there appears to be another game in town: played by Pakistan's leaders, strategists and for lack of a better word, sympathizers. The argument put forth is this: all problems would be solved if only India would stop playing a...

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India-Pakistan-Afghanistan Triangle

(14) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 10:29 AM

When Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, stated that the cooperation of both India and Pakistan was required for a stable Afghanistan he was recognizing that India has always been the unacknowledged elephant in the room during talks between Pakistan and the U.S.

Pakistan's fears about India-Afghan ties are both ideological...

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US-India-Iran Ties

(22) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 4:31 PM

By Alex Vatanka and Aparna Pande

The Iran factor could have been a spoiler as the third India-US strategic dialogue was held this week held in Washington D.C. The US granted India a last-minute waiver, exempting it from possible sanctions for its continued trade with Tehran. Still, while...

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India-Nepal: Sins of Omission & Commission

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 4:17 PM

India's relations with its northern neighbor, Nepal, are tense once again with reported allegations that an Indian diplomat played a role in recent protests by Madhesis, Nepalese of ethnic Indian origin. Over the decades, sins of both omission and commission have plagued India's ties with its northern neighbor.

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India-Pakistan: Zardari-Singh Meet and Beyond

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 12:23 PM

India-Pakistan bonhomie certainly appears to be the flavor of the season. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari's recent luncheon meeting with Indian Premier Manmohan Singh, easing of regulations to allow closer economic ties and the recent statement of Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai that India was

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India's Recent Elections and the Way Forward

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 3:35 PM

Earlier this week the U.S. Republican party held key primary elections while India had elections in five states. In both countries the result of elections will influence the course of politics and determine foreign policy.

In the case of the U.S. the elections were aimed at determining the leading Republican...

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India-Afghanistan-Pakistan: Not a Zero Sum Game

(12) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 12:56 PM

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent trip to India portends a new development. During the visit, the two countries signed a 'strategic partnership' pact which entailed agreements on counter-terrorism cooperation, training of Afghan security forces and increased trade.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement portrayed India's vision...

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Book Review: Inside the Pakistan Army: A Woman's Experience on the Frontline of the War on Terror

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 7:07 PM

Carey Schofield's book, Inside the Pakistan Army: A Woman's Experience on the Frontline of the War on Terror, claims to be a book on the Pakistan army but a more apt description of its subject would be "the world according to Pakistan's military officers." Instead of organizing the book into...

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