This year’s book reviews includes a “before and after” duo about the BJP: Vinay Sitapati’s India Before Modi and Christophe Jaffrelot’s Modi’s India. The third book on India is The Disrupter, a biography of V.P. Singh, whose brief
prime ministerial tenure in 1989-90 earned him a glowing reputation as a corruption fighter, but who always seemed somewhat uncomfortable in office. One on Pakistan: Nine Lives of Pakistan, a gripping collection of vignettes by a master story-teller, Declan Walsh. Finally, Ashley Tellis’s masterful “Striking Asymmetries,” about the triangular relationship among the nuclear programs of India, Pakistan and China.
December 23, 2021: US China Education Trust and Peking University co-sponsored a year-long series of Webinars on American, Chinese and Indian perspectives on the Indo-Pacific. culminating in the launch of a report in December 2021. Examining several decades of major economic change in the region and the accelerating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the report underlines the vital importance of seeking ways to cooperate, and the difficulty of doing so at this time.
reviews for Survival, the journal of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. One, Shivshankar Menon’s India and Asian Geopolitics, is about the strategic outlook this lion of Indian foreign policy recommends; one, Debashish Roy Chowdhury and
John Keane’s How to Kill a Democracy, is a rather gloomy look at India’s democracy – but it is really a sobering look at the challenges that beset all democracies today. The other two are about Pakistani politics, one by a group of political scientists (Pakistan Political Parties, and the other, by the BBC’s Owen-Bennett-Jones, is The Bhutto Dynasty.