The Politics of Opposition in South Asia

Milan Vaishnav and I have been editing a series of essays on the politics of opposition in South Asia. Opposition in this context is meant very broadly, from hard-line anti-government insurgents to mainstream political parties to civil society. It’s an effort to broaden our discussion of regime and opposition dynamics in general, and to bring a set of cases, countries, and authors into the US policy/analytical discussion on South Asia that are too often ignored.

You can find the three essays thus far here on the Carnegie site, examining the Digital Security Act in Bangladesh, the TTP in Pakistan (also the subject of my last blog post), and the Brihat Nagarik Andolan in Nepal. There are several more essays lined up for the months to come, so please keep an eye out. And many thanks to the authors who have written or agreed to write!

Two recent pieces on the TTP

The Taliban seizure of power in Afghanistan has opened many questions about the trajectory of the TTP, which operates in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Here I want to highlight two recent pieces analyzing the group and its political context:

  1. Abdul Sayed’s essay for Carnegie South Asia examines the history of the TTP, its resurgence, and where it goes from here. This is part of a series that I am co-editing with Milan Vaishnav on the politics of opposition (expansively defined) in South Asia; more on this series in the coming days.
  2. Asfandyar Mir’s piece for the United States Institute of Peace focuses on how the relationship between the Afghan Taliban and the TTP will affect Pakistan, the Taliban’s broader relationships in the region, and US counterterrorism in the region.