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“A South Asian Union would free us from the slavery of the west”: pro-democracy activist Hina Jilani

Globally acclaimed human-rights defender Hina Jilani believes democracy and secularism are values all South Asian nations need to promote and protect.

Train local nurse practitioners and physician assistants to handle primary healthcare in villages: Dr Thakor G. Patel

Dr Thakor G. Patel, retired captain of the US Navy’s medical corps and founder of the Sevak Project, is on a mission to train rural healthcare workers across four states in India.

“The farmers’ movement, the Dalit movements, and the Adivasi movements can offer new models of democracy”: Lalita Ramdas

Peace activist Lalita Ramdas on how political forces use communalism for their own agenda, and why India’s ‘imperfect’ democracy needs to be reimagined.

Civil society represents the largest untapped source for peacebuilding globally: Dylan Mathews, CEO, Peace Direct

CEO of the international NGO Peace Direct that supports local activism in 44 conflict regions, Dylan Mathews believes sustainable peace can only be built bottom-up.

Shivshankar Menon: ‘For India, our home is Asia and not just the Subcontinent’

Former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon on his new book that looks at India’s foreign policy and domestic politics in an increasingly globalised, authoritarian world.

Support emerging leaders, connect changemakers to build peace in Asia: Isla Glaister

Peacebuilder and CEO of UK nonprofit The Business Plan for Peace, Isla Glaister offers solutions for peace in South Asia using lessons learnt from her experiences in Myanmar.

Cross-border Trade Can Pave the Way for Peace, Exchange of Ideas: Jeff Hammer

Senior NCAER fellow, and health and development economist Jeff Hammer shares notes on South Asia, why there's no one he can advise on peace between India and Pakistan and his own experiences living in the Subcontinent.

“Let People Meet” – Peace Activist and Filmmaker Beena Sarwar on the Case for a Visa-free South Asia

US-based Indo-Pak peace activist and filmmaker Beena Sarwar recently hosted a virtual peace conference to announce the launch of the South Asia Peace Action Network

“There’s a Direct Link Between Peace and Democratic Freedoms” – South Asian Peace Advocate Rita Manchanda

Author, peacebuilder and human-rights activist Rita Manchanda on the practical reasons to push for peace in the Subcontinent.

South Asia scholar Michael Kugelman on lessons from the pandemic for peace in the region

Deputy director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Centre and South Asia scholar Michael Kugelman joins the dots between leadership, trade, history and the possibility of peace in South Asia.