Move out? US Army soldiers at Kandahar Airfield watch President Obama's public announcement of
bin Laden's death, 2 May
Image: Staff Sgt Stephen Schester
As news of the killing of Osama bin Laden in neighbouring Pakistan broke early that Monday morning, it sent most international organisations based in Kabul into alert mode. Afghanistan, after all, was the country that had sheltered the al-Qaeda chief and given him support during the time he launched his most spectacular acts of terrorism. The internationals were told either to stay at home or to restrict their movements. In the event, nothing happened.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
From our archive:
Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).