Resurgent Russia Joins Great Game in South Asia

With joint military exercises, weapons sales and multilateral conferences, Russia is reclaiming a role as a key powerhouse in Central and South Asia that it held during the Cold War. With a more isolationist administration in Washington, Moscow is also joining with China to fill a power vacuum in South Asia. “In recent years India has grown concerned about Russia’s growing closeness to China and especially the overtures to Pakistan,” notes Harsh V Pant. “Any new power equation in the region will have long-term implications.” The new strategic relationships provoke the ire of India – a strong ally for Russia during the Cold War that has since improved relations with the United States. Indeed, India is troubled by Russia’s recent decisions to appease extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan – initially hosting a conference on Afghanistan’s future with only Pakistan and China while excluding Afghan and US representatives. Additional countries were invited to subsequent meetings, but Russia has established itself as a leading powerbroker for Afghanistan’s future. Russia has a dual goal of constraining US influence while expanding its own, and Pant predicts that “regional theaters like South Asia are likely to face the brunt of this geopolitical competition.” – YaleGlobal

Photo Exhibit/Reception: Coastal Societies of the Bay of Bengal

Department of Anthropology, 10 Sachem Street, First Floor/Basement Lobbies
Exhibit Open April 10 – May 30, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm


At a time when the global scientific community is debating the impact of climate change and global warming, this project is of pressing concern in its exploration of how local communities can build resilience through tacit knowledge of their environment.

Debojyoti Das, InterAsia Initiative postdoctoral fellow, is an Indian-born, British-based ethnographer. His work has been in featured in exhibitions held in India (Indian Museum, Kolkata, South Asian University, New Delhi) and the UK (Nehru Center, Indian High Commission, Sussex University).

The exhibition is funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Yale InterAsia Initiative with support from the MacMillan Center, the South Asian Studies Council, and the Department of Anthropology.

India’s FLAME University begins association with Yale Summer Sessions

FLAME University, an academic institution in India devoted to liberal arts education, is launching an association with Yale’s Summer Sessions Program.

The Summer Sessions Program offers courses during the summer for Yale students and qualified undergraduate students from other selected colleges and universities. FLAME students will begin attending the Yale program this summer.

Predicting Taliban attacks: Q&A with Yale political scientist Jason Lyall

Winning the “hearts and minds” of Afghan civilians is a key component of American strategy in Afghanistan, where war rages more than 16 years after NATO-backed forces knocked the Taliban from power.

A recent study co-authored by Yale political scientist Jason Lyall provides evidence that “hearts-and-minds” aid programs have an unintended consequence: Taliban insurgents target villages where aid projects have gained traction.

Lyall, associate professor of political science, and his coauthors, Kentaro Hirose, assistant professor at Waseda University, and Kosuke Imai, professor of politics at Princeton University, published their findings in the Journal of Peace Research.

Conversation with General Pervez Musharraf

The Future of US-Pakistan Relations

A Conversation with General Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan, moderated by journalist Bob Woodward
April 24, 2017

The Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the Yale School of Management will co-host the talk, “The Future of US-Pakistan Relations: A Conversation with General Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan,” moderated by award-winning journalist Bob Woodward. The talk is part of the School of Management’s Leaders Forum series.

As president of Pakistan from 1999-2008, Gen. Musharraf played a crucial role in fighting the global war on terrorism. During that time, he empowered the people of Pakistan at the grass roots level by introducing a local government system. One of his most notable achievements was the turnaround of an almost bankrupt state in 1999; he and his government helped Pakistan come off the list of Highly Indebted Poor Countries.

Bob Woodward ’65 is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2002 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers.


Monday, April 24, 2017
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Edward P. Evans Hall
Lei Zhang Auditorium
165 Whitney Ave., New Haven

Attendance is limited to the Yale community only. All attendees must register online.

Yale Schola Cantorum Tour to India

Taj Mahal

Yale Schola Cantorum (Schola), an internationally renowned chamber choir open by audition to students from across all of Yale University’s departments and professional schools, will tour India March 12 – 19, with public performances in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. They will also take part in the Sunday service at historic St. Mary’s Church in Chennai.

Schola performs sacred music from the sixteenth century to the present day in concert settings and choral services around the world. It is sponsored by Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) and conducted by David Hill; Masaaki Suzuki is principal guest conductor. In addition to performing regularly in New Haven and New York, the ensemble records and tours nationally and internationally. Schola’s recordings appear on the Delos, Gothic, and Naxos labels. The group has previously performed on tour in England, Hungary, France, China, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Singapore, Russia, Estonia, and Latvia.