Aditya Valiathan Pillai

 

W4CCA: Building a Flood Early-Warning Network

October 12, 2018

Program Snapshot

The Asia Foundation’s Paula Uniacke and Aditya Pillai participated in Global Climate Action Summit events across San Francisco in September. Among Foundation programs they discussed are ones that improve resilience to extreme weather events. In two flood-prone regions along the India-Bangladesh border, The Asia Foundation is working with local wome… Read more

Women walk in India 

Flood-Management Training for Elected Women in India and Nepal

October 5, 2018

Program Snapshot

The Asia Foundation’s Aditya Pillai participated in Global Climate Action Summit events across San Francisco in September. Among Foundation programs he discussed are those that improve resilience to extreme weather events. In the Kosi basin, which straddles Nepal and India, The Asia Foundation is conducting a training-of-trainers for roughly 200 el… Read more

 

The Price of Power: The Political Economy of Electricity Trade and Hydropower in Eastern South Asia

August 15, 2018

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Grand experiments in geopolitics often begin by cautiously testing new ways of doing things. Sovereign states calibrate and then recalibrate their visions by expanding and aligning interests with their neighbors, with the hope that the sum of what is achieved is greater than its parts. Recent actions indicate that this is underway in South Asia’s n… Read more

 

The Price of Power: The Political Economy of Electricity Trade and Hydropower in Eastern South Asia

July 31, 2018

South Asia, generally described as “the least integrated region in the world,” has made remarkable progress in power trading and cooperation on resources over the last two decades. Regional power cooperation has come a long way from exchanges of power between small border towns and early ideas for an energy ring. By 2025, trade could be powered by… Read more

Hydropower station in Nepal 

Promise and Flux in South Asian Electricity Trade

June 14, 2017

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Grand experiments in geopolitics, in the absence of external shocks such as war, often begin by cautiously testing new ways of doing things. Sovereign states calibrate and then re-calibrate their visions for the region by expanding and aligning interests with their neighbors, with the hope that the sum of what is achieved is greater than its parts…. Read more

Bangladesh Dhaka 

The Promising Future of Inland Waterway Trade in South Asia

May 10, 2017

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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day state visit to India last month, her first in seven years, was productive by any measure. Twenty-two agreements, spanning defense cooperation, nuclear energy, and outer space were inked. The relationship has been one of the bright spots for cooperation in South Asia, and has steadily gained moment… Read more

 

Can Technology Transform Governance in India?

March 30, 2016

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A group of engineering students trudge up the stairs of an engineering college in the heart of Bangalore’s swanky Electronics City. Flip-flops beat against tiled floors, fingers run through bed-head hair. These bright minds are partly behind India’s unprecedented growth over the last two decades: the young tech-elite who power Indian technology’s heavy hitters like Infosys (whose sprawling campus is across the street), and run global giants like Google and Microsoft. As they fire up their laptops and plug in their headphones, these 50-odd data scientists, software engineers, and computer scientists are turning their attention toward something normally considered beyond their realm.