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Strategic Passing: Why India Will Not Be Pakistan 2.0 in U.S. Asia Policy

Strategic Passing: Why India Will Not Be Pakistan 2.0 in U.S. Asia Policy

Despite turning page for a new chapter in U.S.-India ties, New Delhi will not replace Islamabad as Washington's willing and subservient ally in an increasingly complex world. Here's why.

Political-Cultural Impediments to Reform in Afghanistan

Political-Cultural Impediments to Reform in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s difficulties in enacting reform can be traced in part to its political culture, which is proving resistant to change.

An Olive Branch in AfPak

An Olive Branch in AfPak

Afghanistan is trying to retool its rocky relationship with Pakistan. Will this great bargain pay off?

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It’s Complicated: The Relationship Between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Taliban

The Afghan Taliban have grown stronger and more deadly over the past 13 years, something Pakistan is often blamed for by Afghans and some in ...

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The Clash between Strategy and Implementation

Prior to 9/11, while sipping drinks in the home of a dear friend, a colleague of Pakistan’s President Asif Zardari’s family in one of Karachi’s ...

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The Ultimate AfPak Reading List

What follows is the Ultimate AfPak Reading List -- an amalgamation of syllabi from classes I've taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard ...

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The Great Wall of AfPak

To say that China is a strategic ally of Pakistan would be an understatement. In 1950, Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize ...

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The Shelf

The Shelf is a collection of the reviews of books relevant to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the region that have been commissioned by the South ...

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If You Love Something, Set It Free

The compound where Hamid Karzai is spending his post-presidency abuts the wall of the Presidential Palace, where he lived when he led Afghanistan for 13 ...

Afghan Continue to Flee Kabul as U.S. Strikes
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Struggling to Survive in Afghanistan

When I met Golpari, a sun-baked, craggy woman from Helmand, she strode confidently into the one-room mud brick house, dragging her ten-year-old daughter Nazdana by ...

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Ten Recommendations for Obama’s CVE Summit

In light of recent attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, Paris -- and now Copenhagen -- President Obama announced a White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) that begins ...

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Five of Karzai’s Mistakes Ghani Can Avoid

Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) provides new hope for Afghans, as it offers an opportunity to restructure the political, social, and economic foundations of the ...

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Is There an Islamic State of AfPak?

On Feb. 9, Afghan officials killed Abdul Rauf Khadim, the former Afghan Taliban commander and deputy chief of the Islamic State (IS) of Khorasan, AfPak’s ...

Rally in Pakistan
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Capture the Flag in Afghanistan

It appears the Islamic State’s territorial motivations extend well beyond Syria and Iraq, as recent reports reveal the organization’s recruitment and expansion efforts in southern ...

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Pakistan’s IDP Problem

On June 15, 2014, as the Pakistan military moved into the North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), thousands of families were ...

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Law and (Military) Order

“Pakistan votes to let insurgents be tried in military courts” -- what is wrong with this picture? In an unprecedented abdication of civilian authority to ...

About South Asia Channel

The South Asia Channel, a collaboration with the New America Foundation and Johns Hopkins SAIS, features deep analysis of issues concerning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and covers everything from politics to business to culture.

Editor, Peter Bergen
Assistant Editor, Bailey Cahall
Assistant Editor, Emily Schneider



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