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Toilets First, Temples Later: Modi’s Promising Act

Toilets First, Temples Later: Modi’s Promising Act

Modi was molded by Hindutva, but he mobilized a national campaign on reviving India's economy, not religion. Can he deliver on his promise? Are these two on a collision course?

AAP’s Rise: Victorious, But Not Yet Formidable

AAP’s Rise: Victorious, But Not Yet Formidable

India's Aam Aadmi Party defeated Modi's powerful Bharatiya Janata Party in the Delhi elections, with a landslide, but its potential as a formidable alternative for mainstream politics demands critical analysis.

The Clash between Strategy and Implementation

The Clash between Strategy and Implementation

How Pakistan Fights the Taliban.

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Daily Brief: Afghanistan, IMF Hold Talks Over Sale of New Kabul Bank...

Clarification: The Feb. 25 edition of the South Asia Daily brief published a story citing Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper on U.S. consulates suspending services in ...

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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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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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Protesting Against Terrorism in Pakistan

Silent majority or threatened minority? Pakistan’s progressives are angry. Finally, it shows, and they are being arrested for it. Civil society protests demanding meaningful government ...

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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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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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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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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 ...

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A Buzkashi Game for the Afghan Cabinet

The first 100 days of the Afghan Unity Government, the supposed political honeymoon period, is over. So far President Ashraf Ghani and his chief executive ...

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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.

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