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The Art of U.S.-Pakistan Relations

The Art of U.S.-Pakistan Relations

A Pakistani theater group uses satire to question the national anti-American narrative.

In U.S.-India’s Defense: Pivoting the Strategic Partnership Forward

In U.S.-India’s Defense: Pivoting the Strategic Partnership Forward

After a shaky stretch, Washington and Delhi have a window to pivot the partnership beyond just arms traders. These old democratic friends need a seamless, strategic partnership

A Year Makes All the Difference in U.S.-India Relations

A Year Makes All the Difference in U.S.-India Relations

Past quarrels between Washington and Delhi have become just that: past. Since the Khobragade affair plummeted relations over a year ago, diplomatic ties are on the rebound. Here's why.

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Indian Uber Rape Victim Sues in US Court; Bomb Kills 35 at Pakistani Shi’a Mosque; Afghan Insider Attack Kills 3 US Contractors

India Uber rape victim sues in U.S. court An Indian woman who was allegedly raped in New Delhi by a driver for Uber, the U.S.-based ...

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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And the War Goes On

Two months ago, Tajwar, a wrinkled, chador-wrapped woman from the mountainous, impoverished Afghan province of Ghor, was widowed. Her husband, a cook, was killed when he ...

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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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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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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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What You Won’t Hear in Afghanistan in 2015

This article is part of a monthly series by the author that highlights possible post-2014 scenarios for Afghanistan. Dec. 31, 2014 has come and gone. ...

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Sustaining Afghanistan’s Economy

One-third of Afghans live in absolute poverty and more than one third live slightly above the poverty line. Drug trafficking and corruption have prolonged Afghanistan’s ...

Day 1: 9th World Islamic Economic Forum, Arrival Of Leaders
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Changing Pakistan’s Militancy Narrative

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, gunmen entered a public school in the heart of Peshawar and indiscriminately slaughtered more than 140 people, 132 of which were ...

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A Wake-Up Call for Pakistan’s Leaders

In what has now been termed Pakistan’s deadliest civilian attack, six members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) stormed the Army Public School and College on Warsak ...

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A Desperate Act by Pakistan’s Taliban

As the Pakistani nation is mourning Tuesday’s tragedy that killed 132 schoolchildren in the country’s northern city of Peshawar, questions are being raised about the ...

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In the Afterglow of the London Conference

With the uptick in violence since the formation of the National Unity Government in Afghanistan in September, led by Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the ...

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How Can Ashraf Ghani End Corruption When Strongmen Helped Elect Him?

“[Afghan] warlords are a creation of the policies of the [George W.] Bush administration and [Hamid] Karzai’s weakness,” Ashraf Ghani told ABC Radio Australia when ...

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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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