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Changing Pakistan’s Militancy Narrative

Changing Pakistan’s Militancy Narrative

Belittling militant attacks as routine and blaming outside parties needs to stop.

A Morass of Its Own Making: Pakistan’s Destructive Taliban Policy

A Morass of Its Own Making: Pakistan’s Destructive Taliban Policy

Will there be a new resolve in Pakistan to fight militancy and radicalism? No guarantees.

A Wake-Up Call for Pakistan’s Leaders

A Wake-Up Call for Pakistan’s Leaders

The murder of schoolchildren demands action on Pakistan's counterterrorism policy.

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Pakistani Military Kills 62 Militants; Modi Sends Message to Pakistan; Drone Strike in Afghanistan Kills 8

Pakistan Pakistani military kills 62 militants The Pakistani military said on Friday that it had killed 62 militants in clashes near the country’s border with ...

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Baby Steps for AfPak Relations

Ashraf Ghani, the newly elected Afghan president, recently made a high profile visit to Pakistan with hopes of opening a new chapter in relations between ...

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Minesweeper: Afghanistan’s Untapped Potential

Afghanistan’s economic potential rests on its ability to create equilibrium between the companies providing economic growth and its population, and in particular upon its ability ...

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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 ...

In Other Words

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 ...


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 Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

As Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif was busy emphasizing his country’s “sincerity” in taking action against all militants during his weeklong visit to Washington, ...

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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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What Indians Really Think About the Foreign Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

  This article is part of a monthly series by the author that highlights possible post-2014 scenarios for Afghanistan. India, so goes the conventional wisdom, ...

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Six Things About Afghanistan That May Surprise You

Despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration on Sep. 29, many Afghans remain skeptical about what will happen next and whether his power-sharing deal with Chief ...

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Is the Afghan Unity Government a Roadmap for Negotiations With the Taliban?

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was inaugurated as president of Afghanistan on Sept. 29, 2014, after a three-month-long dispute over the outcome of the June 14 runoff ...

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

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

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