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What a Mob Says About the State of Islam in Afghanistan

What a Mob Says About the State of Islam in Afghanistan

A brutal lynching of a women highlights the intolerance preached in Afghanistan.

The Spy Who Tried to Stop the Afghan War

The Spy Who Tried to Stop the Afghan War

In his new book, 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary, Robert Grenier reminds his readers that seemingly inevitable victories are actually decided by slim and sometimes arbitrary margins.

A Lynching, Then Anger in Afghanistan

A Lynching, Then Anger in Afghanistan

After a brutal killing, Afghanistan’s women turn their anger toward men. But will the protests and outrage result in a change for women's rights in the country?

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Pakistan’s Identity Problem

When you hear about Pakistan, what most often comes to mind? The place where schools, markets, and neighborhoods are routinely bombed? The terrorist haven where ...

Modern Kabul – Rising From The Ashes
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Can Cities Save Afghanistan?

In 2007, for the first time in human history, the number of people living in cities surpassed those living in rural areas. In 1950, only ...

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Standing Beside Afghanistan’s Iron Lady

On Feb. 26, 2015, Kubra Khademi, a female Afghan performance artist, protested the country’s widespread street harassment of women by wearing a suit of armor ...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Visits Berlin
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Mr. Ghani Goes to Washington

Ashraf Ghani’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., represents his first visit to the United States as Afghanistan’s president. It also marks a homecoming of sorts. ...

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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 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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Rocking the Afghan Vote

As has been well-reported, Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential and provincial council elections were marred by extensive technical difficulties -- unconfirmed numbers of eligible voters, inadequate security, ...

President Obama Speaks At U.S. Central Command At Macdill Air Force Base
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A Legacy of Success in Afghanistan

While other conflicts in the world currently grab more headlines, history’s view of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy will be heavily influenced by the decisions ...

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The Artist

This project was made possible by support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Name: Sher Ali Hussaini Age: 31 Ethnicity: Hazara Province: Maidan Wardak ...

Northern Alliance/US Speical Troops Battle Cold
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Peace Talks With the Taliban Are Risky Business

Despite a swift denial by the Afghan Taliban, all the signs and statements emerging from Kabul and Islamabad show that a certain degree of progress ...

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President Ghani: Stuck Between India and Pakistan

For Afghan leaders, balancing the country’s regional foreign policy between India and Pakistan has never been an easy task. President Ashraf Ghani learned this the ...

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Rise and Divide? The Future of India’s AAP

Last month, the Indian state of Delhi saw a David and Goliath battle when the underdog Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept the legislature, winning 67 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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