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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.

Open the Trade Gates: U.S., India Revive Ties With Enterprise

Open the Trade Gates: U.S., India Revive Ties With Enterprise

The world's largest democracies are closing doors on contentious issues of the past, and letting the trade gates wide open, unleashing a new wave of U.S.-India courtship not seen in years.

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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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Down But Not Out: Kerry’s Diplomatic Opportunity in South Asia

This week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to India and Pakistan. Although there is little he can do to resolve long-standing tensions between ...

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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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Pausing to Remember that Peshawar Wasn't Always Filled with Violence and Terror

Dear Peshawar, The Army Public School opened today nearly one month after the deadly attack on Dec. 16 that killed 150 people, including at least ...

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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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A Little Less Talk, a Lot More Action

Ever since the unprecedented Dec. 16 attack on a school in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar that killed 140 students, the country’s civilian and military ...

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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 ...

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A Small Measure of Progress

Last Tuesday’s attack on the Army Public School and College in Peshawar was yet another reminder of the overwhelming scale of terrorist violence in Pakistan. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Despite King’s Death, U.S.-Saudi Relationship Unlikely to Change

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With Obscure Treaties, Moscow Pulls Breakaway Regions Into Its Orbit

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The 1 Percent Solution

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