South Asia

About South Asia Channel

The South Asia Channel, a collaboration with New America 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, David Sterman

Pakistani soldiers walk at the premises of an Agriculture Training Institute after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Dec. 1, 2017. (Abdul Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Has No Plans to Lift Freeze on Funds for Pakistan

Even after the Pentagon chief’s visit to Islamabad, the two sides remain at an impasse.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on Nov. 13. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.

Afghan National Army soldiers march during a military exercise on Oct. 17. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Has ‘Turned the Corner’ in Afghanistan, Top General Says

The Trump administration brings a new strategy but same old promises to the 16-year war.

Afghan security personnel destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on Apr. 5. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Kill All the Poppies

There’s no way to ever win against the Taliban if the heroin trade is left to flourish.

82nd Airborne Division soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on May 25, 2014. (U.S. Army)

In Break From Obama, Trump Embedding More U.S. Forces With Afghan Combat Units

Several years after pulling back, American troops will head outside the wire to battle the Taliban and turn up the air war.

Dan Berschinski kisses his girlfriend Rebecca Taber in Dover, Delaware on Sep. 13, 2011. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Veterans’ Day Special: An Afghan War Casualty Looks Back and Wonders Why

I am neither old and wise, nor am I an impressively decorated combat veteran.

The Latest

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a forum on U.S.-South Korea relations at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 12. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Open to Talks With North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State says he'll talk "until the first bomb drops," redoubling a diplomatic effort to defuse the threat of a nuclear showdown.

Leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz makes a phone call during a party congress on December 9, 2017 in Berlin.
(John MacDougall/AFP)

The Fate of Social Democracy Is Being Decided in Germany

Germany's center-left has is considering another bargain with Angela Merkel, with the EU hanging in the balance — and its own survival.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen in front of  buildings in the Old City on Dec. 10,  in Jerusalem, Israel. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Why Recognizing Jerusalem Is Good for Peace

Until the Palestinians realize that Israel is here to stay and start negotiating in earnest, it behooves Washington to signal that they are losing ground.

Various members of the Afghan armed forces unload a casualty from an ambulance at the Tirinkot airbase in Uruzgan province on May 4.

The Walking Dead

As U.S. troops draw down, the Afghan military struggles to provide care for its countless wounded soldiers — on the battlefield and at home.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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This Land Is Their Land

Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?

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Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.

On the Edge of Afghanistan

A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.

Highway Through Hell

The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.

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