The South Asia Channel

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 ...

The Cable

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to Step Down

After nearly five years of heading the United States Agency for International Development, one of the Obama administration’s most charismatic and well-liked bureaucrats is leaving ...


Why USAID Got Into Bed With Cuban Rappers

For evidence that the U.S. government really has run out of ideas in its policy toward Cuba, look no further than the U.S. Agency for ...

Shadow Government

The West Needs a New Strategy for Pakistan

A new report by the German Marshall Fund and the Swedish Defense Research Agency argues that the United States and Europe should adopt a fresh ...


It’s Time to Rethink How We Do Development

As the latest version of Band Aid heads to Number 1 in the U.K. charts again, it's starting to feel like Groundhog Day in development ...


Fukuyama’s Fatalism

In Political Order and Political Decay, the second volume of his magnum opus on the underpinnings of liberal democracy, Francis Fukuyama makes the case that ...


‘Obama Is to America What Scott Is to Zambia’

LUSAKA, Zambia — Earlier this week, Zambia appointed Guy Scott to the post of president, making him the country's first white leader since independence from ...


West Africa’s Financial Immune Deficiency

In recent months, as the spreading Ebola emergency took center stage in Washington, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have pledged $530 million ...


Venezuela’s OPEC Headache

The steep drop in the price of oil we have seen the past few weeks threatens to have profound political consequences. It provides a welcome ...


Can Libya’s Central Bank Survive as the Country Fractures?

Coverage of Libya tends to focus these days on airstrikes, gun battles, and warring militias -- correctly enough, since these are also the things that ...

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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