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A Pakistani resident reads a newspaper with coverage of Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election, in Islamabad on November 10, 2016. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI        (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Needs a Dose of Trump’s Madman Diplomacy

The next president’s erratic blustering might be just crazy enough to work in Islamabad.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for National Security Advisor, waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 12, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Mike Flynn’s Pakistan Problem

The incoming national security advisor allegedly shared classified intel with Pakistan’s notoriously compromised security services. What does that mean for Trump's "AfPak" policy?

Indian residents queue to try to withdraw money from an ATM in New Delhi on November 8, 2016.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced late November 8 that 500 and 1,000 ($15) rupee notes will be withdrawn from financial circulation from midnight, in a bid to tackle corruption. "To break the grip of corruption and black money, we have decided that the 500 and 1,000 rupee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from midnight ie 8 November, 2016," Modi said in a special televised address to the nation. / AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA        (Photo credit should read CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi Plunders India’s Cash. Indians Cheer.

The prime minister's attack on India’s black market was poorly planned, chaotically implemented — and may turn out to be his biggest political victory yet.

Pakistani residents place candles at the site during a vigil to pay tribute to victims a day after a suicide bombing at the Civil Hospital in Quetta on August 9, 2016.


Pakistan's lawyers boycotted courts and staged protests nationwide on August 9 after a horrific suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital which killed 72 people including many of their colleagues. / AFP / BANARAS KHAN        (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s Terrorists Are Smarter Than Its Government

This week’s brutal attacks in Quetta were an indictment of everything Islamabad has been doing to fight terrorism.

An Indian security personnel stands guard at Dal Lake during curfew in Srinagar on August 28, 2016.
Indian-administered Kashmir has been in the grip of almost daily anti-India protests and rolling curfews sparked by the killing on July 8 of a popular rebel leader, Burhan Wani, in a gunfight with government forces. The number of civilians killed since protests erupted in Kashmir hit 68 August 27, while a police constable was also shot dead. / AFP / SAJJAD HUSSAIN        (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Why the India-Pakistan War Over Water Is So Dangerous

As New Delhi and Islamabad trade nuclear threats and deadly attacks, a brewing war over shared water resources threatens to turn up the violence.

In this photograph taken on July 5, 2015, Afghan children who fled from Kot district of the eastern Nangarhar' province, following threats from the Islamic State group to leave their homes, are pictured at their temporary shelter in Jalalabad. Authorities said more than 250 families had moved from Kot district of the eastern province to Jalalabad, with representatives of the displaced families telling AFP that Islamic State fighters had ordered families whose members were working for the government or Afghan National Security Forces to leave their homes. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah Shirzada        (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

From the Taliban Frying Pan to the Islamic State Fire

In Afghanistan, survivors from Islamic State-controlled regions speak of a cruel new regime that makes the Taliban look permissive by comparison.

Afghan policemen perform a drill during exercises as part of their graduation ceremony at a police training centre on the outskirts of Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province on August 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah Shirzada        (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan Forces Use Child Soldiers, and the U.S. Still Gives Them Money

The Afghan government swore to do away with the practice, and, under its own laws, the U.S. government is barred from funding countries that employ it. So why did the United States still fork over some $470 million?

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Pakistan Has Lost Its ‘Angel of Mercy’

Abdul Sattar Edhi was his country’s greatest living hero. Here’s hoping that his legacy persists in the hands of a new generation of humanitarians.

TOPSHOT - A Bangladeshi policeman keeps guard near a group of peace activists who had come together to sing and light candles in a park following an attack and seige in Dhaka on July 3, 2016. 
Bangladesh said July 3 the attackers who slaughtered 20 hostages at a restaurant were well-educated followers of a homegrown militant outfit who found extremism "fashionable", denying links to the Islamic State group. As the country held services to mourn the victims of the siege in Dhaka, details emerged of how the attackers spared the lives of Muslims while herding foreigners to their deaths. / AFP / ROBERTO SCHMIDT        (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheikh Hasina Must Call Islamist Terrorism What It Is

In the wake of the Dhaka attack, Bangladesh’s refusal to call out and confront its problem with Islamist radicals will only make the problem worse.

Afghan former Taliban fighters are photographed holding weapons before they hand them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Jalalabad on February 8, 2015. Over twenty former Taliban fighters from Achin district of Nangarhar province handed over weapons as part of a peace reconciliation program. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah Shirzada        (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Ethnic Minorities Are Fueling the Taliban’s Expansion in Afghanistan

The Taliban is gaining dangerous leverage by recruiting Tajiks, Turkmen, and Uzbeks.

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In India, Prison for the Poor, Bollywood Justice for the Elite

The subcontinent's commitment to rule of law is stuck in a bygone era.

Indian naval sailors on a rubber inflatable boat pass naval warships at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on April 20, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/ Indranil MUKHERJEE        (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

India Sees a New Regional Role for Its Navy

New Delhi still has a ways to go before it can live up to its regional aspirations.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives, read joint statement after their delegation level meeting at Hyderabad House on April 11, 2016 in New Delhi, India. President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who has embarked a two-day visit to New Delhi, is expected to sign a counter-terror pact with India. Maldives recently arrested 40 of its nationals, who were reportedly fighting alongside the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Maldives Takes Its Place in Indian Ocean Geopolitics

The archipelago has proven capable of using to its advantage regional competition between India and China.

A Pakistani health worker administers polio drops to a child at a school during a polio vaccination campaign in Peshawar on September 14, 2015. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic but years of efforts to stamp it out have been badly hit by reluctance from parents, opposition from militants and attacks on immunisation teams. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED        (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s Quiet Revolution Against Polio

While the country's path to eradication hasn’t been easy, there is now reason for optimism.

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