South Asia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Qatar on Oct. 23 — one leg of a trip to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Switzerland.

Tillerson’s Views on India Defy Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy

Ahead of his trip to Delhi, the secretary of state articulated a clear vision for the U.S. relationship with India. Let’s hope it was not an anomaly.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on October 23, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Open to Peace Talks With ‘Moderate’ Taliban

The U.S. secretary of state reopened the offer during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

KABUL,  AFGHANISTAN - MAY 18:  Abdul examines emeralds from the Panjshir at Shams market on May 18, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The mineral resources of Afghanistan are relatively unexplored even with Afghanistan's mineral wealth of coal, copper, gold and iron ore, with precious and semiprecious stones, including high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. Given the country's remote and rugged terrain, on-going instability plus an inadequate infrastructure and transportation means that mining is still difficult. While many are trying to bring positive changes, Afghanistan's mining industry uses unregulated, primitive methods and outdated equipment.   (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Despite Risks, Trump Administration Moves Forward With Afghanistan Mining Plan

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the mining industry is key to Kabul’s future.

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.

<> on July 3, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Exclusive: International Criminal Court Poised to Open Investigation into War Crimes in Afghanistan

The investigation could expose U.S. personnel to international justice inquiry for the first time.

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.

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