South Asia Brief

A street vendor walks past a mural depicting an Afghan National Army soldier in Kabul on June 10.

U.S. Withdrawal Constrains Counterterrorism Options

Biden’s pledge to maintain U.S. capacity in Afghanistan without boots on the ground appears easier said than done.

Journalists mark World Press Freedom Day.

Pakistan’s Press Enters a Dark Era

Attacks on journalists and a proposed law increasing government media oversight do not bode well for democracy.

A health worker inoculates a woman with a COVID-19 vaccine in New Delhi on May 26.

The U.S.-India Relationship Has a New Top Priority

The Indian foreign minister’s U.S. visit shows the partners are primarily focused on tackling the coronavirus—for now.

Protesters carry Palestinian flags in Pakistan.

What Does the Gaza Crisis Mean for South Asia?

The latest Israeli-Palestinian clashes could pose security risks in the region.

Onlookers stand near the site of multiple blasts outside a school.

Terror Attacks Surge in Afghanistan as U.S. Withdraws

Washington hopes to reduce spiraling Taliban violence, but it is losing its most potent leverage: troop presence.

A tanker gets refilled with medical oxygen for hospitals and medical facilities treating coronavirus patients in Bengaluru on May 5.

India’s Coronavirus Crisis Plays Out on Twitter

Social media is serving as a proxy for a collapsing public health system. That isn’t good news for Modi and the ruling party.

A woman walks along a near-deserted street during a lockdown in Mumbai on April 29.

Will Washington’s Slow Crisis Response Damage U.S.-India Ties?

The countries have built up goodwill over the decades, but the delay in U.S. COVID-19 assistance exposes lingering concerns about the partnership.

Cemetery workers and relatives of patients who died of the COVID-19 wear personal protective equipment before they perform last rites at a pyre at a crematorium in New Delhi on April 20.

How India Became Pandemic Ground Zero

A new virus strain and increasing mobility have caused the world’s worst coronavirus spike, with nearly 315,000 new cases recorded on Thursday.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House in Washington on April 14.

How Will Biden Pivot on South Asia?

After the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, its rivalry with China is likely to define the new administration’s approach to the region.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pose for a picture during a meeting in New Delhi  on April 6.

Russia Makes a Power Play in South Asia

A diplomatic visit to both India and Pakistan underscores Moscow’s growing regional clout.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prior to a meeting in New Delhi on October 5, 2019.

India Faces Tests From Its Neighbors

Despite a border cease-fire with Pakistan, India faces a growing set of challenges in its backyard.

People hold a large national flag during Victory Day celebrations at the National Monument in Savar, Bangladesh, on Dec. 16, 2020.

Bangladesh’s 50th Anniversary Raises Cause for Celebration and Concern

The country’s economic success has been accompanied by a slow descent into authoritarianism.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Vice President Kamala Harris enter the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 8.

What to Expect From Lloyd Austin’s Trip to India

Pentagon messaging suggests the visit could kick-start a new phase in security ties.

A general view shows tents at a camp for internally displaced families in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 7.

Washington Makes a Last-Ditch Effort for Peace in Afghanistan

The Biden administration’s new strategy could put it on a collision course with President Ashraf Ghani.

A Pakistan army soldier stands guard on the Line of Control in Abdullah Pur, Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Feb. 5.

Can India and Pakistan Capitalize on Their Border Cease-Fire?

The truce along the Line of Control won’t bring peace, but it does offer new opportunities for cooperation.

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