South Asia Brief

Afghan foreign students shout slogans.

India Has Lost Its Leverage in Afghanistan

New Delhi must rely on regional actors to exert influence in Taliban-led Kabul.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during on day three of the U.N. Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2.

Can South Asia Get Serious About Climate Change?

India made big pledges at COP26, but regional cooperation remains a major challenge.

A policeman takes notes next to burnt vehicles in Bangalore, India, on Aug. 12, 2020.

Facebook Has a Blind Spot in South Asia

The company has failed to allocate resources to curb extremist and inflammatory content in India and beyond.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in New Delhi on Feb. 11, 2016.

Why India Is Joining Another Quad

A new economic forum among India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States is rooted in cooperation rather than competition with China.

Activists shout slogans from a bus after being detained by police during a protest near the residence of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Oct. 9.

India’s Democratic Backsliding Hasn’t Stopped

A recent uptick in bigotry and violence poses a challenge for New Delhi’s relationship with Washington.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman speaks on the situation in Afghanistan at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 18.

Washington’s Divergent Diplomacy in South Asia

High-ranking diplomat Wendy Sherman’s visit underscores shifting relations with India and Pakistan.

Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy prime minister of the Taliban interim government, meets with foreign diplomatic representatives  in Kabul on Sept. 30.

Pakistan Pitches the Taliban Regime to the World

Islamabad argues that failure to engage with Afghanistan’s new government will doom its citizens.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tour the Eisenhower Executive Office Building during a meeting in Washington on Sept. 23.

Quad Looks to Cement Its Resurgence in Washington

The first in-person leaders’ summit shows how far the group has come after nearly two decades of irrelevance.

John Kerry and Bhupender Yadav meet.

U.S. and India Step Up Climate Cooperation

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry’s visit to New Delhi highlights an overlooked aspect of the bilateral relationship.

A man looks out of a car window as commuters make their way along a road in Kabul on Sept. 5.

Avalanche of Misinformation Follows Taliban Takeover

Fake news about the U.S. withdrawal and life under the new regime is surging. Some of it could be part of organized propaganda campaigns.

Taliban fighters parade along a road to celebrate after the U.S. withdrawal form Afghanistan in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Sept. 1.

Four Key Questions About Afghanistan’s Future

Post-U.S. withdrawal, a few factors could shape the country’s trajectory in the coming weeks.

Armed Taliban fighters stand next an Imam during Friday prayers at the Abdul Rahman Mosque in Kabul on August 20, 2021, following the Taliban's stunning takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by Hoshang Hashimi / AFP) (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP via Getty Images)

Airport Attack Underscores How the Taliban Could Fail

Facing security risks and shaky legitimacy, the group will struggle to govern and consolidate power.

Residents ride a boat over a submerged road following heavy monsoon rains  in Allahabad, India, on Aug. 11.

South Asia Is on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis

The IPCC report highlights the region’s particular vulnerabilities to extreme temperatures and weather patterns.

Afghan security personnel and militia fighting against the Taliban stand guard in Enjil, Herat province, Afghanistan, on July 30.

The Taliban’s Urban Warfare Is a Dangerous Escalation

Insurgents are advancing into some of Afghanistan’s largest cities, signaling a new phase of the war.

Afghan militia fighters keep a watch at an outpost against Taliban insurgents in Charkint, Balkh province, Afghanistan, on July 15.

Can India Make a Play in Afghanistan?

Antony Blinken’s visit to New Delhi underscores a new regional “Great Game.”

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