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Boats sit in waters near Dadeng Island, China, on Aug. 10.
Boats sit in waters near Dadeng Island, China, on Aug. 10.

How China-Taiwan Tensions Play Out in India

South Asia has closer ties with Beijing, but the risk of escalation presents a challenge, especially for New Delhi.

A view of the Sherpur area, where al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by a drone strike, is seen in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2.
A view of the Sherpur area, where al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by a drone strike, is seen in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2.

Zawahiri’s Killing Is a Blow to the Taliban

The U.S. drone strike exposes the regime’s terrorist ties and further dims its prospects for international legitimacy.

A Taliban border security guard stands as Uzbek security guards check a truck at the Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge in Hairatan, Afghanistan, on Oct. 27, 2021.
A Taliban border security guard stands as Uzbek security guards check a truck at the Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge in Hairatan, Afghanistan, on Oct. 27, 2021.

Central Asia Steps Up Its Regional Diplomacy

Uzbekistan hosts two major summits this week with consequences for neighboring South Asia, particularly Afghanistan.

Political activists shout slogans outside a polling station during the Punjab province by-election in Lahore, Pakistan, on July 17.
Political activists shout slogans outside a polling station during the Punjab province by-election in Lahore, Pakistan, on July 17.

Is Pakistan’s New Government on Shaky Ground?

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party won a surprise victory in a by-election in the country’s biggest province.

Biden and Lapid sit at a desk in front of large screens.
Biden and Lapid sit at a desk in front of large screens.

Another Quad Rises

At the I2U2’s first summit, India, Israel, the UAE, and the U.S. are in the mood for cooperation.

Young people look down at their phones.
Young people look down at their phones.

Why Twitter Is Taking India to Court

The government’s crackdown on dissent puts it on a collision course with Big Tech.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pose during a BRICS meeting at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pose during a BRICS meeting at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.

India Plays BRICS to Its Interests

New Delhi makes a fairly safe gamble by supporting the group—without putting itself at odds with the West.

Demonstrators carry pictures of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, during a protest in Karachi on Dec. 24, 2019.
Demonstrators carry pictures of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, during a protest in Karachi on Dec. 24, 2019.

Does South Asia Have a New Guard?

Many long-standing leaders are aging, raising questions about the longevity of the region’s political dynasties.

Supporters of Pakistan's Islamic and political Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) party shout anti-India slogans during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 6.
Supporters of Pakistan's Islamic and political Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) party shout anti-India slogans during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 6.

Will India’s Domestic Politics Dent Its Diplomacy?

Offensive remarks about Islam by ruling party leaders have consequences for New Delhi in Persian Gulf states.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen at the U.S. State Department in Washington on April 4.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen at the U.S. State Department in Washington on April 4.

Is Biden Building a Broader South Asia Policy?

A planned visit by Nepal’s prime minister to Washington reflects expanding engagement in the region.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a photo in Tokyo on May 24.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a photo in Tokyo on May 24.

The Quad Looks West

At a leaders’ meeting in Tokyo, the group widened its strategic focus to include the Indian Ocean region.

Workers load sacks of wheat on a freight train at Chawa Pail railway station in Khanna, India, on May 19.
Workers load sacks of wheat on a freight train at Chawa Pail railway station in Khanna, India, on May 19.

Why India Just Limited Wheat Exports

The decision recalls New Delhi’s COVID-19 vaccine export ban last year, with some key differences.

Sri Lankan security personnel walk inside outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence a day after it was breached by protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 10.
Sri Lankan security personnel walk inside outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence a day after it was breached by protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 10.

Why Sri Lanka’s Crisis Has No End in Sight

The turmoil driving unrest in Colombo and beyond has roots in the economic missteps of the last 20 years.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 4.
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 4.

Can Modi Overcome India’s Ukraine Stance?

The Indian prime minister’s trip to Europe this week shows there is still room for deepening ties with the West.

Men rest by the riverside on a hot day in Allahabad, India, on April 28.
Men rest by the riverside on a hot day in Allahabad, India, on April 28.

South Asia’s Record-Breaking Heat Wave Isn’t Over Yet

The extreme weather in India and Pakistan is a sign of what’s to come for climate-vulnerable countries.

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