South Asia Brief

Left: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Feb. 25. Right: Police try to stop protesters during violent clashes between at Jaffarabad in New Delhi on Feb. 24.

How Trump’s Trade Strategy Met Its Match in India

The U.S. president departs New Delhi without delivering on an “incredible” trade deal despite years of high-level negotiations.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the "Howdy, Modi!" in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2019.

Trump’s India Visit Is Mostly About Optics

Next week, the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies will try to highlight their areas of agreement—but the trendlines show growing cracks.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal gestures towards his supporters at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Feb. 11.

Does Modi’s Election Loss in Delhi Matter?

State election results show that India’s voters can reward leaders who shun divisive politics and implement welfare policies, but don’t expect the prime minister to change his Hindu nationalist politics just yet.

An Indian Health Ministry team visit an isolation ward, where patients arriving from Hong Kong are kept a preventative measure due to the coronavirus outbreak, at a state-run hospital in Hyderabad, India, on Jan. 28.

Is South Asia Prepared for the Wuhan Virus?

While there are few reported cases in South Asia so far, an outbreak of China’s new coronavirus could overwhelm the region.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan ahead of their meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 21.

Khan and Ghani Headline South Asian Presence at Davos

The region’s leaders are expected to discuss the potential peace deal in Afghanistan and the economy.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, poses after handing over a two-billion dollar check to the Amazon's Indian vice president, Amit Agarwal, in Bangalore on Sept. 28, 2014.

Why India Is Greeting the World’s Richest Person With Protests—and an Antitrust Case

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos wants to invest billions in India’s e-commerce market. The country’s trade lobbies will be a powerful obstacle.

Demonstrators shout slogans outside the Delhi Police Headquarters to protest after clashes at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on Jan. 5.

Why Are India’s Students Protesting?

A mob attack on a New Delhi campus gives fresh impetus to nationwide protests against a controversial citizenship law.

Narendra Modi delivers a victory speech at the BJP party headquarters in New Delhi, India.

South Asia’s Turbulent Year

A look back at the biggest political and economic shifts in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

A laborer works at a construction site in New Delhi on Aug. 19.

South Asia’s Year in 10 Charts

A look back at the biggest political and economic shifts in the region.

Protesters participate in a mass rally against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Act in Kolkata on Dec. 16.

India Is Betraying Its Founding Fathers

Modi’s new citizenship act challenges secularism by injecting religion into national policy. As nationwide protests mount, has the prime minister gone too far?

Afghan security forces take part in an ongoing operation against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 25.

Why the ‘Afghanistan Papers’ Matter

Newly released interviews on the U.S. war reveal the coordinated spin effort and dodgy metrics behind a forever war.

A wholesale market in Kolkata on Nov. 29.

India’s Economy Is Stalling. Critics Blame a ‘Climate of Fear.’

Modi’s government defends its stewardship even as it seeks to reverse a sharp economic slowdown.

Journalists protest against Kashmir's internet blackout in Srinagar on Nov. 12.

Kashmiri Businesses Can Finally Use the Internet Again—but at a Steep Cost

New rules force companies to give up their privacy and steer clear of social networks and Wi-Fi if they want their internet back. Regular citizens still have no access, 113 days into a digital blackout.

Sri Lanka's President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives to take oath of office in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 18.

Sri Lanka Has a New Strongman President

Gotabaya Rajapaksa may have won a majority of votes, but he will struggle to unite a divided nation.

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