South Asia Brief

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a rally at Mallekan village, in Ellenabad, India on Oct. 19.

Top Indian Court Ruling Gives Modi a Victory

Despite mounting economic woes, the prime minister is scoring points by ticking off items on his pro-Hindu social agenda.

Activists from the Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam party gather during the anti-government Azadi March in Islamabad on Nov. 3.

Why Pakistanis Are Marching Against Imran Khan

The economy is floundering despite a recent IMF bailout, and structural problems make it hard to envision a turnaround.

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

Do Global Rankings Help or Hurt Developing Economies?

Countries may like to game lists like the annual Doing Business report, but the incentives for economic reforms are still a net positive.

People participate in a peace rally to stand in solidarity with people of Kashmir in Ahmedabad, India, on Oct. 17.

Is India Becoming More Like China?

New Delhi is weighing retaliation against Kuala Lumpur and Ankara after recent criticism over Kashmir.

Chinese President Xi Jinping  meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on Nov. 2, 2018.

One Belt, One South Asia?

Why Xi Jinping is meeting the leaders of Pakistan, India, and Nepal this week.

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