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People displaced by flooding take refuge at a makeshift camp in Dera Allah Yar, Pakistan, on Sept. 21.
People displaced by flooding take refuge at a makeshift camp in Dera Allah Yar, Pakistan, on Sept. 21.

In Flooded Pakistan, It’s Politics as Usual

As Islamabad continues to appeal for international assistance, its political polarization has proved to be an obstacle too.

Attendees of a United Nations General Assembly meeting stand in silence during a tribute to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 15.
Attendees of a United Nations General Assembly meeting stand in silence during a tribute to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 15.

At U.N. General Assembly, South Asia Focuses on the Climate Crisis

Modi will miss the annual summit, but other leaders are expected to address the region’s vulnerability.

A woman gestures near a tent in Jaffarabad, Pakistan, on Sept. 3. Monsoon rains have unleashed powerful floods that have washed away crops and damaged or destroyed homes.
A woman gestures near a tent in Jaffarabad, Pakistan, on Sept. 3. Monsoon rains have unleashed powerful floods that have washed away crops and damaged or destroyed homes.

Pakistan’s Flood Crisis Could Become a Food Crisis

International aid is pouring in, but the local food insecurity would have global consequences.

People take refuge in tents after heavy monsoon rains in Dera Allah Yar, Pakistan on Sept. 1.
People take refuge in tents after heavy monsoon rains in Dera Allah Yar, Pakistan on Sept. 1.

How Bad Governance Exacerbated Pakistan’s Flooding

The disaster has affected more than 30 million people and is a warning for other climate-vulnerable states.

Men ride atop an armored vehicle during a celebration of the anniversary of the Taliban's return to power in Kabul on Aug. 15.
Men ride atop an armored vehicle during a celebration of the anniversary of the Taliban's return to power in Kabul on Aug. 15.

1 Year Later, the Taliban Are in Full Control

With no viable opposition, the regime holds a firm grip on power in Afghanistan—but it could soon become shaky.

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.

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