South Asia Brief

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House in Washington on April 14.

How Will Biden Pivot on South Asia?

After the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, its rivalry with China is likely to define the new administration’s approach to the region.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pose for a picture during a meeting in New Delhi  on April 6.

Russia Makes a Power Play in South Asia

A diplomatic visit to both India and Pakistan underscores Moscow’s growing regional clout.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prior to a meeting in New Delhi on October 5, 2019.

India Faces Tests From Its Neighbors

Despite a border cease-fire with Pakistan, India faces a growing set of challenges in its backyard.

People hold a large national flag during Victory Day celebrations at the National Monument in Savar, Bangladesh, on Dec. 16, 2020.

Bangladesh’s 50th Anniversary Raises Cause for Celebration and Concern

The country’s economic success has been accompanied by a slow descent into authoritarianism.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Vice President Kamala Harris enter the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 8.

What to Expect From Lloyd Austin’s Trip to India

Pentagon messaging suggests the visit could kick-start a new phase in security ties.

A general view shows tents at a camp for internally displaced families in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 7.

Washington Makes a Last-Ditch Effort for Peace in Afghanistan

The Biden administration’s new strategy could put it on a collision course with President Ashraf Ghani.

A Pakistan army soldier stands guard on the Line of Control in Abdullah Pur, Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Feb. 5.

Can India and Pakistan Capitalize on Their Border Cease-Fire?

The truce along the Line of Control won’t bring peace, but it does offer new opportunities for cooperation.

Security personnel walks past a wall mural with images of Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, and and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on July 31, 2020.

Biden Has No Good Options in Afghanistan

Facing a May 1 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops, the new administration must walk a tightrope toward peace.

Farmers chant slogans during a demonstration in New Delhi on Dec. 5.

Why India’s Farmers Are Protesting

An estimated 250 million workers participated in a national strike against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s farm reforms.

Crowds swarm the Sadar Bazar as people shop during the upcoming Diwali festival in Delhi on Nov. 13.

Winter and Air Pollution Raise Coronavirus Fears in South Asia

Studies suggest heightened risks from pollution are common in major cities in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Bharatiya Janata Party workers after a resounding victory in the Bihar state assembly election in New Delhi on Nov. 11.

Trump May Have Lost, but Modi Is Still Winning

A surprising state electoral victory underscores the enduring popularity of India’s prime minister.

A motorist rides past a poster of U.S. Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris at her ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram, Tamil Nadu, India, on Nov. 3.

What the U.S. Elections Mean for India

Would Biden and Modi get along? While much is made of leaders’ personal chemistry, the larger trend is that the world’s two biggest democracies are growing closer.

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the "Howdy, Modi!" event at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Growing Importance of South Asians in U.S. Politics

Because 40 percent of immigrants from India arrived in the United States after 2010, their political impact is just beginning to be felt.

Activists from the newly-formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an opposition alliance of 11 parties, wave parties flags during the first public rally in Gujranwala, Pakistan, on Oct. 16. ober 16, 2020.

Why Pakistanis Are Daring to Criticize Their Military

Opposition parties have united to call for Imran Khan’s resignation—and for the army to stay out of politics.

Indian Hindu protesters hold placards as they take part in a rally in Ahmedabad, India, on July 22, 2018.

Why India Is Debating Secularism Again

A national jewelry brand withdrew an advertisement featuring an interfaith marriage after social media backlash.

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