South Asia Brief

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.

An employee of the Independent Election Commission takes notes of ballot boxes after unloading them at a warehouse in Kabul on Sept. 29.

Is Afghanistan’s Election Credible?

The Taliban may call the vote a “foreign” process, but a majority of the country’s young population is already used to democracy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on Sept. 23 in New York.

Can India Give Up Coal?

As world leaders make bold speeches at the United Nations Climate Action Summit this week, the question is whether their countries can wean themselves off dirty sources of energy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a bilateral meeting in Biarritz, France on August 26.

Texas Gets Ready to Say ‘Howdy, Modi!’

Trump will join the Indian prime minister as he addresses a crowd of 50,000 people. Despite some of their similarities, the two leaders may not share the same fans.

Security forces stand guard after a suicide bombing rocked Afghan capital Kabul's diplomatic enclave, which killed 10 people and left 30 others wounded, on September 5.

Why the Failed U.S.-Taliban Talks Represent a Victory for India

New Delhi has never recognized the Taliban as a legitimate political actor.

A man checks his name in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Hojai District of Assam, India, on August 31.

The Great Indian Disenfranchisement

Why a controversial citizens register may leave 1.9 million residents of Assam stateless.

The bull sculpture outside the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Feb. 6, 2018.

Is India Facing an Economic Crisis?

Why a top think tank official says India’s fiscal problems are “unprecedented,” plus other stories from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

A pro-Kashmir demonstrator holds a megaphone outside India's diplomatic mission on August 15 in London.

Kashmir’s Dangerous and Difficult Path Ahead

This week: The U.N. Security Council discusses Kashmir for the first time since 1971, plus stories from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Rapid Action Force personnel stand guard in front of closed shops ahead of Eid al-Adha prayers in Jammu on August 12.

Truth and Lies in Kashmir

FP’s regional newsletter examines a media battle in India, politics in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and Netflix’s big test this week.

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