South Asia Brief

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.

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.