South Asia

About South Asia Channel

The South Asia Channel, a collaboration with New America and Johns Hopkins SAIS, features deep analysis of issues concerning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and covers everything from politics to business to culture.

Editor, Peter Bergen
Assistant Editor, David Sterman

In Dhaka, people read newspapers carrying headlines outlining the general election results on Dec. 31, 2018. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured a fourth term with a landslide victory in a vote the opposition slammed as "farcical" over claims of vote-rigging, and clashes between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people. (Indranil Mukherjee / AFP/Getty Images)

The World Should Be Watching Bangladesh’s Election Debacle

The ruling party is making a mockery of the electoral process, pandering to Islamic extremists, and turning the country into an authoritarian state

Potential U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Webb, pictured here in his first year as a U.S. senator, takes questions during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 18, 2007. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Why Jim Webb Might Be Trump’s Ideal Secretary of Defense

His many controversial comments often align with the president’s views.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks alongside Defense Secretary James Mattis during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Dec. 6, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s 2019 Vision: Let Others Fight Our Battles

The U.S. president says Afghanistan is Pakistan and Russia’s business and calls Syria nothing but “sand and death.”

Chinese soldiers ride on armored missile carriers as they pass in front of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City during a military parade on Sept. 3, 2015, in Beijing. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Goodbye War on Terror, Hello China and Russia

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on defense and security.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives for a closed intelligence briefing at the U.S. Capitol on December 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Mattis’s Resignation Isn’t a Crisis Yet—But It Probably Will Be

The U.S. secretary of defense was right to resign in protest, but Trump can’t handle the consequences.

A U.S. flag flies at a checkpoint in the Deh Bala district in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on July 8. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Leaves Behind Mess for Afghans to Clean Up

Reports of the withdrawal of U.S. troops took Afghans by surprise. And it gives the Taliban exactly what they want.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks alongside Defense Secretary James Mattis during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Dec. 6, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

With Mattis Gone, Is Trump Unleashed?

The defense secretary once restrained him, but now the president has free rein over U.S. foreign policy.

Galleries

Kenyan security forces help people escape after a bomb blast at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi on Jan. 15. A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarfket hotel and office complex, killing at least 21 in an attack claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab Islamist group. KABIR DHANJI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Britain, animal blessings in Spain, and attacks in Kenya, Afghanistan, and Colombia.

A Vietnamese woman collects incense sticks in the village of Quang Phu Cau on the outskirts of Hanoi on Jan. 3. In Vietnam's “incense village,” hundreds of workers dye, dry, and whittle down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Preparation for the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, the election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Epiphany celebrations around the world.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address in Washington on Jan. 30, 2018. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to the World’s Least Ugly Economy

Despite inequality, debt, and a tariff war, the U.S. economy is still the strongest.

A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces takes down a tattered Islamic State flag in Tabqa, Syria, in April 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Face of Terrorism in 2019

Forget the Middle East—it’s time to prepare for attacks from the former Soviet Union.

Broke in Beirut

In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki finds a new way for film to deal with poverty.

Press ‘A’ to Study Harder

A new video game captures the anxiety of Chinese parenting.

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