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

People walk near destroyed houses after a Taliban attack in Ghazni, Afghanistan on Aug. 16. (Zakeria Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images)

Talking to the Taliban

On the podcast: American journalist Ashley Jackson wanted to learn more about Taliban leaders. So she donned a burqa and knocked on their doors.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton addresses the Federalist Society in Washington on Sept. 10. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

John Bolton’s Obsession With the International Criminal Court Is Outdated

If Trump’s advisors are all off giving irrelevant speeches on old preoccupations, who is minding the president?

The scene on the main road of Nawa-i-Barakzai district center in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2. The Taliban held the area from October 2016 to July 2017.

The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds

The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands while delivering joint statements in the Rose Garden of the White House June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Image)

America Shouldn’t Miss Its Chance With India

Trump's neglected a vital relationship—but it's not too late to make things right.

A man poses with prints of the discontinued 500 and 1000 rupee notes in Mumbai on Nov. 20, 2016. 
(Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Buy the Panic About the Rupee’s Fall

A cheaper currency will help rebalance India’s massive trade deficit.

President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliver joint statements at the White House on June 26, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

India Is Getting Cold Feet About Trump’s America

Harsh rhetoric and trade wars have tarnished a once-promising relationship.

A Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka's Patriot Park outside Moscow on Aug. 22, 2017. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Warns of Sanctioning India Over Russian Missile System

The world’s two largest democracies have a burgeoning defense relationship. Moscow could play spoiler.

Galleries

Protesters clash with police during a demonstration against the agreement reached by Greece and Macedonia to resolve a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's nam during the opening of the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair in Thessaloniki on Sept. 8. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Greece, a propaganda extravaganza in North Korea, and a giant pumpkin in England.

Indian Hindu devotees take a vow before forming a human pyramid in a bid to reach and break a dahi handi (curd pot) suspended in the air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna, in Mumbai on Sept. 3. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Gay rights in India, face paint in Kosovo, and camel races in Kenya.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

A cruise ship near the harbor of Ilulissat off the west coast of Greenland, north of the Arctic Circle, in August 2012. (Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Stretched Thin on Thin Ice

With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards struggling to keep up, the next disaster is a matter of when, not if.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy

Food Fight

Why the next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish.

The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds

The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.

Point and Nuke

Remembering the era of portable atomic bombs.

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