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

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit on September 4th, 2016, in Hangzhou, China.

India Doesn’t Want to Be a Pawn in a U.S.-China Great Game

Beijing’s belligerence is driving New Delhi closer toward Washington—but with strings attached.

Afghan soldiers walk past debris near the main prison entrance after a raid in Jalalabad on Aug. 3. Dozens were killed when gunmen attacked the prison in eastern Afghanistan; the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Jalalabad Jailbreak Highlights Resurgence of ‘Eliminated’ ISIS

Despite a huge government effort, and some big blows, the Islamic State has shown surprising staying power in eastern Afghanistan.

A man reads a local newspaper covering the results of Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections in Colombo on Aug. 7.

The Rajapaksas Win in a Landslide in Sri Lanka

Parliamentary elections on Thursday cemented the family’s hold on power, amid warnings that human rights will suffer as a result.

Activists celebrate at the temple foundation laying ceremony on Aug. 5 in Ayodhya, India.

Modi Declares End to “Centuries of Waiting” for Hindus

By breaking ground on a controversial Hindu temple on the anniversary of the abrogation of Kashmir, New Delhi makes a big statement about secularism in India.

Soviet Red Army soldiers march in downtown Kabul during a military parade in October 1986.

Russia Is Winning the Information War in Afghanistan

The country’s former occupier is using Kremlin-backed media to fuel anger toward the United States.

A Kashmiri boy looks out from his damaged family house after cross border shelling.

Kashmiris Lament the Loss of Their Youth

While much of India opened up to the world after the country’s 1991 reforms, Kashmir instead became the world’s most militarized zone. A generation of young people have suffered.

Indian security forces stand guard at a roadblock.

Kashmir’s Year of Hopelessness

One year on from New Delhi’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s autonomous privileges, the region remains ignored and underinvested. It’s difficult to see what could change the status quo.

Galleries

Protesters—many of them armed—try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are stopped by state police during a protest April 30 demanding that businesses be reopened. An “American Patriot Rally” organized by Michigan United for Liberty was held earlier in the day on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

Global protests against government-imposed lockdowns, gang violence in El Salvador, and hat tips to medical staff.

Muslims offer prayers on April 23, the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen, Indonesia. AMANDA JUFRIAN/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

A prayerful start to Ramadan, medical workers on the front lines of a pandemic, and the annual Lyrids meteor shower.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.