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

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on July 22.

Trump Does an About-Face on Pakistan—and Blunders Into the Kashmir Dispute

The U.S. president is desperate to salvage peace talks with the Taliban, even if it means cozying up to Pakistan at the expense of America’s newest partner in the Indo-Pacific.

Pakistani soldiers stand next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir near the Line of Control on Feb. 27.

Our Top Stories of 2019—So Far

From a trade war with China to women’s rights around the world, here’s what has captured our readers’ attention in the first half of the year.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29.

The World This Weekend

Japan and South Korea continue a historic dispute while Turkey exits the F-35 program amid tensions with the United States.

Cars pass by a memorial to American soldiers from New York state who were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, near Canandaigua, New York, on June 4.

Limited Wars Are Forever Wars

A new book looks at why the U.S. military keeps trapping itself in endless conflicts.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, second right, attends a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing on April 28.

Imran Khan Mustn’t Let Trump Make Pakistan a Scapegoat

Almost four decades after the first U.S.-Pakistani mission in Afghanistan, Islamabad risks getting caught in the crosshairs of great-power politics again. Only deft diplomacy will save it.

Mexican National Guard members stand watch along the banks of the Suchiate River to prevent crossings to and from Tecun Uman in Guatemala, on July 3.

Guatemala Cancels on Trump

Plus: Iran says it will talk—if U.S. sanctions end, Italy presents a migration plan, and what to watch in the world this week.

Galleries

Protesters run from tear gas fired by police after a march against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 21.  VIVEK PRAKASH/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Tear gas in Hong Kong, a rocket launch in Kazakhstan, and a volcano festival in Indonesia.

A boy plays with a toy plane on the eve of a solar eclipse in La Higuera in the Atacama desert north of Santiago, Chile, on July 1. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A solar eclipse in Chile, protests in Hong Kong, and cosplay in Malaysia.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Lower Manhattan in New York City on Oct. 30, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Why Central Banks Need to Step Up on Global Warming

A decade after the world bailed out finance, it’s time for finance to bail out the world.

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Space Research Can Save the Planet—Again

The solutions to climate change lie far, far away.

Climate Change Requires Big Solutions. But Baby Steps Are the Only Way to Go.

Dramatic projects to mitigate global warming often don’t work. Slow, quiet, incremental policies are the planet’s best hope.

Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve the Climate Crisis?

Crops already suck up a lot of carbon dioxide. One scientist thinks they can do much more.

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