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

Indian Army soldiers stand next to a gun positioned near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in India's Arunachal Pradesh state on Oct. 20, 2021.

India and China’s Border Conundrum

Talks have failed again because neither side has much to gain from backing down now.

The emblem at the entry of the Afghan Embassy in Rome.

‘You’re Very Vulnerable’: Afghan Diplomats Fear Violent Taliban Reprisals

The Taliban are pressuring exiled diplomats in an attempt to take back Afghanistan’s embassies.


Afghanistan’s Diplomats Refuse to Represent a Terrorist Group

Some are working on resistance. Others, consular services. And all of them must figure out how to keep their embassy’s lights on.

China and the Maldives’ presidents attend a welcome ceremony.

China’s Two-Ocean Strategy Puts India in a Pincer

The Chinese foreign minister’s island hopping is the latest sign of contestation over the Indo-Pacific.

Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel look on from an armored vehicle during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Jan. 3, 2013.

The U.S. Has a Police Brutality Problem. So Does Bangladesh.

Dhaka’s denial of extrajudicial killings is imperiling its relations with Washington and exposing the country’s corrupt police and undemocratic institutions.

A Taliban fighter inspects the documents of people lining up to enter the passport office in Kabul on Dec. 18.

What to Watch in South Asia Next Year

From the Taliban’s hold on power to the omicron variant, these stories could have an outsized impact.

Nuns walk near the entrance of the head office of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata on Dec. 28.

India’s Religious Minorities Are Under Attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on a recent spate of hate speech and violence is deafening.


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


How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

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


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.