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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

Dan Berschinski kisses his girlfriend Rebecca Taber in Dover, Delaware on Sep. 13, 2011. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Veterans’ Day Special: An Afghan War Casualty Looks Back and Wonders Why

I am neither old and wise, nor am I an impressively decorated combat veteran.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tate Whitener, a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, prepares for takeoff at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Jan. 3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

A letter from 4th deployment purgatory

An officer wards off boredom with bad food, booze, and Russia Today during a layover in Al Udeid.

A military band conductor rehearses ahead a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 1. (Andy Wong/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Has a Bad Case of China ADHD

China is the biggest threat to the U.S.-led global order. But America keeps getting distracted.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Qatar on Oct. 23 — one leg of a trip to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Switzerland.

Tillerson’s Views on India Defy Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy

Ahead of his trip to Delhi, the secretary of state articulated a clear vision for the U.S. relationship with India. Let’s hope it was not an anomaly.

The tailor's room, where Lorena Enebral Perez fell to the ground after being shot in the room's doorway. After being cleaned of Perez' blood, the room has been unused since the September 11 shooting death of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) physiotherapist Lorena Enebral Perez (38), at the Mazar-i Sharif ICRC Orthopaedic Centre, which caters for the rehabilitation of Afghans with severe physical disabilities like amputations and paraplegia as well as those suffering from congenital diseases with physical side-effects like polio and cerebral palsy. Enebral Perez was shot by a patient who had had his polio treated at the orthopaedic centre for 19 years. The motive for the killing is still unclear. The orthopaedic centre closed in the days that followed the death. Passive security upgrades are being implemented and ICRC hopes to reopen soon.

One Deadly Bullet Shatters Thousands in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross is “first in, last out” of conflict zones. Their scaling back in Afghanistan is a bad sign.

The Latest

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on November 20, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Is Underrated

A revisionist assessment of the Trump administration’s beleaguered Secretary of State.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel departs in the early morning after preliminary coalition talks collapsed.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Has Plunged Into Unprecedented Political Chaos

It’s going to be a while before Europe’s most powerful country has a stable government – and Angela Merkel probably won't be leading it.

Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas stand guard outside the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in November 2017. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Can the Trump Administration Help an Israeli Held by Hamas?

The family says it’s not about politics. But might politics help them?

French President Emmanuel Macron looks at a bust of writer Alexandre Dumas during a visit to the Monte Cristo castle near Paris, on Sep. 16. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

France Is Debating Whether French Is Sexist

Is the grammar of liberté, égalité, fraternité inherently chauvinistic?

In the Magazine

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This Land Is Their Land

Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?

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Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.

On the Edge of Afghanistan

A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.

Highway Through Hell

The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.

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