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Boys in their senior year at the Protection of Civilians Camp 3 study after class in Juba, South Sudan, on March 23. (Alex Potter for Foreign Policy)

For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic

When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.

Afghanistan National Army  soldiers are reflected in the water as they stand near a dam during a ceremony on March 25, 2012.

Afghanistan’s Rivers Could Be India’s Next Weapon Against Pakistan

New Delhi is funding an ambitious dam near Kabul that could reduce water flow to its rival downstream. The project might spark the world’s next conflict.

A Japanese soldier walks past amphibious assault vehicles during an amphibious landing exercise at the beach of the navy training center in Zambales province, north of Manila, as a part of a joint military exercise with the United States and the Philippines on Oct. 6. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

The Quad Is Not Enough

Trump has revived a four-way security dialogue among the United States, India, Australia, and Japan, but if it's going to make China pay attention, it will need some new members.

Journalists protest against  sexual harassment in the workplace as part of the #MeToo campaign in New Delhi on Oct. 13. (Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times/Getty Images)

A 2013 Law Helped Make India’s #MeToo Possible

But will it be enough for the movement to accomplish its goals?

Indians take pictures of a Durga idol inside a makeshift "pandal" structure in Kolkata on Oct. 16. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Sleeping Tech Giants Are About to Awaken

A weak rupee could be just the push the Big Five need.

Indian activists shout slogans outside a police station as they demand justice for Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta, who has accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment, in Mumbai on October 11.

India’s #MeToo Moment Came Late, but It Will Be Transformative

The rage that animated protests against sexual violence in 2012 has returned, and Indian women are fearlessly speaking out against powerful perpetrators.

A Kashmiri student holds a placard during a protest rally against the rape and murder of 8-year-old Asifa Bano in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir, on April 16. (Saqib Majeed/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Changing Global Gender Norms Is Possible

What India can show the United States about how to disrupt rape culture.

A 26-year-old resident of the Indian state of Mizoram visits the drop-in center for female drug users in Aizawl to collect her daily dose of opioid substitution therapy on May 30. She began using in 2013, which has left her with painful abscesses on both her legs. She is one of many users who claim to have been beaten by Young Mizo Association volunteers on the streets. (Sarita Santoshini for Foreign Policy)

India’s Hill Country Is the First Stop on Heroin’s Deadly Route

In the nation’s northeast, Christians and activists struggle over the future of addicts.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waits in front of the presidential residence in New Delhi on April 7. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty)

Narendra Modi Is No Populist

His economic reforms have already put the Indian economy on stronger footing, and his welfare schemes have given him the buy-in he needs.

Indian activists take an oath to fight together for the repeal of Section 377 in Bangalore on July 2, 2014. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

In India, Still Unfurling the Rainbow Flag

New Delhi may have decriminalized homosexuality on the books. Now it needs to destigmatize it in people’s minds.

A Maoist state-level conference in a Jharkhand forest in 2010. (Alpa Shah)

India’s Aging Guerrillas Still Believe in the Struggle

As India’s police conjure up the specter of urban Maoist terror, the real insurgency remains deep in the jungle.

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.

Islamic Research Foundation President Zakir Naik delivers a speech at a conference in Istanbul on March 23, 2017. (Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Malaysia Can’t Decide if Zakir Naik Is a Preacher or a Terrorist

The fiery Muslim teacher is wanted back home in India, but Malaysia won’t give him up.

Lim Zheng Jie Wo, 76, scavenges in a back lane of the financial district in Singapore on January 5, 2009. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood Has No Time for Crazy Poor Asians

Asian-American politics don't translate on screen into sensitivity to Singapore's real issues.

A Border Security Force (BSF) personnel patrols near the India Bangladesh fencing border ahead of 72nd Independence Day celebrations, at Lankamura village in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura on August 13, 2018. (ARINDAM DEY/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Hindu Nationalists Still Feed Off Partition’s Wounds

Assam's citizenship crisis is the latest legacy of a division that made nations.

A pensioner reads a newspaper on September 8, 2014 in Walsall, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

American Retirees Are a National Security Threat

Foreigners are eyeing senior citizens’ stock portfolios, and the United States needs to start protecting itself.

Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) speaks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Imran Khan’s Shine Won’t Last as Pakistan’s Prime Minister

As an athlete, Khan was universally loved. As a politician, he's deeply polarizing.

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