Pakistan

Chinese engineers work on the bridge and friendship tunnel connected to the  Karakoram highway in Pakistan on June 30, 2015.

Pakistan’s Economic Turmoil Threatens China’s Ambitions

The balance-of-payments crisis and likely IMF talks could undermine Beijing’s investments.

Uali Islam shows photos of his wife Sairagul Sawytbai at his house in Baidibek village, Kazakhstan.  (Izturgan Aldauev/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Central Asia Struggles With Fallout From China’s Internment of Minorities

Kazakh case draws attention to plight of hundreds of thousands detained in Xinjiang

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.

Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan comforts a Kashmiri woman during a visit to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir in November 2005.

All the Prime Minister’s Women

Female members of Imran Khan’s party claim that Pakistan’s new leader has their interests at heart. Does he?

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.

Former Pakistani Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Shaukat Aziz. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/Aamir Queshi/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images)

No One Has Ever Completed a Term as Pakistan’s PM

A checkered democratic history, from 1947 to the present day.

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest  in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018.(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

Hundreds of thousands of Uighur have been detained without trial in China's western region of Xinjiang.

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan (C) gestures from the stage during a by-election campaign event in Karachi on April 9, 2015. (RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Imran Khan Can’t Fix Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

The fiery electoral front-runner will be hemmed in on all sides if he wins.

Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (second from the right), Pakistani Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi (center), Pakistani Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan (top-right) and Pakistani Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat (second from left) arrive to receive Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)

No Matter Who Wins Pakistan’s Vote, the Nation Loses

The military thinks elections give it a facade to rule from above. But that plan keeps backfiring.

Kandahar Air Field on Sep. 9, 2017. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

False Dawn in Afghanistan?

A temporary Taliban truce, despite the opportunity it presents, doesn’t mean peace is about to break out anytime soon.

Security guards walk past a billboard for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 13, 2017. (Wang
 Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

On China’s New Silk Road, Democracy Pays A Toll

China's vast foreign investment program comes at a sharp cost to human rights and good governance

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent stands watch as a crowd of overseas visitors to the U.S. wait in line to pass through Customs January 5, 2004 at JFK airport in New York City. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Who Can Challenge the No-Fly List?

A prominent Pakistani doctor suspects he is on the no-fly list. He’s demanding the right to find out why.

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 25, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Xi’s Long March on American Democracy

The United States can’t sit back and watch as China quietly colonizes the West.

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The Drones are Back

Trump has resumed the bombing campaign in Pakistan, but this time it’s targeting the Taliban.

A man waves a Pakistani flag at the Wagah border crossing with India on March 11, 2004. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Is Trump Ready to Dump Pakistan?

The White House is talking tough, but previous U.S. presidents never managed to persuade Islamabad to fight Afghan militants.

A woman reads names on a commemorative plaque during a memorial ceremony for victims of an Islamic State attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, on June 28, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

The real threat to Turkey isn’t the Kurds. It’s the Islamic State.

A military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Limited Strikes on North Korea Would Be an Unlimited Disaster

There’s no clear upside — and plenty of potential downsides — to punching Pyongyang in the nose.

Pakistani Rangers at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on August 14, 2016. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Has All the Leverage Over Trump

Why Islamabad isn’t worried about threats to cut off U.S. aid

Pakistani soldiers walk at the premises of an Agriculture Training Institute after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Dec. 1, 2017. (Abdul Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Has No Plans to Lift Freeze on Funds for Pakistan

Even after the Pentagon chief’s visit to Islamabad, the two sides remain at an impasse.

Women walk through Kabul in 1972. (Via Amnesty International UK)

How the Muslim World Lost the Freedom to Choose

A brave new book describes how Pakistan unraveled — and provides a blueprint for understanding declining pluralism across the Middle East.

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