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Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hold flags.
Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hold flags.

Pakistan’s Military Ends Its Experiment With Hybrid Democracy

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ouster goes down as a failure for the generals’ intervention in domestic politics.

A smiling Imran Khan raises his fist in a gesture toward supporters during a rally.
A smiling Imran Khan raises his fist in a gesture toward supporters during a rally.

Imran Khan’s Dangerous Game

Khan’s nationalist politics have already polarized Pakistan. Now he’s emerged as an even more dangerous loser.

Men rest by the riverside on a hot day in Allahabad, India, on April 28.
Men rest by the riverside on a hot day in Allahabad, India, on April 28.

What Works in Microfinance

We explore why some microfinance practices work really well while others fall short.

A shopkeeper waits for customers at a market in Pakistan.
A shopkeeper waits for customers at a market in Pakistan.

Will Pakistan’s Inflation Crisis Bring Down Imran Khan?

Political instability looms as the opposition brings a no-confidence vote against the prime minister.

Aurat March women's activists march in Pakistan.
Aurat March women's activists march in Pakistan.

Pakistan Broaches ‘Hijab Day’ for International Women’s Day

In one of the worst places to be a woman, politicians are doubling down.

Manzoor Pashteen, the Pakistani tribal leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, takes part in an interview with Agence France-Presse in Islamabad on April 6, 2018.
Manzoor Pashteen, the Pakistani tribal leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, takes part in an interview with Agence France-Presse in Islamabad on April 6, 2018.

Pakistani Pashtun Leader: Nationalism Is a ‘Reaction Against the Racist Policies of the State’

Manzoor Pashteen is a rising political star willing to speak out on taboo subjects.

A man reads a newspaper that hangs on a line with others.
A man reads a newspaper that hangs on a line with others.

Pakistan’s New Media Crackdown Threatens Press Freedom

The army and the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency want to eradicate any criticism.

Imran Khan in Kabul
Imran Khan in Kabul

Imran Khan Goes to Moscow as Pakistan Romances Russia

A warming relationship adds a new twist to South Asian geopolitics.

Residents of Quetta hold candle lights beside photographs of security personnel who were killed in militant attacks on security camps in the Nushki and Panjgur areas of Balochistan province.
Residents of Quetta hold candle lights beside photographs of security personnel who were killed in militant attacks on security camps in the Nushki and Panjgur areas of Balochistan province.

Pakistan Faces ‘Peace of Wolves’ as Regional Tensions Rise

After 20 years of supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan, Pakistan finds the tables are turning as militancy comes home.

Putin, Modi, and Xi
Putin, Modi, and Xi

Modi’s Foreign-Policy Juggling Act

He put India on the map as a great power—but strategy problems are piling up.

Security officials and relatives attend the funeral in Pakistan.
Security officials and relatives attend the funeral in Pakistan.

What Pakistan’s New National Security Policy Leaves Out

The country’s first official strategy document fails to take a hard look at pressing internal challenges.

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's then newly appointed national security advisor, attends a ceremony in Kabul in 2018.
Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's then newly appointed national security advisor, attends a ceremony in Kabul in 2018.

Former Afghan Advisor: Biden’s Withdrawal Was the ‘Tipping Point’ for Afghanistan

Hamdullah Mohib, former Afghan national security advisor, spoke about what went wrong, who’s to blame, and what lies in store for his country.

Police vehicles sit outside of Congregation Beth Israel synagogue.
Police vehicles sit outside of Congregation Beth Israel synagogue.

How Aafia Siddiqui Became a Radical Cause Célèbre

The Pakistani citizen, a U.S. federal prisoner, has attracted support from extremists around the world.

A billboard depicting late Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar and late Afghan leader of the Haqqani network Jalaluddin Haqqani is seen along a road in Kabul.
A billboard depicting late Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar and late Afghan leader of the Haqqani network Jalaluddin Haqqani is seen along a road in Kabul.

Taliban Pressing for Prisoner Swap With U.S.

The group wants to trade an American engineer abducted two years ago for an Afghan drug lord imprisoned in the U.S.

A man stands in front of a line of parked trucks near a sign that reads "Welcome to Gwadar Port."
A man stands in front of a line of parked trucks near a sign that reads "Welcome to Gwadar Port."
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