Our Top Weekend Reads
Wuhan faces quarantine as coronavirus spreads, Imran Khan discusses China, and Trump picks up Ukraine conspiracy theory.
Pakistan’s Secret Weapon Against Polio
Female health workers and religious leaders are driving up the country’s dangerously low vaccination rates.
Imran Khan on Trump, Modi, and Why He Won’t Criticize China
An interview with Pakistan’s prime minister.
South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism
Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.
India and Pakistan Are Edging Closer to War in 2020
Two crises dominated South Asia in 2019, and each one stands to get worse next year.
Pakistan’s High-Stakes CPEC Reboot
Pakistani officials struggle to balance a difficult program against a vital alliance.
If You Think Kashmir Was Turbulent in 2019, Wait for Next Year
The region exploded onto the front page in 2019. In 2020, the stories could get far grimmer.
India’s Militant Pipeline
From being jailed for throwing stones to joining terrorist groups, the history of radicalization in Kashmir shows that the region won’t stay quiet for long.
In the Line of Fire Along Kashmir’s Line of Control
Since India revoked Kashmiri autonomy in August, local villagers have been living in fear amid cross-border gunfire and unexploded shells.
Belt and Road Tests China’s Image in Pakistan
As China’s presence in Pakistan grows, the countries’ special relationship could be strained.
For Kashmiri Graduates, India’s Clampdown Is ‘Like Death’
With the repeal of Article 370, India has opened the way for fierce competition over scarce government jobs.
In Kashmir, Modi Is Failing Both Muslims and Hindus
India’s ruling party has long promised justice for Kashmiri Hindus who were forced out of their homes in 1990. But a continuing lockdown is only creating a deeper wedge between Hindus and Muslims.
Why Indians and Pakistanis Want a War
Most South Asians are too young to have experienced the horrors of the conflicts fought in the region. That’s one reason why they’re quick to clamor for one.
Getting to ‘Yes’ Has Just Gotten a Lot Harder in Afghanistan
An abrupt end to a possible deal with the Taliban sticks the United States deeper in the quagmire.
The Future of Kashmir
How India decided to end the area’s autonomous status and what it means for the region.
In Afghanistan and Kashmir, It’s the 1980s All Over Again
Decades of violence and terrorism were set in motion back then. Here’s how to avoid that from happening this time around.
Kashmiris Won’t Stay Silent Forever
Residents of the restive area of Pulwama are under lockdown for a third week. But they want the world to know they’re going to fight back.