Pakistan

Billboards feature Mohammed bin Salman and Imran Khan.

Can Imran Khan Change the Course of Saudi-Pakistani Relations?

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is walking a fine line.

A health worker from a women's clinic in Islamabad.

The Global Gag Rule’s Long Shadow in Pakistan

Biden repealed major restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, but anti-abortion ideology still limits crucial reproductive care in the places that need it most.

An Afghan man squats while a group of U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division secure the local bazaar in Yayeh Kehl, near Kabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 14, 2002.

America, the Afghan Tragedy, and the Subcontinent

Four decades of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan have left South Asia transformed—and on the cusp of a realignment.

A mujra dancer on stage in Pakistan.

‘Showgirls of Pakistan’ Doesn’t Need Your Victim Narrative

In a new documentary about mujra dancers, Saad Khan escapes the Western documentary complex to give his subjects the chance to speak in their own words.

U.S. troops return home from Afghanistan

‘Bring the Troops Home’ Is a Dream, Not a Strategy

A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is a costly blunder and failure of leadership.

U.N. General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir is seen on a screen at right as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (out of frame) holds a virtual meeting with him via videoconference from the State Department in Washington, D.C., on March 29.

Zoom Won’t Stop a Nuclear War

The red telephone is gone, but a new generation of nuclear hotlines is sorely needed to manage international crises.

A snack vendor in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Long Journey From ‘Basket Case’ to Rising Star

But 50 years after independence, an authoritarian turn casts a shadow over the country’s future.

A sweeper cleans a deserted bus station after the provincial government suspended public transport during a lockdown in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 3.

Pakistan’s Geoeconomic Delusions

The country says it wants to pivot from hard power to economic power, but its economy begs to differ.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave prior to a meeting in New Delhi on Sept. 14, 2016.

India Joins the Afghan Peace Negotiations

Long sidelined by Islamabad, Moscow, and Beijing, New Delhi is finally taking a seat at the table.

Indian Army Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora and Pakistani Army Gen. Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi sign the surrender document that would end the war between the two countries and lead to the creation of Bangladesh, in Dhaka on Dec. 16, 1971.

50 Years After Independence, Bangladesh Bursts Into Geopolitics

The country is on the cusp of a second liberation—one that would end its relative isolation.

As vice president, Joe Biden visits an Afghan National Army (ANA) training center in Kabul on Jan. 11, 2011.

Biden’s Options in Afghanistan

The United States and Pakistan must work together to secure the country’s future.

Pakistanis commemorate assassinated governor of Punjab Salman Taseer.

Killing Moderate Pakistan, One Advocate for Tolerance at a Time

Two gruesome anniversaries show that the country’s democratic founding ideals are dead—with potentially devastating consequences.

A Pakistani girl holds a candle during a vigil for peace in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 3, 2019.

To Get to the Negotiating Table, India and Pakistan Had Help

Outside parties may have pushed the two sides toward a cease-fire. To keep the peace, they’ll need continued support.

Indian soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence near Baras Post on the Line of Control on Dec. 4, 2003.

War Is Over Between India and Pakistan—for Now

A new cease-fire at the Line of Control must avoid problems that have derailed past attempts at peace.

A doctor receives a dose of the Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Quetta, Pakistan, on Feb. 3.

Doctors Struggle to Convince Pakistanis to Get Their Vaccine Shot

The country has too few shots, a stubborn public, and little experience—but the program may still work.

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A U.S.-Pakistan Reset Just Got a Lot Harder

The acquittal of Daniel Pearl’s abductors came at the worst possible time.

China's President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

Imran Khan’s Silence on Uighurs Undercuts His Defense of Muslims Worldwide

The Pakistani prime minister has said nothing on his ally China’s oppression of Islamic minorities.

Indian Muslims carry Indian flags during a protest against a new citizenship law, in Bengaluru on Jan. 20, 2020.

For Modi, Courting the Arab World Begins With India’s Muslims

India’s tricky regional balance of power isn’t made any easier by sectarian tensions.

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