China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance
Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.
Drone Strike Blasts Open a New Front in the Kashmir Dispute
A possible attack from Pakistan represents a new form of escalation.
India’s COVID-19 Surge Terrifies Pakistan
A dangerous third wave is threatening an unvaccinated nation.
Can Imran Khan Change the Course of Saudi-Pakistani Relations?
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is walking a fine line.
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Biden repealed major restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, but anti-abortion ideology still limits crucial reproductive care in the places that need it most.
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.
‘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.
‘Bring the Troops Home’ Is a Dream, Not a Strategy
A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is a costly blunder and failure of leadership.
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.
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.
Pakistan’s Geoeconomic Delusions
The country says it wants to pivot from hard power to economic power, but its economy begs to differ.
India Joins the Afghan Peace Negotiations
Long sidelined by Islamabad, Moscow, and Beijing, New Delhi is finally taking a seat at the table.
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.
Biden’s Options in Afghanistan
The United States and Pakistan must work together to secure the country’s future.
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.
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.