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A police officer checks the temperature of a driver at a highway in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 24, 2020.

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Wuhan faces quarantine as coronavirus spreads, Imran Khan discusses China, and Trump picks up Ukraine conspiracy theory.

A vaccinator marks the door of a house during a polio vaccination drive in Nowshera, Pakistan, on April 22, 2019.

Pakistan’s Secret Weapon Against Polio

Female health workers and religious leaders are driving up the country’s dangerously low vaccination rates.

Shiite Muslims protest in Karachi, Pakistan, against a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque.

South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism

Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.

Indian Border Security Force personnel and Pakistani Rangers

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.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (second from left) attends a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (third from right) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

Pakistan’s High-Stakes CPEC Reboot

Pakistani officials struggle to balance a difficult program against a vital alliance.

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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.

A young Kashmiri villager looks at the remains of a house destroyed during a deadly gun battle between militants and Indian government forces south of Srinagar, on March 5, 2019.

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.

Left: Muhammad Naseer Sheikh covers the hole where an unexploded live shell is buried in Chakra, Indian-administered Kashmir, on Nov. 1. Right: The mortar fired from across the Line of Control hit the tin roof of Sheikh’s residence before getting buried in the ground near his house.

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.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.

Belt and Road Tests China’s Image in Pakistan

As China’s presence in Pakistan grows, the countries’ special relationship could be strained.

Protesters hold signs against the ongoing restrictions of the internet and mobile phone networks at the Kashmir Press Club in Srinagar on Oct. 3.

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.

An Indian policeman comes out from a jail in downtown Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on April 5.

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.

Indian government forces stand guard in the deserted city center of Srinagar on Aug. 15.

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.

Taliban members attend Intra-Afghan Dialogue talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

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.

Security personnel stand guard on a deserted road during a lockdown in Srinagar, Kashmir, on Aug. 15.

The Future of Kashmir

How India decided to end the area’s autonomous status and what it means for the region.

A soldier atop an armored personal vehicle smiles as Soviet troops stop in Kabul prior to their withdrawal from Afghanistan on May 16, 1988.

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.

Family members of Seher, a 19-year-old they say was arrested during the crackdown, in their Karimabad house in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, on Aug. 14.

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.

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