South Asia

Afghanistan National Army  soldiers are reflected in the water as they stand near a dam during a ceremony on March 25, 2012.

Afghanistan’s Rivers Could Be India’s Next Weapon Against Pakistan

New Delhi is funding an ambitious dam near Kabul that could reduce water flow to its rival downstream. The project might spark the world’s next conflict.

Sri Lanka's newly appointed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, waves to supporters in Colombo on Oct. 29. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Political Shake-Up Is a Win for China

Former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resurgence shows the limitations of U.S. economic diplomacy.

Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling center for the country’s legislative election in Herat province on Oct. 20. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan’s Strongman Democracy

Flawed and messy as it was, the vote was still good for democracy.

Kandahar Police Chief Abdul Raziq poses during a graduation ceremony at a police training center in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 19, 2017. (Jawed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images)

The Taliban Just Won a Key Battle for Afghanistan’s Future

The killing of a strongman police chief creates a dangerous power vacuum.

A Kashmiri student holds a placard during a protest rally against the rape and murder of 8-year-old Asifa Bano in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir, on April 16. (Saqib Majeed/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Changing Global Gender Norms Is Possible

What India can show the United States about how to disrupt rape culture.

President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliver joint statements at the White House on June 26, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

India Is Getting Cold Feet About Trump’s America

Harsh rhetoric and trade wars have tarnished a once-promising relationship.

Sri Lankan women gather to demand peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo on Dec. 10, 2004. (Sena Vidanagama/AFP/Getty Images)

Women Make Peace Stick

When only men sit at the negotiating table, cease-fires fall apart.

Former Pakistani Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Shaukat Aziz. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/Aamir Queshi/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images)

No One Has Ever Completed a Term as Pakistan’s PM

A checkered democratic history, from 1947 to the present day.

Indian gay rights activists belonging to the Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum (KSMF) pose affectionately during a protest to demand the repeal of colonial-era laws on gay sex in Bangalore on July 2, 2014. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Sex Is India’s Last Colonial Burden

India’s Supreme Court is finally ditching antiquated laws on gay sex.

Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (second from the right), Pakistani Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi (center), Pakistani Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan (top-right) and Pakistani Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat (second from left) arrive to receive Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)

No Matter Who Wins Pakistan’s Vote, the Nation Loses

The military thinks elections give it a facade to rule from above. But that plan keeps backfiring.

Japanese Rear Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura (L), US Rear Admiral William Byrne (R) and HCS Bisht, vice admiral of the Indian Navy, pose for photographers during the inauguration of joint naval exercises with the United States and India in Chennai on July 10, 2017.
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India Is the Weakest Link in the Quad

The four-nation mechanism was set up to contain Chinese maritime expansionism, but New Delhi is having second thoughts.

Indian farmers, traders and vendors negotiate prices of vegetables at a wholesale vegetable market in Hyderabad on February 1, 2018.
(NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

India Is the Latest Front in Trump’s Endless Trade War

Modi’s soft approach is getting nowhere with a hard-line Washington.

Supporters read a special edition of a local newspaper in Chennai, India, on Dec. 6, 2016. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Caught on Camera: India’s Broken Media

What a sting operation reveals about press freedom in the world’s largest democracy.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson making a statement on his departure at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on March 13. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Tillerson’s Exit Could Doom the Iran Nuclear Deal

The accord's survival was already tenuous. But after Trump's Cabinet shakeup, it's likely to end.

Four Grotesque Male Heads. (Wenzel Hollar/Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University)

Are Americans as ‘Ugly’ as Ever?

"The Ugly American" remains relevant, 60 years after it changed the way the United States saw itself in the world.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Qatar on Oct. 23 — one leg of a trip to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Switzerland.

Tillerson’s Views on India Defy Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy

Ahead of his trip to Delhi, the secretary of state articulated a clear vision for the U.S. relationship with India. Let’s hope it was not an anomaly.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on October 23, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Open to Peace Talks With ‘Moderate’ Taliban

The U.S. secretary of state reopened the offer during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

KABUL,  AFGHANISTAN - MAY 18:  Abdul examines emeralds from the Panjshir at Shams market on May 18, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The mineral resources of Afghanistan are relatively unexplored even with Afghanistan's mineral wealth of coal, copper, gold and iron ore, with precious and semiprecious stones, including high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. Given the country's remote and rugged terrain, on-going instability plus an inadequate infrastructure and transportation means that mining is still difficult. While many are trying to bring positive changes, Afghanistan's mining industry uses unregulated, primitive methods and outdated equipment.   (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Despite Risks, Trump Administration Moves Forward With Afghanistan Mining Plan

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the mining industry is key to Kabul’s future.

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