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Members of the Student Federation of India push against a police barrier during a protest against the government's new Agnipath recruitment plan in Chennai, India, on June 22.
Members of the Student Federation of India push against a police barrier during a protest against the government's new Agnipath recruitment plan in Chennai, India, on June 22.

Has India’s Military Recruitment Plan Backfired?

The Agnipath plan has triggered protests among potential soldiers and criticism from veterans, but it’s not likely to dent Modi’s government.

Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."
Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."

Netflix India’s ‘Cobalt Blue’ Shows Queer Love—in Primary Colors

The recent LGBTQ film tries to give life to the complications of queer desire. It falters.

A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal
A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal’s Big EV Bet

Is it a genuine push toward a cleaner—and safer—nation?

Members of the Taliban stand in front of a Blackhawk helicopter.
Members of the Taliban stand in front of a Blackhawk helicopter.

Afghans Battle Another Blow After Big Earthquake

The Taliban can’t govern in normal times, let alone disaster response.

Burqa-clad women wait in line for food.
Burqa-clad women wait in line for food.

The U.N. Knows Afghanistan Is Messed Up. But It’s Keeping Mum.

An internal United Nations report details escalating Taliban violations of human rights—and little U.N. leverage.

Afghan refugees sit around a makeshift tent in Pakistan.
Afghan refugees sit around a makeshift tent in Pakistan.

Leaning on Pakistan Can Get Abandoned Afghans to Safety

Thousands of Afghans who worked with the United States need a route out.

Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, seen here in 2014, is a member of a group of exiled warlords and other leaders who want the Taliban to widen the makeup of Afghanistan's government and include them.
Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, seen here in 2014, is a member of a group of exiled warlords and other leaders who want the Taliban to widen the makeup of Afghanistan's government and include them.

Afghanistan’s Warlords Prepare Their Comeback

The regional capos who broke Afghanistan once before are angling to contest control of the country with the current Taliban rulers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India’s China Policy Is Confused

Two years after a deadly border clash, New Delhi appears wary of Beijing but unwilling to partner with Washington. These contradictions leave it open to exploitation.

Members of Taliban stand in front of the site where the Shahmama Buddha statue once stood before being destroyed in Afghanistan.
Members of Taliban stand in front of the site where the Shahmama Buddha statue once stood before being destroyed in Afghanistan.

The Taliban Take Aim at Buddhist Heritage

Afghanistan’s new rulers are looting the past—again.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The United States and India Need a Digital Handshake

Mistrust and disagreements over privacy have impeded a partnership that could transform the global digital economy.

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The Last Days of the Afghan Embassy

The Biden administration shut down a touchpoint for thousands of refugees from Afghanistan—and left its diplomats in agonizing limbo.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.

Modi’s Multipolar Moment Has Arrived

India, now courted by all sides, is the clear beneficiary of Russia’s war.

Armed militants of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan pose for photographs.
Armed militants of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan pose for photographs.

Pakistan Sponsored Terror Next Door. Now, It’s Back to Roost

Afghans rue the return of the Taliban. So does Pakistan, as al Qaeda-linked militants run rampant.

An Afghan news presenter takes a break.
An Afghan news presenter takes a break.

The World Is Still Failing Afghan Women

The Taliban are diplomatically feted even as they destroy women’s rights.

A primary and secondary school is destroyed.
A primary and secondary school is destroyed.

Al Qaeda Isn’t Dead Yet

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has put 9/11’s planners back in the terror cockpit.

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