South Asia

A Kashmiri villager clears the debris of house destroyed during a deadly gun battle between militants and Indian government forces in Pulwama, Kashmir, on March 5, 2019. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Want to Play Peacemaker

With the United States missing in action in the India-Pakistan crisis, others need to step up.

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard during the second day of strikes called by separatists against the National Investigation Agency raids at residences in Srinagar on Feb. 28. (Tauseef Musafa/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Claims Kashmir’s ‘Moral High Ground’

The president of Pakistani Kashmir explains why his country deserves far more credit for its role in the disputed region.

Pakistani Wing Commander Bilal presents sweets to Indian Border Security Force Commandant Sudeep during a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post on Aug. 14, 2018. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

New Delhi and Islamabad Don’t Want Fire and Fury

As hostilities between India and Pakistan escalate, leaders in both countries are very aware of the risks of a nuclear catastrophe.

Pakistani residents catch fish in the Ravi River near Lahore on Oct. 13, 2014. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Are India and Pakistan on the Verge of a Water War?

In reprisal for a deadly terrorist attack in Kashmir, the Indian government says it will divert river waters that downstream Pakistan has been counting on.

Participants attend the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on Feb. 5. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Afghan Dilemma Is Tougher Than Ever

As the United States contemplates leaving, New Delhi quietly reaches out to the Taliban.

Indian villagers run following shelling across the India-Pakistan border in Jhora village  on January 20, 2018.
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How the India-Pakistan Conflict Leaves Great Powers Powerless

The U.S. helped prevent war in 2008. Those days are gone.

Mumbai police pay respects at the Police Memorial during an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2018. ( INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

India and Pakistan Aren’t Ready for Another Terrorist Crisis

Neither state has fixed the problems behind the Mumbai attacks a decade ago.

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.
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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.

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