South Asia

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.

Afghan schoolchildren study amid the rubble of Papen High School in Nangarhar province on July 25.

Endless Conflict in Afghanistan Is Driving a Mental Health Crisis

A generation of Afghans came of age amid relentless violence. Saturday’s election offers little hope for help.

An illustration picture shows pills, tablets, caplets, and capsules of medicine in Lille on May 7, 2017.

Addicted in Bhutan

The country’s substance use spike is undermining its focus on gross national happiness.

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 Prime Minister, Narendra Modi gives a speech at the Kevadia Colony of Narmada District in India on Sept. 17.

Everyone Thinks the Economy Is Issue No. 1 for India’s Modi. It’s Not.

Little separates various Indian political parties on the economy. That’s why the prime minister’s new government is making its mark by delivering on its social and cultural agenda.

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.

Blown-out windows and destroyed houses line Jalalabad Road in eastern Kabul on Sept. 11 after a Taliban attack Sept. 2 that killed at least 16 people and injured more than 100.

Afghans Want Peace, but Not Like This

Ordinary Afghans felt excluded from the talks and feared an empowered Taliban.

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.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attends the Intra-Afghan Dialogue talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

Trump’s Approach to Afghanistan ‘Confusing His Own Negotiators’

Veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker talks about the “catastrophic” plans for a Taliban summit and scant hopes for any enduring peace deal.

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

Detained in Kashmir

From politicians to activists to children, India is running out of space for its prisoners.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 2018.

Trump’s National Security Team Splinters Over Taliban Meeting

Bolton’s pushback and Pentagon concerns over a potential deal with the Afghan insurgents helped convince the U.S. president to cancel the contentious summit.

Indian Navy personnel march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 2.

Modi Reimagines the Indian Military

By announcing the creation of a chief of defense staff, New Delhi hopes to modernize India’s armed forces.

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.

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