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Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.
Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.

India-Pakistan Ties Are Warming—but Don’t Get Excited Just Yet

When sworn enemies with nuclear arms get along better, it’s incredibly significant news.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin

Why Did Modi Push Back on Putin?

India may have signaled a shift in its posture on Russia’s war in Ukraine, but it seeks more quiet support from the West.

Indian Navy officers and attendees gather on the deck of the INS Vikrant
Indian Navy officers and attendees gather on the deck of the INS Vikrant

Why India Needs More Aircraft Carriers

New Delhi just commissioned its first indigenously built major warship. It will need more to challenge Beijing on the high seas.

A money-changer holds afghani banknotes.
A money-changer holds afghani banknotes.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad on Sept. 1.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad on Sept. 1.

Pakistan and the U.S. Have Made Up, but Will It Last?

The worst floods in memory may have occasioned a reset in relations, but Imran Khan could still prove a spoiler.

A flood-hit area in Pakistan
A flood-hit area in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Next Superflood Is Coming. The Cavalry Isn’t.

Even a 1.5 degree warming target is untenable for countries already wracked by extreme weather. The West needs to step up.

A child stands in front of a makeshift shelter on the banks of a body of water.
A child stands in front of a makeshift shelter on the banks of a body of water.

Pakistan’s Flood Disaster Shows the Perils of Climate Shortsightedness

“We have never had a really good plan in terms of how we counter climate change,” one expert noted.

Former Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi (center) arrives to address a rally against inflation in New Delhi on Sept. 4.
Former Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi (center) arrives to address a rally against inflation in New Delhi on Sept. 4.

India’s Congress Party Is Still in Decline

Veteran politicians are defecting for regional parties or even the ruling BJP, further undermining the country’s democracy.

Black-and-white portraits of two men are held up by people in red uniforms.
Black-and-white portraits of two men are held up by people in red uniforms.

Sri Lanka’s Left Turn

This year’s protests have revitalized the country’s socialists. But can they capitalize on that momentum electorally?

Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan in 2001.
Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan in 2001.
Bhutto holds his arms in the air waving as a Pakistani flag waves in the background.
Bhutto holds his arms in the air waving as a Pakistani flag waves in the background.

Pakistan’s Ghosts Loom Over Imran Khan

Khan’s rhetoric resembles that of another former Pakistan Army protege: the late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

An illustration of the fall of Kabul and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
An illustration of the fall of Kabul and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

How America Sealed Afghanistan’s Fate—Again

Two recent books chronicle how the United States turned its back on Afghanistan and pitched the country into chaos.

Two people on a makeshift raft during flooding in Pakistan
Two people on a makeshift raft during flooding in Pakistan

Extreme Weather Is Brutalizing Asia

Floods, droughts, tropical storms, and heat waves are severely testing the resilience of a region with a lot of vulnerable people.

Imran Khan gestures toward an unseen crowd as he stands in front of a screen showing an enlarged photo of his face.
Imran Khan gestures toward an unseen crowd as he stands in front of a screen showing an enlarged photo of his face.

Imran Khan’s Revolution

The ousted prime minister is challenging the taboos of Pakistani politics.

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