South Asia

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

An Afghan boy looks on in a damaged house near the site of an attack in Kabul.

Taliban Map Out Future Vision for Afghanistan

The militant group’s spokesman vows to “continue our war” until Afghanistan has an Islamic government.

Sons help their father at an Afghan hospital.

Afghanistan Swamped by COVID-19’s Third Wave

The government dithered and denied the pandemic’s severity. Now, a health disaster looms.

A municipal worker walks past a graffiti of a young person wearing a face mask during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Mumbai on May 4, 2020.

Science and Pseudoscience in India

Modi’s false hope in a raging pandemic.

A man checks his mobile phone while sitting in front of a closed shop in West Bengal, India, on May 28.

Fragile India, Strong India

Why some states handled COVID-19 better than others.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi’s Religious Nationalism Hurts India’s Hindus, Too

Islamophobic policies harm not just Muslims, but the poor and marginalized.

A health worker wearing a protective suit stands before a window in a newly inaugurated oxygen hub for COVID-19 patients in Kolkata, India, on May 23.

How My Uncle Became One of Modi’s Coronavirus Victims

The Indian prime minister’s deadly blundering has sown the seeds of his own fall.

With the help of an interpreter (center), an Afghan National Army doctor (left) speaks with a U.S. Army advisor.

Inside Washington’s Fight to Save Afghans Who Saved Americans

Afghan interpreters were promised U.S. visas. Now, red tape may cost them their lives.

Visitors discuss a 5G display at the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi on Oct. 25, 2018.

India Draws a Line in the 5G Sand

After last summer’s clashes with China, New Delhi may finally be ready to leave ambiguity behind—and side with the West.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make a joint statement at Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem on July 4, 2017.

Modi Walks a Political Tightrope With Israel

Long hesitant to have a diplomatic relationship with Israel at all, India now wants to get closer—but not too close.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.

India Gives Up Its Anti-Colonial Obsessions and Embraces Europe

In response to China’s rise, New Delhi casts off anti-Western baggage.

A man holds up an Indian flag at a rally featuring. U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Power of Indians Abroad

In a time of crisis, the diaspora shows its strength.

A man receives the coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan.

India’s COVID-19 Surge Terrifies Pakistan

A dangerous third wave is threatening an unvaccinated nation.

Modi campaigns in West Bengal

India’s Pandemic Disaster Has Finally Slowed Modi’s Unstoppable Rise

The populist leader is blaming everyone but himself. Voters aren’t buying it.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference.

How to Boost the United States’ Most Important Partnership

Biden’s first 100 days show India is a crucial part of the new administration’s foreign policy.

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