South Asia

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan performs.

Modi’s Growing Crackdown on Bollywood

India’s film industry is under growing pressure to bend its knee to Hindu nationalists.

Anti-Taliban forces train.

Afghan Insurgents Are a Dead End

Rebuilding U.S. standing requires an end to backing militants abroad.

Men walk near the Torkham border crossing.

Afghan Refugees Get Cold Welcome in Pakistan

The Taliban takeover has pushed many Afghans over the border and into another kind of limbo.

Indian nuclear power plant in Narora

India Needs a Big Nuclear Bet to Keep COP26 Promises

The United States can play a key role in civilian nuclear aid.

Indian border guards patrol the Indian-Pakistani border.

Border Openings Could Signal an Indian-Pakistani Thaw

Relaxing restrictions on the Punjab border could lead to a bigger shift as both sides recalibrate relations.

Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard during a random search along a street in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir, on Nov. 9, a day after a salesman was shot to death by suspected anti-India militants.

What’s Behind the Latest Violence in Kashmir?

Militants are attacking minorities and outsiders in pursuit of demographic hegemony.

A Taliban fighter mans a machine gun mounted on a vehicle near the venue of an open-air pro-Taliban rally on the outskirts of Kabul on Oct. 3.

Taliban Splintered by Internal Divisions, External Spoilers

Pakistan said to be supporting alternative jihadi groups to undermine the Taliban and maintain leverage over Afghanistan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Oct. 19, 2018, during a one-day state visit to the country.

Central Asia Is Turning Back to Moscow

With the United States off the scene, Russia is more appealing than China.

Khalil Haqqani stands before a bank of microphones.

With Haqqanis at the Helm, the Taliban Will Grow Even More Extreme

The Haqqani network has long been the most lethal and vicious element of the Taliban.

People leave to board a Pakistan International Airlines plane.

State Department: Thousands of U.S. Residents Still Stuck in Afghanistan

The department hasn’t made the numbers public, but angry lawmakers are running out of patience.

Taliban members stand guard inside a prison cell.

As Afghanistan Nears Collapse, Taliban ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’

The country’s former intelligence chief said the Taliban are torn between placating their foot soldiers and meeting Afghans’ and the international community’s expectations.

A Taliban fighter stands along a road in Herat, Afghanistan, on Sept. 19.

Afghan Crime Wave Adds to Taliban Dystopia

A rash of robbings, kidnappings, and even killings is aggravating Afghanistan’s dire situation.

Bangladeshi Hindus stage a demonstration to protest recent religious violence in Dhaka on Oct. 18.

Bangladesh’s Deadly Identity Crisis

Attacks on the Hindu community show how the country has turned away from its pluralist heritage.

A Taliban police officer prepares to transport a handcuffed heroin addict by motorbike to a small police station in Wardak province’s remote Chak district on Sept. 17.

12 Million Angry Men

The Taliban promised justice. They are hard-pressed to provide it.

Members of the Taliban, all men, sit at a fancy table.

Foreign Aid Won’t Moderate the Taliban

International assistance isn’t the political lever many hope it will be.

A close up photo of Zalmay Khalilzad's face.

Don’t Blame Khalilzad for the Afghanistan Debacle

Zalmay Khalilzad achieved what he was asked to do: Get the United States out of Afghanistan.

Zohra Kurji helps new mother Arj Rizvi at the lactation clinic at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, in October 2020.

The Loneliest Lactation Consultant in the World

Pakistan has 50 million women of childbearing age and only one globally certified person to help them feed their newborns.

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