South Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during a rally in Ahmedabad on May 26, 2019.

Modi’s Nationalism Is Spoiling His Global Brand

India’s leader has to mix a muscular foreign policy with a softer touch.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures during a rally in Ahmedabad on May 26.

How Hindu Nationalism Went Mainstream

And what that means for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers an address during the country's 71st Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15, 2017.

Modi Reimagines India’s Role in the World

No longer just a balancer, the prime minister wants to make India a major power in its own right. And his cabinet pick shows he’s serious about doing so.

Pakistani naval personnel stand guard near a ship at the Gwadar port on Nov. 13, 2016.

Will Balochistan Blow Up China’s Belt and Road?

Violence in the Pakistani province is on the rise—and now Chinese nationals are the target.

An Indian resident reads a newspaper with news of the election victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai on May 24.

The Modi Mystery

Poor economic performance should have hurt the prime minister at the polls. Instead, appeals to nationalism won him the vote.

BJP party supporters celebrate electoral victory on May 23, 2019 in Pune, India.

Modi’s Message Was Simple: Hindus First

Bad times in India couldn't dent the BJP's juggernaut.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters during an election rally on April 16.

Indian Exit Polls Predict Modi Win

India’s Narendra Modi appears set for second term, Austria’s ruling coalition collapses ahead of the EU elections, and what to watch in the world this week.

Indian students protest joblessness during a hunger strike in Kolkata on March 23.

India Is Trapping Its Young People

There aren’t enough jobs to go around, but as the ongoing election has made clear, neither party is ready to tackle the problem.

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, inspects an honor guard in New Delhi on Feb. 20.

Saudi Arabia Has Big Plans in India

With Saudi Aramco’s bid for a stake in Reliance Industries, the oil giant is looking to establish a permanent foothold in the South Asian country.

Afghan refugees arrive at a U.N.-run repatriation center in Torkham, Afghanistan on Oct. 31, 2016.

For Afghan Refugees, Pakistan Is a Nightmare—but Also Home

Host to one of the world’s largest refugee populations, the country is trying to figure out how to push migrants out. But that will mean sending many Afghans back to a country they’ve never lived in.

Afghan girls raise their hands during English class at the Bibi Mahroo high school in Kabul on Nov. 22, 2006.

What Afghan Women (and Men) Really Want

Access to employment and education are local priorities. Here’s how the West can work with the Taliban to ensure those rights.

Relatives carry the coffin of a bomb blast victim for a burial ceremony at a cemetery in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 2.

ISIS’s New Target: South Asia

The Sri Lanka attacks should put the region on alert.

Activists of the Pashtun Protection Movement protest against the arrest of their activists and leaders in Karachi on Feb. 10.

The Pakistani Military’s Worst Nightmare Is Coming True

A human rights movement from Waziristan is finally bringing the country together to challenge the brass.

An Indian police commando stands guard in front of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on November 25, 2010, ahead of the second anniversary of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Not as Safe as You Think It Is

Hotel Mumbai is a tale of courage. It is also a worrying reminder of India’s security flaws.

Police officers patrol the area around Dewatagaha Jumma Masjid in Colombo, Sri Lanka, ahead of Friday prayers on April 26.

Sri Lanka Is Already Drawing the Wrong Lessons From the Attacks

Responding to the recent violence with typical policies to counter violent extremism could make things far worse.

Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on April 21.

Sri Lanka’s Christians and Muslims Weren’t Enemies

The country’s real divide has been between Buddhists and Muslims, but the Easter attacks may change all that.

A child looks at a grave after a funeral for victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Katuwapity village on April 23, 2019 in Negambo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Perfect Storm of Failure

There were many chances to stop the Easter Sunday attacks. The government missed them all.

A man poses with replica prints of the demonetized 500- and 1,000-rupee notes in Mumbai on Nov. 20, 2016.

India’s $7 Billion Election

How the vote got so expensive, and what it says about the country’s democracy.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Camp Alvarado after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on July 9, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Eyes Plans to Cut Diplomatic Staff in Afghanistan, Iraq

Officials say it's time to shift diplomatic resources to countering China and Russia.

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.

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