South Asia

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.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, speaks with Asila Wardak, a human rights activist, during intra-Afghan dialogue talks in Doha, Qatar, on July 8.

Khalilzad Edges Closer to Pact With Taliban

The U.S. envoy is expected to travel to Afghanistan within days to seek approval from President Ashraf Ghani.

Family members of Seher, a 19-year-old they say was arrested during the crackdown, in their Karimabad house in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, on Aug. 14.

Kashmiris Won’t Stay Silent Forever

Residents of the restive area of Pulwama are under lockdown for a third week. But they want the world to know they’re going to fight back.

A supporter waves the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flag as he participates in a rally for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah in Ahmedabad, on May 26.

India Faces a Looming Disaster

Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is an election-winning machine. But its ideology is sharply at odds with economic or social common sense.

A tea plantation worker shows off plucked tea leaves in the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka on Feb. 5.

Spilling the Tea in Sri Lanka

As large colonial-era tea plantations crumble, family-owned plots are trying to take their place and save the industry.

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.

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