In Search of Victory in Afghanistan

At this point, the U.S. is fighting its own self-image.

The Retreat of Secularism in India


June 30, 2017 Hindu nationalism is filling the void, and jihadism may not be far behind.

The Coming Crisis in South Asia

Oct. 13, 2016 Rising tensions in Kashmir mean the region can no longer be considered stable relative to the rest of Eurasia.

What’s at Stake in Sri Lanka’s Government Shake-up

Both Beijing and New Delhi have been trying to curry favor with Colombo for years.

Saudi Investment in Pakistan Could Yield Global Returns

The deal could pay dividends for both parties, as well as the U.S., while costing Iran and China.

The Real Goal Behind India’s Economic Reforms

Jan. 12, 2017 The prime minister’s decision to demonetize India’s currency is as much about centralizing power as economic reform.

India, Ever the Reluctant US Ally

Their differences are too many for New Delhi to constantly walk in lockstep with Washington.

The Taliban and the Divided Afghan State


Aug. 30, 2016 Those who would fight the Taliban cannot present a united front.

Turning Economic Risk into Opportunity in India

March 23, 2017 In tackling non-performing loans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes to centralize political power.

Afghan Government Staring at the Abyss


Oct. 10, 2016 The Taliban seem to be overwhelming the government on the battlefield.

Saudi Arabia Reaches Its Moment of Reckoning, the Quad Keeps Things...

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