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In Depth: South Asia and US

26 Apr 2017

What the US Might Learn From Singapore

The seriousness with which US politicians and policy makers deliberate fails to measure up to the seriousness of the global challenges ahead. Perhaps Singapore can offer a lesson.
19 Sep 2016

Balancing Act: The China-India-U.S. Triangle

The colliding and intersecting security and economic interests of Asia’s powers makes for a delicate dance of cooperation, coalition, and competition between China, India, and the United States.

Presidential Priority: Restore American Leadership

The alternative to America’s indispensability is not a harmonious, self-regulating balance of independent states but an international landscape marked by eruptions of chaos and destruction.
4 Jan 2012

The Myanmar Moment? Why Washington Made Its Move

For years, Myanmar has been a favorite bête noire on the world scene, but the West is right to consider whether the ruling military now has the potential to effect serious modernization.
3 Jan 2012

Afghanistan Now: ‘The People Do Not Want to Go Back’

Terry Glavin's new book shows a side of Afghanistan many Westerners have never seen—and makes a strong case for continuing to help the troubled country.
31 Oct 2012

Editor’s Introduction

fifty year presence in the country, it’s no wonder ...

29 Apr 2013

Lessons Learned: The Iraq Invasion

While Iraqis may have been unprepared to manage affairs of state after Hussein’s removal, it would have been preferable for Iraqis to make governing mistakes, rather than American occupiers.
30 Apr 2010

Pakistan: Descent into Chaos?

“Nearly everyone I’ve met here over the past week shares a rather grim perspective at the moment, a feeling that Pakistan is teetering on the brink.”
1 Jan 2010

AfPak for Dummies: A Primer

As more Americans head to Afghanistan, the former Indian ambassador to Pakistan offers a rundown of what they might expect to find there.
30 Jul 2013

The Syria Quagmire

The longer the war in Syria drags on, the more complex it gets, with an ever-expanding cast of players staking claims. Americans are right to see little hope in a US intervention.
28 Jun 2013

Islamic Terror: Decentralized, Franchised, Global

As President Obama scales back on the War on Terror, al-Qaeda and its mutations have decentralized and spread, and by now are poised to strike in unexpected places.
30 Apr 2015

Caught in the Middle: India, China, and Tibet

The border that separates India and China marks a tense and uncertain boundary between two giants—one communist, one democratic—with Tibet caught precariously in between.
1 Nov 2010

The Broken Consensus: America's Contested Primacy

Former U.S. Ambassador Eric S. Edelman tackles anew the problem of America's place in the 21st century.
28 Jun 2013

Making the Bomb: Pakistan’s Nuclear Journey

Retired General Feroz Khan’s account of Pakistan’s nuclear program is an important insider’s history, focusing on culture and individual personalities as well as politics and technical challenges.
31 Oct 2012

Hedging Bets: Washington’s Pivot to India

The US-India partnership has expanded beyond “friendship” and trade to become “defining,” as China’s economic and military leverage looms larger in the region.
2 Jan 2013

Editor’s Introduction

in the country’s ever more polarized and less civil political dialogue. His good ...

23 Nov 2011

Neglected India: Why Is Washington Ignoring the World’s Largest Democracy?

The US and India are natural allies, but Obama has let China and Pakistan get in the way of New Delhi’s importance.
26 Apr 2012

US-Pakistan Relations: Common and Clashing Interests

Washington and Islamabad’s ambiguous alliance is insufficient to manage their common and clashing interests. It’s time to fundamentally rethink the relationship, if it’s to endure.
28 Feb 2012

It’s Not Just Al-Qaeda: Stability in the Most Dangerous Region

In a region defined by historic and violent divides, hostile intent, and nukes, the US and NATO have no viable alternative but to stay the course. 
30 Dec 2012

Dear Mr. President: Zero-Sum Makes Zero Sense

President Obama’s zero-sum approach, and the redistribution it requires, is advancing a deeply flawed and failed philosophy that will stifle initiative and growth in America, and abroad.
1 Mar 2011

AfPak 2020: A Symposium

Where will Afghanistan and Pakistan be in ten years if the US continues on its current course? We put the question to a group of experts. Their answers might surprise you.
1 Sep 2011

Ten Years Later

“Obama, like an increasing number of Republican candidates for the presidency, recognizes that retrenchment from the numerous commitments America incurred abroad is imperative.”

27 Dec 2011

The Next al-Qaeda? Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Future of Terrorism in South Asia

Lashkar-e-Taiba has morphed from a militia operating in Kashmir to a regional broker with designs on becoming the next global terror network.
30 Aug 2012

Tibet’s Transition: Will Washington Take a Stand?

Beijing sees the Dalai Lama succession as a way to seize more control in Tibet. Will the US help the country’s democracy in exile or remain focused on other concerns?
30 Dec 2012

Money Pit: The Monstrous Failure of US Aid to Afghanistan

The US has spent $100 billion in nonmilitary funds to rebuild Afghanistan. Yet, after a decade of mind-bending mismanagement and unaccountability, it seems all for naught.
1 Nov 2010

Facts Meet Freedom: On the Air in Afghanistan

The average American sees Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as a Cold War relic—if they even know it still exists at all. But as P. J. O'Rourke reports from Kabul, RFE/RL's Afghan service has become a vital part of that country's life and politics.
1 Sep 2011

The Value of Values: Soft Power Under Obama

The president’s treatment of crises in Iran, Russia, and Egypt suggests that
 while Obama may be for “soft power,” he’s not so sure about America’s moral authority to project it.

1 Jan 2011

The Enemy We Need: Washington Courts a Repressive Uzbekistan—Again

Uzbekistan has one of the most repressive political systems in the world, but these days the country’s strongman Islam Karimov is back in Washington’s good graces.
1 Mar 2008

FDR and GWB: Unlearned Lessons of a Wartime Presidency

George W. Bush claimed the attacks of September 11, 2001, would transform American thinking about the world. His model was Pearl Harbor, and he and his supporters routinely summoned the analogy to muster popular support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the effect of 9/11 has faded ...
27 Jun 2012

History Resumes: Sectarianism’s Unlearned Lessons

The unintended consequences of the West’s “civilizing missions” to liberate peoples have historically reinforced and inflamed sectarian divides rather than bridged them.
1 Sep 2009

Talibanistan: The Talibs at Home

If you think the Talibs aren't the rainmakers in AfPak these days, try to collect a measly debt—much less win a war—without them. Our correspondent did. (And he still hasn't heard from Western Union.)
1 Mar 2010

Unruly Clients: The Trouble with Allies

We just gave $7.5 billion to Pakistan and got ridiculed by the parliament, army chief, and former president. We give Yemen $121 million each year and the country remains a terrorist hotbed. What, exactly, have we bought into here?

Afghan Ghosts: American Myths

Jonathan Steele covered the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Now he reflects on how things have changed—and how they haven’t.
22 Dec 2011

Dear Julian: The WikiLeaks Tell-All That Doesn’t

Billed as a peek inside the strange world of WikiLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s memoir reads more like a swan song to the author’s beloved former boss, Julian Assange.
1 Jan 2010

The Call-Up: Conscription, Again

"Draft" is still a dirty word these days, but our country is definitely in need of one.
1 Mar 2011

Decision Time: The Dueling Memoirs of Gerhard Schröder and George W. Bush

In his memoir, President Bush recalls a 2002 meeting in which Chancellor Schröder vowed to support the Iraq War. Schröder says that Bush is “not telling the truth.” If only he had the same standards for his own memoir.
1 Mar 2010

The Back of Beyond: A Report from Zabul Province

Ann Marlowe reports from Zabul Province, Afghanistan, where coalition forces are struggling to stand up local police and militia.
1 Dec 2009

Phony War: Afghanistan and the Democrats

Most Americans in 2003 thought that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were complementary theaters. Yet a brief review of the two wars not only suggests that such a view is mistaken, but also that it is disingenuous...
1 Jan 2010
1 May 2010

Ministry of Silly Wars: Britain in Central Asia

Forget the ghosts of Afghanistan: There's plenty to learn from the strange tale of the British in Tibet.
19 Sep 2016

US-India, China-Russia Exercises Reflect New Alliances

As the US and India conduct joint exercises 100km from India’s border with China—China and Russia conduct "island seizing" naval exercises in the South China Sea.
4 May 2010

The Country's in the Best of Hands

Michael J. Totten's blog Faisal Shahzad, the alledged would-be car-bomber in New York who supposedly traveled to Pakistan to acquire his skill set, remains an enigma both to the authorities and to some of my colleagues in the media. A court hearing w ...

28 Mar 2014

UN General Assembly Stigmatizes Putin's Russia

Vladimir Putin claims to have restored Russia's prestige abroad. In fact the country has become a pariah state where only the world's top thugs side with it at the UN.
8 Jan 2013

Rethinking Failed States

As cases like Libya, Mexico, Georgia, Colombia, and even the US show, the science of ranking “failed states” is a lot less scientific than it might seem.
2 Nov 2013

Whither Afghanistan?

With Washington and Kabul talks at a near standstill, the "zero option" will put many Afghan lives in danger, as well as risk the $100 billion already invested in the country's infrastructure.
6 Oct 2011

With Friends Like These…

Michael J. Totten's blog Pakistan is described by some as a “frenemy” of the United States, a country that’s neither a friend nor an enemy but in some ways is both. Some people in Pakistan’s establishment are sort ...

27 Dec 2007

Ali Eteraz on Pakistan

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m not sure I agree with my friend Ali Eteraz’s policy recommendations at Pajamas Media for the United States and Pakistan, but he knows a lot more about that country than I do ...

5 Mar 2011

Gee Whiz

of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, there were a few other countries present at L’Aquila, countries belonging to neither of the two above groups ...

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