South Asia

Dispatch

The Pretender to Pakistan's Throne

Imran Khan's populist protest movement is on the verge of taking down Pakistan's dull, dysfunctional government. How did such a lightweight get so far?

Mosharraf Zaidi |

Argument

The Last Gandhi

A single family has dominated Indian politics since independence. One man’s incompetence is about to bring it all to an end.

Sadanand Dhume |

Dispatch

'Boys Will Be Boys'

In India's largest state, a misogynistic family-run political dynasty wants to pretend a rape epidemic doesn't exist.

Ankita Rao |

Argument

A Checklist for a New Afghanistan

The new unity government has many challenges before it, but also the opportunity to build self-sufficient governance and economic growth.

Mohammad H. Qayoumi |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The aftermath of the MH17 shoot-down; violence in Gaza continues; and Hindus celebrate in India.

FP Staff |

Argument

The Crowd Who Would Be King

Technology is connecting people all over the world, giving them new power and a stronger voice. But is it making government any better?

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Argument

India's NGO Backlash

India prides itself on its respect for democratic values. So why are civil society groups under attack?

Ram Mashru |

Slide Show

Kabul's Panopticon

Inside the high-tech command center where one of Afghanistan’s most popular cops is trying to keep the city safe from the Taliban.

Deni Béchard |

Report

Gap Gambles on Myanmar

The company spent a year preparing to enter the former pariah state. Will it be a trailblazer or a cautionary tale?

Jamila Trindle |

In Box

The Path of Least Resistance

Why India's biggest problem 
isn't Narendra Modi.

Sumit Ganguly |

COLUMN

O Say Can You Free Me?

Dozens of Americans are spending this July 4 as hostages in far-off lands. Washington should do more to get them back.

Whitney Kassel |

Dispatch

Before the Flood

Rising sea levels will displace millions of people over the next century. In Bangladesh, the mass migration has already begun.

Kenneth R. Weiss |

Argument

From Bombay to Jerusalem

With the crisis in Iraq worsening, how involved should India get in the Middle East? 

Dhruva Jaishankar |

In Box

Third Gender: A Short History

From ancient Greece to modern Pakistan, the political and cultural emergence of a complex, controversial term.

Jake Scobey-Thal |

Dispatch

The Hidden Victims of India's Suicide Belt

Farmers are killing themselves over debt in Punjab state -- and leaving wives, daughters, and other women behind.  

Mallika Kaur |

Argument

Build a Party, Beware of Judges, and Never Give Up

Lessons from a lifetime of political activism.

Mohamed Nasheed |

Review

You Can’t Handle The Truth

Sebastian Junger’s new documentary shows war as it really is: mundane and hero-less. Will anyone want to watch it?

Alex Horton |

Argument

Don't Call It a Comeback

After a six-month lull, the CIA's drones are dropping bombs on Pakistan again. But the policy is as misguided as ever.

Chris Woods |

Report

Exclusive: War Commander Kept in Dark About Last Minute Bergdahl Deal

The Bergdahl controversy shows that the years-long rift between the White House and the Pentagon hasn't been fixed. If anything, the two sides may be further apart than ever before.

Gordon Lubold |

COLUMN

Please Do Not Teach This Woman to Fish

Why poor countries have too many entrepreneurs and not enough factory workers.

Daniel Altman |

COLUMN

Broken Windows and Beating Back al Qaeda

Can President Obama’s counterterrorism partnership plan really work without any attempt at nation building?

James Traub |

COLUMN

Intimacy That Kills

A Pakistani woman brutally murdered by her own family is just one of countless women around the world abused -- or worse -- by so-called “loved ones.”

Lauren Wolfe |

Argument

Terrorists Held My Dad Hostage…

And he spent another 5 years in hell after a Bergdahl-type deal soured. A personal history of how swapping bad guys for American prisoners can go bad.

Sulome Anderson |

Christian Caryl

Not So Happy In Iran

Iran’s ayatollahs are going nuts over a harmless video. But they’re not the first autocrats to obsess about the impact of popular culture.

Christian Caryl |

Report

The Shifting Sands of Obama’s Bergdahl Defense

If America's newly free POW really was a deserter, the White House is in deep trouble.

John Hudson |

Report

The Bergdahl Bargain Was Just the Beginning

Obama swapped five Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl. What will he trade for the three other Americans being held in Afghanistan?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Is There a Hidden Message in the Taliban's 2014 Fighting Season Plan?

The forgotten history of the Battle of Khaibar offers some alluring hints.

Jonah Blank |