South Asia

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 |

Argument

When 9,800 Doesn't Equal 9,800

The dirty secret about Obama’s Afghan plan is that tens of thousands of American civilians will be on the ground long after the troops have left.

Phillip Carter |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Ukrainians riot ahead of the presidential election; Ultra-Orthodox Israeli soldiers train near the Syrian border; and Thailand's army chief declares a coup.

FP Staff |

Argument

Faster, Stronger, Worse

Why Narendra Modi's new foreign policy won't make Washington happy.

James Traub |

Argument

The U.S. Needs to Modi-fy its India Policy

How Washington should engage with India’s new prime minister.

Alyssa Ayres |

Argument

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Modi

Does India’s new prime minister actually have a foreign policy?

Dhruva Jaishankar |

Feature

Any Mumbai Sunday

One woman is on a quest to sell American football to India. Is anyone buying?

Elizabeth Segran |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

India wrapped up the largest democratic election in the world; Pope Francis ordained 13 new priests; and Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine concluded a controversial referendum for self-rule.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

The Ballot and the Barrel

An obscure Indian law requires gun owners to surrender their weapons during election season. But India’s gun lobby says it only encourages a spike in violence.

Vivekananda Nemana |

Think Again

10 Million Sardines in a Sea of Skyscrapers

How sprawling megacities -- from Lagos to Mumbai -- might just save the world.

Jonathan Kalan |

Report

'It Is a Sin to Waste Your Vote'

Why are Kashmiris shunning India's election?

Zahid Rafiq |

COLUMN

Lethal Perfection

Drones don't botch things the first time.

Matt Bors |

Argument

Despite the Election, India Still Isn't Confronting Corruption

As the Indian election continues, voters are concerned about corruption like never before. But will anything really change?

Laurence Cockcroft |

Dispatch

SWAT M.D.

Ever since the CIA used a vaccination ruse in its hunt for OBL, health workers have been combatants in Pakistan's war with the Taliban.

Kristina Shevory |

Argument

Is Narendra Modi India's Reagan or Nixon?

Gujarat's shiny free market reformer has a dark side. 

Rob Jenkins |

Argument

The Rise of India's Common Man

Could India's third-party candidate be the country’s kingmaker? Or is he just tilting at windmills?

James Traub |