South Asia

Argument

When Is Negotiating Bad for Democracy?

Pakistan's efforts to talk with the Taliban are threatening to undermine the country's recent democratic gains.

Sheila Fruman |

Argument

In Bad Faith

The U.S. won't scuttle Pakistan's peace talks with the Taliban -- so long as no one tries to make peace.

Daniel Markey |

The List

Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

Catherine A. Traywick |

Argument

Modi Comes in From the Cold

The United States is finally cracking open the door to India's probable next leader. But it’s now on his terms.

Zahir Janmohamed |

Argument

The Taliban Are Winning the War on Polio

A nearly eradicated disease has cropped up everywhere from Jerusalem to Kabul. You can thank Pakistani terrorists for that.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

The Unmanned Surge

Getting America back to work … in Afghanistan.

Matt Bors |

Argument

War on Error

We're fighting al Qaeda like a terrorist group. They're fighting us as an army.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

The Return of Afghanistan’s Drug Den

How the Obama administration turned its back on counternarcotics, and why the Taliban is laughing all the way to the bank.

R. Jeffrey Smith |

Argument

Out With a Whimper

How the technocrat economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left India's economy in tatters.

Sadanand Dhume |

Report

What Was Edward Snowden Doing in India?

And why was he taking "ethical hacking" classes there?

Shane Harris |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Return of the Basket Case

On the eve of a fundamentally flawed election, Bangladesh teeters on the edge of the precipice.

M. Ron Wahid |

COLUMN

Curb Your Social Entrepreneurial Enthusiasm

Why the market for the global poor isn’t as big as you might think.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Maid in Manhattan

Why isn't anyone focusing on the domestic help in the Indian diplomatic scandal?

Sumit Ganguly |

Dispatch

Press Ganged

India -- the promised land of journalism -- is reeling from scandal, corruption, and sleaze.

Rahul Bhatia |

Argument

Super Hercules in the Himalayas

How the United States is strengthening defense ties with India.

Ashton B. Carter |

Dispatch

Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.

Eric Randolph |

Exclusive

Stuxnet's Secret Twin

The real program to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities was far more sophisticated than anyone realized.

Ralph Langner |

David Rothkopf

This Deal Won’t Seal Itself

Why Obama has to lean in to the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Nuclear Handshake

Is the Pakistan-Saudi weapons program for real?

Simon Henderson |

Argument

The End of India's Sovereignty Hawks?

It’s time for the world’s largest democracy to start promoting human rights.

Sumit Ganguly |

Argument

A Bad Time to Kill a Bad Man?

Why the killing of the Pakistani Taliban's No. 1 might cause a lot more pain for Pakistan than the CIA counted on.

Arif Rafiq |

Argument

In Pakistan, Slow and Steady Just Might Win the Race

Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.

Sheila Fruman |

Case Studies

The Changemakers

How reformers made the Bangladeshi civil service more responsive to people's needs.

Rushda Majeed |

Argument

What to Pack When You're Leaving a War

As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?

Frank Jacobs |

Report

Baghdad's Burning… And It's (Kind of) Our Fault

What Iraq's implosion can teach us about Afghanistan's future.

Yochi Dreazen |

Christian Caryl

Peer Pressure

The British Commonwealth is stirring up unaccustomed controversy -- and that's a good thing.

Christian Caryl |

Reality Check

Advantage: Iran

Does the U.S. stand a chance against Tehran, the nimble, canny free agent of nuclear negotiations?

Aaron David Miller |

Feature

Afghan Bloom

Can Afghanistan weather the storms after the U.S. withdrawal?

Mariam Ghani |

Investigation

Bad Medicine

India is flooding the world with tainted drugs -- and getting away with it.

Roger Bate |