South Asia


Smokeless Stoves, Girl-Friendly Schools, and the Bloc That Wasn’t

Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.

Peter Passell |


China's Military Moment

A window of opportunity is closing in the South China Sea. Will Beijing strike?

Jim Holmes |


Just What the Doctor Ordered

Public health activists and pharmaceutical companies are finally joining forces to help developing countries get access to low-cost drugs.

Roger Bate |


The House of Nehru-Gandhi

India ought to consider becoming a constitutional monarchy. After all, it already has a royal family.

Sadanand Dhume |

Christian Caryl

Talking a Great Game

So far, Washington's pivot to Asia has included a lot of work on security and trade. Democracy, not so much.

Christian Caryl |


India Singhs the Blues

Why the country will pay the price for its wildly overrated prime minister.

Sadanand Dhume |


Think Again: India's Rise

Is the world's largest democracy ready for prime time, or forever a B-list player on the global stage?

Sumit Ganguly |


Burma's Misled Righteous

How Burma’s pro-democracy movement betrayed its own ideals and rehabilitated the military

Francis Wade |


The Missing 50 Percent

There’s no real democracy without full representation for women.

Susan A. Markham |

The List

8 Geographical Pivot Points

From Angola to Yemen, eight countries whose futures are tied up in the land they occupy.

Margaret Slattery |


What's Wrong with Pakistan?

Why geography -- unfortunately -- is destiny for South Asia's troubled heartland.

Robert D. Kaplan |


A Matter of Degrees

Do we really want multinational companies selling harmful lifestyles in the developing world?

Hillary Hurd |

The List

The Dictator Hunter's Wanted List

9 former autocrats and bad guys that should be made to pay for their crimes.

Reed Brody |


The Patience Runs Out

The United States has put up with Pakistan's insidious double game for a decade now. Not anymore.

Shamila N. Chaudhary |

Slide Show

The Battle at the Top of the World

A look at the remote glacial region where Pakistan and India are locked in a tense, and seemingly pointless, stalemate over frozen wilderness.

Slide Show |

The List

Will India Ever Really Be America's Partner?

Ten big things Washington is still waiting on from New Delhi.

Christopher Clary |


Cold War

Why are India and Pakistan sacrificing hundreds of soldiers' lives over an uninhabitable icy wasteland?

Myra MacDonald |


The War for India's Internet

Why is the world's biggest democracy cracking down on Facebook and Google?

Rebecca MacKinnon |

Micah Zenko

Where the Drones Are

Mapping the launch pads for Obama's secret wars.

Micah Zenko and Emma Welch |


Two Worlds, One Climate

Forget Kyoto. There’s a much better way to persuade the developing world to fight climate change.

Peter Passell |


Red Flag and the Silver Screen

Why is China buying America's movie theaters?

Shaun Rein |

Christian Caryl

In the Crosshairs

Why controlling the international arms trade can help to build stable societies.

Christian Caryl |


The Global Middle Class Is Bigger Than We Thought

A new way of measuring prosperity has enormous implications for geopolitics and economics.

Shimelse Ali |

The List

Comrade Locke

Why is China so obsessed with America's backpack-wearing, coupon-clipping ambassador?

Anne Henochowicz |



Why you shouldn't believe everything you read about China. Hint: not even the journalists really know what’s going on.

Geoff Dyer |


The Rise of India's Soft Power

It's not just Bollywood and yoga anymore.

Rani D. Mullen |


The Ravenous Dragon and the Fruits of Adversity

Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.

Peter Passell |


China's iPad Generation

Meet the children left behind when mommy and daddy go to the factory.

Deborah Jian Lee |


Citizen Chen

How a Chinese legal activist became an icon of freedom.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Slide Show

9 Ways of Looking at Chen

A human rights hero becomes a meme.

Sophie Beach |