South Asia


Mind the Gap

Inequality is an increasing problem around the world. But there are cures.

Peter Passell |


Shots Fired

The 10 worst cyberattacks.

Joshua E. Keating |


'The Juice Ain’t Worth the Squeeze'

Lies, damn lies, and the war in Afghanistan.

Douglas Wissing |

Slide Show

The Cult of Mayawati

Love her or hate her, India's polarizing political superstar is a force to be reckoned with.

Slide Show |

Slide Show

The World in Photos this Week

Soccer riots in Egypt, Merkel heads to China, and an anniversary in Tehran.

Slide Show |


The Diaspora's Conscience

Does the National Iranian American Council have a moral obligation to speak out against the ayatollahs?

Peter Kohanloo |

Case Studies

The Battle for Bihar

Sleaze still plagues India. But one place is fighting back.

Sudip Mazumdar |


All Silk Roads Lead to Tehran

Sanctions aren't the answer. If Washington is serious about building a new economic and security architecture across South and Central Asia, it can’t avoid working with Iran.

Neil Padukone |

Slide Show

Inside a Changing Myanmar

As the United States restores diplomatic relations, photos from a country in transition.

Corneliu Cazacu |


Pakistan's Slow-Motion Coup

Islamabad’s generals are out to destroy Pakistani democracy. Obama should try to stop them.

C. Christine Fair |

In Other Words

Pakistan the Unreal

A son's tale of a death ripped from the headlines -- and the novel that foretold it.

Aatish Taseer |

The List

8 Geopolitically Endangered Species

Meet the weaker countries that will suffer from American decline.

Zbigniew Brzezinski |

The List

War Dogs, Boomtowns, and Dead Dictators

Foreign Policy’s most popular photo essays of 2011.

Lois Farrow Parshley |


The Bioterrorist Next Door

Man-made killer bird flu is here.  Can -- should -- governments try to stop it?

Laurie Garrett |

Slide Show

To the Barricades

From Tahrir Square to Wall Street to the Kremlin, 2011 was a year when politics was conducted in the street.

Slide Show |

The Optimist

Change Afghanistan Can Believe In

10 years later, life isn't just better -- it's much better.

Charles Kenny |

Photo Essay

Next Year, in Review

From the fall of Ahmadinejad, Assad, Castro, and Chavez to the rise of cyberattacks -- the top 13 stories that could dominate the headlines in 2012.

David Rothkopf |


The Sick Man of Pakistan

In Dubai for medical treatment with coup rumors swirling back home, Asif Ali Zardari's presidency appears to be on its last legs. So what else is new?

Shamila N. Chaudhary |

Slide Show

Afghanistan's Bloody Tuesday

The annual Shiite holiday, Ashura, is a self-flagellatory festival of blood. But the shocking bombing in Kabul is anything but holy. Warning: graphic images.

Slide Show |


Rise of the TIMBIs

Forget the BRICs. The real economies that will shake up the world over the next few decades need a new acronym.

Jack A. Goldstone |


The General's Luck Runs Out

Does the killing of the notorious guerrilla leader Kishenji mean the end of India's four-decade Maoist insurgency, or the beginning of its next chapter?

Jason Miklian |


The Generals Have No Clothes

Islamabad's generals have been sponsoring the deaths of Americans for years, and yet Obama does nothing. Why?

Kapil Komireddi |

The List

Head of the Class?

From Harvard to Pacific Western, a look at the sometimes surprising U.S. universities that have educated today’s new crop of world leaders.

Uri Friedman |

Slide Show

Holy Days

Muslims around the world celebrate the hajj and Eid al-Adha.

Slide Show |

The Optimist

A Friend in Need

Can disaster aid actually win hearts and minds?

Charles Kenny |

The Optimist

Club for Growth

The past decade might have been grim for the economically stagnant West, but without a booming developing world it would have been much worse.

Charles Kenny |

Photo Essay

Looking East

Six decades of the United States in Asia, in photographs.

Photo Essay |


America's Pacific Century

The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action.

Hillary Clinton |

In Box

Epiphanies from Nandan Nilekani

"Seattle has Bill," Thomas Friedman once wrote. "Bangalore has Nandan." The co-founder of Infosys -- the Indian company that made "outsourcing" a household word -- famously gave Friedman the central conceit for The World Is Flat when he said that global commerce's "playing field is being leveled" by communications technology. Now tasked with providing digital IDs to 1.2 billion Indians, Nandan Nilekani is trying to finish the job he started in the private sector: bringing a country that never entirely left the 19th century all the way into the 21st.

Charles Homans |


Sea Change

The Cato Institute's Ted Galen Carpenter asks whether the United States can afford the naval confrontation with China envisioned by Robert Kaplan.

Russell Tepper |