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What Do US-Iran Talks Mean for Afghanistan?
July 31, 2020

What Do US-Iran Talks Mean for Afghanistan?

By Rupert Stone
The U.S. and Iran are talking. That’s good news for Afghanistan.

Women Left Behind: India’s Falling Female Labor Participation
July 31, 2020

Women Left Behind: India’s Falling Female Labor Participation

By Bansari Kamdar
India’s female labor force participation is the lowest in South Asia.
India’s New Education Policy: Streams Merge Into a River 
July 31, 2020

India’s New Education Policy: Streams Merge Into a River 

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The merging of the arts, commerce, and science streams in Indian schools is a good decision.

Taliban Announce Eid Ceasefire After a Bloody Spring
July 31, 2020

Taliban Announce Eid Ceasefire After a Bloody Spring

By Catherine Putz
The next step may very well be intra-Afghan talks, but the Taliban have spent the first half of the year bludgeoning the Afghan security forces.

India’s Long-Awaited Rafales Finally Arrive from France
July 31, 2020

India’s Long-Awaited Rafales Finally Arrive from France

By Robert Farley
After many twists, turns, and delays, the first batch of French Dassault Rafale fighters finally arrived in India.

Lessons for India After the Galwan Valley Clash
July 31, 2020

Lessons for India After the Galwan Valley Clash

By Shruti Pandalai
Chinese patterns of provocation have endured for over five decades. Can India break the cycle?

US Diplomacy in Pakistan: The Case of the Missing Mangoes
July 30, 2020

US Diplomacy in Pakistan: The Case of the Missing Mangoes

By Adam Weinstein and Adnan Rasool
U.S. diplomacy needs to leave the conference room and engage with local populations – something European and Chinese diplomats have already mastered.
How Nepal Got Its Borders
July 30, 2020

How Nepal Got Its Borders

By Sridhar Krishnan
After the Anglo-Gorkha War in 1814, the British and the Gorkhas had different understandings of what exactly a border meant. 

Is India Missing Its Chance to Learn From the COVID Crisis?
July 29, 2020

Is India Missing Its Chance to Learn From the COVID Crisis?

By Rwitoban Deb
The pandemic could have been a portal to a better India, but the door is closing.

US-India Ties Amid the Eastern Ladakh Crisis and the Pandemic
July 29, 2020

US-India Ties Amid the Eastern Ladakh Crisis and the Pandemic

By Ankit Panda
How has the U.S.-India relationship evolved in the first half of 2020?

How Pakistan’s Political Parties Spread Radicalism
July 29, 2020

How Pakistan’s Political Parties Spread Radicalism

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan’s political parties have gone so far to appease the radical Islamist right that they have become indistinguishable from the radicals. 
Herd Immunity Can’t Save Afghanistan From COVID -19
July 29, 2020

Herd Immunity Can’t Save Afghanistan From COVID -19

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The long-struggling Afghanistan might go through a new surge of COVID-19 cases that could trigger a full-scale crisis -- unlike the first wave.

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