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Taliban Free US, Australian Hostage for 3 Taliban Figures
November 20, 2019

Taliban Free US, Australian Hostage for 3 Taliban Figures

By Associated Press
The prisoner exchange is envisioned as a way to restart diplomacy after U.S.-Taliban talks faltered in September.

India Test Fires Agni-II Nuclear Capable Medium-Range Ballistic Missile
November 20, 2019

India Test Fires Agni-II Nuclear Capable Medium-Range Ballistic Missile

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The test was reportedly conducted at night on November 16.
What Does the Kartarpur Corridor Really Mean for India-Pakistan Relations?
November 20, 2019

What Does the Kartarpur Corridor Really Mean for India-Pakistan Relations?

By Vinay Kaura
Hidden motives and lingering tensions mean the corridor's impact on the overall relationship will be limited.

Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?
November 19, 2019

Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?

By Ankit Panda
The new president’s election manifesto pledged to “revisit” the 99 year lease transfer of Hambantota port.

No, Pakistan’s Gwadar Port Is Not a Chinese Naval Base (Just Yet)
November 19, 2019

No, Pakistan’s Gwadar Port Is Not a Chinese Naval Base (Just Yet)

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The Pakistani navy is entrenching itself in Gwadar but there is no evidence of the Chinese forces’ presence yet.

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Are Back in Power
November 18, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Are Back in Power

By Sudha Ramachandran
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense secretary in his brother Mahinda's government, promises a strong hand as he takes over the presidency.

The Kartarpur Corridor and India-Pakistan Economic Linkages
November 16, 2019

The Kartarpur Corridor and India-Pakistan Economic Linkages

By Tridivesh Singh Maini
Can the Kartarpur Corridor lead to the greater connectivity between the two South Asian neighbors?
Tiger Triumph: US-India Military Relations Get More Complex
November 15, 2019

Tiger Triumph: US-India Military Relations Get More Complex

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A new exercise has reinforced the trend of deepening defense collaboration between the two sides.

Prolonged Patience: Elections in Afghanistan
November 15, 2019

Prolonged Patience: Elections in Afghanistan

By Gabriel M. Piccillo
The results are still being debated and turnout was low. But Afghanistan’s democracy remains the lone source of hope for the country.

Pakistan’s Sit-In Protests Come to an End, But Key Issues Remain Unresolved
November 15, 2019

Pakistan’s Sit-In Protests Come to an End, But Key Issues Remain Unresolved

By Daud Khattak
The protest might be over, but the central civilian-military tussle persists.

Nehru: Revisiting a Legacy
November 14, 2019

Nehru: Revisiting a Legacy

By Kiran Mohandas Menon
Jawaharlal Nehru, born 130 years ago, continues to leave his mark on India's politics and society.
In Afghanistan’s Capital, Air Pollution May Be Even Deadlier Than War
November 14, 2019

In Afghanistan’s Capital, Air Pollution May Be Even Deadlier Than War

By Associated Press
Kabul is now one of the world’s most polluted cities.

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