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Why Modi’s Kashmir Move Could Spark More Conflict

Why Modi’s Kashmir Move Could Spark More Conflict

Introducing FP’s new regional newsletter.
Truth and Lies in Kashmir

Truth and Lies in Kashmir

FP’s regional newsletter examines a media battle in India, politics in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and Netflix’s big test this week.
Kashmir’s Dangerous and Difficult Path Ahead

Kashmir’s Dangerous and Difficult Path Ahead

This week: The U.N. Security Council discusses Kashmir for the first time since 1971, plus stories from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
Is India Facing an Economic Crisis?

Is India Facing an Economic Crisis?

Why a top think tank official says India’s fiscal problems are “unprecedented,” plus other stories from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The Great Indian Disenfranchisement

The Great Indian Disenfranchisement

Why a controversial citizens register may leave 1.9 million residents of Assam stateless.
Why the Failed U.S.-Taliban Talks Represent a Victory for India

Why the Failed U.S.-Taliban Talks Represent a Victory for India

New Delhi has never recognized the Taliban as a legitimate political actor.
Texas Gets Ready to Say ‘Howdy, Modi!’

Texas Gets Ready to Say ‘Howdy, Modi!’

Trump will join the Indian prime minister as he addresses a crowd of 50,000 people. Despite some of their similarities, the two leaders may not share the same fans.
Can India Give Up Coal?

Can India Give Up Coal?

As world leaders make bold speeches at the United Nations Climate Action Summit this week, the question is whether their countries can wean themselves off dirty sources of energy.
Is Afghanistan’s Election Credible?

Is Afghanistan’s Election Credible?

The Taliban may call the vote a “foreign” process, but a majority of the country’s young population is already used to democracy.
One Belt, One South Asia?

One Belt, One South Asia?

Why Xi Jinping is meeting the leaders of Pakistan, India, and Nepal this week.
South Asia Used to Be the World’s Fastest-Growing Region. Now It’s Facing an Economic Slowdown.

South Asia Used to Be the World’s Fastest-Growing Region. Now It’s Facing an Economic Slowdown.

Weak domestic demand is hurting growth, but more investment could lead to a rebound.
Is India Becoming More Like China?

Is India Becoming More Like China?

New Delhi is weighing retaliation against Kuala Lumpur and Ankara after recent criticism over Kashmir.
Do Global Rankings Help or Hurt Developing Economies?

Do Global Rankings Help or Hurt Developing Economies?

Countries may like to game lists like the annual Doing Business report, but the incentives for economic reforms are still a net positive.
Why Pakistanis Are Marching Against Imran Khan

Why Pakistanis Are Marching Against Imran Khan

The economy is floundering despite a recent IMF bailout, and structural problems make it hard to envision a turnaround.
Top Indian Court Ruling Gives Modi a Victory

Top Indian Court Ruling Gives Modi a Victory

Despite mounting economic woes, the prime minister is scoring points by ticking off items on his pro-Hindu social agenda.
Sri Lanka Has a New Strongman President

Sri Lanka Has a New Strongman President

Gotabaya Rajapaksa may have won a majority of votes, but he will struggle to unite a divided nation.