Biden to Drip-Feed Afghanistan Its $3.5 Billion in Frozen Reserves
But it’s just going to go in Taliban pockets, critics say.
Pakistan and the U.S. Have Made Up, but Will It Last?
The worst floods in memory may have occasioned a reset in relations, but Imran Khan could still prove a spoiler.
Why Xi Jinping Chose Central Asia for His First Post-COVID-19 Trip
The region has long served as a testing ground for Beijing’s economic and foreign-policy ambitions and is becoming increasingly close to China.
At U.N. General Assembly, South Asia Focuses on the Climate Crisis
Modi will miss the annual summit, but other leaders are expected to address the region’s vulnerability.
Pakistan’s Next Superflood Is Coming. The Cavalry Isn’t.
Even a 1.5 degree warming target is untenable for countries already wracked by extreme weather. The West needs to step up.
Pakistan’s Flood Disaster Shows the Perils of Climate Shortsightedness
“We have never had a really good plan in terms of how we counter climate change,” one expert noted.
China’s Neighbors Are Navigating COVID-19, Beijing, and Washington
A long, strange trip through East Asia shows the region’s impressive steering skills.
On 9/11 Anniversary, End the Self-Delusion About America’s Enemies
Al Qaeda once again has a safe haven in Afghanistan, endangering Americans.
Pakistan’s Flood Crisis Could Become a Food Crisis
International aid is pouring in, but the local food insecurity would have global consequences.
Taiwan Needs Weapons for Day 1 of a Chinese Invasion
Unlike Ukraine, the island will be very hard to arm during a conflict.
How Bad Governance Exacerbated Pakistan’s Flooding
The disaster has affected more than 30 million people and is a warning for other climate-vulnerable states.
Shinzo Abe’s Killing Puts Unification Church Under Microscope
The Japanese ruling party’s ties to the South Korean sect stir public anger.
After Pelosi’s Visit, Most of the Indo-Pacific Sides With Beijing
Almost the entire region backs China—but the regime’s behavior has also crystallized support for Taiwan.
We’re Still Asking the Wrong Questions About War With China Over Taiwan
The priority is not who would win a war over Taiwan, but how to prevent one in the first place.
Don’t Sacrifice Taiwan in the Fight for LGBT Rights
Conceding to Beijing’s demands compromises Pride’s values.
The United Nations Can Hold the Taliban Accountable
Banning travel, at last, will send a message that brutality and support for terrorists are not acceptable.
Taiwan Can’t Rely on ‘Daddy America’ to Solve Its Problems
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit exposed serious security weaknesses.
75 Years After Independence, a Changing ‘Idea of India’
India’s liberal founders recede from view as its current leaders craft a new, less tolerant nation.
New Congressional Report: U.S.-Trained Afghan Special Forces Forced to Flee to Iran
They could divulge sensitive U.S. military training and intelligence to Tehran, a U.S. lawmaker warns.
Taliban Mark a ‘Black Day’ for Afghanistan With More Violence Against Women
A year after the Taliban takeover, women took to the streets defiantly to demand bread, work, and freedom.
Afghanistan Was a Predictable, Preventable Disaster
On the sad anniversary of the chaotic U.S. pullout, Afghanistan is once again primed for terror.
One Year Later, Afghanistan Is a Land of Shrugs and Sadness
The return of the Taliban may have ended the fighting. The suffering goes on.
Afghanistan, 1 Year Later: ‘It’s a Really Dire Situation’
Two experts on the Taliban’s governing style—and why Pakistan has “buyer’s remorse.”
India’s Beef With China Sizzles at Over 10,000 Feet
And the Pentagon wants to help India in the mountaintop brawl.
Afghans Promised a Way Out Are Still Trapped by Red Tape
More than 70,000 Afghans who worked for the United States are still waiting for visas—unless the Taliban get to them first.
Beijing’s Taiwan Aggression Has Backfired in Tokyo
Military exercises have stiffened Japanese resolve.
South Korea’s Presidential Snub of Pelosi Was an Unforced Blunder
Yoon Suk-yeol simply isn’t up to international diplomacy.
U.S. Eyes New Energy Sanctions on Myanmar After Execution of Activists
Oil and gas are a critical economic lifeline for Myanmar’s military junta.
Taliban Killings Skyrocket in Forgotten Afghanistan
A new report exposes the regime’s shocking brutality.
China Is Stepping Up Its Information War on Taiwan
Pelosi’s visit is another spur for Beijing’s disinformation campaign.
Al Qaeda Leader, Successor to Bin Laden, Killed in U.S. Drone Strike
“Justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden says.
Pelosi’s Visit Risks Turning Taiwan Into a Political Football, Aides Worry
The U.S. House speaker puts both Washington and Beijing in a bind.
China Is Doomed to Play a Significant Role in Afghanistan
Beijing is desperate to avoid being trapped in Kabul’s politics.
How ‘Bakla’ Explains the Struggle for Queer Identity in the Philippines
The Tagalog word eludes Western concepts of gender and sexuality—and offers a window into LGBTQ+ Filipinos’ quest for acceptance.
What Does the Pelosi Taiwan Uproar Mean for U.S. China Policy?
The controversy over Nancy Pelosi’s proposed trip highlights the contradictions of U.S. policy toward the island.
Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip Causes a Ruckus in Washington
The House speaker’s visit is a grand gesture, but it shouldn’t be seen as a show of strength.
What Does Nancy Pelosi Think She’s Doing in Taiwan?
A risky trip seems more about dramatic gestures than actual help.
The Taliban’s Neighbors Fear Afghanistan’s ‘Boiling Pot’ of Terrorism
A three-day conference in Uzbekistan has united the region, worried about the guerrillas in their midst.
The Taliban Detained Me for Doing My Job. I Can Never Go Back.
FP’s columnist on a harrowing return to Kabul, almost one year after the United States left Afghanistan.
U.S. Raises the Ante in Pacific Islands After Chinese Swoop
But the Pacific Islands are loath to be pawns in a geopolitical game.
South Korea Is Turbocharging Its Arms Sales Business
Seoul aims to become one of the world’s top arms exporters.
China Made a Failed Bet on Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Family
Beijing’s investments in the island look shaky after protests topple the government.
Sri Lanka’s Road to Ruin Was Political, Not Economic
The proximate cause for the protests is inflation, but the roots are in Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism.
Election Victories Empower Kishida’s Agenda for Japan
Abe’s killing may have boosted an already strong LDP vote.
The U.S. Needs to Find the Middle Ground on Afghanistan
Both maximalist and minimalist strategies have utterly failed.
Taliban Wage War Over Coal in Northern Afghanistan
The battle for cash pits the Kabul extremists against Hazara locals.
As Security Threats Mount, Japan and South Korea Begin (Carefully) Mending Fences
Prodded by Washington, Seoul and Tokyo are taking steps to overcome deep historical tensions.
Netflix India’s ‘Cobalt Blue’ Shows Queer Love—in Primary Colors
The recent LGBTQ film tries to give life to the complications of queer desire. It falters.
The U.N. Knows Afghanistan Is Messed Up. But It’s Keeping Mum.
An internal United Nations report details escalating Taliban violations of human rights—and little U.N. leverage.
Baby Formula Marketing Practices Are Still Too Aggressive
While American mothers can’t find enough formula, a new WHO report details why parents are getting too much in other parts of the world.
‘The Lazarus Heist’ Is the Gripping Story of North Korean Cybercrime
Worryingly, Washington’s concern does not rise to the level of the danger.
Leaning on Pakistan Can Get Abandoned Afghans to Safety
Thousands of Afghans who worked with the United States need a route out.
Hun Sen Stands in the Way of His Own Succession Plan
Cambodia’s prime minister has outmaneuvered political opponents and groomed his oldest son for power, but does he know when to walk away?
Ending North Korea’s Isolation Is the Only Solution Left
It’s time to consider what’s never been tried before.
Washington Should Chill About China’s Cambodia Base
Americans need to recognize their own ugly history in Southeast Asia.
Will India’s Domestic Politics Dent Its Diplomacy?
Offensive remarks about Islam by ruling party leaders have consequences for New Delhi in Persian Gulf states.
The United States and India Need a Digital Handshake
Mistrust and disagreements over privacy have impeded a partnership that could transform the global digital economy.
Beijing and Washington Need a Joint Plan for North Korea’s COVID-19 Disaster
As Pyongyang claims success, the World Health Organization raises serious doubts.
Myanmar Military Carries Out Atrocities in the East, Too
A distracted international community hasn’t been watching.
Pakistan Sponsored Terror Next Door. Now, It’s Back to Roost
Afghans rue the return of the Taliban. So does Pakistan, as al Qaeda-linked militants run rampant.
Is Biden Being Machiavellian or Misguided on Taiwan?
The U.S. president’s surprise statement could deter China—or increase the risk of war.
Kevin Rudd: Australia’s China Policy Requires a ‘Realist Premise’
“China ultimately respects strength and is contemptuous of weakness,” the former Australian prime minister said.
South Korea’s Conservatives Aren’t Any Tougher on China or North Korea Than Liberals
The new Yoon administration will stick to the same line Seoul always follows.
In Hong Kong, a Once Liberal University Feels Beijing’s Weight
With protesters crushed and memorials removed, there’s no room for campus dissent.
Australia’s Got a Solomon Islands Headache (Again)
China’s expansion into the South Pacific caught Australia and the United States off guard.
Sri Lanka’s President Is Girding Himself for the Long Haul
Despite two months of anti-government protests, Gotabaya Rajapaksa doesn’t seem like a leader preparing to relinquish power.
North Korea May Be Trapped Between Famine and Plague
As COVID-19 sweeps through the country, outside help is desperately needed.
How a Pair of Mining Fortunes Will Shape the Australian Election
Two wealthy men with opposing political views are riding a wave of discontent with the major parties.
New Philippine President Marcos Is No Duterte on Foreign Policy
Monday’s victor intends to defend sovereignty against China and prioritize the U.S. alliance.
Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master
The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.
Vietnam Relations Are a Quiet U.S. Victory Already
There’s no need to empower hard-liners by a potentially provocative upgrade.
The World Ignored Russia’s Delusions. It Shouldn’t Make the Same Mistake With India.
Hindu nationalist ideologues in New Delhi are flirting with a dangerous revisionist history of South Asia.
Millions of Afghans Want to Flee. LGBTQ Afghans Have To.
Since the Taliban takeover last August, members of the Afghan LGBTQ community have faced electrocution, torture, killings, and fear.
India’s Official COVID-19 Death Toll Is Still an Undercount
As the World Health Organization seeks to revise global figures, politics in New Delhi stand in the way.
China Wants Its Investments in Afghanistan to Be Safer Than in Pakistan
Beijing could profit handsomely from Afghan resources and exports, but new ventures risk exposing Chinese nationals to violence.
How North Korean Paranoia Entrapped an 85-Year-Old American
Trauma and fears of espionage run deep in Pyongyang.
South Asia’s Record-Breaking Heat Wave Isn’t Over Yet
The extreme weather in India and Pakistan is a sign of what’s to come for climate-vulnerable countries.
North Korea’s Tactical Nuclear Plans Are a Dangerous Proposition
Lowering the threshold for usage makes conflict even more likely.
Flexibility Can Bring Pyongyang Back to Negotiations
Hard-line approaches to North Korea keep backfiring.
Taiwan Doesn’t Need a Formal U.S. Security Guarantee
U.S. security cooperation is a more powerful demonstration of commitment than any declaration of intent.
Pakistan’s Military Ends Its Experiment With Hybrid Democracy
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ouster goes down as a failure for the generals’ intervention in domestic politics.
China’s Taiwan Invasion Plans May Get Faster and Deadlier
Russian mistakes offer some warnings for Beijing’s ambitions.
The U.S. Should Stop Nickel and Diming India and Bangladesh
A low-cost program designed to promote economic development has shut out two key partners in Asia.
Across South Asia, U.S. and India Push Back Against China
Beijing’s strategic initiatives on the subcontinent are sputtering.