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December 29, 2017

Rohingya
Rohingya refugee women cry while crossing the Naf River with an improvised raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain The Top Ten South Asia Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to assess which stories from South Asia had the most impact. By this I mean which events or ongoing developments shaped a country or the South Asian region, or had …

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

August 2, 2017

Pakistan
A man reads a newspaper with news about the disqualification of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court, at a news stand in Peshawar, Pakistan July 29, 2017. Is There Any Way to Help Pakistan Improve Governance?

Last Friday, under a narrow and never-before-utilized clause of the Pakistani constitution, one focused on moral probity, Pakistan’s Supreme Court deemed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ineligible to be …

November 11, 2016

Emerging Markets
rupee-edited This Week in Markets and Democracy: New French Anticorruption Law, More Panama Papers Fallout, India’s Big Currency Ban

France’s Anticorruption Reforms After years of criticism for failing to prosecute foreign bribery, France adopted a new anticorruption law that will force companies doing business on its soil to tak…

November 30, 2016

India
obama-trump Where Should Donald Trump Begin in South Asia?

Donald J. Trump will assume the U.S. presidency at a time of flux in South Asia. Afghanistan appears at risk of greater instability, Pakistan continues to harbor terrorists that attack its neighbors,…

May 24, 2013

Nawaz Sharif casts his vote in Pakistan's May 11 general election (Mohsin Raza/Courtesy Reuters). The World Next Week: Nawaz Sharif Becomes Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Joe Biden Visits South America, and the United States Celebrates Memorial Day

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Joe Biden’s trip to South America, and Memorial Day [audio: http://www.cfr.or…

October 28, 2016

China
quetta-police-academy-attack Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of October 28, 2016

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, David O’Connor, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Suicide attack in Pakistan leaves sixty-one dead. Late Monday night, thre…

October 14, 2016

Asia
chibok-girls-nigeria_rtss64e Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from October 8 to October 15, was compile…

May 12, 2016

China
Behind China’s Gambit in Pakistan

China’s flagship investment project in Pakistan could provide a much needed economic spark, but significant security and political challenges loom.

June 17, 2015

Asia
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai delivers a speech during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2014 (Cornelius Poppe/Reuters/NTB Scanpix/Pool). Flawed and Unequal Justice in Pakistan

Earlier this month, Pakistani authorities revealed that eight of the ten men accused in the 2012 attack on Malala Yousafzai were acquitted, despite a previous announcement that all ten were sentenced…