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July 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Elections Have Consequences in Singapore Too

Meredith Weiss is professor and chair of political science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the University at Albany, SUNY. As anticipated, the incumbent People’s Action …

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves as he arrives at a People's Action Party branch office, as ballots are being counted during the general election, in Singapore on July 11, 2020.

June 18, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, June 2020: Cases in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Spike

COVID-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in South Asia. For months, South Asia was spared the worst of the pandemic.

A man in PPE standing in front of a fire

April 30, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, April 30, 2020: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh Begin Easing Restrictions

Although coronavirus cases in India, Pakistan, and across the region have not increased as quickly as some feared (so far), South Asia's economies are struggling deeply. Sri Lanka and the Maldives ex…

A ferry barge packed with people and vehicles

April 15, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, April 15, 2020: India, Pakistan, and Others Extend Lockdowns; Surge in Bangladesh

As Modi, Khan, Hasina, and other leaders tackle COVID-19 (coronavirus) by prolonging national shutdowns, economic forecasts indicate a rocky year ahead for South Asia.

Two columns of soldiers in blue uniforms patrol a street, with an officer in a beige uniform walking between them.

April 2, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, April 2, 2020: Crowds in India and Pakistan Thwart Social Distancing

Density and crowds thwart health measures in India and Pakistan; mass unemployment looms in Bangladesh and across the region.

Rows of people sitting on the ground spaced six feet apart

March 24, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, March 24, 2020: Outbreak in Pakistan and India on Lockdown

No country in South Asia has been fully spared by the coronavirus pandemic. This week Pakistan’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 ticked up dramatically, and India moved into a near-complete lockdown. Wit…

A life-size elephant statue with a face mask on a wheeled platform faces the camera through a narrow street.

February 25, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?

Since November, I have been talking with experts with differing views on how the United States should handle the foreign policy challenges it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election …

An Afghan National Army officer holds the black, red, and green Afghan flag during a training exercise in Kabul in October 2015.

February 6, 2020

India
South Asia Reads: February 6, 2020

The annual budget in India and Chinese investments in Pakistan were two major opportunities to reverse declining economic fortunes in South Asia. This week's articles explain how both fell short of e…

Sri Lankan soldiers in independence day parade

July 22, 2019

Pakistan
Trouble With the Facts When Trump Meets Imran Khan

Tough issues in diplomacy can't be solved on the fly, and require careful attention to the facts and to history.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump at the start of their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., on July 22, 2019.

July 18, 2019

Pakistan
Pakistan, Terrorism, and Meeting Trump

Yesterday news broke that Pakistani police had arrested Hafiz Saeed, founder of the UN- and U.S.-designated terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

File photo: Supporters shower Hafiz Saeed with flower petals as he walks to court in Lahore, Pakistan, in November 2017. The court released him from house arrest.