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August 31, 2017

Global Governance
How the BRICS Got Here

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have created a meaningful partnership over the last several years, but the rivalry between the bloc’s two most powerful members poses an obstacle to gre…

Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

August 22, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
The Not-So-New "New" South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump outlined last night the much-anticipated strategy his administration will adopt in Afghanistan, now the United States’ longest war. Trump placed Afghanistan in the context o…

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address to the nation from Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

August 15, 2017

India
India at Seventy: An Emerging World Power With Unfinished Business at Home

As India celebrates its seventieth year of independence from the British on August 15, the press has been filled with retrospectives asking the usual decennial question: Has India succeeded or has it…

REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

August 10, 2017

Pakistan
Weak Link in Afghanistan Strategy: Pakistan, Still Not Serious About Terrorism

Nearly sixteen long years on, the United States still struggles with how to devise a strategy for success in Afghanistan. The Donald J. Trump administration’s ongoing strategic review, according to p…

Saifullah Khalid (2nd L), president of the Milli Muslim League political party, holds a party flag with others during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, August 7, 2017. Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

August 2, 2017

Pakistan
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 …

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.

June 27, 2017

India
Role Reversal: As the United States Steps Back From Global Leadership, India Steps Up

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Washington for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump, he will find an America rethinking its global leadership role, looking more inw…

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi head back to the Oval Office after delivering joint statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017.

June 7, 2017

State and Local Governments
Gearing Up the State Department for the Era of State- and City-Level Diplomacy

It might have been former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s November 2011 trade delegation to India that first caught my attention. Former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire led another in 2012.   …

Then Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina at an interactive session with entrepreneurs organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in Chandigarh on November 14, 2014.

June 1, 2017

India
Turnabout on Climate Change: India and the United States

As President Donald J. Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, elsewhere in the world other leaders clarified their commitment to the pact. Earlier this week Indian Prim…

Modi and Merkel shake hands during a meeting in Berlin.

May 17, 2017

India
India Objects to China's Belt and Road Initiative—and It Has a Point

The grandiose Belt and Road Forum—a symbol of China’s foreign policy stepping-out as a global connectivity visionary—kicked off on May 14 with a notable absentee: India. On May 13, India’s Ministr…

Journalists take pictures outside the venue of a summit at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

May 5, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

It looks like U.S. President Donald J. Trump's plan to reduce the foreign aid budget will come at a cost to his administration's other aims in South and Central Asia. Some of the cuts come as no s…

Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence