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May 22, 2020

India
Reflections on India’s Foreign Affairs Strategy

I had the opportunity earlier this week to take part in a fascinating webinar discussion, hosted by Brookings India, on India’s foreign policy strategy. The anchor for the conversation was a new pape…

A man in a face mask cleans machinery

May 19, 2020

India
Modi’s India Under Lockdown, With Alyssa Ayres

Alyssa Ayres, CFR senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the effects of the coronavirus on India’s 1.3 billion people.

Podcast Migrant workers shout slogans during a protest demanding train service to their home state of eastern Bihar, after a limited reopening of India's giant rail network following a nearly seven-week lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease.

May 12, 2020

India
India’s New Self-Reliance: What Does Modi Mean?

On Tuesday, May 12, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a primetime address to the nation on the coronavirus (Hindi text released here, and English here). With India in a national lockdown …

Man on cell phone looking out train window

May 6, 2020

India
WhatsApp With India?

Roughly four hundred million people in India use the encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp. Now, the country’s ruling party is trying to force WhatsApp to let the government trace and censor messages…

Podcast A group of young people look at their smart phones

May 4, 2020

India
The Pandemic and China Are Strengthening U.S.-India Relations, for Now

This post is part of an Asia Unbound series of voices from Asia on the COVID-19 crisis, and on its implications for Asia and for Asian views of the United States. The post is authored by Rajeswari Pi…

S. Jaishankar and Mike Pompeo at a press briefing, looking toward each other

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.

March 27, 2020

Coronavirus
What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Pandemic

A new coronavirus that originated in China has spread worldwide, sickening hundreds of thousands and halting economic activity. Many countries have imposed unprecedented measures to stop local outbre…

Dozens of people wear face masks and carry suitcases while walking through a Beijing railway station.

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.

March 19, 2020

Coronavirus
How Are Major Religions Responding to the Coronavirus?

Many of the world’s faithful have altered long-standing religious practices to avoid spreading the new coronavirus.