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Snapshot,
Manjari Chatterjee Miller

Observers may blanch at the prospect of a Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom they fear would apply his Hindu nationalist beliefs to Indian foreign policy. But they should remember that, for the past five decades, Indian foreign policy has been broadly consistent and any changes had little to do with the prime minister’s political ideology.

Snapshot,
Paul D. Miller

Due in large part to the massive investment of U.S. time, money, and resources in the Afghan military since 2001, and to Washington’s relative neglect of the civilian government, Afghanistan is facing a very real risk of military coup. There is still time to forestall that outcome. But if it happens, no policymaker should be surprised.

Video,
Gideon Rose and Robert Jervis

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs, interviews Robert Jervis, professor of international politics at Columbia University.

Comment, 2014
Ira Trivedi

Last December, India's Supreme Court re-established a colonial era law prohibiting homosexual relations. That will mix poorly with an Indian society that has a long tradition of tolerance for sexual minorities.

Letter From,
Dorn Townsend

For the past four years, Afghan television stations have been flooding the country’s airwaves with a steady stream of crime dramas and courtroom documentaries. Backed by foreign donors, the series have two benefits: they offer a valuable education in civil procedure and help develop popular expectations of equality before the law.

Snapshot,
Milan Vaishnav

Heading into general elections this spring, Indian voters are worried about the economy -- no wonder, since the country's growth rate has fallen by nearly half since 2010, inflation remains high, and corruption is rampant. Unfortunately for voters, none of the leading parties have presented a coherent economic strategy.

Snapshot,
Sumit Ganguly

It is tempting to assume that India's upcoming national election will pit the forces of progressivism, embodied by the ruling Indian National Congress Party, against the forces of cultural and religious nationalism, represented by the Bharatiya Janata Party. In truth, both major parties have failed to live up to their platforms -- and voters know it. In the end, this spring's real winners might be the country's smaller regional parties.

Snapshot,
Naheed Mustafa

The monolithic view in the West that all Pakistanis are enraged by drone strikes is inaccurate. In fact, further north -- closer to the areas that bear the brunt of the strikes -- it is not uncommon to encounter strong support for them.

Letter From,
Eric Randolph

Nepal's incumbent Maoist party was crushed in the country's recent elections. With their backs against the wall, the Maoists may decide that sowing instability is the only way to keep their agenda alive. And that could undo all the progress that Nepal has made in recent years.

Postscript,
Jennifer Lind

During negotiations over a new security pact, Kabul demanded that Washington apologize for its military’s bad behavior. Such apologies are generally unnecessary and sometimes even counterproductive. Still, reconciliation requires some acknowledgement of past harm.

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