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Sue Mi Terry and Max Boot

The case of North Korea clearly exposes the dangers of the United States seeking a nuclear agreement with a state that has no intention of abiding by one. The United States’ experience with North Korea should make it wary of similar nuclear negotiations, especially with Iran.

Comment, 2015
Gideon Rose

In recent decades, China has surged from totalitarian poverty to middle-income authoritarianism. This transformation has been one of the great events in human history. But Beijing has already picked most of the low-hanging fruit of modernization and is now bumping up against the classic challenges of the middle phases of development. Our deep dive into China's condition looks at what's happening today—and what might happen tomorrow.

Jacob Stokes

While the world focuses on China’s aggression in the seas to its east, China’s leaders are looking west with their "One Belt, One Road" strategy. If successful, the ambitious program would make China a principal economic and diplomatic force in Eurasian integration.

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Vasundhara Sirnate

Although they both want the same things—protection from counterterrorism gone awry and development—Jammu’s Hindu population and Muslim Kashmiris have different answers about how to get them. Modi's election laid these divisions bare.

Peter Martin

The relationship between China and India will be one of the most important of this century. Their interactions will help to determine the future of globalization, international institutions, and U.S. power. Yet for all of its future significance, the relationship remains stuck in the past.

Nadia Hashimi

In Afghanistan, there are girls, there are boys, and then there are the bacha posh, a temporary third gender for girls who live as boys. The practice is at least a century old and is used by families of all socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities to navigate Afghanistan's deeply patriarchal society. 

Andrew S. Erickson and Conor M. Kennedy

Recent satellite images show that the Spratly islands are growing at a staggering pace. Tons of sand, rocks, coral cuttings, and concrete are transforming miniscule Chinese-occupied outcroppings into sizeable islands with harbors, large multi-story buildings, airstrips, and other government facilities. The parties behind the construction and defense of these islands remain a thinly veiled secret.

Sameer Lalwani

India keeps its grip on Sri Lanka as China tries to steal influence and lengthen its “string of pearls," a cluster of developing nations along the Indian Ocean rim that Beijing controls.

Sim Chi Yin

In Beijing, old underground air raid shelters are used as housing by a special class of migrants.

John Delury

The central lesson from North Korea is that even the best nuclear deal with Iran is merely a prelude to the real diplomatic drama. To ensure that Tehran does not go the way of Pyongyang, the nuclear accord must be followed by the creation of a framework for fundamentally new Iranian relations with the United States, the region, and the international community.

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