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Letter From,
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.

Snapshot,
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.

Snapshot,
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. 

Snapshot,
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.

Snapshot,
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.

Snapshot,
Sim Chi Yin

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

Snapshot,
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.

Snapshot,
Jonah Blank

After years of broken promises, there is reason to believe that the pronouncements about a better U.S.–Afghan future deserve the benefit of the doubt.

Snapshot,
Fritz Schumann

Urban migration has been particularly unkind to the small town of Nagoro, population 35. One woman fights the emptiness by creating life-sized dolls for every inhabitant who either dies or moves away.

Snapshot,
Sumit Ganguly

Despite Modi’s best efforts, domestic developments in India threaten to jeopardize his foreign policy initiatives. He courts foreign leaders with grace, projecting professional cosmopolitanism, but his government has encouraged a dangerous, parochial social agenda at home.

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