South Asia

August, 2022

  • 28 August

    Pakistan Reeling under Devastating Floods, Massive Death and Destruction

    Almost a thousand people are dead and the country's economy received damage to the tune of $4 billion.

  • 7 August

    Afghanistan: Assassination of Al-Zawahiri Reveals Tensions Within the Taliban

    For Afghanistan, al-Zawahiri’s death may have dire implications. Accusations of cooperating with the Americans will affect the already divided Taliban leadership – which could lead to bitter internecine fighting within it. And the presence of a terrorist as prominent as al-Zawahiri supposedly under the protection of senior Taliban cadres will not help US-Taliban relations. It is a direct breach of the Doha accords.

July, 2022

  • 17 July

    Pakistan’s Punjab Province Delivers Stunning Electoral Rebuke

    Now that the election stunner is in, the most frequently asked question remains the consequences of the changed parliamentary calculus in Punjab. The first casualty of this change will be the government of Mian Hamza Sharif, whose government in Punjab has lost its majority.

  • 15 July

    Pakistan May be Headed to More ‘Neutrals’-instigated Turmoil

    An elaborate strategy was finalized at a meeting of the top military brass to influence the July 17 Punjab bye-elections, prepare a favorable public opinion for General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension in service, strengthen MQM in Karachi, rebuild the army's public image and intensify the crackdown on the dissenting journalists, social media producers and influencers. Analysts say if true and implemented, this strategy will prove to be dangerous, divisive, and destabilize Pakistan even more.

  • 13 July

    In Afghanistan, a Quiet Epidemic of Mass Psychogenic Illness

     Reliable statistics on anything are hard to come by in Afghanistan, but Human Rights Watch estimates that depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress affect half of Afghanistan’s population.

  • 6 July

    Intensifying Heat Waves Threaten South Asia’s Struggling Farmers

    As climate change, and particularly heat waves, worsen for South Asia’s farmers, women are increasingly left to try to make crops grow in the oppressive heat.

June, 2022

  • 29 June

    Earthquake Poses Test of US Resistance to the Taliban

    Will the administration take additional steps to help Afghanistan or sit on the sidelines because it won’t recognize the government?

  • 14 June

    Timely Warnings Avert Loss of Life from Surging Glacier in Pakistan

    Floods rage through the Hunza valley every year from an unstable lake below the Shishper glacier, but an early warning system gives people time to evacuate.

May, 2022

  • 15 May

    The Looming Climate-security Crisis in South Asia

    Extreme weather has been called a ‘threat multiplier’ — feeding into existing social and political problems and making them even worse.

  • 11 May

    Sri Lanka’s Protests Show a Fragile Unity – For Now

    For now, ethnic tensions appear to be on hold. The common foe is the Rajapaksa family, as protesters demand that the president and prime minister step down.