Latest Articles about South Asia

Karachi’s Security Crackdown a Boost for Pakistan’s Islamists

Political violence and gang wars in Karachi have remained a critical issue for the Pakistani authorities over the years. The situation even became an agenda item in the country’s National Action Plan on counter-terrorism, an initiative that received unanimous approval in parliament following the 2014... MORE


MALI: ISLAMIC STATE CONSIDERS ITS ALTERNATIVES Islamic State (IS) has acknowledged a pledge of allegiance from a fledgling group of Islamist fighters in Mali following several recent cross-border attacks by the group, and as IS itself comes under pressure in Iraq and Syria. On October... MORE

Uzbekistan Determined to Improve Relations With Its Neighbors

Uzbekistan’s diplomats may never have been quite as busy as Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov has been in just the past several weeks. In addition to attending or hosting a series of routine meetings, Kamilov has also become a goodwill ambassador for Uzbekistan’s interim president, Prime... MORE

Security Situation Along Afghan-Tajik Border Alarms Regional Powers

Two high-ranking Russian security officials—General Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Security Council of Russia, and General Nikolai Bordyuzha, secretary general of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)—recently paid official visits to Tajikistan within days of one another. Generals Patrushev and Bordyuzha met with... MORE

Our Kind of Warlord: Afghanistan’s Deal With Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Hizb-e Islami Afghanistan (HIA), one of Afghanistan’s oldest jihadist factions and largest Islamic parties, concluded a comprehensive peace deal with the Afghan government on September 29. Speaker after speaker in the Afghan capital’s grand Arg presidential palace declared the deal “historic,” a milestone for restoring... MORE

Qari Abdul Rauf Asghar: The New Face of Jaish-e-Mohammad

The resurgence of the Islamist-Kashmiri terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) with the Pathan Kot Air Force Base attack in January 2016 was indeed disquieting. Seven security personnel and all five attackers were killed in the three-day skirmish (January 2-5) (Indian Express, May 3). JeM is infamous... MORE