The Great Debate

As U.S. influence in Asia falters, allies increasingly look to themselves

July 31, 2015
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force'S new helicopter destroyer DDH183 Izumo is seen before its launching ceremony in Yokohama

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s new helicopter destroyer DDH183 Izumo is seen before its launching ceremony in Yokohama, south of Tokyo August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Why Pakistan is friends with everyone – and no one

By Paula Newberg
May 26, 2015
India's PM Modi shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Sharif as Nepal's PM Koirala and Afghanistan's President Ghani watch during the closing session of 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front L) shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (front C) as Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (back 2nd L) and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani (front R) look on at the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Kathmandu, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Niranjan Shrestha/Pool

How an Iran nuclear deal means cheaper oil and why Tehran is OK with that

By Jan H. Kalicki
May 12, 2015
Facilities at phases 2-3 of the South Pars gas field are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh on Iran's Persian Gulf coast

Facilities at phases 2-3 of the South Pars gas field, owned jointly by Iran and Qatar, are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast, May 27, 2006. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A new crisis is brewing between two nuclear-armed neighbors

By Tom Rogan
April 14, 2015
A supporter of Shiv Sena holds Pakistan's national flag and a portrait of Lakhvi during a protest in New Delhi

A supporter of Shiv Sena, a Hindu hardline group, holds Pakistan’s national flag and a portrait of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi during a protest against Lakhvi’s release, in New Delhi, April 11, 2015. Lakhvi’s group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, is believed to have been behind an attach that killed 166 people in Mumbai in 2008. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

When is pornography a sign of women’s progress?

By John Lloyd
March 17, 2015
A protester takes part in a demonstration against new laws on pornography outside parliament in central London

A protester takes part in a demonstration against new British laws on pornography outside parliament in central London, Dec. 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Is this film really so shocking that 1.3 billion people should never be allowed to see it?

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
March 6, 2015
Akshay Thakur, one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi

Akshay Thakur (top), one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Meet a first lady who is clearly getting the second-class treatment

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
January 28, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they pose with India's President Pranab Mukherjee (2nd L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) during a home reception with several hundred Indian political and cultural figures at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they pose with India’s President Pranab Mukherjee (2nd L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) during a home reception with several hundred Indian political and cultural figures at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

U.S. and India: Two democracies can join to balance China’s rise

By Jon Huntsman Jr. and Bharath Gopalaswamy
January 25, 2015
U.S. President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India’s rock-star PM wowed Madison Square Garden—but can he deliver more than a great show?

By Amana Fontanella-Khan
September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Modi speaks at Madison Square Garden in New York

 

“They used to think of us as snake charmers!” boomed Narendra Modi, shortly after receiving an electrifying welcome at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this Sunday. “Now they know we play with mice, not snakes,” he said, in a well-received reference to India’s booming IT industry.

Why work with India’s new leader? It’s the economy, stupid

By Anja Manuel
September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Modi gestures while speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York

Great powers sneak up on you.  While Washington has been preoccupied with a burning Middle East, Russia behaving badly and, to a lesser extent, the rise of China, U.S. relations with India have slipped down the diplomatic priority list. In coming decades, however, enormous, unwieldy India will likely be the United States’ most important continental partner in Asia.