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AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s strategic pivot

Friday is another Indo-Pacific day for U.S. President Joe Biden. After meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks, he will host the first in-person summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue—or Quad—with the leaders of Australia, India, and Japan. Taking place barely a week after the stunning announcement of the new AUKUS military and technology pact joining Australia, Britain, and the United States, the new set of meetings underlines the growing urgency with which...

SOUTH ASIAN BRIEF

How the Quad Surged Back From Irrelevance

Welcome to Foreign Policy’s South Asia Brief.

The highlights this week: Washington hosts the first in-person Quad leaders’ summit, India announces it will resume COVID-19 vaccine exports, and the troubling plight of Sri Lankan refugees in India.

 The group has seen significant momentum in the last year. The Quad navies held a military...

Reports

Kamala Harris gently presses Indian PM Narendra...

US Vice-President Kamala Harris invoked her familial ties to India as she gently pressed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on human rights during a history-making meeting on Thursday between America’s first vice-president of Indian descent and the leader of a country that has become an increasingly close ally. Harris, during public...

Indian photographer in video stomps on man shot...

A video of a photographer stomping and attacking the body of a man shot by the police in the northeastern state of Assam has gone viral in India, triggering uproar and protests. In the video, which has not been independently verified by Al Jazeera, a...

Attacks on Myanmar military spike following call...

Clashes between the Myanmar military and a growing resistance movement called the People's Defense Force have intensified following calls for open uprisings by the parallel government formed by ousted politicians and activists. The PDF consists of militias that have been formed throughout Myanmar since May...

Taliban ask to participate in UNGA, mominate Suh...

The Taliban have written to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres nominating their spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s new ambassador to the UN and have asked to participate and speak in the high-level 76th session of the General Assembly currently underway here. The nomination sets up a confrontation...

SAM Special

Afghanistan: Pakistani diplomacy is on a roll

An Indian news website that is wired into Panjshir Valley reported this morning that Amrullah Saleh, former Afghan vice president and security tsar in the Ghani government has relocated to Tajikistan and that that he was given a safe passage by the Tajikistan government.  This comes within days of the “lengthy meeting” in Dushanbe on September 17 between Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan where they thrashed out the terms of a consensus...

Issues

Mapping Afghanistan’s untapped natural resources

Deep beneath the ground in one of the world’s poorest countries sits at least $1 trillion of untapped mineral resources, according to a report published by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines and Petroleum [PDF]. The South Asian country of 38 million people is estimated to hold...

Pakistan enlists Afghan Taliban to rein in group...

Afghanistan’s Taliban regime is playing a pivotal role in backchannel talks between  Pakistan’s government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan insurgents (TTP), top officials indicated, after Islamabad offered a conditional amnesty for surrendering militants. While the prospects of a peace deal remain remote, officials said Pakistan hopes the Taliban’s involvement...

Why a shift in militants’ strategy could shine a...

A paradigm shift in jihadist thinking suggests that the US invasion of Afghanistan may prove to have achieved more than many counterterrorism experts would want policymakers and military strategists to believe. The evolution of tensions and unfolding of differences in the world of Afghan militancy...

Assam govt evicts over 800 families from village...

The Assam government carried out a massive eviction drive in a village on a sandbar in the Darrang district on Monday, September 20, leaving at least 800 families homeless. This was the second round of evictions carried out in the last three months at the...

Editor`s Choice

India’s Covid-19 tsunami

India’s Covid-19 tsunami

It is humbling when a columnist must retract his words soon after penning them. Just two months ago, after India rushed millions of doses of...
Quad lacks moral authority in South China Sea

Quad lacks moral authority in South China Sea

At the virtual summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue held on March 12, the Quad leaders reiterated their firm commitment that the rules-based international order...
Indonesia seeks to broker Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan

Indonesia seeks to broker Taliban peace deal...

Former Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he has traveled to Afghanistan and Qatar several times in recent months to help broker a peace deal...

Focus

Nepal

Britain and India want Gurkha women to fight in their armies. Nepal’s not so sure

The Gurkhas are known for being among the most feared fighting men in the British and Indian armies. And, if London and New Delhi have their way, they could soon be known for being the most fearsome fighting women too. Both Britain and India had hoped that their long held ambitions to enlist Gurkha women in their militaries would finally bear fruit this year, but with little more than three months to go before the...
No other global leader that we have seen, took such an initiative to leverage his/her position to save the innocent. … He has been gracious with his time and never once questioned our motives.
U.S. conservative commentator Glenn Beck, praising Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for assisting in Beck’s efforts to evacuate Afghans from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.