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    Sri Lanka: Most Economically Free South Asian Nation

    Sri Lanka has maintained its position as the most economically free nation in South Asia, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. The country has a sustained annual growth rate of 6 percent since 2010 and continues to pursue economic reforms and liberalization. Despite a dip in its global … More

    What the Mehsud Strike Means for Fighting Global Terrorism

    It was welcome news that a U.S.-launched drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) who was responsible for slaughtering thousands of Pakistanis and wanted for his involvement in the 2009 attack on a U.S. forward-operating base in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officials, but some in the … More

    Hearing on Afghanistan Highlights Importance of Residual Force

    Panelists at a recent hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia urged Congress to maintain a strong residual force in Afghanistan post-2014. The U.S. should remain diplomatically, financially, and militarily engaged in Afghanistan, noted Heritage Foundation senior fellow Lisa Curtis: The U.S. must … More

    Afghanistan: Levin Sets Low Bar for Future Troop Levels

    With the 2014 deadline for the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan fast approaching, there are many questions regarding the number of troops that will remain in the country. In a recent statement, Senator Carl Levin (D–MI) told reporters, “The number I think [will] be a small number.… My … More

    Bangladesh Spring Turns Violent

    At least 44 people have been killed in the past two days in protests in Bangladesh following the third conviction by a war crimes tribunal set up to investigate the role of Islamist political leaders in Bangladesh’s independence movement in 1971. The recent spurt in violence follows a month of … More

    Morning Bell: We Can't Give Up on Afghanistan

    Yesterday marked the 11-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, which was launched just three and a half weeks after the 9/11 attacks. Recently, U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan reached the 2,000 mark. These markers—combined with the horror of “insider attacks” by Afghan soldiers against allied fighters—beg an accounting … More

    South Asia Thankfully Left Out of U.S.-China Joint Statement

    Compared to the U.S.–China joint statement in 2009, this year’s joint statement issued at the summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao contains no mention of improving U.S.–China “communication, dialogue, and cooperation on issues related to South Asia.” India objected strenuously to the language in the 2009 joint statement, … More

    Gates' Visit Bolsters U.S.-India Security Ties

    As the Taliban assaulted Kabul, Defense Secretary Gates made an important visit to India, the South Asian giant whose partnership is critical to stabilizing the region and checking terrorism trends that jeopardize world security. In an op-ed that ran in today’s Times of India, Gates emphasizes the helpful role Indian … More

    The Obama Administration: A Year of Living Dangerously

    This week marks the one year anniversary of the president’s election to commander chief, but it seems more like an occasion for concern than for slapping high-fives. It is not hard to craft comparisons between Carter and the current occupant of the Oval Office. Both entered office with high expectations; both … More