What Can South Asia Expect from Trump?

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by Alia Akram Since the Trump presidency began with a characteristically pugnacious, divisive, and even course inaugural address, the flurry of executive orders and official announcements has put paid to those who argued that electoral stridency would be tempered by… Continue Reading  

Islam’s Lesser Muslims: When “Khuda” became “Allah”

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by Alia P. Ahmed In 1985 a curious thing happened: a prominent Pakistani talk-show host bid her audience farewell with the words Allah Hafiz. It was an awkward substitution. The Urdu word for goodbye was actually Khuda Hafiz (meaning God… Continue Reading  

Why Are Afghan and Pakistani Fighters Deploying to Syria on Iran’s Behalf?

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by Fatemeh Aman After long denying that it had deployed any foreign nationals to Syria, Iran now insists that Afghan and Pakistani Shia fighters have traveled to Syria in a spontaneous, voluntary display of religious and ideological conviction. Tehran claims… Continue Reading  

Islamic State? Al-Qaeda!

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by Derek Davison A report recently issued by the Wilson Center suggests that the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) is fundamentally incapable of sustaining its early successes. On the other hand, al-Qaeda, which many believe has been eclipsed by IS,… Continue Reading  

The Iran Deal and South Asia

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by Fatemeh Aman The agreement between Iran and world powers may be making Iran’s Arab neighbors nervous, but for South Asian countries with energy worries, it has come as a relief. The lifting of sanctions on Iran could mean economic… Continue Reading