Biden Hands the Taliban a Propaganda Victory

If you would like to receive South Asia Brief in your inbox every Thursday, please sign up here . The highlights this week: U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive order on frozen Afghan central bank assets helps the Taliban, state elections get underway in India —with a potential shake-up in Punjab, […]

If Russia Invades Ukraine, Sanction China

This puts the United States in a serious bind. If Washington expects to convey a credible deterrent against a Russian invasion of Ukraine using financial and economic sanctions, it will need to signal its resolve to impose secondary sanctions against China in the same breath. The problem is that the […]

Beijing Could Run Russia’s Playbook on Taiwan

Beijing’s challenge is that, unlike Hong Kong, Taiwan is a functionally independent state, separated from the mainland by a body of water, and Chinese authorities are not already present in Taiwan, as they were in Hong Kong. To overcome these obstacles, China thus must engineer a crisis that would compel […]