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South & Central Asia

The Cost of Leaving: The Afghan Human Rights Dilemma

While there are numerous ways to evaluate the defensibility of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the detrimental effect it could have on human rights is tragically neglected. A full withdrawal before the May 1 deadline risks imperiling the significant gains made by vulnerable demographics and increasing the risk of indiscriminate violence. As the Biden administration seeks to restore US global leadership by promoting democratic values, a hasty departure does nothing to advance this goal. It is imperative that the United States maintains its current troop levels in Afghanistan until a peace accord between the Taliban and the current Afghan government is finalized.

China’s War on its Minority Cultures

In spite of public proclamations of cooperation, the People's Republic of China continues a repressive campaign against its ethnic minorities in Tibet, Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia. Stronger, more consistent action from the U.S. government is required to disincentivize China’s continued violation human rights.

Europe’s Dangerous China Dependency

A string of recent events has revealed the pitfalls of Europe’s economic dependence on China. In order to stand up for its democratic values, the EU must weaken Beijing’s ability to leverage trade and investment ties in service of its hostile political objectives.

Trusting the Enemy: Barriers to Diplomacy in US-North Korea Relationship

As the United States-North Korea relationship becomes more complex, a key hurdle for the two nations to address is a growing lack of trust. Addressing this lack of trust in the relationship can create a situation in which diplomacy can be effective.

Repatriating Women and Power: Pakistan’s Golden Opportunity

In 2019, 629 Pakistani women were trafficked to China as brides. This number has ballooned, prompting mass protests. Imran Khan's government can appease the public and win reelection in 2023 by repatriating these women.

Pressuring Friends: Recent Developments in the ROK-US Alliance

Since October several key issues—defense cost sharing and GSOMIA in particular—have caused contention in the United States-South Korea alliance. Rising pressure provides room for adversaries to exploit the alliance for their own gain and draws into question the many benefits of a strong alliance.

The Case for More South Asian Regionalism

While so much of the world embraced globalization by drawing closer together regionally, countries in South Asia barely began to exploit this strategy of international cooperation and prosperity. Despite containing India’s emerging power, two potential hydro giants, Bhutan and Nepal; the prospective sea-trading states Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; and the appealing tourist destination of…