South Korea has made enormous strides in women’s rights, from education to politics, yet misogyny remains widespread, as a few recent cases have made clear. While progress at the top is key, everyday social attitudes and perceptions cannot be legislated and remain woefully retrograde.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees development as the solution for afflictions in restive, Muslim-majority Kashmir. But as recent violence, the deadliest in years, makes clear, that remedy remains elusive. New Delhi needs to address some delicate yet critical questions about its Kashmir policy.
The next U.S. president will have a chance to revalidate or reposition America’s engagement in Afghanistan. The larger challenge is to shift the debate about the U.S. commitment to longer-term goals, building on the gradual achievements of state-building rather than the enduring security challenges.