The U.S. is disputing the number of Afghan civilians killed by airstrikes earlier this month, citing much lower figures than the Afghan government. Jason Motlagh of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting writes that this is not the first time that the U.S. has disputed civilian casualty figures.
Ammunition that the U.S. provides to allies in the Afghan army may be falling into the hands of Taliban militants. Rick Barton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses how the Taliban is getting the ammunition and how the U.S. can prevent the diversion of its arms in the future.
Sri Lanka declared victory after decades of civil war with the separatist group known as the Tamil Tigers. The government said it had captured the last sliver of rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka's north and killed the leader of the movement.
India's Congress Party won a landslide victory in national elections. Arvind Panagariya of Columbia University discusses the main issues of the election and what the U.S. and Pakistan can expect from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his second term in office.
In India, the results of national elections are in, and they give the Congress Party a landslide victory. Worldfocus contributor Luv Puri assesses what the results will mean for internal Indian politics as well as the country's relations with the United States and Pakistan.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Charles Sennott of GlobalPost discuss the week's top stories: Afghanistan, the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Sri Lanka and the pope's visit to the Holy Land.
Thailand's Skytrain opened in 1999, in an effort to relieve the country's crowded roads and frequent traffic jams. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that despite continued economic and political troubles, Thailand has worked to improve infrastructure and its mass transit system sets an example for neighboring Asian countries.
In Pakistan, a peace deal between the government and the Taliban is on the verge of collapse. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, on Wednesday. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner discusses Zardari's difficult position.
As the Sri Lankan government pushes forward into the rebel Tamil Tigers' last stronghold, a Worldfocus contributing blogger and journalist based in Sri Lanka expresses frustration at being prevented from covering the conflict.
As Pakistan battles Taliban militants, President Obama said he was "gravely concerned" about the stability of the Pakistani government. Teresita Schaffer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses Pakistan's offensive and security concerns over the country's nuclear arsenal.