Ishaan Tharoor

Ishaan is a Senior Editor at TIME magazine and Editor of TIME World, based in New York City. A New Yorker (by upbringing) and an Indian (by passport), he joined TIME's Asia headquarters in Hong Kong after graduating from Yale in 2006. Since then, he has covered international geo-politics extensively for the magazine and, ranging from Maoist camps in Nepal to the corridors of trans-Atlantic power in Brussels.

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Global Briefing: Crimes and Misdemeanors

L’affaire DSK: The arrest of International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual-assault charges in New York has plunged France into a bout of “soul searching” and probably removes the greatest threat to unpopular French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s rule in upcoming elections. TIME’s global business correspondent Michael …

Angry with the U.S., What Can Pakistan Get Out of China?

ABCNews reports that Pakistani authorities may be willing to share with their Chinese counterparts the charred wreckage of the detonated U.S. stealth helicopter used in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. Anonymous Pakistani officials claimed the Chinese, whose military harbors a not-so-secret ambition to match American capabilities …

Abyei: The Flashpoint of a Sudanese Maelstrom

By mid-January, the world heaved a massive sigh of relief when a hotly anticipated referendum over the secession of southern Sudan passed with minimal violence. In July, South Sudan is set to formally become an independent state, sundering in half Africa’s biggest country. But as more high-profile conflicts raged in the Ivory Coast, …

Dalai Lama: Osama bin Laden Deserves Compassion

After delivering a lecture on “secular ethics” at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles just days after the U.S. raid on Abbottabad, the Dalai Lama was asked of his thoughts about the killing of Osama bin Laden. A headline in the Los Angeles Times claimed the great spiritual leader in exile thought bin Laden’s death “was …

Global Briefing: Sorcery and Skullduggery

Game of Thrones — As the world’s attention focuses on Pakistan, a fascinating power struggle is playing out in Iran between controversial President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Guardian reports that a number of prominent Ahmadinejad allies have been arrested on archaic charges of

This Afternoon, It All Kicks Off

Update: Barcelona won, but not without controversy.

At 2:45 PM on the U.S.’s eastern seaboard, a soccer game across the pond in Barcelona will kick off between two of the sport’s most legendary teams, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. It’s a rivalry steeped in deep historical enmity, oozing glamor and bling, and currently in full heat, …

Abbottabad: The Beautiful Place Where Bin Laden Died

The idyllic, verdant town where Osama bin Laden had been in hiding — and where the terrorist-in-chief met his end yesterday — is now under a particularly glaring spotlight. As we now know, bin Laden took sanctuary in a compound here, lying amid an affluent community which includes numerous prominent retired Pakistani army staff. The …

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