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South Asia is a story of promise and peril where Asia’s conflicting forces of modernity and reaction meet head on. Home to a multitude of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions, The Diplomat's regional correspondents and experts will provide the insight you need to navigate one of the world's most consequential regions.

How Dangerous Is the Pakistani Opposition’s Long March Against Imran Khan’s Government?
October 23, 2019

How Dangerous Is the Pakistani Opposition’s Long March Against Imran Khan’s Government?

By Umair Jamal
Amid the opposition’s reelection demands, Pakistan braces for a major political crisis.

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Focus on Divisive Politics and Beyond
October 21, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Focus on Divisive Politics and Beyond

By Amresh Gunasingham
On November 16, Sri Lankans go to the polls to elect their next president. 
The Kashmir Quagmire, Rising Islamophobia and Hindu Nationalism 
October 17, 2019

The Kashmir Quagmire, Rising Islamophobia and Hindu Nationalism 

By Fareeha Shamim
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan posited Hindu nationalism and rising global Islamophobia has going hand in hand.

Can a Negative Decision at the FATF Bolster Hardliners in Pakistan?
October 16, 2019

Can a Negative Decision at the FATF Bolster Hardliners in Pakistan?

By Umair Jamal
Being blacklisted at the FATF could set back real progress in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka Presidential Hopeful Says Won’t Honor Deal with UN
October 15, 2019

Sri Lanka Presidential Hopeful Says Won’t Honor Deal with UN

By Associated Press
Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he won’t recognized an agreement to investigate alleged war crimes

China’s Xi Visits Nepal, Elevating Ties to ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’
October 15, 2019

China’s Xi Visits Nepal, Elevating Ties to ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’

By Ankit Panda
The visit marked the highest-level China-Nepal interaction in 23 years.

Can the Chennai Connect Keep India-China Relations on Track?
October 14, 2019

Can the Chennai Connect Keep India-China Relations on Track?

By Vinay Kaura
The Indian and Chinese leaders avoided the hottest issues. Will the Mamallapuram meeting matter?
India Releases 3 Low-Ranking Kashmiri Politicians
October 11, 2019

India Releases 3 Low-Ranking Kashmiri Politicians

By Associated Press
The three released leaders are Yawar Mir, Noor Mohammed, and Shoiab Lone.

Taliban: From Pariah to Diplomatic Reception
October 10, 2019

Taliban: From Pariah to Diplomatic Reception

By Daud Khattak
From Moscow to Beijing, Tehran to Islamabad, Taliban delegations have found welcome in diplomatic halls.

Transitional Justice in Nepal: More Frustrations and Delay
October 09, 2019

Transitional Justice in Nepal: More Frustrations and Delay

By Hugh Whelan
The civil war ended in 2006, but justice has no time limit.

With the Afghan Taliban in Islamabad, Is Pakistan Finally Getting What It Has Always Wanted?
October 08, 2019

With the Afghan Taliban in Islamabad, Is Pakistan Finally Getting What It Has Always Wanted?

By Umair Jamal
What are the Taliban up to?
India’s Northeast Erupts in Protest Against Plan to Amend Citizenship Laws
October 07, 2019

India’s Northeast Erupts in Protest Against Plan to Amend Citizenship Laws

By StoriesAsia
Controversy persists over the National Register of Citizens and its ensuing implementation.

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