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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.

New Delhi Nurses Protest as Cracks Show in Indian Healthcare
June 06, 2020

New Delhi Nurses Protest as Cracks Show in Indian Healthcare

By Associated Press
Nurses at one of the Indian capital’s leading hospitals began protests this week over long shifts and shortfalls in personal protective equipment.

Will Pakistan’s Mass Surveillance Strategy Outlive the Pandemic?
June 05, 2020

Will Pakistan’s Mass Surveillance Strategy Outlive the Pandemic?

By Kaukab Tahir Shairani
With over 51,000 active COVID-19 cases, Pakistani authorities have remained silent on the scope and effectiveness of the militant-tracking system.
Amid Virus, Those in India’s Largest Slum Help One Another
June 05, 2020

Amid Virus, Those in India’s Largest Slum Help One Another

By Associated Press
Dharavi, India’s largest slum, has been hard-hit by the pandemic.

What Does COVID-19 Mean for Terrorism in Bangladesh? 
June 04, 2020

What Does COVID-19 Mean for Terrorism in Bangladesh? 

By Shafi Md Mostofa
How the pandemic intersects with challenges of Islamist radicalization for Bangladesh.

Cyclone Spares India’s Business Capital From Major Damage
June 04, 2020

Cyclone Spares India’s Business Capital From Major Damage

By Associated Press
Cyclone Nisarga’s damage to Mumbai was less intense than feared.

Balochistan Erupts in Protests Over a Murdered Mother and Her Injured 4-Year-Old
June 04, 2020

Balochistan Erupts in Protests Over a Murdered Mother and Her Injured 4-Year-Old

By Mariyam Suleman
Having witnessed years of war and violence, Balochs hardly need a reminder that no one is safe in the province – not even inside one’s home.

India’s COVID-19 Opportunity in Southeast Asia
June 04, 2020

India’s COVID-19 Opportunity in Southeast Asia

By Angshuman Choudhury and Ashutosh Nagda
India needs to extend its regional COVID diplomacy eastward.
Lack of Virus Tests Pushes Afghanistan Toward Crisis
June 03, 2020

Lack of Virus Tests Pushes Afghanistan Toward Crisis

By Associated Press
With a capacity to test only 2,000 people per day, Afghan health authorities are receiving between 10,000 and 20,000 samples each day.

UN Report: Taliban Maintains Ties to Al-Qaeda
June 02, 2020

UN Report: Taliban Maintains Ties to Al-Qaeda

By Catherine Putz
Beyond highlighting the ongoing connections between the Taliban and al-Qaeda, the report exposes fragility in the U.S.-Taliban agreement.

Sundarbans Devastated by Cyclone, as Virus Halts Migration
June 02, 2020

Sundarbans Devastated by Cyclone, as Virus Halts Migration

By Associated Press
Climate change, cyclones, and the coronavirus besiege the Sundarban delta spread between India and Bangladesh.

Did the Controversial Citizenship Amendment Act Affect India’s International Position?
June 02, 2020

Did the Controversial Citizenship Amendment Act Affect India’s International Position?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
India’s new citizenship law was criticized in various countries, but did it lead to cancelled deals or sanctions?
India Should Go Global to Defend Against China
June 02, 2020

India Should Go Global to Defend Against China

By Mohamed Zeeshan
To defend itself in the Himalayas, India should look away from its borders.

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