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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.

Rape, Caste, Double Standards, and India’s Middle Class
February 20, 2020

Rape, Caste, Double Standards, and India’s Middle Class

By StoriesAsia
Does India's middle class only empathize with victims who are ‘like’ them?

Strengthening Myanmar-Sri Lanka Bilateral Relations: A Primer
February 20, 2020

Strengthening Myanmar-Sri Lanka Bilateral Relations: A Primer

By Nathasha Fernando
From shared security concerns to their struggles with great power rivalries, Myanmar and Sri Lanka have a lot in common.
Ghani’s Rivals Reject Election Result
February 20, 2020

Ghani’s Rivals Reject Election Result

By Catherine Putz
A winner has been declared in the Afghan election, but the losers are crying foul.

Indian Police Open Case Against Kashmir Social Media Users
February 19, 2020

Indian Police Open Case Against Kashmir Social Media Users

By Associated Press
Indian authorities are cracking down on the use of virtual private networks.

It’s Official: Afghanistan Election Commission Says President Ghani Wins 2nd Term
February 19, 2020

It’s Official: Afghanistan Election Commission Says President Ghani Wins 2nd Term

By Associated Press
Over four months after voting on the next president, Afghanistan finally has declared a winner.

India’s Grand Road to Nothingness in Kashmir
February 18, 2020

India’s Grand Road to Nothingness in Kashmir

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The Modi government needs to find a way to reengage with Kashmiri civil society—before it’s too late.

The Fate of Afghan Students Stranded in Coronavirus-Hit Wuhan
February 18, 2020

The Fate of Afghan Students Stranded in Coronavirus-Hit Wuhan

By Mohammad Azeem Zmarial Kakar
Afghanistan has so far declined to evacuate its nationals from the quarantine zone, despite their pleas.
Trump Goes to India as Afghanistan’s Future Looms Large on the Agenda
February 18, 2020

Trump Goes to India as Afghanistan’s Future Looms Large on the Agenda

By Minaam Shah
As Trump prepares to land in New Delhi, India has to ask itself difficult questions about its role in Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka Asks US to Review Travel Ban on Its Army Chief
February 16, 2020

Sri Lanka Asks US to Review Travel Ban on Its Army Chief

By Associated Press
Sri Lanka’s army chief was banned amid accusations of human rights abuse during the country’s civil war.

India Keeps Lid on Kashmir’s Internet 6 Months Into Lockdown
February 15, 2020

India Keeps Lid on Kashmir’s Internet 6 Months Into Lockdown

By Associated Press
Months after the lockdown began, Kashmir's internet remains hobbled and on lockdown.

Why the Taliban Won’t Cut Ties with Iran
February 15, 2020

Why the Taliban Won’t Cut Ties with Iran

By Kashif Hussain
Iran and the Taliban share interests and see common threats in the wider region, they won’t split so easily.
Official Says US, Taliban Reach Afghanistan Truce Agreement
February 15, 2020

Official Says US, Taliban Reach Afghanistan Truce Agreement

By Associated Press
The commitment to a temporary "reduction in violence" would pave the way for the signing of a formal peace agreement.

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