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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.

Can Pakistan Comply With the FATF’s Demands on Convicting the Members of Banned Groups?
December 10, 2019

Can Pakistan Comply With the FATF’s Demands on Convicting the Members of Banned Groups?

By Umair Jamal
The FATF wants Pakistan to convict members of banned outfits. Can Pakistan comply?

Deadly Fire Highlights India’s Thousands of Illegal Factories
December 10, 2019

Deadly Fire Highlights India’s Thousands of Illegal Factories

By Associated Press
At least 43 people were killed in the fire, drawing attention to unsafe conditions in the illegal workshops.
How India and Japan Zoomed in on Northeast India
December 09, 2019

How India and Japan Zoomed in on Northeast India

By Rupakjyoti Borah
India's Northeast brings Japan's "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategy and India's "Act East" strategies together.

Time to Practice Climate Change Diplomacy in India’s Neighborhood
December 07, 2019

Time to Practice Climate Change Diplomacy in India’s Neighborhood

By Niranjan Marjani
Neighborhood first should be the focus of India’s climate change diplomacy.

Women in Nepal Face 40 Restrictions During Periods
December 06, 2019

Women in Nepal Face 40 Restrictions During Periods

By StoriesAsia
The practice of Chhaupadi in Nepal continues to harm women's well-being, health, and freedom.

How Onion Prices Are Shifting Politics in South Asia
December 06, 2019

How Onion Prices Are Shifting Politics in South Asia

By Bansari Kamdar
As onion prices soar across the Indian subcontinent, realpolitik concerns are shifting old alliances and building new ones.

629 Pakistani Girls Were Sold as Brides to Chinese Men
December 05, 2019

629 Pakistani Girls Were Sold as Brides to Chinese Men

By Associated Press
Investigations, however, have largely ceased -- allegedly under pressure from officials wary of damaging China-Pakistan relations.
Report: Indian Navy Ejected Chinese Research Ship From Indian Exclusive Economic Zone
December 04, 2019

Report: Indian Navy Ejected Chinese Research Ship From Indian Exclusive Economic Zone

By Ankit Panda
The Chinese research vessel was conducting activities near India‘s sensitive Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Larger Significance of Pakistan’s Army Chief Extension Debate
December 03, 2019

The Larger Significance of Pakistan’s Army Chief Extension Debate

By Daud Khattak
General Bajwa may well get to serve another three years, but that shouldn’t mask the changes underway in Pakistan’s politics.

Pakistan’s Highest Court Suspends the Army Chief’s Term Extension. What Now?
November 30, 2019

Pakistan’s Highest Court Suspends the Army Chief’s Term Extension. What Now?

By Umair Jamal
The Supreme Court has issued an extraordinary judgement

What Will Rajapaksa’s Return Mean for India-Sri Lanka Relations?
November 27, 2019

What Will Rajapaksa’s Return Mean for India-Sri Lanka Relations?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A closer look at what Sri Lanka’s recent election results may mean for ties between New Delhi and Colombo.
How India Will Cope With Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka
November 27, 2019

How India Will Cope With Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka

By Abhijnan Rej
New Delhi let the election run its course in Sri Lanka.

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