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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.

Over 180 People Killed After Heavy Rains in Nepal and India
October 22, 2021

Over 180 People Killed After Heavy Rains in Nepal and India

By Associated Press
“The people of Nepal and India are sandwiched between the pandemic and worsening climate disasters, heavily impacting millions of lives and livelihoods.”

Are India and Pakistan Looking to Restart Cricket Diplomacy?
October 21, 2021

Are India and Pakistan Looking to Restart Cricket Diplomacy?

By Moazzam Ishaq
An invitation from India’s cricket head to his Pakistani counterpart could provide the opening for a thaw in the broader relationship.
India Hits 1 Billion Vaccine Doses
October 21, 2021

India Hits 1 Billion Vaccine Doses

By Krutika Pathi
However, there is a huge gap between the numbers who have received one shot and those who are fully immunized.

Opportunities Open Up For Reset in US-India-Pakistan Relations
October 21, 2021

Opportunities Open Up For Reset in US-India-Pakistan Relations

By Don McLain Gill
India can expect to maximize its relations with the U.S. without worrying about the Pakistan factor.

India’s Turn Toward Armenia
October 20, 2021

India’s Turn Toward Armenia

By Lilit Hayrapetyan
What is behind India's recent outreach to Armenia, including the first-ever visit by an Indian foreign minister?

Taliban Agree to New Polio Vaccination Across Afghanistan
October 20, 2021

Taliban Agree to New Polio Vaccination Across Afghanistan

By Rahim Faiez
Their reported agreement now seems aimed at showing the world they are willing to cooperate with international agencies.

Wave of Killings Triggers Memories of Dark Past in Kashmir
October 20, 2021

Wave of Killings Triggers Memories of Dark Past in Kashmir

By Aijaz Hussain
The targeted killing of religious minorities has evoked panic among the masses.
Economy on the Brink, Taliban Rely on Former Technocrats
October 19, 2021

Economy on the Brink, Taliban Rely on Former Technocrats

By Samya Kullab
"Why would I expect them to understand international monetary policy?” one official said of the Taliban.

Communal Cauldron Bubbles Over in Bangladesh
October 19, 2021

Communal Cauldron Bubbles Over in Bangladesh

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Acting on allegations of blasphemy, mobs have unleashed violence against Hindus, their homes, temples, and businesses.

Afghan Taliban’s Victory Boosts Pakistan’s Radicals
October 18, 2021

Afghan Taliban’s Victory Boosts Pakistan’s Radicals

By Kathy Gannon
The Tehrik-e-Taliban now believe they too can wage a successful jihad against the ‘infidel’ Pakistani state.

How China Uses Development Finance Strategically in South Asia
October 18, 2021

How China Uses Development Finance Strategically in South Asia

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, Beijing has remade the idea of development aid.
Indian Parliamentary Panel Pitches for Inter-Linking of Rivers
October 15, 2021

Indian Parliamentary Panel Pitches for Inter-Linking of Rivers

By Rajeev Bhattacharya
However, it has sounded the alarm on the building of dams in Arunachal Pradesh.

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