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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.

Sri Lanka’s Changing Relationship to Chinese Loans
October 23, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Changing Relationship to Chinese Loans

By Umesh Moramudali
Both the share and the type of loans from China are changing as Sri Lanka wrestles with persistent balance of payment issues.

South Asia Has a New Economic Leader. Will the World Take Note?
October 23, 2020

South Asia Has a New Economic Leader. Will the World Take Note?

By Ashfaq Zaman
COVID-19 has made Bangladesh richer per capita than India. Will diplomatic partners shift their strategies as a result?
Agree to Disagree? US, Taliban Trade Barbs Over Continuing Violence
October 20, 2020

Agree to Disagree? US, Taliban Trade Barbs Over Continuing Violence

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban and U.S. clearly have different understandings of the deal they signed in February.

Pakistan’s Former Prime Minister Takes the Generals Head on Amid Growing Confrontation
October 20, 2020

Pakistan’s Former Prime Minister Takes the Generals Head on Amid Growing Confrontation

By Daud Khattak
The Pakistan army finds itself in a dilemma when it comes to continuing supporting the Imran Khan government.

Pakistan Remains in the UN Terror Financing Grey Zone
October 20, 2020

Pakistan Remains in the UN Terror Financing Grey Zone

By Husain Haqqani
Pakistan has failed in letter and spirit to disrupt and dismantle terrorist financial infrastructure despite repeated warnings.

Amid Rising Big Power Tensions, Nepal Seeks a New Foreign Policy
October 19, 2020

Amid Rising Big Power Tensions, Nepal Seeks a New Foreign Policy

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai
Kathmandu will have to balance Beijing, New Delhi, and Washington as it seeks a new way forward to advance national interest.

Upcoming Festivities in India Could Create a New COVID-19 Challenge
October 19, 2020

Upcoming Festivities in India Could Create a New COVID-19 Challenge

By Sudha Ramachandran
India seems to be on the mend when it comes to the pandemic. But that could change soon.
Afghans Say Preventing the Next War as Vital as Ending This One
October 19, 2020

Afghans Say Preventing the Next War as Vital as Ending This One

By Associated Press
Even if an intra-Afghan deal is reached, many Afghans fear that the country's many factions will fight for power if U.S. and NATO troops leave.

Opposition Rallies Rock Pakistan As Its Leaders Push Against Imran Khan and the Military
October 19, 2020

Opposition Rallies Rock Pakistan As Its Leaders Push Against Imran Khan and the Military

By Abhijnan Rej
Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif’s push against the country’s powerful military is a bold gambit with no obvious end game.

How Balochistan Is Failing Its Girls
October 16, 2020

How Balochistan Is Failing Its Girls

By Mariyam Suleman
It will take concerted, collective action to change the oppressed society for young girls and women in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Growing Sectarianism Can Challenge Lasting Peace in Afghanistan 
October 15, 2020

Growing Sectarianism Can Challenge Lasting Peace in Afghanistan 

By Said Sabir Ibrahimi
The Taliban’s insistence on the supremacy of Sunni Hanafism has alarmed Afghan Shias who have long been marginalized.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Likely to Visit Sri Lanka Amid China’s Renewed Push There
October 14, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Likely to Visit Sri Lanka Amid China’s Renewed Push There

By Prarthana Basu
Pompeo’s trip would come weeks after a high-level Chinese delegation visited the country.

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