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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.

Balochistan Protests Against Fake Domicile and Local Certificates
July 07, 2020

Balochistan Protests Against Fake Domicile and Local Certificates

By Mariyam Suleman and Rahim Khetran
A longstanding form of corruption has sparked a mass social media campaign.

Critics of US-Taliban Deal Say Militants Can’t Be Trusted
July 06, 2020

Critics of US-Taliban Deal Say Militants Can’t Be Trusted

By Associated Press
Information about Russian bounties for dead Americans was included in a brief before the U.S.-Taliban deal was signed. 
US, Russia Share a Complex and Bloody History in Afghanistan
July 03, 2020

US, Russia Share a Complex and Bloody History in Afghanistan

By Associated Press
The two powers share decades of experience in the country.

The Hope and Struggles of Bhutan’s Women Vegetable Vendors
July 02, 2020

The Hope and Struggles of Bhutan’s Women Vegetable Vendors

By Roderick Wijunamai and Kinley Yangchen
In recent years, self-reported profits were already on a downward trend at the Centenary Farmers’ Market in Thimphu. Then came COVID-19.

Long-Shut Factory Helps COVID-Struck Afghans Breathe Free
July 02, 2020

Long-Shut Factory Helps COVID-Struck Afghans Breathe Free

By Associated Press
Najibullah Seddiqi reopened his closed oxygen factory and now refills 200 to 300 small cylinders a day free for COVID-19 patients.

Pakistan Arrests Students for Demanding Internet Before Online Exams
July 02, 2020

Pakistan Arrests Students for Demanding Internet Before Online Exams

By StoriesAsia
Pakistan's digital divide grows sharper amid the pandemic.

EU Bans Pakistan Airline From Flying to Europe for 6 Months
July 02, 2020

EU Bans Pakistan Airline From Flying to Europe for 6 Months

By Associated Press
The ban comes after revelations concerning Pakistan International Airlines' safety record.
India’s Great Firewall Against China Could Backfire
July 01, 2020

India’s Great Firewall Against China Could Backfire

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The ban of Chinese media apps could do little to harm China, but much to dilute India's free society.

India’s Chinese App Ban Is Just the Beginning
July 01, 2020

India’s Chinese App Ban Is Just the Beginning

By Pallavi Shahi
Across India, public pressure is growing to boycott and ban all things Chinese, from food to technology.

Why Can’t India End Police Brutality? 
July 01, 2020

Why Can’t India End Police Brutality? 

By Sumithra Prasanna
A horrifying case from Tamil Nadu once again demonstrates the lack of accountability for India’s police.

The Hidden Cost of Mining Coal in Assam
June 30, 2020

The Hidden Cost of Mining Coal in Assam

By StoriesAsia
What officials hid from public scrutiny about coal mining at the ‘Amazon of the East’
Galwanized Mood: How India’s Hindu Nationalists Have Reacted to the India-China Crisis
June 30, 2020

Galwanized Mood: How India’s Hindu Nationalists Have Reacted to the India-China Crisis

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The RSS’ mouthpieces spoke of Beijing in belligerent words, but did not admit failures or formally suggest any new policies to counter China.

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