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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.

Blinken in Afghanistan to Sell Biden Troop Withdrawal
April 16, 2021

Blinken in Afghanistan to Sell Biden Troop Withdrawal

By Matthew Lee
"The partnership is changing, but the partnership itself is enduring,” Blinken said during his unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

India’s Biggest Cities Shut Down as New COVID-19 Cases Hit 200K
April 16, 2021

India’s Biggest Cities Shut Down as New COVID-19 Cases Hit 200K

By Ashok Sharma
The soaring cases and deaths come just months after India thought it had seen the worst of the pandemic.
Pakistan’s Police Brave Islamist Violence — Alone
April 15, 2021

Pakistan’s Police Brave Islamist Violence — Alone

By Umair Jamal
Despite being a frontline counterextremist force, the police in Pakistan suffer from an image problem – and directly bear the brunt of Islamists.

What’s Behind the Surge in Violent Islamism in Bangladesh?
April 15, 2021

What’s Behind the Surge in Violent Islamism in Bangladesh?

By Sudha Ramachandran
Domestic political expediency, history, and ideology have made for a toxic mix in Bangladesh as it celebrates 50 years of independence.

A Rohingya Girl Stuck Between Three Countries
April 15, 2021

A Rohingya Girl Stuck Between Three Countries

By Rajeev Bhattacharya
The 14-year-old was about to be deported to Myanmar from India when authorities refused to admit her back. Meanwhile, she wants to be reunited with her parents in Bangladesh.

COVID-19 Resurgence Threatens India’s Economic Recovery
April 14, 2021

COVID-19 Resurgence Threatens India’s Economic Recovery

By Prachi Priya and Aniruddha Ghosh
Just when there was growing optimism over India’s economic rebound, the second COVID-19 wave has come as a rude shock to businesses and consumers alike. 

Taliban Not Ready to Attend Turkey Summit on Afghan Peace
April 13, 2021

Taliban Not Ready to Attend Turkey Summit on Afghan Peace

By Catherine Putz
A Taliban spokesman said the group was not ready to attend the conference the U.S. and the Afghan government had hoped to start on April 16.
Nepal’s Burn Violence Survivors Await New Law
April 13, 2021

Nepal’s Burn Violence Survivors Await New Law

By Arun Budhathoki
While victims of acid attacks are supported by the Nepal government, oil burn survivors have nowhere to go.

Pakistan Police Arrest Radical Islamist Party Head in Lahore
April 13, 2021

Pakistan Police Arrest Radical Islamist Party Head in Lahore

By Babar Dogar
Saad Rizvi was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore to "maintain law and order.”

Bhutan Vaccinates 93% of Adults in 16 Days
April 13, 2021

Bhutan Vaccinates 93% of Adults in 16 Days

By Associated Press
In just over two weeks, Bhutan has vaccinated more of its population than any country in the world but the Seychelles.

Missing in India’s Upcoming State Elections: Female Candidates
April 09, 2021

Missing in India’s Upcoming State Elections: Female Candidates

By Sudha Ramachandran
Despite rhetorical commitment to gender parity in politics, India’s major political parties fall far short of that goal.
Did Lavrov’s India Trip Reset India-Russia Ties?
April 09, 2021

Did Lavrov’s India Trip Reset India-Russia Ties?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite public display of affection, all is not well in the India-Russia relationship.

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